Female spirit

Meet some of B.C.’s women distillers, a group so small it begs the question: Why are there still so few?

Shelly Heppner, founder and distiller of Bespoke Spirit House in Parksville. Photo by Dayman-Langen Photography

March 8, 2020, likely passed in a blur for Shelly Heppner. Around International Women’s Day, she was firing up her brand-new stills to produce Virtue Vodka and Jezebel Gin at Bespoke Spirit House in Parksville, which received its distilling green light in February. “Gin is such a vixen! I do want to have a couple of different gins that will have female-oriented names,” says Heppner, who also plans to make small-batch eaux-de-vie from Vancouver Island fruit.

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Bespoke Spirits House

Shelly Heppner, founder and distiller of Bespoke Spirit House in Parksville. Photo by Dayman-Langen Photography

Bespoke Spirits House is a natural progression in the career of owner and distiller Shelly Heppner. Inherently creative, Shelly has always gravitated toward a medium of expression, whether it has been designing functional home décor, making her best-selling martini picks, or taking up the art of distilling.

425 Stanford Ave., Parksville
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Female spirit: Meet some of B.C.’s women distillers, a group so small it begs the question: Why are there still so few?


PRODUCTS

• Virtue Vodka
• Jezebel Gin