Our tasting room is open on Saturday and Sunday

Thanks to everyone who came to our Open House this weekend! If you missed out on the fun and yummy treats, please stop by next Saturday and Saturday from 1 – 5 pm! We will offer samples, and you can browse for some seasonal treats, too. We are excited to have honey and bees wax candles from our neighbour Tim of Desert Flower Honey, we have "Cherry Logs" chocolate treats from Markus & Nicole of Morning Glory's Best (Summerland), and Anette's jams, and Liqueur Cherries. Oh, and did I mention you get samples of Jorg's award winning spirits, liqueurs and wine brandy Lady of the Cask?
We, the Engel family, look forward to welcoming you!

Christmas Open House at our distillery

Dear friends,
 
We will have our 6th annual Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2 from 1 – 5 pm.
 
We want to invite you, our neighbours, friends, and customers to sample our spirits and liqueurs in traditional European Christmas treats from the Engel Family!
This year we expanded our production area and added a new cellar to our tasting room. Jorg can now store and process everything on site. The parking lot has become wider and we created a nice patio where our guests (and us) can sit and enjoy the view overlooking the beautiful Naramata Bench.
Please join us and see what we have created this year!
 
Our Craft Distillery Tasting Room is open every Saturday and Sunday in December from 1 – 5pm and by appointment.

High ranking on TripAdvisor

Thank you all who have been recommending our Craft Distillery on TripAdvisor! We are now # 18 out of 102 Things to do in Penticton, or  #15 in the category of Food & Drink in Penticton. We appreciate the continuous support we get from our customers and the local community. You make us so happy!

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154937-d2627069-Reviews-Maple_Leaf_Spirits_Inc-Penticton_Okanagan_Valley_British_Columbia.html?m=19905

quick and delicious: Peach Dessert by Anette

I created a dessert for our guests: let's call it a #Peach #Tiramisu. All you need is 1 package of lady finger biscuits (400 g), 1 litre heavy whipping cream, 1 large can or jar of sliced peaches, 2 tbl spoons sugar, 3 oz Maple Leaf Spirits Inc Peach liqueur, 3 oz Maple Leaf Spirits Inc Apricot brandy.
Blend the peach juice with the Peach liqueur and 1 oz Apricot brandy.
Whip up the cream, add rest of the Apricot brandy and sugar. In a large flat glass bowl, make one layer of biscuits, dipped in the peach juice.
Spread out half of the cream, add 1 layer of canned peaches. Cover with a second layer of lady finger biscuits dipped in the peach juice. Cover with wax paper, press it slightly and evenly with a weight of about 1 kg and keep it in the fridge over night.
It only took me 15 minutes to make this delicious spirited dessert!

Upcoming events this spring with Maple Leaf Spirits

Our friends in Castlegar have invited us again to the Rotary Wine festival in Castlegar, this year held on Saturday, March 24 from 6.30 – 10 pm.This is the furthest East you can find our products in liquor stores. Find them at Bubblee's Liquor Store after the event!

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This is an important date for our customers and friends in the Lower Mainland!
The fifth annual BC Distilled Festival will take place on April 14, 2018 at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver. BC Distilled is British Columbia's premier artisan distillery festival. It is the largest spirits event in Canada reserved exclusively for local distilleries.
Please mark this in your calendars! We look forward to seeing you again!

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Exploring Spirits with Master Distiller Jorg Engel. The Okanagan Spring Wine Festivals are happening May 4 – May 13, 2018. Please join us, visit our beautiful Naramata Bench with its many wineries, and 2 distilleries. This is a beautiful time here, with warm sunshine and blossoms everywhere. Our tasting room will be open daily for you.

Experience a private tasting of award winning spirits with pioneer Master Distiller Jorg Engel. Take in the picturesque view while enjoying 5 samples of European style fruit spirits, wine brandy and liqueur, paired with small appetizers. This event is only open to 10 lucky ticket holders per day! We offer a private tasting on Friday May 4, Thursday May 10 and Friday May 11. Tickets available by phone 250-493-0180, or email anette@mapleleafspirits.ca.
https://secure.thewinefestivals.com/events/view_event/1647

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The next Meadowlark Festival takes place May 17 to 21, 2018. Join prominent artists, painters, biologists, ecologists, geologists, native speakers, writers, photographers for engaging and entertaining guided tours. 
We at Maple Leaf Spirits are excited to host for the third time the workshop "En Plain Air painting" with Loraine Stephanson (MFA Painting and Art History) on Sunday, May 20.
2018 Festival tickets go on sale starting Saturday April 14th.

Upcoming events with Maple Leaf Spirits

Get your Christmas shopping done at the Winter Markets at the Shatford Centre (760 Main Street) run ‚Äčevery second Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm in November and December. We will be there on Saturday, December 16 to offer our fine liqueurs.

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Friday, January 26, 2018 is the 3rd annual Fraser Valley Distillery Festival. We look forward to seeing you, our summer guests, in Chilliwack for this great tasting event. 

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 we will pour samples at the Palette of Penticton – Rotary Wine festival in Penticton at the Seniors Drop in Centre, 7 – 9 pm. Join us again for this fabulous fundraising event!

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Join us again for Brewski – Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits event at the Gunbarrel Saloon Restaurant at Apex Ski Resort!
Apex Resort celebrates the best  in special beverages of the Okanagan Valley and the Province with the annual Brewski event. Craft breweries, cideries and distilleries are invited to share their bounty with guests at this special event. Enjoy beer and spirit tastings, with several food stations offering a wide selection of tasty treats. As well, the Gunbarrel hosts a rockin’ after-party with live Entertainment from 9:30 pm onward. Buy your tickets early, as this event always sells out quickly.

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Our friends in Castlegar have invited us again to the Rotary Wine festival in Castlegar, this year held on Saturday, March 24 from 6.30 – 10 pm.This is the furthest East you can find our products in liquor stores. Find them at Bubblee's Liquor Store after the event!

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This is an important date for our customers and friends in the Lower Mainland!
The fifth annual BC Distilled Festival will take place on April 14, 2018 at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver. BC Distilled is British Columbia's premier artisan distillery festival. It is the largest spirits event in Canada reserved exclusively for local distilleries.
Please mark this in your calendars! We look forward to seeing you again!

5th annual Christmas Open House Dec. 2 & 3

Our Customers and Neighbours Appreciation event is on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, from 2 – 6 pm.
We invite you to enjoy Anette's traditional Christmas treats, and Jorg's award winning products.
Our special guests will be the Volunteers with the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network.
The federal, provincial governments and local First Nations announced a re-commitment to creating a national park reserve in the South Okanagan. Please join us and see what they are planning!

     

We just won multiple medals at the Sip Northwest Spirits Competition

Penticton’s Maple Leaf Spirits scores multiple medals in international competition
Naramata Bench distiller wins two double-golds, gold, silver awards

Penticton, BC: Maple Leaf Spirits, located on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, is a multiple medal winner at the prestigious Sip Northwest competition based in Washington state.

“I am thrilled that four of our products, made right here on the bench with Okanagan ingredients, have been recognized among a wide variety of international spirits,” says master distiller Jorg Engel. “To win two double-golds is really amazing.”

A double-gold winner, Pear Williams, is a fruit brandy made with Bartlett pears. An “eau-de-vie” style spirit it has a clean, aromatic fruit flavour that respects the essence of the local pears used in the distilling process. It is reminiscent of the Williams pear, considered one of the most precious European fruits.

The other double-gold winner is one of Canada’s first cognac-style spirits: Lady of the Cask. Hand-crafted in small batches, it is made with grapes and aged for six years in premium French barrels giving it a rich butterscotch aroma, a golden amber colour, and exceptionally smooth taste.

“When visitors come to the tasting room and try the Lady of the Cask, they are so impressed with this brandy,” says Anette Engel, Jorg’s wife and business partner. “It is wonderful to see people from our locals to people coming here for the first time discover the quality of brandies and liqueurs made in the Okanagan.”

A popular bottle, the Maple Liqueur is a combination of Kirsch, a cherry-based spirit, and real Canadian maple syrup. A gold medal winner at Sip Northwest, it is great with fresh fruit, on ice or as special treat in “Canadian Coffee”. It can also surprise Thanksgiving dinner guests enhancing dessert, says Anette.

A silver medal was awarded to Cherry Liqueur, made with South Okanagan cherries, and great with ice cream or chocolate.

Maple Leaf Spirits uses a traditional German copper potstill for its products, sticking to European traditions. Jorg and Anette moved to Canada from Germany in 2001 and are proud to bring their award-winning skills to the growing spirits culture in British Columbia.

ABOUT MAPLE LEAF SPIRITS

Pioneers in craft distilling in Penticton, BC since 2005, Jorg and Anette Engel are proud to offer award winning spirits and liqueurs handcrafted from Okanagan grown fruit, grapes and wine. Maple Leaf Spirits distills fine spirits from wine and lees following the European tradition of making grappa, tresterbrand and marc. Their fruit liqueurs celebrate fresh sun ripened Okanagan fruit, and are great as a lovely sweet treat or to enhance your dessert or cocktail. Visit the tasting room on the Naramata Bench at 948 Naramata Road.

For further information about Maple Leaf Spirits, contact:
Anette Engel, 250-493-0180 | anette@mapleleafspirits.ca

Thank you to Allison Markin, All She Wrote Consulting, for writing this media release!

New Peach-liqueur is available

We are so excited to have the Peach liqueur again for sale!

 

Join us in our tasting room, sample it and you will find a truly beautiful peach flavour, in Peach City Penticton, released for the 70th Peach festival.
It is delicious as is, on the rocks, in Martinis or Bellinis, on ice cream etc., like our Cherry Liqueur and Maple Liqueur. 

Our friend Alex suggests this cocktail recipe for a warm summer evening:

1 1/2 oz Peach Liqueur,
1 1/2 oz Vodka,
1 juice of 1/2 lemon,
1/3 oz simple syrup.
decorate it with a slice of peach or a mint leaf.