Four years ago, Regina-based Sperling Silver Distillery produced vodka that won awards in London and New York.
As one of Canada’s smallest craft distillers, it knew it was going to have trouble keeping up with demand.
Since French Laundry vodka won the award for Canada’s best vodka in London and gold medals in San Francisco and New York, the distillery has been producing as much product as it can to serve customers from around the world.
“But we can’t keep up. We can’t produce enough vodka to meet demand,” says Adam Sperling, Sperling Silver’s President and CEO.
“That’s why today I’m proud to announce our award-winning brands have been acquired by a larger entity that will provide the capital and investment we need to grow and expand.”
The new entity, known as YQR Distillery and Fermentation University, will retain Sperling Silver’s current management and distilling and brewing team. YQR Distillery’s goal is to grow and develop the capacity to not only meet current demand for French Laundry vodka, but to become a growing part of Saskatchewan’s craft industry.
“It takes a great deal of capital to build the types of facilities and hire the number of workers that we need to meet demand,” Sperling says. “We are proud to share our vision for the future and look forward to adding at least 50-100 employees to help us grow.” “We are also proud to know that this investment is providing Regina-based jobs and Saskatchewan-based economic spinoff for years to come.”
YQR Distillery and Fermentation University will announce on its website and social media channels more details in future months regarding its growth plans.