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Canadian Spirits

The Essential Cross-Country Guide to Distilleries, Their Spirits, and Where to Imbibe Them

by (author) Stephen Beaumont & Christine Sismondo

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Wine & Spirits, General, Canadian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price

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In Canadian Spirits, bestselling author Stephen Beaumont (The World Atlas of Beer) and National Magazine Award-winning author Christine Sismondo (America Walks into a Bar) crisscross the country in search of the best whiskies, gins, vodkas, rums, and other assorted and sometimes oddball spirits produced by Canada's large- and small-scale distillers. Along the way, they trace Canada's fascinating distilling history, from its humble and quasi-legal beginnings to the dynamic and internationally recognized industry it is today.

Featuring over 75 colour photos, Canadian Spirits tells the vibrant stories of Canada's more than 160 diverse spirits producers, from the massive Hiram-Walker distillery in Windsor, Ontario, to the pioneering Glenora Inn & Distillery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Vancouver's tiny Odd Society Spirits. In an impartial and accessible tone, the authors provide information on and reviews of craft-distilled spirits and the facilities in which they are produced, creating a distillery tourist's roadmap to the best places in Canada to explore craft spirits.

Whether a seasoned spirits expert, a curious newcomer, or an adventurous traveller, Canadian Spirits is sure to quench your thirst.

About the authors

Stephen Beaumont is a globally recognized writer specializing in beer and spirits. The author or co-author of thirteen books, including two editions of the international bestseller The World Atlas of Beer, and his latest, Will Travel for Beer, he is also a columnist for a variety of publications from Whisky Advocate magazine to the website He documents his incessant world travels online at and on Twitter and Instagram at @BeaumontDrinks. When not on the road, he lives with his wife in downtown Toronto.

Stephen Beaumont's profile page

Christine Sismondo is a Toronto writer, historian, and the author of America Walks into a Bar and Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History. She's a National Magazine Award winner, a columnist for the Toronto Star and Quench, as well as a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and Maclean's. Most recently, Sismondo wrote a six-part podcast series on Prohibition for Wondery's American History Tellers.

Christine Sismondo's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"The book will appeal to a broad readership by avoiding over-emphasis on the technical. The focus is on the products, their taste and the people who make them." —Canadian Food Historians (Toronto, ON)

"With intriguing sidebars, author favourites, cocktail recipes, and an extensive glossary, Canadian Spirits is an indispensable guide to the diversity—in products, locations, and stories—of an industry that is growing exponentially every year." —Quill & Quire (Toronto, ON)