What do you do when you win the lottery and are too young to retire?
Find a friend and start a distillery. Or in this case, a friend finds you and you start a distillery.
LB’s journey began where most great ideas do…over drinks! In 2010, Cary, Michael and Lacey finally had an opportunity to catch up with each other after a holiday. Maybe it was the cocktails or just the intrigue of a new adventure, but the three friends decided to take a leap and so began ‘The longer than expected distillery’.
Building the first distillery to operate in Saskatoon since Prohibition
...presented itself with many challenges and roadblocks, where it seemed every day would cost another $1,000. Hours were spent brainstorming, researching, and creating recipes for future products. It pains us to think of the gallons of gin dumped down the drain before we got the perfect combination of botanicals. With the goal of creating Saskatoon’s first single malt in mind (a minimum of 3 years to age), we soon realized that vodka was going to have to pay the bills. Thus, Lucky Bastard Vodka was born!
Lucky Bastard Distillers finally opened its doors in May of 2012
On Avenue B North in Saskatoon. We soon outgrew our 3000 square foot distillery and made the move to a larger building to grow into. Cary, Michael, and Lacey are surrounded by a dedicated and talented team of production, sales, event, and retail staff. The idea that arose over drinks has grown from a family of 3 to a family of 27, from 5 products to more than 30, and from 3,000 square feet to almost 15,000 square feet.
We, the Lucky Bastards, would like to thank you for your enthusiastic support.
Cheers to great memories and brilliant ideas born over drinks…you never know where they will take you!