Take a Sip of Saskatchewan’s Wild Past with Outlaw Trail Spirits
August 14, 2017
Full disclosure: the Lady Luck Lemon Vodka is to die for!
We’re all about drinking local and Outlaw Trail Spirits– a new distillery in the Warehouse District– allows you to do just that! Their authentic saloon-style venue will immediately draw you in: a retail area accented with images of the Saskatchewan badlands, a beautiful lounge designed for both a quick drink at the bar or an evening with friends, and an unreal liquor-making laboratory (as we like to call it) where all the creative magic happens.
Outlaw is run by four trail bosses passionate about craft spirits. John and Charmaine Styles along with Stella Dechaine and Ken Balius came together five years ago to pursue a unique business idea. John and Ken– the two hooch makers of the bunch– are dedicated to creating deliciously flavoured liquors with raw ingredients that are sourced from right here in Saskatchewan.
And the distilling process is nothing short of a lesson in chemistry. From mixing and to boiling to fermentation and filtration, great care and precision goes into the making of each bottle. But don’t just take our word for it! The practice is so fascinating that John and Ken offer comprehensive distillery tours– whether you’re a connoisseur or know nothing about the trade, be prepared to leave with a pile more knowledge than you originally came with.
In fact, a visit to Outlaw is also a lesson in our wild provincial history. Their “old west” branding has a story behind it. Back in the day, the Outlaw Trail was a horse and wagon path that spanned southern Saskatchewan through the United States and down into Mexico. It was a predominantly lawless area where cowboys such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sam Kelly and other notorious figures were known to steal cattle, rob banks and wreak all kinds of havoc.
How’d the group decide on such a theme? Charmaine grew up in Montana and her grandfather was a deputy officer near the Outlaw Trail. The four trail bosses felt naming their business after this area would pay tribute to Saskatchewan’s colourful past while offering an unparalleled experience for their customers.
So take a trip in time and throw back a good drink while you’re at it. Did we mention there are free samples!? And be sure to inquire how you can visit the Outlaw Trail today. Stop by their distillery, retail store and watering-hole all at 1360 Scarth Street, Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm.