The distillery was founded in 1974 and originally operated under the name ‘Sunnyvale’. In 1984, it was renamed ‘Highwood Distillers’ after the famous river and region that surrounds the distillery in the foothills of Western Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. Until 1997, both the distillery and sales offices were located at the distillery in High River, Alberta. Today, the sales team operates out of Calgary, Alberta while the distillery continues to thrive and grow in High River.
In November 2005, Highwood Distillers purchased Potter’s Distillers, British Columbia’s only distillery, and expanded its product portfolio with over a dozen established brands.
Ernie Potter founded the Potter’s Distillery back in 1958, which originally only bottled and sold liqueurs, but over the years expanded into spirits. In 1962, Captain Harold John Cameron Terry (Captain Terry) – who started his career at 14 as an Australian seaman – acquired Potter’s Distillers. He took the company public in 1967 and was its CEO for 20 years. In 1990, production was moved from Langley to Kelowna, British Columbia where it remained until 2006.
After over 44 years Highwood Distillers is now one of the largest independently owned distilleries in Canada.
Highwood Distillers is one of Canada’s few privately owned, original craft distillers. The company produces a complete portfolio of fine spirits, pre-mixes and liqueurs for sale in Canada, the U.S., and overseas. Highwood Distillers has ageing whisky storage for over 15,000 barrels.
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High River, Alberta, Canada
Highwood Distillers first opened on April 1, 1974.