Knowing he couldn’t create a world-class brewery and distillery on his own, Graeme assembled a skilled team of experts: the legendary Dr Jim Swan, the foremost whisky maturation expert in Scotland, Master Distiller Mike Nicolson, who has worked in over 18 renowned Scotch whisky distilleries, Kiwi Brew Master and renowned beer judge Dean McLeod, and dynamic Head Brewer Nicole MacLean who previously worked with BrewDog.
Only one problem remained: money! Without proper funding the Scotsman’s dreams would crash and burn before they ever really had a chance to take off. Searching for answers, he turned to the same whisky and craft beer community that originally inspired his efforts. To his astonishment, over 270 independent Canadian individuals came together to support his vision, become Founder-Owner-Investors, and turn their shared dream into a reality.
At the same time Graeme also explained to Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada that our distillery would upgrade a renewable commodity, Canadian barley to a super-premium single malt whisky for export to dozens of countries internationally. As a result they loaned us $2.4 million!