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Collective Arts Distilling

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Both silver medal winners at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition

April 17, 2019 – Hamilton, Ont – Collective Arts Brewing announced today that they will be adding distilled products to their current beer and cider portfolio. Collective Arts Distilling will launch with their flagship Artisanal Dry Gin, and a seasonal Rhubarb and Hibiscus Gin. Both gins will be available in the LCBO on May 1, followed by the rest of Collective Arts’ Canadian markets, Chicago, New York and Connecticut later in the year. Both Artisanal, and Rhubarb and Hibiscus won silver medals at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Distilling has been part of our dream from the very beginning. We’ve focused on gins because they are a kindred spirit to craft beer; they are all about the creativity and the quality of the ingredients,” explains Matt Johnston, co-founder of Collective Arts. “Like craft beer, we can play and produce limited releases to push the limits of what gin can, and should be. There are so many ingredients we are excited to work with and there is no shortage of inspiration.”

Collective Arts Distilling will mirror the brewery’s mission to work with and promote artists, featuring art on the bottle, changing with every seasonal product, and with every small batch of the flagship. “The wonderful thing about gin is that we can amplify our mantra of ‘creativity fuels creativity’, recognizing artists and creating a product that acts as the paintbrush for a mixologist or drinker to make their own cocktails,” explains Johnston. Each gin bottle will be its own work of art, with labels peeling off to reveal an original piece of art.

Gin is just the beginning for Collective Arts Distilling, as they look to produce barrel-aged products in the future.

Artisanal Dry 

Our Artisanal Dry Gin was crafted in small batches with juniper berries and our unique, house-made botanical blend. Fresh lemon, lime and orange peel make our gin bright and refreshing, while our spice blend adds complexity and depth. Best drank neat or on the rocks. 

Rhubarb and Hibiscus

Part of our seasonal, one-off gin series, this gin was made with copious amounts of Rhubarb and Hibiscus. Like the first bite of a grapefruit, it’s juicy and floral complimented by fresh citrus and our botanical blend that leaves it with a tart and warm ginger finish. 

About our Distillers

Matt Howell

Matt has over 11 years of brewing and cider making experience with various production and management roles at a number of breweries in Ontario. He has a Master’s Degree in Brewing and Distilling from Heriott-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Guelph, where he and Collective Arts’ brewmaster Ryan Morrow first met. In his spare time he hosts whiskey tastings as his side hustle, he’s an avid gardener, cook, and father of three lovely children.

Graeme Bell

Graeme has over 20 years of experience in the spirits industry working in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe with some of the world’s top brands like Diageo, Dufftown Distillery, and Bulleit. Working in distilling is a dream job for Graeme. He believes a good cocktail means combining science with centuries of culture and history. In his spare time he likes to discover new experiences with friends and enjoy local food and drinks. His favourite cities to explore the cocktail scene? London, Newcastle, Louisville and Edinburgh.

About Collective Arts

Collective Arts was founded in 2013 on the belief that creativity fuels creativity. We strive to push the boundaries when it comes brewing, and distilling; creativity, quality, and our relationships with our artists are at the core of what we do. Collective Arts is unique in that we feature rotating limited-edition works of art on our packaging, creating new social experiences for drinkers to connect with artists from around the world. To date over 900 artists and musicians have been featured and championed by Collective Arts.


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Get a first taste of our Artisanal Dry Gin and our seasonal Rhubarb and Hibiscus Gin at two samplings at the Summerhill LCBO in Toronto. 10 Scrivener Square, Toronto, ON M4W 3Y9. 

May 3: 4PM -8PM
May 4: 11:30AM – 3:30PM

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