The Burwood Story
It began with an unlikely connection.
When co-founder Jordan Ramey was looking to purchase a new home in 2012, he met realtor Ivan Cilic. Throughout the home-buying process, Ivan and Jordan connected over a common passion – small-batch brews and spirits. This shared passion sparked an idea: to bring together a group of people who are passionate about community, creativity and craft spirits.
Still, something was missing.
A few years later, Ivan’s brother, Marko joined the team. The three began to meet over locally brewed coffee, beer and craft spirits (and more than a few wings). The result: a vision for a distillery that would dedicate itself to providing Albertans with an authentic, hand-crafted product to pair with shared memories, celebrations, intimate gatherings and all those moments worth drinking to.
Burwood is steeped in connection, passion and elevated through community. It is a space to connect, and to disconnect.
The Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge offers a casual yet modern environment to enjoy the distilleries fine spirits and farm-to-table eats.
Whether you pull up a stool at the bar and sample each spirit or take a seat overlooking the distillation process and enjoy a signature cocktail and a charcuterie board. Either way, there’s no better place to explore the taste sensations of a locally crafted drink.
The kitchen also offers hand-made hearty sandwiches, including authentic Croatian Ćevapi, and artisanal sharing plates to pair with your spirit of choice.
Ease into the luxurious leather seats and you might even recognize them. Much of the furniture was purchased from the hit Netflix series Fargo, which was filmed locally right here in Calgary.
Jordan, having helped create and run the Olds College Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Program, brought a unique perspective to the team.
The distillery is completely hand-built and styled after a mixture of old-world Eastern European & Scottish farm-styled distilleries combined with new world craft beer methodologies. To help bring this unique build out to life, Marko spent tireless hours building the distillery, literally from the dirt floor up.
To round out the distillery experience, Ivan brought a keen eye for marketing and business development to craft a unique cocktail lounge experience coupled with highly informative tours and tastings.
Cocktail for a cause
Every month we will donate proceeds from a selected Burwood Distillery Cocktail to an organization aimed at making Alberta even better. There’s never been a better reason to join us for a Cocktail… or Two!