Sudbury’s First Craft Distillery – Crosscut Distillery is Now Open!
Crosscut Distillery Staff

Rya Boscariol (left), Shane Prodan, Sarah DelMonte and Felix Côté in the hospitality room at Crosscut Distillery.

After more than a year of renovating, installing massive stills and testing and creating inspired recipes Shane Prodan has opened Crosscut Distillery, Greater Sudbury’s first craft distillery.

Truly Northern Ontario made, Shane has spent the last year searching out suppliers who can provide the grains and botanicals he needs to make his recipes. Grains grown here in Northern Ontario are milled in Verner, he and his family have foraged for botanicals that he has used in the many recipes he has perfected in the last year. Currently vodka and gin are available at Crosscut Distilleries. The golden coloured rye/whisky won’t be available for another couple of years as it takes that long to age in oak barrels to perfect the colour and flavour. You can read more about Shane and the distilling process here.

With the support of his wife Rya and the help of Sarah DelMonte who takes care of his marketing and communications and Felix Côté who helps him in the distilling process and with everything else, Shane has distilled and bottled three different types of liquor that are now available at Crosscut Distillery.

Crosscut Distillery Shane Prodan

Shane Prodan with his first craft distilled vodkas and gin available now at Crosscut Distillery.

  • Triple Grain Vodka made from wheat, oats and rye which give it a creamy yet spicy flavour.
  • Local Harvest Gin distilled with ten botanicals found here in the north including sumac, juniper, coriander and more although Shane won’t reveal all ten which give it its unique flavour.
  • Final Cut Series Bacon Vodka made with real bacon, caraway and black pepper. When you visit Crosscut Distillery ask about the distilling process for making the Bacon Vodka as it is very interesting.

All are bottled in 750 ml sizes for now and prices are comparable to global brands and range from $39.95 for Triple Grain Vodka, $42.95 for the Local Harvest Gin and $44.95 for the Bacon Vodka. You’ll be able to find the Triple Grain Vodka and Local Harvest Gin in the LCBO soon.

You can expect a lot of new additions to Crosscut Distillery’s menu in the near future. Shane is constantly creating new seasonal recipes from grains, berries and botanicals found in and around Greater Sudbury. Shane  has even teamed up with Northern Wildflowers that will be helping him forage for botanicals that he will use in his recipes. He’s even had people approach him with suggestions and one gentleman has even offered him all the pumpkins he grows so Shane can create a new seasonal pumpkin-flavoured blend.

Crosscut Distillery Stills

The distillery holds the stills, two of which are over 18 feet tall, boilers, fermenters, condensers, tanks, bottling equipment and more.

Crosscut Distillery is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. You can drop in to the hospitality room, get a tour of the distillery and Shane and his staff will tell you all about the distilling process which is fascinating.

Crosscut Distillery Bar

Dave Tresidder (left), Duane Lennon, and Kristian Autio dropped into Crosscut Distillery on opening day. They took a tour and got familiar with Crosscut Distillery’s new offerings.

Crosscut Distillery will be at the 4th Annual Northern Ontario Micro Brew Festival held at the Caruso Club on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21, 2018. You can purchase tickets online here.

Crosscut Distillery is located at 1347 Kelly Lake Road across from Echo Rental and Supply and just past the gates that lead to Verdicchio’s. There is plenty of parking right outside the door. Crosscut Distillery is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. You can call 705-470-5323 or visit their website and Facebook page for more information.

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