Inside the old Garfield Ralph Ltd. building in Clarke’s Beach, the pair founded The Newfoundland Distillery Co. This spring, the company expects to have its first bottles of product available for sale.
“We’re starting with vodka, then gin, and then aquavit, which is a Scandinavian drink, sort of a young whiskey,” explains Wilkins.
Wilkins, an Englishman who moved to Clarke’s Beach in the late 1990s after meeting a local girl from this side of the Atlantic, knows Carter from his earliest days in Newfoundland, and was aware of Carter’s fondness for distilling whiskey. Wilkins is a big fan of gin himself, and when Carter moved back to Newfoundland after spending a couple of decades working as a chef in Ottawa, their discussions about starting a local distillery became serious.