Distillerie du St. Laurent has taken an important step in its development with the construction of a new waterfront distillery in Rimouski.
This $ 9.5 million investment will enable the company to triple its production capacity while improving the quality of reception for its visitors. The project promoters thus hope to transform the Pointe-au-Père site into a major tourist hub.
Ultimately, nearly 25 new employees will be added to the current team. The first step will consist of the construction of an aging cellar on the banks of the river, a dream that the founders of the Distillery have long cherished.
“The walls of the barrel warehouse being permeable, the aging spirits will be strongly influenced by the salty sea air and the extreme temperature variations of Quebec – an innovation that contributes to our desire to bottle our terroir”, argues Jean-François Cloutier, co-founder and Captain of Production.
Purchase of equipment
The project also provides for the purchase of additional equipment, including the addition of a second 2000-liter Canadian-made copper still, which will allow the company to pass the 500 barrels of Whiskey and Acerum produced. annually.
The work will be carried out by the firm Marcel Charest et Fils du Kamouraska. The design of the distillery was entrusted to the team of renowned architect Pierre Thibault.
“The exceptional landscape of the site will become a symbol and a signature both for Distillerie du St. Laurent and for the entire region”, it is mentioned in the press release.
The quality of visitor reception and the educational aspect are at the heart of the design of the new distillery.
“Beyond the company's objectives, it is our desire to develop and promote the region that motivates us to move forward with this expansion project. We know that Bas-Saint-Laurent is the largest barley producer in Quebec and one of the largest producers of maple syrup. With these new facilities, we are giving ourselves the means to make our region the epicenter of whiskey and Acerum production in Quebec, ”says Joël Pelletier, co-founder and Admiral of the Brand.
This project is notably possible thanks to a loan of $ 3.5 million from Investissement Québec. Several other partners are involved in the project, such as Financement agricole Canada, Desjardins Capital and the Government of Quebec.
The company has been active in the industry since 2015. St. Laurent spirits are distributed in more than 12 countries.