Alberta’s Eau Claire Distillery launches a Calgary Stampede-inspired cocktail list

To celebrate this year’s Calgary Stampede, which kicks off today (July 8th) in Calgary, Canada, Bar C Food & Drink is teaming up with Alberta’s first craft distillery – Eau Claire Distillery – to launch a Stampede-inspired cocktail list that will be sold exclusively during the 10-day celebration.

In addition to the new cocktail list, Bar C will be hosting spirit tastings with Eau Claire Distillery throughout the 10 days and afternoon BBQs on Saturday, July 9 and 16 from 12 to 3 p.m.

“We are incredibly excited to curate a cocktail list that features local craft spirits,” says Tristan Macdonald, Bar C Manager. “Utilizing a local brand highlights the community nature of food from production to dining in a restaurant – as Eau Claire notes, from seed to sip.”

For the spirit tastings, Eau Claire staff as well as the lead distiller will be on site to sample the spirits tableside for guests and to chat about the production of the spirits, the grains used and answer any questions about the spirits. The tastings aim to be an engaging experience for the guests while they sip and savour the new cocktail list.

“From sampling the spirits in their true form to then tasting them in the Bar C cocktail creations is more than good fun, it’s a chance to learn,” says Martin Gunson, Sales Manager, Eau Claire Distillery. “The spirit by itself shows the complexity of the flavours. How it melds with additional ingredients to form a well-balanced cocktail, is just as interesting. It’s an art and Bar C has it mastered.”

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Eau Claire Distillery Tasting Schedule at Bar C

  • Friday, July 8 from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9 from 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12 from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 from 12 – 3 p.m.

For those inclined to dig into a BBQ plate featuring Beef Ribs, Bison Brisket, Free Range Chicken Wings and traditional BBQ sides, sip some spirits during a tableside tasting, as well as polish off a cocktail, Bar C will be hosting afternoon BBQs from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 and 16. The cost is $25 per person for the above. No advance ticket purchase is necessary for these events. The regular à la carte menu will be served as well.

Stampede Cocktail Menu:

Wild Rose Strong
Eau Claire Gin, St Germaine, Cocchi Americano with Journey Raspberry Rosehip Shrub.

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Urban Cowboy
Eau Claire Equinox, Grand Marnier, lime, Journey Lemongrass Thai Shrub and green tea.

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Bull Riders BBQ Caesar
Eau Claire Vodka, Jägermeister, lime, pepperoncini and chipotle. Topped with pickled vegetables and a bbq boar rib.

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Heavy Horse
Eau Claire Gin Rummy, Kraken spiced rum, Grizzly Paw Root Beer and a cloud of cotton candy.

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Pink Parts
Luxardo Cherry, Fireball, Eau Claire Gin and Moscatel de Setubál are shaken with citrus and egg white
and topped with soda.

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Snickers Old Fashioned
A heap of Maker’s Mark is splashed up with Frangelico, Eau Claire Gin Rummy, caramel and Aztec chocolate bitters.

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Head HERE for more details about the offerings! The Stampede is held from July 8th to the 17th.