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Southern Inspired. Whisky Infused.

We’re still fighting the government for the release of the 242 bottles of extremely rare whisky that was unlawfully seized by the government last year but we still have more than 1,000 on our our shelves!

The lengthy Liquor Control and Licensing investigation, code named “Operation Barley Malt”, culminated with the January 2018 whisky raid here at The Whisky Kitchen. We have received a ruling from our May 2019 enforcement hearing relating to the raid and the seizure of 242 bottles of some of the world’s rarest whiskies, and it isn’t in our favor. Read the 64 page ruling here

We will be appealing the ruling by requesting a “reconsideration”. The Reconsideration will be conducted by another adjudicator who also works for the same government agency that conducted the investigation, the raid and that ruled against us. Due to the relationship of the parties involved our lawyer, Dan Coles, is not confident that it will be overturned. We are required to appeal the ruling if we want to see this through and get it heard in The Supreme Court. The question here is: Should the Provincial Government and its agents be required to follow their own rules, regulations and policies as well as The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? We believe they should.

The overturning of this ruling is paramount to our industry’s future, we are all aware of what’s on the shelves of the bars and restaurants all across our province. There are literally thousands of cocktails that are illegal to be made, served and sold in this province as we are not allowed to have the ingredients on our shelves. In other words, the government wants us to all sell the same cocktails, wines, spirits and the same beer because our government does not believe in choice or competition. The ruling goes deeper than this, this ruling sets a dangerous precedent whereby the government declares their right to ignore The Canadian Charter and the Rule of Law. The Government is supposed to be the people and for the people and we are tired of the power and control this regime yields over us in this regard. For a delegate of our government to state that; “A licensee does not have the same expectation of freedom from search and seizure as a private citizen in other contexts may have – because of the very nature of the liquor control and licensing regime” is, frankly, quite disturbing.

The Branch Advocate (the hearing prosecutor) stated that “we will not be undermined” now that is another disturbing statement from a government employee. Sadly, this is just one more government employee that has forgotten who they work for; all government employees and elected officials work for us, the residents of our province. They are employed to do right by the people they work for, they are there to stand up for all of the people, not just a select few. Our province wants change, our industry wants change, it is time that they hear us, it is time that they listen to us, it is time to move forward and allow us the right to choose. The Canadian Competition Bureau has ruled that our Provincial Government is in breach of the Canadian Competition Act. We must all stand together and demand the right for bars and restaurants to buy liquor from any licensed store or manufacturer in our province.

Mark Gillespie from WhiskyCast.com has been following this story from the beginning and has written an article regarding the ruling, it can be found here: Fets Whisky Kitchen loses SMWS Legal Battle with British Columbia Regulators

Allura and Eric thank everyone for their continued support through this ordeal.

We love our whisky and cook with it every chance we get: Southern Fried Chicken with whisky chicken gravy, Maker’s Mac’n Cheese and our organic steak with bourbon demi are a few of our whisky infused entrees. How about one of our other Southern influenced dishes; Jambalaya or Rosemary French Toast with Fried Chicken and Canadian maple syrup or our newest dish; biscuits and gravy with fried chicken.

We use local free run chicken and eggs, house made organic burgers and Oceanwise seafood.

We’re now 32 years in! Thanks to everyone who has helped us meet this milestone!

We’re always looking for passionate individuals to join our team! Drop a resume via email info@whiskykitchen.ca

Wow and there’s more going on here we host to the monthly Hand Crafted Spirits Radio Show with Joe Leary and Darryl Lamb. Tune in to BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410 at noon on the first Saturday of each month. Click here for details

Our Partner Scotch Malt Whisky Society retailer is Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village and host to our monthly Society Outturns on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month.

We are located at: 1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC

604-255-7771
info@whiskykitchen.ca

Fets Whisky Kitchen Map

Southern Inspired. Whisky Infused.

We’re still fighting the government for the release of the 242 bottles of extremely rare whisky that was unlawfully seized by the government last year but we still have more than 1,000 on our our shelves!

The lengthy Liquor Control and Licensing investigation, code named “Operation Barley Malt”, culminated with the January 2018 whisky raid here at The Whisky Kitchen. We have received a ruling from our May 2019 enforcement hearing relating to the raid and the seizure of 242 bottles of some of the world’s rarest whiskies, and it isn’t in our favor. Read the 64 page ruling here

We will be appealing the ruling by requesting a “reconsideration”. The Reconsideration will be conducted by another adjudicator who also works for the same government agency that conducted the investigation, the raid and that ruled against us. Due to the relationship of the parties involved our lawyer, Dan Coles, is not confident that it will be overturned. We are required to appeal the ruling if we want to see this through and get it heard in The Supreme Court. The question here is: Should the Provincial Government and its agents be required to follow their own rules, regulations and policies as well as The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? We believe they should.

The overturning of this ruling is paramount to our industry’s future, we are all aware of what’s on the shelves of the bars and restaurants all across our province. There are literally thousands of cocktails that are illegal to be made, served and sold in this province as we are not allowed to have the ingredients on our shelves. In other words, the government wants us to all sell the same cocktails, wines, spirits and the same beer because our government does not believe in choice or competition. The ruling goes deeper than this, this ruling sets a dangerous precedent whereby the government declares their right to ignore The Canadian Charter and the Rule of Law. The Government is supposed to be the people and for the people and we are tired of the power and control this regime yields over us in this regard. For a delegate of our government to state that; “A licensee does not have the same expectation of freedom from search and seizure as a private citizen in other contexts may have – because of the very nature of the liquor control and licensing regime” is, frankly, quite disturbing.

The Branch Advocate (the hearing prosecutor) stated that “we will not be undermined” now that is another disturbing statement from a government employee. Sadly, this is just one more government employee that has forgotten who they work for; all government employees and elected officials work for us, the residents of our province. They are employed to do right by the people they work for, they are there to stand up for all of the people, not just a select few. Our province wants change, our industry wants change, it is time that they hear us, it is time that they listen to us, it is time to move forward and allow us the right to choose. The Canadian Competition Bureau has ruled that our Provincial Government is in breach of the Canadian Competition Act. We must all stand together and demand the right for bars and restaurants to buy liquor from any licensed store or manufacturer in our province.

Mark Gillespie from WhiskyCast.com has been following this story from the beginning and has written an article regarding the ruling, it can be found here: Fets Whisky Kitchen loses SMWS Legal Battle with British Columbia Regulators

Allura and Eric thank everyone for their continued support through this ordeal.

We are located at: 1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC

604-255-7771
info@whiskykitchen.ca

Fets Whisky Kitchen Map