Darren Collins: We are importing Spirits from the Appalachian Mountain Distillers that are now producing their own Legal Heritage Brands of Moonshine.

May 25, 2023
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A QUICK INTRODUCTION ABOUT WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES/YOUR VALUES/MISSION.

 
Alberta Over-Proofed is an Alcohol Beverage Import Agency that registered with the Province of Alberta Commission.
We are importing Spirits from the Appalachian Mountain Distillers that are now producing their own Legal Heritage Brands of Moonshine. These Spirits are High-Quality and have a Higher than normal alcohol content by volume.
This type of Spirit is not currently represented in the Alberta marketplace today.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?


Having a back ground of working for over 35 years as a Joureyman Heavy Equipment Technician in Alberta. My main area of expertise is working with Hydraulics, Electrical and Pneumatic control systems. Along with oilfield equipment design, manufacturing and construction while working in the Research and Development and Engineering groups of various companies.

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME A YEAR OR TWO, WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF?

 
Never give up learning…something that I’ve never stopped believing in!

WHAT PROBLEM DOES YOUR BUSINESS SOLVE?


My business offers the current alcohol consumers a new experience. There have not really been alot of changes in the alcohol marketplace for the past number of years. There are the standards and now we have added a new taste and flavour profile for people to experience.

WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS?

 
It really all just started out as an interest in a television program. The knowledge, the history, the techniques and the pride around this spirit was a tually quite hypnotizing.
It all stated out with what was going to be a Facebook Special Interest page has now turned into something that has become an entity all on its own.

WHAT IS YOUR MAGIC SAUCE?


I believe that it’s just a pure driven sense of satisfaction from being able to learn as much as I could, a love of and for the people, the history and the heritage behind this spirit and wanting to share that with people that only know a fraction of what it actually is all about.

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?


The immediate plans of Alberta Over-Proofed is to begin a moonshine Spirit movement here in Alberta. Over the next 2-4 years, while re-enforcing the sales and marketing if these spirits throughout Western Canada, we are looking at opening our storefront sales ventures which will offer more other ventures of hobbyists and sharing the techniques and opportunities behind the spirits. Beginning to produce our own signature spirits for sale to local customers and we are also looking into the purchase of a local area historic building for the distillery which will also contain a historically accurate speakeasy for customers to enjoy the feeling of being a part of the history.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE FACED SO FAR?


Although the initial cost if starting have been very low…obtaining proper backing, support has been a major hold back from the company exploding into the scene and growing the presence of this very unique and highly marketable spirit.

HOW DO PEOPLE GET INVOLVED/BUY INTO YOUR VISION?


It’s finding someone that can believe in the whole history of the spirit, see the potential and want to take part in its marketing, promotions and representation of this spirit. I’m know there is more to say, but for now…Thank you!!

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