Pepprell’s journey started in 2010 on the other side of the Atlantic. Our Head Distiller Josh Cormier was backpacking through Europe when he fell in love with craft cocktails and distilled spirits. He didn’t know it then, but that experience planted a seed that would eventually grow into Pepprell Distilling Co.

Josh then moved to Halifax where he attended Dalhousie University and unknowingly, met one of his future business partners. The two of them started to experiment with the art of craft brewing – much to the delight of all of their friends. 

When Josh left Halifax, rather than following the path in front of him – a career in law – he answered a calling and he devoted his professional life to making the perfect spirit. After a decade spent honing his craft, Josh assembled a team and founded Pepprell Distilling Co. in 2016. 

The real journey is just beginning, and Josh’s mission is clear: “The only thing that’s important is that our customers enjoy our product, and we deliver outstanding service. Simply put, the team is dedicated to developing spirits that taste really damn good. Now sit back and enjoy.”

Fun Fact

Where did the name “Pepprell” come from? Pepprell is the name of the street that Josh lived on while studying at Dalhousie University.


Hilwood Sanitizer

In response to COVID-19 the Pepprell team founded Hilwood Sanitizer and is now producing for its local community in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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