It all started on the west coast...
Share our love of craft spirits, distilling and good food
One could say we’re a little passionate about what we do. Some would even say we’re liquid nerds. Others, well… they might claim we’re doggedly obsessed. But there is one thing those who know us will never say: that we’re satisfied with mediocrity.
At Union Ten Distilling we are enthusiastic about small-batch spirits — those liquors that were lovingly created through dedication to the craft, using innovative methods and natural ingredients. So enthusiastic in fact, that we set out on a quest across North America, gleaning a deeper level of knowledge of the craft and what it takes to create a variety of exceptional craft spirits by hand. Others have said just ‘drinking our way across the country’. After partaking of our fair share of craft whiskys, applejack and vodkas, we believed we knew a thing or two about premium spirits.
What we learned solidified our belief that what we really wanted to do was to establish a distillery in the Old East Village of London, Ontario. Not any distillery — a distillery that honours the Canadian tradition and history of small-batch distilling; a distillery that warmly and equally welcomes whisky devotees, vodka zealots, applejack or gin lovers and those unfamiliar with premium spirits alike; a distillery that is community-oriented and supportive of local artisans — a distillery for you.
We’ve taken what we learned, what we love and what we live and combined them to create an experience that highlights our West Coast experience, allowing guests to gather and enjoy high-quality foods, spirits, music, and community in a relaxed social setting.
Sharing the good things in life
Before we even began scouting for locations for Union Ten’s distillery, we already knew it had to be a special place. It had to be in an area where we could create an atmosphere that was uniquely ours while paying tribute to the West Coast and its rich history. Furthermore, it was more than a little important to us to give our friends, family, neighbours and community a new experience that somehow felt familiar and relaxed. Combining a friendly, laid-back vibe with an eclectic blend of understated industrial and rustic furnishings. We think we just may have pulled it all off.
Fully restoring the yellow brick building located at 656 Dundas Street in the artisan sector of London, we think we have created a gathering spot that is sure to become your weekend go-to. Though our premium spirits take center stage at Union Ten, the distillery itself readily invites locals and visitors alike. Available to both private groups and company functions, our themed areas provide the perfect backdrop to any celebration or event. Distinctly outfitted and furnished, our Proof + Parrot Tasting Bar, the Sand Beach Patio, and Whisky Jack Hall provide a full-service, indulgent experience for you and your guests.
We are London’s only craft distillery offering tours, viewings, tastings and workshops. Union Ten Distillery promises a unique social experience, from helping us bottle, to crafting your own custom blend, or just sampling a flight of cocktails. It’s the authentic, laid back, West Coast, spirit-liftin’,laugh-producin’, taste-bud-delightin’ experience you didn’t know you were missing.
Why the name Union Ten? It’s in reference to our steadfast company rule while living in B.C. If 10 cm of snow falls on the hill, business comes to a halt; we gather with friends and family and hit the mountain. No hesitation, no questions asked, because ‘Life Comes First’. Join us as we build upon the spirit of West Coast culture that got us here, we believe in sharing the good things in life.
Pure Canadian Spirits & Tasty Cocktails
When it comes to the quality and taste of our spirits, we get a tad bit eager to share the good things we’ve been able to create. Combining tradition with innovation, art and science, proven methods and creative attempts, our process continues to impress with its incredibly tasty results.
We could ramble endlessly about our unique still design, micro-oxidation, and rapid maturation technology. We could go on and on about our use of heritage grains, botanicals, and alternative wood finishing, but we know what you’re really interested in is the just how tasty our fine spirits really are. If you want to find out more about the process, we encourage you to join us for one of our distillery tours. Or just pop in for a friendly visit.
Distilled, bottled and shared in OEV, our pure Canadian spirits are smooth enough to drink neat and bold enough to subtly enhance your favourite cocktails. Whether you prefer the cozy warmth of a great whisky or the crisp botanicals of a well-crafted gin, your palate is sure to be pleased. We offer the Old East Village of London the area’s only tasting bar, where the sampling of mini cocktail flights and individual craft spirits is pridefully encouraged.
Make a new friend or two while indulging in the region’s premier, small-batch cocktails by visiting Union Ten Distillery. It’s like nothing else you’ve experienced.
Connected in the Community
Connected to our community in the way that we are, opening a full-service distillery was never just about the spirits. It was also about the people. We wanted to provide our friends, families and neighbours a welcoming, modern-day twist on distilling that offered as much of an education about the process as it provided a personal experience for every guest.
With group and private tours and tastings, the Union Ten staff helps you discover the unique process behind the production of our Canadian AppleJack, as well as our proprietary gins and vodkas. Located in the artisan sector of Old East Village, the Union Ten Distillery site honours the history of the area with its vintage vibe and unique decor.
Each tour begins with an exploration of our stillroom, moves through the fermentation and bottling process, and ends with tastings at our 40 ft live edge bar. Depending on the tour you’ve booked, you’ll have the opportunity to sample up to three of our spirits or cocktails.