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Jul 17, 2013 09:16 AM

Barrel-aged cocktails — where do you find small barrels in Calgary?

Anybody selling anything like this around here?

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  1. Hmm, well, oak isn't a wood that's native to Alberta, so whoever makes them here needs to import the material anyhow.

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    1. re: Shazam

      My question is who sells them...imported, manufactured here, whatever.

    2. How small is small?
      These guys have a 23L barrel (in stock according to their website).

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      1. re: cancowboy

        Nice find, but maybe a little bigger than what I had in mind. Was thinking more in the neighbourhood of 2 litres.

        1. re: bookley

          Not in Calgary but given the price maybe the total with shipping won't be that bad.

          US company - they prefer email but the About page has a BC contact number.

          Have you done the rounds of the wine making shops already?

      2. Maybe try Highwood Distillers in High River.

        1. When my brother was in Riyadh for a few years, they made their own hooch and used oak chips in glass carboys.

          Not as cool as a barrel, but it could be an acceptable second place.

          You can get them here:

          They might even be able to tell you where to get smaller barrels. cancowboy found a pretty good site with a great selection.