LEQUILLE COUNTRY STORE, ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA
"Drink More Moonshine"
Our Still Kirby...
We get considerable gratification from the fact that we create very unique, signature flavours from our one-of-a-kind still named "Kirby", the first "legal" still to be designed and constructed in Nova Scotia. Built by both owners Owen Ritchie and Andrew Cameron, along with the help of a family friend, Daniel McSparron, this still is truly unique. Kirby is easily transformable from a pot still, for making spirits like rums and whiskies, or quickly interchangeable to a reflux or column still to create a very pure, high proof product for spirits like our vodkas, gins and moonshines.
Our Still "Morgan"
We are happy to announce that the new still "Morgan" has been assembled and is now in full production at our facility. The still was designed and built by both owners, along side Daniel McSparron, to be up to 4X more efficient then it's sister still Kirby. This can be accomplished due to the larger waterjacket, the 4 element heating system, and the 8" reflux column that towers over the still body. This piece of machinery has come to work hard, and we are here to put it to the test. Morgan has been designed to create our clear liquors more effectively, while maintaining the same smooth flavour. The plan is now to move Kirby into our specialty still to start creation on our flavoured products, such as gin, rum, whiskey etc. New products coming soon!!!
Andrew was born in Orillia, Ontario and also pursued a career in Commercial Diving. After graduating dive school in PEI, he moved to Halifax, where he began working as an inshore commercial diver for 7 years along side Owen Ritchie. Andrew fell in love with the charm and the rich history of Annapolis Royal and knew that this was the type of place that he wanted to call home. Joining Owen at the distillers course in Seattle, he then set out writing the business plan, memorizing taxation laws and generating all of the permits required to start the distillery. After a lot of dedication and long hours of juggling both a full time diving career and a new business start-up, Andrew couldn't be more pleased with their products and even more excited about what the future has
Favourite Base Spirit: Gin
Favourite Cocktail: The Arugula Gimlet
Owen was born in Annapolis Royal, NS and always knew he wanted to come back to this community to raise a family. As a commercial diver for 8 years, Owen dedicated his life to a hardworking trade, and through this trade became a hobbiest with making his own flavours and recipes of spirits. After joining the Artisan Craft Distillers Institute in Seattle, Owen was able to fine tune his recipes and from here the dream blossomed. From assisting in the construction of the distillery to the construction of the still, Owen has given a new meaning to "hand crafted."
Favourite Base Spirit: Bourbon
Favourite Cocktail: Bourbon Smasher
Mat joined the Still Fired team in June of 2016. Mat is a Nova Scotia native who lived in Eastern Passage and came from a Marine Engineering background. He has brought with him his engineering mindset and has strongly helped in streamlining productivity as well as aggravating Owen every step of the way.
Favourite Base Spirit: Rye Whisky
Favourite Cocktail: Rye Old Fashioned
Ali was born in London Ontario, and moved to Nova Scotia in 2017. Ali has a technical degree in grape growing and wine making and brings extensive experience in the wine industry. Ali has a serious obsession with the alcohol industry and brings forth a true passion for mixology, sales and social media. Check out her blog at: for some of her fun recipe ideas.
Favourite Base Spirit: Gin
Favourite Cocktail: Southside
Picture courtesy of JBSmith Photography
Hooch the Pooch
Hooch was born in Deep Brook, Nova Scotia and has been a part of the Still Fired Team since June of 2017. Hooch has a background in identifying smells, warming furniture and boosting moral within the company. He is an expert personal greeter and brings a tail wagging passion to the company.
Favourite Base Spirit: Water
Favourite Cocktail: Water in a stainless steel bucket