On Thursday, September 14 your Winnipeg Chamber kicks off our Member MeetUp series - an evolution of our former Chapters program where we invite members to network at member locations.
Our first host is Jason Kang, the founder of Winnipeg's only craft spirit maker Capital K Distillery.
We asked him to share his advice to young entrepreneurs, plus how he gets the taste of the Prairies into his products.
The Winnipeg Chamber: What spirits do you make – and how are they infused with the taste of Manitoba?
Jason Kang: We have our base alcohol – vodka - which we make from 100 per cent all natural Manitoba grain. Manitoba has really good grain, especially wheat. It gives you that extra creamy, sweet, fruity taste you can’t get from anywhere else.
Most vodkas are made from potato. It tends to be “rougher” tasting compared to the wheat-rye blend we use, which forms a milder base.
We started making Tall Grass Vodka because it doesn’t have an aging process, so we could sell it right away for a cash flow. We’re also already making Tall Grass gin, which is made from our vodka. The biggest gin producers making it from neutral spirits they purchase from other companies, but since we already have the equipment and are already making the vodka, we’re just using the same base spirit for the gin.
Normally gin is very dry and piney, but our gin is not – it's almost a fruity, refreshing gin.
WC: What advice do you have for entrepreneurs who are starting out?
JK: People always say passion is what gets you into business. But passion will only carry you so far – at the end of the day you need patience. Patience will keep you going.