Trips to Lang Pioneer Village as a kid stuck with Robert Black. He recalls touring the old grist mill and learning about Red Fife wheat and its importance to the agricultural community, not only in Peterborough County, but in Canada. He learned that wheat variety was one of the oldest in Canada and was first planted by David Fife and his family in 1842 at their farm near Peterborough.
That tidbit of knowledge sprouted into an idea while on a week-long distillery tour in Scotland with his brother in 2010. Black returned home to Peterborough with an idea.
“It’s (grown) right here in our own backyard with a historic connection to Peterborough. And I thought it’d be wonderful to create a spirit from that grain and that’s what I set out to do,” says Black.
In early March, he opened Black’s Distillery inside the former Video 99 store on Hunter Street East. It took about a year before Black could begin distilling. The store space had to be renovated to house the copper stills needed for the process. An intricate plumbing system of valves and levers also had to be installed.
To learn more about Black’s Distillery:
Phone: (705) 745-1500