Bid on a Bottle of Once-in-a-Lifetime Fort McMurray Wildfire Whisky

Ah yes, the novelty of indulging in a fine glass of whiskey distilled with the smoky notes of a provincial disaster.

Such is the opportunity a few lucky Canadians will have when Fort MacMurray’s The Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. auctions off 10 bottles of a double-smoked whisky crafted using a pallet of grain that was left on the brewery’s patio when residents were ordered to evacuate the city.

Head Brewer Spike Baker – what a name, by the way – describes the whisky as containing notes of ‘campfire’.


Certainly a more nuanced flavour profile than ‘smouldering destruction’.

The whisky is called ‘The Best’, which is what firefighters called the blaze this past summer and 10 bottles will be up for bids at a distilling party being held this Friday. Around 200 bottles of the inferno-flavoured whisky will be produced, though it won’t be available for another five years as it still needs to be aged. Those who submit a winning bid at the auction will receive an empty bottle and a certificate to claim their spirit once it has properly matured.

Some of the proceeds of the wildfire whisky will be donated to the Friends of Fort McMurray Firefighters Charities Fund.

“We’ve been making beer specific to this community, so it means a lot to be able to give back in this way,” said Baker.

“It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime flavour; one we’ll never reproduce,” he added, somewhat unnecessarily.

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