Scan Magazine, Issue 139, February 2022

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A Taste of Sweden

Stockholms Bränneri’s products can now be found in 20 countries worldwide, from Sweden and Denmark to the UK, and across the Atlantic in the US. Photo: Danger Österlin

Stockholm-based gin distiller prepares to scale up guest area Starting a distillery wasn’t something founders Anna Wikner and her husband Calle ever actually dreamt of. For the pair, who met during their studies in the city of Lund in the south of Sweden, a professional path in engineering was the original plan. Until they left for Canada, that is, and realised that Vancouver had something that Sweden didn’t. By John Sempill |

These distilleries weren’t merely production factories, but also meeting places for gatherings or a night out. “You could visit them for a drink in the cocktail bar in connection with the distillery,” she continues. “This is where we hung out with 62 |

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Gin has always been the couple’s preferred spirit. They started reading up on it and explored ways to bring their new busi-

Photos: Linda Svensson

“Vancouver is a real lifestyle kind of city; a lot of people live there for that reason,” explains Anna. “We also discovered that distilleries were popping up all over the place.”

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Anna fondly recalls. “We had a camping burner at one end and distilled vodka with different spices. It started to taste like gin, which sparked an idea.”

our friends. We asked ourselves why this didn’t exist in Sweden and in Stockholm.” This triggered a chain of events that eventually saw the couple, who had a great passion for food and drink, visit several different distilleries along the American west coast. They became friendly with a lot of them and started distilling vodka as soon as they got back home to Vancouver. “We used chemistry kits like the ones you had in school,”

The distiller – the heart of operations at Stockholms Bränneri.