Biz X Was There – Hiram Walker Tour

Biz X Was There - Hiram Walker Tour

Biz X Was There – Hiram Walker Tour

For the first time in over 16 years, tours of the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery will be offered to the public

A partnership between Corby Spirit & Wine Limited and WindsorEats will see the ‘Drinks of Walkerville’ walking tour, named an Ontario Signature Experience since 2014, begin visiting the distillery on April 1, 2017.

Participants will be able to partake in a grain to glass experience and be part of the only opportunity to visit North America’s largest distillery.

“Being able to visit the distillery will not only provide a new and unique experience on our existing tour, but also allows the chance to showcase the great culinary tourism offerings in Windsor, it gives an opportunity to passionate whisky lovers and those who are just curious at heart to get a hands-on look at how world class Canadian whisky is made.” – Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner WindsorEats

Highlights of the Drinks of Walkerville tour include:

  • An exclusive tour of the largest distillery in North America – Hiram Walker & Sons – home to J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky.
  • A guided tasting of 4 Canadian whiskies inside the J.P. Wiser’s Brand Centre: Wiser’s Deluxe, Lot 40, Gooderham & Worts, and Pike Creek. A special fifth tasting directly from a whisky barrel.
  • An engraved, commemorative Drinks of Walkerville bottle (750ml) of J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe Whisky.
  • A stroll through Hiram Walker’s historic company town, Walkerville, to learn about the history, the architecture and the folklore associated with Whiskytown, Canada.
  • Sip on a flight of 4 craft beers at Walkerville Brewery before grabbing a 12oz beer of your choice to tour the facility with.
  • Learn about the street art that adorns The Willistead Restaurant before stepping in, pulling up to the bar and sampling a variety of craft cocktails created by their mixologist.
  • Tickets for the tour are now available online at for $85 plus HST.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the media was invited for photographs and to experience a mock tour of the distillery and speak with representatives of Corby Spirit & Wine Limited and WindsorEats. Based on what we saw and learned on this tour, this is sure to be a huge tourist attraction. We experienced the entire evolution of whisky (and other liquors’) production from the locally grown Essex County grain through the mashing, extracting and distilling processes – to tasting the finished products. This is a tour not to be missed!

Don Livermore, Master Blender with Corby Spirit & Wine Limited, is one of a handful of ‘mixologists’ world-wide possessing a Ph.D. in his craft. As our tour guide, his expertise, experience and plain speaking ability enhanced what we saw, smelled and tasted.

Established over 150 years ago, Hiram Walker & Sons Limited’s tradition of blending quality ingredients, processes and highly skilled people continues at the Windsor, Ontario based production facility. Hiram Walker produces brands such as J.P. Wiser’s, Lot No. 40, Pike Creek, Gooderham & Worts and Royal Reserve Canadian whiskies, Polar Ice vodka, Malibu and Lamb’s rums, and McGuinness and Criollo liqueurs for Canadian distribution by its affiliate, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited. Hiram Walker is a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard S.A., a leading global spirits and wine company with premium international brands such as ABSOLUT vodka, Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet and Ballantine’s Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa liqueur, Mumm champagne, and Jacob’s Creek, Wyndham Estate, Stoneleigh, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines.

Founded in 2004, WindsorEats is a provincially and nationally recognized leader in culinary and cycle tourism. Through providing information on where to eat and drink and creating unique and award winning tours, events and festivals, WindsorEats has positioned Windsor-Essex, Ontario as a premier culinary and tourism destination.

WindsorEats produces events such as Winter Bites Restaurant Week, Eat Your City Restaurant Week, Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour, Wine Trail Ride Cycling Tour, Drinks of Walkerville Walking Tour, Friday Night Lights, Dinner on a Pier, WindsorEats D-Tour and more.

Later in the afternoon after the media tour, Pina Ciotola of WindsorEats indicated that tickets for April, May and June of the new Drinks of Walkerville tour sold out in less than five hours of being made available to patrons from Manitoba, Michigan, and across the GTA. WindsorEats has been flooded with calls from across Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, Florida and more requesting tickets for any additional Drinks of Walkerville tours to be added. 

WindsorEats is currently in discussions with Corby Spirit & Wine regarding adding additional dates in the near future.

Story, photos and video by Joe McParland – Biz X magazine

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Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. As a volunteer with YourTV since 2003 Joe is an on air personality for the City of Windsor and Essex County Council meetings. He is also a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant since 2006 and is co-owner of Creative Marriage Celebrations. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.