ABOUT US

Drawing of a Ship

“Nova Scotia Spirit Co. is located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.”

Nova Scotia Spirit Co. was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia in 2015. We create small batch spirits with flavor profiles that cater to the Nova Scotian palate. 

The Nova Scotia Spirit Co. brand is inspired by and built for the Nova Scotian culture of kitchen parties, storytelling, good times with friends and family, and a laid back lifestyle. 

Nova Scotia Spirit Co. focuses on producing quality, small-batch spirits at an everyday price. The branding came from a help wanted ad that was posted on our door in the early days:

“Commercial lobster fisherman from Ballantyne’s Cove Antigonish County is looking to hire a fisherman’s helper for the summer. Basic requirements: sober, alert, willing to learn”

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Alex Rice (President)

A Drawing of a Lobster

Since its inception, NS Spirit Co has been dedicated to producing exceptional spirits at an everyday price. It has crafted an internationally awarded portfolio of spirits, winning Gold Medals at San Francisco and New York International Spirits Competitions, as well as Double Gold Medals and Best of Category at the American Distilling Institute Judging of Craft Spirits and the Denver International Spirits Competition.

In 2017, Nova Scotia Spirit Co was ranked #13 on Canadian Business and PROFIT today’s STARTUP 50 list, highlighting Canada’s Top New Growth Companies. In 2018, the company continued to fuel its growth with the launch of Blue Lobster Vodka Soda and Painted Boat Lager.  In 2021, We launched three new flavors of Vodka Soda and have no plans to slow down anytime soon!

AWARDS

2018 DEANS Marketing Award

Pictou County Chamber of Commerce

2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Silver Medal: Blue Lobster Vodka

2018 Berlin International Spirits Competition

Silver Medal: Blue Lobster Vodka
Bronze Medal: Willing to Learn Gin

2018 Denver International Spirits Awards

Double Gold: One Wild Pint Blueberry Liqueur
Gold Medal: Willing to Learn Gin
Silver Medal: Cat Came Back Barrel Conditioned Gin
Silver Medal: Blue Lobster Vodka

2017 Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year

2017 Canadian Business STARTUP 50 Canada’s Top New Growth Companies

Rank #13

2018 Denver International Spirits Awards

Double Gold: One Wild Pint Blueberry Liqueur
Gold Medal: Willing to Learn Gin
Silver Medal: Cat Came Back Barrel Conditioned Gin
Silver Medal: Blue Lobster Vodka

2017 American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits: best of category and Double Gold

1 of 9 given out in a category of over 800
submissions, only Canadian spirit to receive one

Double Gold Medal, Best of Category International Classic Rectified Gin: Willing to Learn Gin

Gold Medal: The Cat Came Back Barrel Conditioned Gin

Silver Medal, Best of Category International Rectified Vodka – Neutral Character: Blue Lobster Vodka

Bronze Medal, Best of Category International Aged Rum: Solera Rum

2016 Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s Local Spirit Partner of the Year

2016 New York International Spirits competition

Gold: The Cat Came Back Gin

Silver: Fisherman’s Helper White Rum
and Willing to Learn Gin

2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

39 industry-leading judges tasted and ranked more than 1,850 spirits. Blue Lobster Vodka won Gold. Fisherman’s Helper White Rum and Willing to Learn Gin earned Silver.

TEAM

Alex Rice

Alex Rice

President

Kent Williams, CPA, CA

Kent Williams, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Evan MacEachern

Evan MacEachern

Director of Business Development

Scott Decoste

Scott Decoste

Director of Planning, Supply Chain & Procurement

Kristen Williams, CPA

Kristen Williams, CPA

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Breanna Rice

Breanna Rice

Director of Marketing

Sean Kellock

Sean Kellock

Production Manager

Paul MacLeod

Paul MacLeod

Operations Manager

Alex Henderson

Alex Henderson

Marketing and Events Manager

Joel Pineau

Joel Pineau

Manager of Making Shit Work and Making Shit Work Better

SALES TEAM

James MacDonald

James MacDonald

Cape Breton Sales

Michaela Gardner

Michaela Gardner

Halifax & South Shore Sales

Daniel Perigo

Daniel Perigo

Dartmouth & North Shore Sales

Nathaniel Rice

Nathaniel Rice

Prince Edward Island Sales

Shane Beehan

Shane Beehan

Brand Ambassador and Bartending Expert