Do you ever have tasting experiences that bring out memories of your life long ago? That is what will happen if you taste the cranberry liqueur that is produced at Ironworks from locally-grown Terra Beatta cranberries. And as part of their licence, Ironworks is allowed to give you a taste of their wares before you buy. This particular one is also great when added to sparkling wine as a 'kir royale'. They also have several other liqueurs and eau de vie as well as vodka made from apples and the required Lunenburg rum. For a special gift, you can buy a wooden box containing a bottle of pear eau de vie that has a full-sized pear inside the bottle. The dedicated owners go to the Annapolis Valley orchards every spring and mount bottles over the budding pears. Tied carefully to the tree to avoid wind damage, the bottles act as a greenhouse for the developing pears. The bottles are then harvested in the fall to begin their lives as a conversation piece.
Another benefit of visiting this in-town distillery (only a five-minute walk from the harbour front) is finding out its history as an iron works that supplied equipment to the hundreds of fishing vessels that sailed out of Lunenburg in the early part of the 20th century. The forge is still there and the wooden floor is the original, with all the burn marks from years of work. The wood-fired copper still, which operates in full view of the sales floor, is itself a work of art, imported from Europe.
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