From drinks executive to diplomat, adventure travel outfitter to creator of Canada’s largest chain of veterinary clinics, David Farran pioneers.
His passion for Eau Claire began with a sincere belief that Alberta’s world class agricultural bounty should be the home to a strong distilling industry. When we ship our grain worldwide for spirits production, it seemed extraordinary that Alberta didn’t have a craft distillery producing local, handcrafted spirits. Combined with deep historical roots in Alberta farming and ranching, David’s hobby of farming with draft horses seemed to be a perfect combination – thus Eau Claire was born with an immediate pedigree – a true farm-to-glass, certified farm distillery, where grain was produced using 100 year old horse farming methods – a first in North America.
David’s storied career gave him a special skill set to support the founding of Alberta’s first craft distillery. As a former Vice President of Big Rock Brewery, a Canadian born British Diplomat, a packager of international adventure travel, and a well respected leader in North America’s veterinary industry, David’s awards and accolades include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, Alberta’s 50 most influential people and many others. David’s entrepreneurial zeal is evident in Eau Claire’s pioneering and purist take on the Alberta remake of craft distilling.
As Founder and President of Alberta’s first craft distillery, David connects a love for agriculture, a deep understanding of craft artisanal spirits and a conviction that Alberta should be the home of ‘best in class’ distilled products.
Originally from Saskatchewan,
Larry Kerwin aspired to be a wildlife biologist, telling of his early appreciation for natural wonders through science.
Larry participated in the first study of the endangered Sage Grouse in Southern Saskatchewan.
Larry holds a Master of Science degree, and is designated as a Master Brewer with The Institute of Brewing & Distilling. He is a Lifetime Member of the Master Brewers Association of the America and an Active Member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists.
As Distiller, Larry’s education and experience in the brewing profession dates back to 1971 with increasingly senior posts in with Carling-O’Keefe, Foster’s Brewing Group, Molson Breweries, Big Rock Brewery, Village Brewery and Sapporo/Sleeman. Larry’s Distiller accreditation was awarded in 1976.
One of Canada’s most experienced and respected hands-on authorities in the drinks profession, Larry is excited to play a key role in building Alberta’s first Craft distillery, Eau Claire, as Master Distiller.