The story behind YQR Distillery started as Sperling Silver Distillery which started as Slow Food Brew pub. The pub is based on the slow food philosophy: Good, Clean and Fair. Always conscious of the environment using locally sourced and organic products when possible. Slow Food Pub was producing 6 different varieties of beer, cider, and wine. During the production filtration there was approximately 18 to 100 liters unfiltered apple yeast after every fermentation. It was decided that the yeast should not be wasted so began the look for an alternative use. Not long after, an application was placed with the provincial government to start a small micro-distillery based on the slow food philosophy; we were going to recycle and create another by-product. This by-product became Sperling Silver’s first signature spirit.