Hi! We’re Ryan & Taylor, the guys behind Wild Lot. We’re partners in life and now giving it a shot as partners in business (yikes).
Ryan’s originally from a the small town of St. George (ON) and Taylor grew up just north of Toronto. Both of us moved to downtown Toronto at the start of our adult lives, where we eventually met in Little Italy. We both fantasized about one day opening a food and beverage business together and imagined leaving “the big city” for one of our favourite places in the world, Prince Edward County.
When both of us were fired from our corporate jobs in late 2019 and early 2020, we decided “Screw it! Life’s too short! Let’s give it a shot at chasing our dreams!”
So, we said goodbye to our city life in October 2020, traded in cubicles for overalls, moved to the country, and started navigating the highly complex process of starting a farm distillery. After years of planning, zoning, licensing, designing, renovating, sourcing, tinkering, creating, (and crying), we opened up our farm distillery to the public on June 10, 2023.
Our farm sits on 35 acres of unspoiled land in the agricultural hamlet of Sophiasburgh (PEC), where a converted century-old dairy barn and restored tractor drive shed now house a collective 5000 square feet of space containing a state-of-the-art distillation facility, retail shop, tap room, and event space.
The distillery crafts a number of innovative small-batch spirits, liqueurs, ready-to-enjoy canned beverages, and cocktail bitters. Local and up-cycled ingredients are leveraged throughout the product line-up as much as possible.