Head Distiller / Founder

When things were slow in the patch in 2015/16, Shawn started looking for hobbies. He woke up one day with an urge to make wine. An uncle of his had been making wine for many years and was excited to show him his techniques and hand down some equipment. Shawn quickly mastered many different home made wines and when he started making port he wanted to make his own brandy to fortify them. This led to distilling and he was hooked. Shawn approached Pat who had also been home brewing and they purchased a still together and quickly realized that they loved what they were doing and wanted to do it everyday.  The idea of Broken Oak was born and they set off on a journey to build the company. After many long nights playing in the garage, and a year and a half in the making, their hard work and determination have finally paid off. 


Head Distiller / Founder

Raised in Ontario and spent his time doing a variety of construction jobs along with over seeing mineral exploration drill programs and mineral prospecting in the early 2000s. In 2008 he embarked on a road trip to Grande Prairie to visit friends, little did he know his road trip was actually him moving across the country. He quickly put down roots and worked his way from a bed truck operator to Manager of a trucking company,  eventually returning to driving as a contractor operator. In the down turn of 2015 he return to an old hobby of his from back in Ontario of home brewing. He and Shawn combined their passion and knowledge for home brewing and wine making and after 2 long years of planning, a business was born. 

Patrick Chute and Shawn Herbert founded Broken Oak Distilling in the heart of the Peace Region in Northern Alberta. They have a mutual belief that through dedication to old school distilling practices and some innovative ingenuity, they could create spirits that reflect the community they call home. From hand selecting the finest local grains to putting the cork on the bottle, every detail is a testament to our true Northern Spirit. We hope you enjoy our products as much we enjoy crafting them. Cheers!

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