Junction 56 is dedicated to making the highest quality products with local ingredients.
We are also committed to challenging traditional perceptions and pushing the boundaries of innovation in all spirit categories.
"If it's ain't broke, don't fix it" may be an old adage, but we prefer to think that while not broken, spirits as we have known them can certainly be improved upon. And that's what we are attempting to do with the spirits we make. We leverage tried and tested techniques as the basis, then add our own unique methods to deliver a fresh twist on traditional spirits.
We also take pride in introducing new and unfamiliar products to the Canadian marketplace, again putting our own spin on them.
A few years ago, Mike was at a whisky tasting not far from where the distillery is today. The idea to make a barrel of whiskey was formed after numerous whiskey samples. Several years of research
morphed this into the idea to start a craft distillery and not only make that barrel of whisky but many other products and many barrels. Best whisky tasting ever!
We got our license to sell alcohol on September 4, 2015 and celebrated in style with our grand opening on September 10. As they say, the rest is history!
Mike was born and raised on Southwestern Ontario and has a strong connection to the local communities. He understands the pride in homegrown products and is excited to start offering locally made liquor options within the area.
Being tied closely with the history of the area and the traditions therein is very important to Mike. Junction 56 is focused on adding additional benefits to the larger community and becoming a partner with other businesses in the area.
James was raised on a farm in southwestern Ontario (Pinkerton to be exact). He worked with Mike at the Formosa Brewery just after high school and they learned there that they were a good team when working together.
Before joining Junction 56, James held several different roles at BlackBerry over a span of 15 years. He credits that company with giving the opportunity to learn many different areas of a business which he can apply to his work at the distillery. James joined Junction 56 in January of 2016 as the General Manager.
Junction 56 Distillery
45 Cambria Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Retail Store Hours of Operation
Tue and Wed - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Thu and Fri - 10:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday - 10:30am to 5:00pm
Sun and Mon - Closed
Looking for a tour?
We run tours every Saturday at 11am or by appointment (contact us in advance to book).
Cost is $15/person.