Drinkery

Drinkery

Drinkery: a word that refers to the wide selection of ciders, spirits and fortified potables that can be sampled and purchased at Merridale. In our roomy and bright lounge, we’d love to introduce you to our proprietary “flights” and “mixologist”, as well as our cocktails, and cool ciders. We also aren’t afraid to show off some of our neighbours’ award-winning wines and beers – we are lucky to have such talent on this island! Whether it’s a fresh-from-the-tap cider, a shaken (or stirred) martini or one of our brandies, you’re guaranteed a tasting experience that’s worth texting home about. Snacks? Say no more. We have delicious house-made kettle chips, marinated olives, sourdough pretzels and more. Have a look below.

Our tasting bar is just steps away from the lounge (drinkery), and our team is happy to answer questions, make suggestions, and assist with cider and spirit purchasing decisions! It’s easy to pick your favourite when you are surrounded by our library of cider and spirit offerings while you relax at our high tops or comfy chairs. If you want to know more about discount pricing, click here to learn about the InCider Club.

Flights

Cider Flight ~ 5

Choose any 4 from our current selection of ciders and fortifieds

Not sure which to try? Choose from our suggested flights below:

New World Cider Flight ~ 5

House Dry, House, Merri Berri, Apple Dessert Cider

Old World Cider Flight ~ 5

Scrumpy, Traditional, Cyser, Oaked Harvest Cider

Brandy Flight ~ 14

1/2 oz pours of our award winning craft brandies:
Apple Oh de Vie!
Cowichan Cider Brandy
Cowichan XXO Brandy (aged 10 years)
Cowichan Pear Brandy

Cocktail Flight ~ 15

Four mini cocktail creations:
Lavenade - 1/2 oz Cowichan Vodka & Merridale Lavender Lemonade
Cowichan Gin & Tonic - 1/2 oz Cowichan Gin & Tonic
Dark & Stormy - 1/2 oz Cowichan Rhumb, Merridale Ginger Soda
Coppered Apple - 1/2 oz Cowichan Copper Gin & Merridale Apple Juice

On Tap

Scrumpy 11% ~ Glass ~ 6 Sleeve ~ 8.5 Litre ~ 21

Strong, sharp & rich in flavour; aged in American oak with a very dry finish

Traditional 7% ~ Glass ~ 5.5 Sleeve ~ 7 Pint ~ 8.5 Litre ~ 17

A dry, balanced, English pub-style cider

House Dry 6% ~ Glass ~ 5 Sleeve ~ 6.5 Pint ~ 8 Litre ~ 16

Drier than house, balanced sugar, sharps & fruit

House 6% ~ Glass ~ 5 Sleeve ~ 6.5 Pint ~ 8 Litre ~ 16

A clean, fruit forward cider with a semi-dry finish

Mo’Moro 6% ~ Glass ~ 5.5 Sleeve ~ 7 Pint ~ 8.5 Litre ~ 17

Dry hopped with Mosaic hops & refreshed with blood orange juice

Merri Berri 6% ~ Glass ~ 5 Sleeve ~ 6.5 Pint ~ 8 Litre ~ 16

House cider with real, unfermented berry juice

Cyser 10% ~ Glass ~ 6 Sleeve ~ 8.5 Litre ~ 21

Sweet, rich blend of apples & apple blossom honey

Phillips Blue Buck Ale 5% ~ Sleeve ~ 6.5 Pint ~ 8

Crisp finish, deep amber colour & delicate hops

Cocktails

Make any cocktail a double for $3 more
Cowichan Caesar ~ 8

Cowichan Gin or Cowichan Vodka, Caesar mix, seasoning, pickled garnishes

Caesar-cuterie ~ 13

Cowichan Gin or Cowichan Vodka, pickled garnishes, mini charcuterie selection on the glass

Coppered Apple ~ 8

Cowichan Copper Gin, Merridale Apple Juice, apple slice

Lavenade ~ 8

Cowichan Vodka, Merridale Lavender Lemonade Soda

Merri Mule ~ 8

Cowichan Vodka, Merridale Ginger Soda, lime with a mint garnish

Mojito ~ 8

Cowichan Rhumb, fresh cucumber, mint, Merridale Ginger Soda, lime

Cowichan Martini ~ 8

Cowichan Gin, Cowichan Vodka, Vermouth, olives

Cowichan G & T ~ 8

Cowichan Gin, tonic, cucumber

> Mixologize your G & T ~ add 3

Tonic: Fever Tree, Phillips, Fentimans Tonics
Garnish: choose from lime, lemon, cucumber, lavender & rosemary

Gin & Tonic Mixologist ~ 14 per person

Be your own mixologist by using our craft gin, distinct tonics, and a variety of garnishes to create your perfect G & T! Available for groups of 2 or more

Wine & Bubbly

Ask us for our full wine menu
Celebration Cider 7.9% ~ Glass ~ 7 750ml Bottle ~ 25.5

Champagne-style cider, dry, bubbly, bright acids

Domaine de Chaberton 13.1% ~ 6oz ~ 7 9oz ~ 9.5 Litre ~ 25

Local house red or white wine

Red Cider Sangria ~ Litre ~ 20

Fruit juice, fresh fruit, red wine, Merri Berri

Snacks

House-made Kettle Chips ~ 6

Daily flavours

Marinated Olives ~ 8

With brick oven bread

Sourdough Pretzel ~ 5

With Merridale mustard

Sweet & Salty Mixed Nuts ~ 7

With curry spice and honey

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Merridale Apple Juice ~ Small ~ 4 Large ~ 5.5
Phillips Root Beer, Orange or Ginger Ale ~ 4
Merridale Lavender Lemonade or Ginger Soda ~ 5
Drumroaster Coffee ~ 3
Tea ~ 3