By Marie-Camille Théorêt
Special to the Record
St. Luke’s Church in Magog is being restored and transformed into a microdistillery. The company Cherry River, producing mostly vodka and gin, officially acquired the church and got the green light for the project on Feb. 17, 2021. St. Luke’s is being reorganized into a production site and a boutique, but will also offer clients the chance to visit the facilities and test out the different products.
“We wanted an inspiring building that would create curiosity. This church has more than 150 years of existence! Our objective is to put at the forefront the value of this heritage site,” said the co-owner Francis Delage.
The previous owners and the city of Magog imposed many constraints on the project. Back in 2008, the city officially cited the Anglican church as a heritage site and therefore committed to maintain and preserve its original architectural characteristics.