Kelly first cut her teeth in the Toronto food and beverage scene where she obtained a Sommelier certification from Algonquin College. In 2005, when the wave of the cocktail revolution started to really hit the Pacific Northwest, she turned her wine knowledge to spirits knowledge and quickly climbed the ranks to one of the best female bartenders in Vancouver’s hotbed of cocktaildom. Recent accolades include an original recipe in Elle Magazine (2014), winner of the Pierde Almas Mezcal cocktail competition (2014), and Cocktail Maker of the Year with Vancouver Foodster (2013). Kelly is an internationally recognized beverage coach, teacher, and consultant and is a regular food and beverage columnist for the Squamish Chief. Partners in life and business, Kelly Ann Woods and John McLellan are co-owners and sole operators of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, an artisan craft distillery in Squamish, BC. They introduced a line of shrubs (sipping vinegars) and apple cider vinegar to the market last fall … and their first distillery baby in January 2016!