About us

Our name elicits smiles from many visitors, but how did we become Misguided Spirits? Call it a happy accident. After unsuccessfully trying on numerous names the word came up one day, in an unrelated conversation.

It was perfect.

Owner Darrell Bellaart comes from a journalism background, having worked at numerous West Coast newspapers since 1990. Over the years a home brewing/winemaking hobby allowed him to turn what started as a into a passion for beverage perfection.

When the Nanaimo daily newpaper he reported for closed in January, 2016, he felt the urge to do something he’d always dreamed about – making spirits.

Misguided indeed.

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