Who We Are
Spirit of the Wench is a professional cocktail resource guide that is an approachable spirit-driven haven for the fun-loving adult looking to explore the world of spirits. It is the only Canadian-centric site offering advice from professionally-trained bartenders who are dedicated to delving into new territory on behalf of the passionate drinker.
What We Do
We delight the passionate libations explorer by sharing trends, products, advice and tips from industry leaders. We also host fun and interactive classes, workshops and events at our facility in Calgary, Alberta.
How We Came To Be
Spirit of the Wench was founded in 2010 as a Calgary-based cocktail blog. Our name was coined at a whiskey tasting when our Creator & Resident Bartender, Wendy, first began exploring the wonderful world of spirits with fellow spirits lover, John Smiley.
We take our definition of “wench” from Urban Dictionary:
A voluptuous female pirate type woman, usually with a fiery attitude, and usually seen around taverns and bars, seaside fishing towns, and wherever pirates roam.
Wendy’s passion and curiosity for cocktail making grew from blog to private events, which lead to the transformation of Spirit of the Wench from a writing project on the side into a business she’s excited to pour herself into every day.
Creator & Mixographer
Wendy Peters, aka has over a decade of marketing, event planning and hosting experience. Her love of a well mixed cocktail began 5 years ago when she began working with to the build the Yelp community in Calgary as its first community manager. She has worked with dozens of Calgary restaurants and bars to engage and delight Calgarians with the budding food and cocktail scene in the city.
Last year, Wendy took a year-long sabbatical to explore food, drinks and culture around the world, travelling through 14 countries across 5 continents. Her curiosity and previous foray into cocktails and events sparked a desire for more formal training, and she completed a 4-week intensive bartending course at the world-renowned European Bartending School in Amsterdam.
Wendy’s passion and reputation for creating out-of-the-box, engaging experiences continue as the Creator & Mixographer at Spirit of the Wench.
Tyler Mclean brings with him more than a decade of restaurant and bar experience, having worked in various roles from bartender to restaurant manager. In Calgary, he most recently worked with Creative Restaurants at Scopa, the Rose and Crown Banff and 4th Spot. He was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has called Calgary home since 2008. From hiring and training of staff to restaurant and bar logistics to creating an exceptional customer experience, Tyler’s knowledge and enthusiasm are evident every step of the way.
“I started bartending in south east Saskatchewan, slinging Pilsner pints and rye hiballs” Tyler shares. “I moved to Calgary in search of what the big city had to offer. Now, after almost 10 years in the restaurant and bar industry, I’m excited to bring my experience and enthusiasm for great drinks and service into every establishment in the city.”