Jennifer Tyldesley, the founder and owner of Free Pour Jenny’s, grew up in North Vancouver, BC. At 17, she earned her private pilot’s license as an air cadet. Jennifer joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1991, attending Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. After graduating and then completing her Air Force pilot training, Jennifer was posted to 442 Search & Rescue Squadron in Comox, BC. She spent 6 years there, participating in many searches over land and sea, and becoming an air show pilot. After retiring from the air force and spending several years overseas, Jennifer moved to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory with her family. She worked at Air North, flying both the Hawker-Siddeley 748 and the Boeing 737.
Jennifer retired from flying in 2015 in order to spend more time with her husband and two young children. This time also created an opportunity to explore some of her hobbies in more depth, including foraging, mixology, gardening, and alchemy. Creating bitters that contained some of the unique ingredients found in the Boreal forests of the Yukon led Jennifer to launch Free Pour Jenny’s in 2016.
Jennifer finds inspiration literally in her own backyard, and is intuitive and spontaneous when it comes to blending ingredients, and transforming them into Free Pour Jenny's bitters, shrubs, and tonic syrups. She is self-taught, but since launching her business, she has achieved her Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Spirits, a globally-recognized qualification. Jennifer also became a Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition judge in 2019, which has provided yet another opportunity for exploring the world of spirits and mixology.Jennifer looks forward to bringing her products to a wider audience worldwide, so that they, too, can create "Cocktails with Latitude!"