Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Seasons Change – New Releases

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Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

It’s been a wonderful summer and we’ve been busy. Thank you for all your support. With a change of season come several new releases that we are excited about.

Odd Society Barrel Aged Vermouth
Wins Double Gold, Best Vermouth at the 2016 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

This is an amazing story of accidental experimentation. About a year ago, we had just finished a bottling run. It turned out we had a small amount vermouth left at the bottom of the fermenter. It was cloudy with yeast and botanicals but we didn’t want to dump it so decided to filter it into a barrel to see what happens. A year passed and one day we said, hey, there’s that barrel, we should try it. We were blown away at the change. We liked it enough to send it to New York and recently received word on the award.

Odd Society is very pleased to announce the release of our first barrel aged vermouth next Friday, October 21 at the distillery. Sadly, we have just over a hundred bottles for sale. (BA Vermouth, 375 ml, $28 per bottle, limit 1 bottle per person, at the distillery only)

Salal Gin – Available Thursday, November 10

2016 was an amazing year for Salal berries. They were big and beautiful, almost like small grapes. We were able to source much larger amounts from Tofino, and for the first time we received a shipment of berries from Haida Gwaii, which were particularly delicious. So after almost two months of maceration, we are pleased to announce the release of our Salal Gin on Thursday, November 10. The gin will be available at the distillery and some select liquor stores as well as some bars and restaurants while supplies last. (Salal Gin, 375 ml, $30 per bottle).

Odd Society bids a Very Sad, Fond Farewell to Kylie Bartlett!

Kylie Bartlett has been an amazing addition to the Odd Society team. She was both our bar manager and our local sales rep. If you’ve been to the distillery you will have seen Kylie shaking away behind the bar. Kylie and her partner Arthur Wynne, have been away from Australia for almost 15 years, living and working in Ireland and England, before spending almost 10 years in Vancouver. After all these years, they are returning home with plans to set up their own cocktail business. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Kylie for all her contributions and wish her well.

This also means that Odd Society is looking for a new bar manager. If you are interested and have solid bartending experience, please contact miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com

Single Malt Whisky Release, Peated Whisky, and more

Our first single malt whisky will be released before Christmas. We will announce the date soon. Thank you for being so patient.

The experimentation continues as we now set our sights on peated and smoked whiskies. The problem is that there are no smoked or peated B.C-grown malts commercially available. Our answer has been to build our own smoker. We soak regular BC pale malt and then resmoke it. We have also been experimenting with other ideas to introduce peaty/smoky flavors. Our first peated whisky will be barreled this week. The new make spirit is delicious. But how much of that initial peatiness will survive time in a barrel? Stay tuned (at least three years). We plan to offer a choice of peated whisky in our upcoming January cask sale.

Bottle Shop and Cocktail Lounge Hours

Thursday 1:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Mon. to Wed. Closed

That’s it! See you soon!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Preparing for the Summer: Gin and Beer

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Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

We hope you are enjoying the start of summer. As the weather warms, we have several exciting announcements!

More Beer on Tap! – Wallflower Gin meets Steamworks Blueberry Hefeweizen this Friday and beyond

Our first beer collaborations with Storm Brewing, Powell Street Brewery, and Strange Fellows Brewing were a huge success. A big thank you to our amazing neighbors!

And so we continue our quest to combine two great warm-weather thirst quenchers: gin and beer. This time, our Wallflower gin is being mixed by Steamworks Brewing into their Blueberry Hefeweizen. The result is a light, fruity, deliciously pleasing summer beer. Please join us at the distillery for a glass of Blueberry Wallflower Hefeweizen starting tomorrow. If you are downtown, you can also enjoy a glass at the Steamworks Brewpub Brewery in Gastown while supplies last.

We plan to have a beer collaboration on tap at the distillery throughout the summer. Upcoming beers, already in the works, include:

Coal Harbour Brewing – Wallflower Gose – a wonderfully light, savory Coal Harbour Gose beer aged in Wallflower gin barrels. A perfect hot summer quencher.

Powell Street Brewing – Ode to Wallflower – Ode to Citra beer aged in Wallflower gin barrels, back due to popular demand and general deliciousness.

Steamworks Brewpub Brewery – East Van Oatmeal Milk Stout – Steamwork’s Outmeal Milk Stout aged in East Van aged vodka barrels. This one will sit for several months to increase its smooth creamy richness in time for the fall.

Many more beer ideas to come…

Fly with the Green Fairy: An Evening of Absinthe at Odd Society Distillery! Sunday, July 10th, 7-9 pm

Absinthe has a fascinating history. The green fairy, as it was sometimes known, was originally touted to cure everything from flatulence to anemia but was eventually banned in many countries due to beliefs about Absinthe’s hallucinatory, madness-inducing effects.

Please join us and learn the truth about absinthe and explore the delights of this spirit under the guidance of Guy Stowell. Odd Society is pleased to partner with Moonshine Tastings for this fun evening at the distillery. Tickets are $35 and include a welcome cocktail, five absinthe tastings and lots of stories. For tickets please go to the Moonshine Tastings website http://www.moonshinetastings.ca/next-event/

Spanish Pintxo Pop-up Bar with Chef Robin. Saturday, July 23rd at 12-3 pm. Come when you like!

If you haven’t heard of Swallow Tail, you’ve been missing out. Swallow Tail is a company run by Chef Robin that presents culinary delights in secret locations that are announced just prior to the event. Chef Robin is recently back from a three-month culinary research trip to Spain and returns with a wealth of Spanish inspired food creations as well as a new appreciation for the wonders of vermouth. Swallow Tail’s latest offering is a Pintxo lunch in the garden (location unknown) that includes Odd Society’s Bittersweet Vermouth.

A Pintxo is a snack from the Basque country in Northern Spain. It generally consists of a piece of crusty bread with fabulous toppings held together by a skewer. Pintxos appear at group gatherings where people stand together and snack, often with a glass of vermouth in hand.

Tickets are $10 and include a taster of Odd Society’s vermouth and a starter Pintxo. Extra Pintxos are $3-$5.Vermouth cocktails and sparkling wine are also available. Gordon from Odd Society will be on hand to talk about vermouth. For tickets and more information, please go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2564093

Whisky Cask Report

A big thank you to all cask owners who came out and tasted their whiskies on June 5th and June 12th. It is safe to say it was a success. By all accounts, the whisky is progressing as it should, and even better than expected. The first group of cask owners will have their whisky bottled next year in 2017. In the meantime, we are busy filling our own standard-sized bourbon barrels for the future and storing them offsite. We also have some interesting whisky announcements coming soon.

Distillery Store and Lounge Hours:

Bottle Shop
Thursday – Sunday 1:00 – closing (see below)

Cocktail Lounge
Thursday 3:00 – 10:00 PM (please note extended hours)
Friday 3:30 – 11:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Mon. to Wed. Closed

That’s it! See you soon!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Cask Tasting at Odd Society, Sunday, June 5!

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Dear Cask Owners 2015,

It’s been over a year since you purchased your Odd Society cask, which means it’s time to come visit and taste your slowly maturing spirit!

We are excited to announce that on Sunday June 5, from 1:00 pm – 5 pm, we will be hosting our yearly cask tasting event. It is an open-house style gathering where we bring down all the barrels from your year (2015) and have you come and sample your whisky. It will be interesting to see how it has changed and matured over the past year.

To help us with organizing and coordinating the event, please let miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com know if you will be attending and how many. If your group is more than eight people, please email to book a time. If you are the group organizer or purchaser for a group, please let your members know.

We look forward to seeing you!
Best regards,
Gordon

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Change is in the Air

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Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

Odd Society has three important announcements to share with you!

Changing of the Guard: a Farewell and a Welcome

Odd Society is sad to announce that Joshua Beach, our illustrious co-distiller, is leaving Odd Society and moving to Ontario. Josh’s long-term plan was always to move back home and now seemed an opportune time, after more than a decade in Europe and almost three years in Vancouver. As luck and timing would have it, Josh has landed an incredible job near his home town as Master Distiller for a massive distillery being built in Niagara-on-the-Lake called the Wayne Gretzky Distillery. Be sure to look out for their whisky in a few years’ time. We extend Josh a huge thank you for all his innovations at Odd Society and wish him success in his new adventure and new stage in life.

On a happier note, Odd Society is pleased to announce that we have hired an assistant distiller, Joel McNichol. Joel worked for several years as a brewer and jack-of-all-trades at R & B Brewing and has been training with Josh over the last month. Joel will be working his magic in the back, mashing and fermenting, and ultimately taking on distilling duties. Join us in extending Joel a big warm welcome!

Odd Society presents Beer on Tap!
Wallflower Gin meets Ode to Citra Beer

Barrel aging beer is a time tested tradition that leads to wonderful malt libations. Now that we are allowed to serve beer in our lounge, we decided it was time to take the next step and start collaborating with the many fabulous neighbors that surround us. Several weeks ago, we dropped off some empty oaken gin barrels at Powell Street Brewery, just down the street, which they promptly filled with Ode to Citra beer. Dave, master brewer, recently deemed the beer ready. It’s been kegged, carbonated, and is ready to drink. This will be the first in a series of experimental, collaborative beers using Odd Society barrels that we will be serving. Please join us for a glass of Ode to Wallflower beer on tap starting this Thursday, April 7, while limited supplies last! We are staying open an extra hour this Thursday. Ode to Wallflower is available at the distillery only.

Chickpea Food Truck Debut, Saturday, April 9th!

This Saturday, April 9, is the grand opening debut of the Chickpea Food Truck, Vancouver latest addition to the vibrant food truck scene! Check out their delish veggie/vegan food and be a part of the coming chickpea revolution. The Chickpea Food Truck will be parked outside Odd Society Spirits this Saturday starting at 4:30. Please come join us for a delicious drink and a tasty treat!

Distillery Store and Lounge Hours:

Bottle Shop
Thursday – Sunday 1:00 – closing (see below)

Cocktail Lounge
Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 PM (8:00 PM this Thursday)
Friday 3:30 – 11:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Mon. to Wed. Closed

That’s it! See you soon!

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Alterna Films Video Announcement

Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

We have a single announcement today, which we are incredibly excited about.

Check Out this 60 Second Film – It’s like a Movie Trailer!

We are humbled that Odd Society has inspired local filmmaker RJ Sauer to produce a short commercial film showcasing our East Van Vodka. Last week we held a launch party at the distillery and we got to view the film for the first time. The fruit of their labor is truly amazing.

Set within a fantastical civil war – with a nod to Cornelius the Owl’s naval uniform, pipe and moustache – a wounded officer is faced with a deliciously painful dilemma.

– Directed by RJ Sauer and produced by Alterna Films

Please support this collaboration between local filmmaker RJ Sauer and his talented team at Alterna films and Odd Society by sharing the video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email to as many people as possible.

That’s it! See you soon!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Welcome to 2016

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Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

We hope you had a warm, wonderful holiday season. Happy 2016 from all of us at Odd Society! We have a few things to share.

Your Own Cask of BC Whisky …

Our cask offer is now available. This year, choose between a 30 liter cask of single malt or rye spirit. In three years you will enjoy approximately 45 bottles of whisky. As a cask owner, you enjoy “visitation rights”, which means Odd Society hosts a once-yearly tasting event for all cask owners, at which you can taste and follow the progress of your whisky. For details, download the Odd Society 2016 Cask Offer.pdf. To order, please contact miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com.

The Acorn Restaurant and Odd Society collaborate on “A Distiller’s Dinner”

Please mark your calendars for The Acorn Restaurant collaborative dinner on Sunday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. Acorn Restaurant is offering a five-course vegetarian extravaganza. Each course is paired with an Odd Society cocktail or spirit. If you haven’t been to Acorn, treat yourself to an amazing evening of vegetarian delights. Acorn was chosen one of the top 10 new restaurants in Canada in 2014 by Enroute Magazine. They have been a big supporter since we opened and we are extremely grateful. A handful of tickets ($99) remain and are available through Dine Out Vancouver under the Events section (http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/events/distillers-dinner/) or contact Miriam at miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com .

A Video/Commercial featuring East Van Vodka

About a month ago, Odd Society was approached by RJ Sauer of Alterna Films. Alterna Films is a Vancouver-based production company for TV, film, commercials and web. In their own words, they specialize in visual storytelling. RJ had a fully developed story line for a spirits commercial that they wanted to enter in international competitions and use in their portfolio to attract new clients. They had the idea; they were just searching for the right spirit/label to use. Enter East Van Vodka. Since the action is set in the Deep South during civil war times, Cornelius, the mustached owl on the bottle was an amazing fit. We won’t give away the story line but we are very excited to see and share the final cut. Please check out Alterna Films and pictures from the shoot, as well as photos of all the other cool things they are working on. (Instagram:@rjsauer; www.alternafilms.ca)

Feature Cocktail

This month our feature cocktail is “The Importance of Being Earnest” which is a glorious blend of Earnest Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Aged Vodka, and Bittersweet Vermouth.

Distillery Store and Lounge Hours:

Bottle Shop
Thursday – Sunday 1:00 – closing (see below)

Cocktail Lounge
Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Friday 3:30 – 11:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Monday – Wednesday Closed

That’s it! See you soon!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Happy Holidays!

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Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

Happy Holidays to all! A few shorts days to go. Here is some last-minute info from Odd Society.

Holiday Hours:

Bottle Shop and Cocktail Lounge
Dec. 20 (Sunday) 1:00 – 7:00
Dec. 21-23 (Mon.-Wed.) 12:00 – 6:00
Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) 12:00 – 4:00
Dec. 25 and 26 Closed
Dec. 27 (Sunday) 1:00 – 6:00
Dec. 28-30th Closed
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve 1:00 – 7:00
January 1-7, 2016 Closed

Holiday Offerings

Please come by and join us for a drink. If you are thinking of shopping, our lineup includes:
• Gift bowl: Assortment of bottles and a flask wrapped in a gift bowl.
• Odd Flasks
• T-shirts
• Cocktail geek spirits on the unusual side: Aged Vodka, Bittersweet Vermouth, Oaken Gin

Acorn Restaurant Collaborative Dinner

We are super excited to announce a collaborative food-cocktail pairing event at the fabulous Acorn Restaurant on Main Street on Sunday, January 24. If you haven’t been to Acorn, you’ve been missing out. It is simply one of the most delicious vegetarian restaurants in the city. Acorn has been a big supporter since we opened and we are extremely grateful. Tickets will be available through Dine Out Vancouver. If you are interested please contact miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com and Miriam will let you know as soon as tickets are available.

Salal Gin

Thank you so much for your support! Our 80 bottles sold out in 24 hours. We have big plans for next year, pursuing the goal of producing “vast” quantities. Experience has now taught us ways to improve the process.

Cask Offer (BC Single Malt and Rye Whisky)

Odd Society is very excited to once again offer whole 30 liter casks of single malt or rye spirit for sale starting mid January. We will be sending out more info in January. For more information, you can download the PDF here http://www.oddsocietyspirits.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/OddSociety-Cask-Offer_FA.pdf. To add your name to the cask mailing list, please contact miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com.

That’s it! All the very best to all! See you soon!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Salal Gin Release

Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Distillers, and Spirit Lovers,

The holidays are almost upon us and we would be happy and honoured to be part of your celebrations. We have a few new offerings as well as our trusted regulars.

Salal Gin Released this Friday, December 4,

Our second annual release of Salal Gin will take place this Friday, December 4th. Salal Gin is Odd Society’s answer to British Sloe Gin. Since sloe berries aren’t native to Canada, we hit upon salal as our local equivalent. We had high hopes of releasing “vast” quantities this year but it was a dry season and salal berries and foragers were not plentiful. Luckily, Alexander McNaughton, a forager based in Tofino, was able to gather some for us, as well as Barbara, a resident of the Sunshine Coast. We thank you both! All that to say we produced a total of 80 bottles. This is almost a 100% increase over last year.

Bottles will be available at the distillery only, starting Friday, December 4th from 1:00 p.m. onwards for $30 (one bottle limit per person). We hope to see you then.

30-Liter Whisky Cask Offering
Choose Between 100% Rye or 100% Malted Barley

We are preparing for our annual cask offering in January. This year we are pleased to announce that cask owners will have the choice of filling their cask with either rye whisky OR single malt whisky. As you may have heard, a Canadian rye was voted World Whisky of the Year 2016 by Jim Murray. The next few years will be very exciting as more craft distilleries begin to bring their own whiskies on line. Stay tuned for more cask offer info in December.

If you are interested in being added to our cask offer mailing list, please email miriam@oddsocietyspirits.com.

Odd T-Shirts and Flasks

We are once again offering Odd T-shirts and flasks. T-shirts have just arrived and flasks will be available next week.

New Cocktails

Kylie has been hard at work creating holiday cocktails. In honor of our salal release, we will be offering our version of a French 75 called the “West Coast Salal 75”, which features Salal Gin, sparkling wine, and lemon.

Here’s a delicious spirit-forward drink you may want to try:

When I grow up

1 oz Mongrel
1 oz Aged Vodka
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
2 drops Peychaud Bitters
2 dashes Spitfire Bitters
Twist of lemon rind

Stir ingredients over ice. Strain into coup. Twist lemon rind over glass and drop rind into glass. Enjoy!

Hours:

Bottle Shop
Thursday to Sunday – 1 pm to close

Cocktail Lounge
Thursday 3:00 – 7:00
Friday 3:30 – 11:00
Saturday 1:00 – 11:00
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00
Monday-Wednesday – Closed

That’s it! See you soon!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Media Mentions

Odd Society Media Mentions

We have been fortunate enough to have been profiled by several media outlets since our launch. Below are a few select stories that we thought you might be interested in.

Globe and Mail10 tempting treats for the foodie in your life, December 10, 2013

We were featured in local journalist, Alexandra Gill’s holiday gift guide for foodies where she called us the “first provincially designated craft distillery using local ingredients exclusively.” She also said that East Van Vodka is “exceptionally smooth and smells like violets.”

BeatrouteOdd Society, December 9, 2013
Sarah Bauer begins her review of Odd Society with this beautiful sentence:

“A flower blooms in the mouth.”

She goes on to say “as I swallow, the crisp liquid darts brightly down my throat. Hot damn. Like its namesake neighborhood, East Van Vodka leaves a guileless impression.”

Well said.

Globe and MailVideo – On the job with spirits maker, November 20, 2013
Josh and Gordon showed Josh Keller, a videopgrapher from the Globe and Mail around our distillery and tasting lounge and shared a little bit about our process.

Vancouver Sun – Odd Society’s first product is a natural grain ‘sipping vodka’, November 12, 2013

Randy Shore wrote that “some vodkas are no more than neutral spirits, essentially flavourless and odourless, but East Van pushes the conventional definition of vodka from its grain selection to filtration technique.”

Vancouver CourierVodka and cassis on tap at new distillery, November 1

Cheryl Rossi quoted Joshua Beach, Odd Society’s production manager and distiller saying “bartenders are normally so bored by vodka in cocktails and they find having a vodka with a little bit of character really a refreshing treat,” in reference to East Van Vodka.

Scout Magazine

Scout Magazine has been kind enough to feature us several times, including in their awesome thing we drank column and their diner column where they share news of upcoming restaurants, bars and – in our case – distilleries. They recently shared our video done by Odette Visual too.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Casks

Single Malt Cask Offer

Making whisky is a big reason why I (Gordon) got my MSc in distillation from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and started my own distillery in Vancouver. The problem is, whisky can’t become whisky by Canadian law until it’s aged for at least three years in a barrel.

We’ve already started the aging process for the first batch, but we all have to be patient, which isn’t easy.

In the meantime though, we are proud to offer you the opportunity to own your very own private 30 litre cask of Canadian Single Malt made from 100% BC malted barley.

Your Single Malt will age at the Odd Society Distillery for three years at least and then will be bottled for your enjoyment. During this time, you can follow the aging process with periodic tasting events.

This is a limited time offer. We are taking orders starting in January, cask filling has already begun.

This offer includes:

• 30 liters of Odd Society Single Malt barrelled at approximately 62%
• Storage for three years in American Oak casks at the Odd Society Distillery
• Bonding and insurance for three years
• Visitation and tasting events at the Odd Society once a year

$1500 plus bottling fees

This is a substantial discount on the retail selling price per bottle, making it an excellent investment for any team, club, family, or any kind of organization or individual who loves Single Malt. You can even purchase the empty cask for $125 if you want a trophy.

Download this PDF for more details or contact us if you have any questions.