The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits is thrilled to announce that cocktail veteran Matt Cooke has joined the team as full-time Brand Ambassador and Bar Manager. With over a decade of cocktail experience, Cooke contributes experience, knowledge and creativity to the distillery’s cocktail lounge and brand.
“Matt Cooke is a welcome addition to the Odd Society team,” says Proprietor and General Manager, Miriam Karp. “He brings with him passion, drive and a wealth of knowledge about Vancouver cocktail culture.”
Holding a degree in engineering specializing in chemistry, complemented by a comprehensive understanding for cocktail creation and bartending, craft distillation is a natural curiosity for Cooke. He is a past director of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association’s B.C. Chapter, and has spent the last year as the senior bartender at Tableau Bar Bistro.
“As a bartender, working at a craft distillery like Odd Society Spirits is a dream realized,” says Cooke. “From grain to glass I have input, developing ideas for cocktails before the spirit is even finalized.”
As Brand Ambassador, Cooke will create and maintain an advanced cocktail program utilizing all products made onsite by Odd Society Spirits. Acting as an extension of the distillery, he will fulfill multiple roles including lead bartender and sales representative, educating local restaurant and bar staff about Odd Society Spirits.
The tasting lounge is open: Thursday, 1PM through 7PM; Friday and Saturday, 1PM through 9PM; and Sunday, 1PM through 6PM. Tours of the distillery are offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4PM.
Gordon Glanz, Founder & Distiller
Miriam Karp, General Manager
Joshua Beach, Production Manager & Distiller
About Odd Society Spirits
Odd Society is a small-batch craft distillery in the heart of East Van. Housed in a converted motorcycle garage on Powell Street, Odd Society Spirits is well situated in a happening craft liquor community, with neighbours including Powell Street Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Storm Brewing, Coal Harbour Brewing and Bomber Brewing. The area is also quickly becoming a hot dining destination with popular restaurants Bistro Wagon Rouge and Kessel & March popping up just steps away from the distillery. Dedicated to combining old world distilling traditions with new world ingredients and ingenuity, Odd Society Spirits has created a family of spirits that entice and intrigue.
Founder and Distiller Gordon Glanz holds an MSc in brewing and distilling from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland where he experimented with distilling whiskey using raw grains and commercial enzymes before studying under the masters at Springbank distillery in Campbeltown.
Now back in his home town, Gordon is applying his penchant for experimentation and knowledge of tradition within the Odd Society, which he operates alongside his wife and partner, Miriam Karp, and good friend Joshua Beach.
What’s in a Name? The name ‘Odd Society’ reflects an interest to use their spirits and distillery as a way to bring together a diverse collection of creative and unique people. They wanted to make a home where guests could feel comfortable revealing their inner oddness.
The Odd Society is about experimentation, embracing change and celebrating individual and collective oddities.
This philosophy extends to their ideas about distilling. Just as any successful society is made up of a variety of distinct personalities in concert, they want each of their spirits to create a cast of unforgettable characters. From the subtle and discrete Wallflower Gin to the raw and untamed Mongrel, their family of spirits is meant to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the Odd Society community.
Scout Magazine, Andrew Morrison – Awesome Thing We Drank
Vancouver Courier, Cheryl Rossi – Odd Society Sets Up In Brewery District
North Shore News, Tim Pawsey – Small-Batch Distiller Sets Up Shop
Wallpaper Magazine, Hadani Ditmars – Enter The Odd Society
The Vancouver Sun, Randy Shore – Odd Society’s First Product Is A Natural Grain ‘Sipping Vodka’
Beatroute, Sarah Bauer – A Fresh Crop of East Van Craft
Globe and Mail – On The Job With A Vancouver Distiller
PrevailPrevail, Prevail – Inner Spirit
Vitamin V Daily, Maria Tallarico – That’s The Spirit
Montecristo, Kimberly Budziak – Odd Society Spirits’ Crème de Cassis Royal Lineage