The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | It’s the quiet ones that often take you by surprise. Shy and demure while awaiting the opportune moment for its official debut, Wallflower Gin by Odd Society Spirits is now the belle of the ball and is available on shelves at many of Vancouver’s finest cocktail bars and private liquor stores.
Almost all of the world’s gin is made with a neutral grain spirit, but distillers Gordon Glanz and Joshua Beach wanted to create a stand-alone gin crafted from the grain up. Wallflower Gin is made from 100% British Columbia grown barley and a distinctive combination of west coast and international botanicals. It is distilled in small batches in a unique copper-pot still that combines two great gin-making traditions: maceration and vapour extraction. The result is a balanced spirit that is luscious and aromatic yet light and refreshing.
“Because we make our gin from scratch, we have a greater understanding of each ingredient,” says distiller Joshua Beach. “Making this gin took a great amount of research, patience and care as we wanted to distinguish the delicate nuances of each floral component.”
With intense notes of rose, elderflower and lavender as well as subtle undertones of cranberry, juniper and orange peel, Wallflower Gin can be sipped straight or enjoyed in an impeccably crafted cocktail. Both gin aficionados and novices alike can start experimenting with their own 750ml bottle of Odd Society Spirits Wallflower Gin available at Odd Society Spirits’ distillery and cocktail lounge, and select Vancouver private liquor stores, restaurants, bars and farmers markets. Recipe for Odd Society Spirits BC Bramble after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited the soon-to-open Pallet Coffee Roasters on Semlin Drive (at East Hastings) to join the Coffee section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to source a cup of the dark stuff. Scout previewed the space just last month, so click here for some background. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making Hastings-Sunrise a more caffeinated place to be.
The Key People
Shane D., Operations Man.
Sharif S., Roaster & QA
Mentions & Excerpts
About Pallet Coffee Roasters
At Pallet Coffee Roasters quality, traceability, & transparency always come first. We source in season coffees from only exceptional producers to show that everyone can get a nice cup.
To create anything delicious, the most important part is starting with simply good ingredients, and coffee is no different. Before we add a new coffee to our offering, each potential coffee has to meet our own benchmarks through multiple cupping & tasting sessions in regards to flavour, sweetness, and most importantly cleanliness. Coffees that are not specialty grade are out of the question.
We like to roast each coffee as delicately as possible to their sweetest level, taking into consideration their origin and terroir, the varietal, and processing style. The result unlocks true flavours, rather than flavours imparted by the roasting process. Coffee from different regions and origin have specific flavour characteristics of their own and we want to show these coffees in their best form.
Our roastery & coffee shop is tucked in the quaint East Village area in East Vancouver, on Semlin drive, bordering the diverse industrial & residential area. Mainly a production space, the coffee shop & tasting room lets us showcase our current offering, and at the same time visitors can see our roaster in action and the overall coffee roasting process.
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. Read more
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria’s family is growing and is now offering 2 positions on our team! We need an incredible Bartender and a vivacious Host. Both are full time positions and are needed immediately. These positions are demanding and are key elements to our family. We need organized, passionate and tenacious personalities who will represent our brand with pride and love. Are you up for the challenge? 3+years experience required, spanish an asset. Please send your resume & cover letter, with topic heading referring to position you are applying, to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
by Grady Mitchell | Kingsgate Mall will always be a shopping centrepiece in Mount Pleasant, but for the month of June it’s pulling double duty as a creative hub, too. For her residency with the Western Front artist’s centre, Casey Wei has launched Kingsgate Mall Happenings, a month-long schedule of events in the mall including concerts, public forums, curated conversations, comedy, poetry readings, dance, karaoke, and even tarot readings.
Rather than disappear into dusty archives during her residency and conduct research, Casey chose to make a more public-facing and dynamic project. Although a mall seems an unlikely place to stage art, the response from Kingsgate management was enthusiastic from the get-go.
Casey and her crew have set up a small lounge in the centre of the mall comprised of some broken-in leather couches, a column of three TV monitors, and a rack of zines and schedules. This is a sort of command centre from which she’ll orchestrate and host the month’s events. Casey is still open to adding acts. You can get in touch with her via Kingsgatemallhappenings@gmail.com.
To check out the event schedule and learn more about Happenings, check out the website.
The GOODS from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Vancouver, BC | With summer just around the corner, the team at Parallel 49 Brewing Company has been busy bottling their thirst-quenching brews for patio season 2014. Welcome summer! Adding another craft brew to their seasonal lineup, the East Vancouver brewery is excited to introduce their newest fruity flavour, Tricycle, a refreshing lager blended with ruby red grapefruit juice.
Along with Tricycle, Parallel 49 will be bringing back some craft beer fan-favourites including Banana Hammock, a hefeweizen brewed with wheat, Pilsner malt and German hops with aromas of banana and cloves. And their much-anticipated Belgian style Witbier, Seedspitter, which boasts an effervescent watermelon aroma and crisp dry finish. The craft brewery has also brewed a lager version of their year round Hoparazzi, making it crisp and refreshing for those long, hot summer days in the sun.
“We always get excited about launching our seasonal beer,” said Graham With, head brewmaster at Parallel 49, “Nothing beats sipping on a cold craft beer on a hot summer day and our line-up of seasonal brews are crisp and refreshing.” Details after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited East Van’s Parallel 49 Brewing Company to join the Breweries section of our GOODS program as an excellent supplier of local craft beer. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making the neighbourhood a much more refreshing one.
by Ken Tsui | It’s early in the afternoon at Commercial Drive’s La Mezcaleria and Chef Alexander Cruz is getting ready to feed his crew after hours of preparations for the coming dinner service. Today, he’s making chilaquiles. “It’s a Mexican lunch classic,” says excited co-owner Ignacio Arrieta, who can’t wait to dig in himself.
Cruz begins by putting a big pot of red guajillo pepper sauce on the stove. As it begins to heat up, he whisks a big bowl of eggs, pouring them into a satisfyingly sizzling hot pan before folding in a healthy dose of refried beans. Meanwhile, bar manager Pablo Schor is making fresh orange juice, Arrieta is setting the table, and the rest of the night’s staff begin to trickle in for the staff meal.
With the sauce now bubbling, Chef Cruz ladles it over each plate and nestles big spoonfuls of refried beans next to crispy totopos (corn tortillas) before garnishing them with sour cream, raw onion, cheese, and fried eggs.
Chef Cruz calls his duo of cooks out of the kitchen as everyone gathers around the table to eat and crack a few jokes. Once the crew mops the last of the guajillo pepper sauce from each of their their plates with bits of bread, they hop back to work preparing for the evening’s onslaught.
The People Who Make It Happen
Mike Sleeman, Owner
Anthony Frustagli, Owner
Nick Paladino, Owner
Scott Venema, Owner
Graham With, Owner & Head Brewmaster
Michael Tod, Owner
About the Business
Parallel 49 Brewing Company is an East Vancouver microbrewery brewing up some of the highest quality craft beers in B.C. With a successful first year and high achievements at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Parallel 49 has recently expanded their sales into the Prairie Provinces as well as Ontario and the U.S. Their unusual but fun and cheeky named brews have become wildly popular among craft beer enthusiasts who enjoy their year round brews including Hoparazzi, Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale and Old Boy. In addition, Parallel 49 offers a variety of highly anticipated seasonal beers including watermelon infused Seedspitter, pumpkin Oktoberfest Schadenfreude, Ugly Sweater Milk Stout, and many others.
Visit Parallel 49’s East Vancouver tasting room and liquor stores across the lower mainland to purchase 12 and 6 pack bottles. Growlers are also available for purchase at the brewery. For more information on their latest brews visit the website here.
PRESS & Accolades
“The Parallel 49 Brewing Co. opened on Triumph Street a year ago, and has bubbled up as vigorously as the 30 or so weirdly named beers from its six 5,000-litre and eight 10,000-litre tanks. Weird? How about Banana Hammock? Salty Scot? Lost Souls? Hoparazzi? Ugly Sweater? Schadenfreude? The latter word refers to the pleasure in seeing others fail. That certainly wouldn’t apply to Anthony Frustagli, Nick Paladino, Mike Sleeman and Scott Venema, who own the St. Augustine’s restaurant and craft-beer mecca, and Michael Tod and Graham With who joined them to found Parallel 49.” – Malcolm Parry, The Vancouver Sun
“It’s always exciting to see a new craft beer maker pop up in Vancouver; it’s even more exciting to see a brewery push boundaries, take risks and create new and interesting flavour combinations. Expect to see bold choices coming from Parallel 49 in the future.” – Ryan Tessier, Vancity Buzz
“Having an understanding of the science of brewing has almost certainly enabled Parallel 49 to achieve consistency in its product, even with the brewery in a state of near-constant expansion.” – Jan Zeschky, The Province
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret has a fresh set of cocktails to whet your appetite this spring. Pair the refreshing Pimm’s Cup with the always reinvigorating Ice Cream Social: Rock n Roll Dance Party (Friday May 16) to wash away the work week, or the Hemingway Daiquiri with the literary lyrics of Waxahatcheee with guests Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, and Needs (Friday May 23). We’ve got something on the menu for everyone, musically and otherwise. Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Tonight is East Van Soul Club; both a two-man DJ crew (SlimRoy and Jonny Was) and also a vinyl-only monthly dance party operated by these aforementioned soul obsessives. Sounds cover the spectrum of 60s soul regions and styles, blazing with Motown and Stax chart-toppers and raiding a decade full of criminally-unheard rarities with cuts out of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and everywhere in-between. Tracks that you know will fuel the party, interspersed with floor-fillers you’ve never heard before but can’t possibly understand why not. Check out the event on Facebook for details on how to get 2-for-1 entry. Read more
The GOODS from Matchstick Coffee Roasters
Vancouver, BC |We are hiring for our Fraser and Kingsway location. If you are passionate about excellent coffee, great food, and treating people well, then we should talk! We offer competitive wages, extensive training, and lots of room for advancement. There is a full-time barista position available immediately. Please drop off your resume in person and ask for Alexandra (emailed resumes will not be accepted). We look forward to meeting you! Read more