The GOODS from The Irish Heather
Vancouver, BC | This Sunday (June 2nd), Vancouver whisk(e)y lovers will gather at the Shebeen Whisk(e)y House in Gastown to celebrate Ardbeg Day. The next Ardbeg limited edition for 2013, “Ardbog”, will be unveiled, and the Shebeen will be inaugurated as the first “Ardbeg Embassy” in BC with an exclusive event from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The Shebeen is honoured to be selected to be the official Ardbeg Embassy for Vancouver, and would like to offer the opportunity for two lucky guests to be granted tickets to attend this special invite only event. To enter into a draw for the two tickets, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Ardbeg. Read more
by George Giannakos and Robyn Yager | Slowing down a little and breaking out a good book is never a bad idea. But what to read? You could walk into any bookstore and roll the dice on a recent release, but here’s another option: pick up a book that you last put down 5, 10, or 20 years ago. For the next book in Scout’s Read It (Again) series, we’ve picked Ernest Hemingway’s 1929 novel, A Farewell To Arms.
Why You Should Read It (Again) | Hemingway gives us everything he’s got in this bestseller. It’s a classic of love and war with just the right dose of both. The story follows Frederic “Tenente” Henry, an American serving in the Italian Red Cross in World War I, and his affections for a nurse named Catherine Barkley. Parts of it are obviously autobiographical, which makes it all the more enjoyable.
Pair It With | There were 40 occasions in which someone takes a drink in this book, of either grappa, brandy, whisky, Cognac, vermouth, gin or wine. While they’re all tempting choices, we’re thinking a quiet corner in The Shebeen would suit these pages perfectly. Choose a sipper from their ridiculously extensive whisky list and ease into it…
‘What are you thinking, darling?’
‘What about whiskey?’
‘About how nice it is.’
Catherine made a face. ‘All right,’ she said.
Go ahead and order two.
The GOODS from The Irish Heather
Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday January 22nd, join The Irish Heather for a special Three Distillery Long Table Series supper. Hosted by Master of Malts Iain McCallum of Morrison Bowemore, guests will experience a fantastic tasting of single malts from Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan Distilleries, paired perfectly with dishes crafted by Executive Chef Paul Haldane. Appointed Master of Malts in April 2011, Iain McCallum has a global educational role with Morrison Bowemore’s core brand portfolio, including the Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glen Garioch distilleries. In 2013 Iain was recognized for his services to the Scotch Whisky Industry, awarded Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland, Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the year 2013. Hailed as “a new breed of ambassador”, Iain manages to mix a mastery of hard-core technical knowledge with a rare passion for the fun aspect of whisky. Details… Read more
The GOODS from the Shebeen
Vancouver, BC | Glenfiddich has launched its Cask of Dreams series of events in Canada to provide a rare opportunity for whisky lovers to participate in the ‘finishing’ of an exclusive Glenfiddich whisky. The Irish Heather’s Shebeen, home to the largest collection of whisky in BC, is proud to be the host of this event on April 26th. Guests are asked to sign their dream (eg. “One day I will…”) onto the cask that will be used to finish this fine whisky in Scotland. The resulting special bottles will be returned to BC. While this a trade event closed to the general public, we have managed to get our hands on 2 tickets and are giving them away to two lucky people. Simply send an email to email@example.com with “Hey, I’m a dreamer’ in the subject line. We will select the winning name at random.
by Andrew Morrison | Robert Belcham, award-winning chef/co-owner of Fuel, Campagnolo and The Cure, has handshaked a deal with Sean Heather to oversee his multiple Gastown menus, including those at Salt Tasting Room, The Irish Heather, The Everything Cafe, Judas Goat and Fetch.
With the recent exit of chef Lee Humphries, there was a need to fill a hole at the top, not so much in day to day operations on the various lines, but rather in the realm of creative menu development (we’re happy to also report that Humphries has since landed as the new chef at “C”).
“We’ve been friends for a few years,” Belcham told me yesterday over a bottle at The Irish Heather. “I respect Sean as a businessman a lot. The guy spins gold out of shit”. He jokes, adding “I mean, who opens a fucking restaurant in Blood Alley with no chef?” Fair point. He seems to be stoked to be tasked with helping to re-craft a pub menu (“I’ve loved pubs since the day I was allowed to drink”), but I suspect it’s the prospect of fiddling with Judas Goat that excites him most. The new Blood Alley joint is basically an amuse bouche operation – churning out a kaleidoscope of tiny plates that are big on flavour – a prospect sure to give any creative mind the raging jollies. Read more
The biggest draw of Gastown right now seems to be the temporary German beerhall set up in the parking lot next to Steamworks. It’s not even in Gastown proper, but rather at its gates, sucking a lot of the daytime Olympic traffic from the neighbourhood. I went by yesterday and marveled at all the folks lined up when over a dozen kickass watering holes were within reach down the street. I hear zee Germans actually sold more beer in the first 9 days of the Games than they did at Turin altogether. Word is they actually ran out and had to charter a flight full of Thuringian suds to meet the ridiculous demand.
To help the local establishments out, Richard Gallagher, partner and creative director of Gastown’s Engine Digital, put this cool two-sided flyer together. Feel free to tweet, copy, paste, Facebook and forward it to all your contacts. All of those included - The Alibi Room, Cobre, The Diamond, Shebeen, Irish Heather, Boneta, Chill Winston, Six Acres, Salt, Jules, Revel Room, Black Frog, Pourhouse, Greedy Pig – are just a wedge to a 3-wood off the typical tourist track. Check ‘em out, not least because paying a $20 cover to line the pockets of people who aren’t invested in the city is sort of dumb. “No Tents. No Line-Ups. Actual Bars”. Dig it.
Michelle and I attended a very satisfying Long Table Series dinner at the Irish Heather last night. It was the first of the restaurant’s whisky themed LST suppers. Chef Lee Humphries plated an excellent baked ham on mash with bourbon soaked cherry compote to close out a solid tasting of four Buffalo Trace products: Rock Hill Farm Single Barrel, Hancock’s President’s Reserve Single Barrel Reserve, Buffalo Trace Eagle Rare 10YO Single Barrel, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Kentucky Straight. Read more