The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | The 14th annual San Francisco Worlds Spirits Competition officially announced their 2014 winners yesterday. Odd Society Spirits received multiple awards for their East Van Vodka, taking home gold for package design, and silver in the vodka category. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is regarded as one of the most respected spirits competitions in the world. Products are evaluated by leading spirits professionals and are judged blind, making this annual competition one of the most reputable and recognized competitions in the spirits industry.
Thirty-nine spirits experts convened at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco for the 14th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition March 20 through March 23, 2014. Distillers and importers from 63 countries submitted 1,474 spirits into 89 different categories. The packaging portion of the competition was judged independently and took place in a single day. A panel of four distinguished graphic and packaging design professionals awarded 78 medals for excellence in design from 201 packaging entries.
“It is an absolute honour to have our vodka recognized in multiple categories at such a prestigious competition,” says Gordon Glanz, Founder and Distiller of Odd Society Spirits. “Being able to compete on an international level is thrilling. Being awarded for our packaging as well as our spirit is overwhelming.”
The East Van Vodka recipe was perfected by Distillers/Co-Owners Gordon Glanz and Joshua Beach, while the package design was created by the brilliant team at Cause + Affect. East Van Vodka was created as a tribute to East Vancouver, where the distillery is located. Made from 100% malted barley grown in Prince George, East Van Vodka is distilled in custom-designed European-made copper stills and proudly blended with purified Vancouver tap water. The whimsical label features artwork of an owl named ‘Cornelius’ sporting a mustache, pipe and naval uniform, illustrated by local artist Shwa Keirstead.
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
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Vitamin V Daily, Maria Tallarico – That’s The Spirit
Montecristo, Kimberly Budziak – Odd Society Spirits’ Crème de Cassis Royal Lineage