The GOODS from Sons Of Vancouver
North Vancouver, BC | Earnest Ice Cream has brought back the Fall favourite SOV Amaretto again this year. Last summer the ice cream geniuses at Earnest did a Seasonal Sundae pairing house made biscotti, sour cherry compote and Amaretto Ice Cream made in part with the Sons of Vancouver Distillery.
“I believe we did it with the intention of it being a bit of a one off,” says Jennifer Ward, Wholesale and Events Manager at Earnest Ice Cream, “But people loved the sundae so we scooped the Amaretto at both shops all Fall.” The team describes it as a ‘boozy vanilla’ with the classic, creamy Earnest base fortified with the No. 82 Amaretto and a dash of almond oil to balance out the fruity with a subtle, nutty flavour. It’s strong on its own and also makes for a classic pairing flavour — great for affogatos and donut a la modes.
“All year people kept asking us when Earnest was going to do it again. As soon as it was gone people were asking about Ice Cream,” says James Lester, owner of Sons of Vancouver. “And my wife kept bugging me,” adds Richard Klaus, Head Honcho at Sons of Vancouver. “I always joke that Earnest is way better at making ice cream than we are at making Amaretto so I was really happy to hear they wanted to do another round!”
It took a couple months for the North Shore Distillery to build up enough stock of the spirit, but moreso Earnest had to fit the collaboration into its ever-revolving roster of frozen creamy goodness. Wham bam it’s a year later and just in time for the holidays; check out SOV Amaretto at either of the Earnest Ice Cream locations on Quebec or Fraser. And while you’re there pair it with the Whiskey Hazelnut or take home a pint and have the best pumpkin pie of your life!
photos: Katie Huisman
James Lester | Owner, Operator, 25
Richard Klaus | Owner, Operator, 24
About Sons Of Vancouver
Sons of Vancouver is a really, really small batch distillery set to open on Vancouver’s North Shore. James Lester and Richard Klaus are the two righteous dudes dedicated to bringing you their craft Vodka, Chili Vodka and No. 82 Amaretto. How they got here is a bit of a story.
Friends for a decade, they have been brewing beer and learning the finer points of alcohol and the community surrounding it for years. Originally meeting in Northern British Columbia, James and Richard worked together in oil and gas. Promised prosperity and a good life, they were let down and quickly grew unhappy. Tired of selling their lives for dollars in an ugly trade, they took their hands-on skills in process control and vowed: to never do anything they didn’t want to ever again. With this new motto, it felt appropriate to do what any old married couple ready to enter their golden years would do, and threw a great big retirement party and headed off to Mexico. It was during the resulting 40 day and 40 night adventure down the west coast and back that the guys began crafting the idea of a business together.
This idea went on hiatus in its infancy, with James becoming a travelling bartender and Richard journeying through Latin America. However, after a healthy break of separate growth and experience, James and Richard met back up and started working with distillers south of the border to learn the market and skills. There the two gents learned how to make Vodka, Gin, Bourbon and Lemoncello. The desire to open a distillery really came organically and was a natural progression of James and Richard’s shared backgrounds in brewing, bartending and process control. James, brewing beer since junior high and Richard, who spent more time brewing IPAs in college than he did attending school; it was always clear that alcohol and the process of making it would somehow become a part of their lives. Often asked, “why not craft beer?” James will always joke that it was because he couldn’t grow a big enough beard. In reality, with a city full of great beer these two guys drew from their personal and professional backgrounds to bring great craft spirits to Vancouver, an emerging market with a great future.
After two years of blood, sweat, and man tears, the Sons of Vancouver Distillery is nearly open, and the two guys behind the curtain are ready to welcome you in with a smile. Featuring rustic repurposed stills, a beautiful tasting room, and killer product, the guys hope to be welcoming you into their new space on the North Shore in early 2015.
They intend to serve as an inspiration to all those with almost impossible dreams, that following a path with integrity and dedication, the impossible can indeed be achieved. They are excited to be a part of the growing market of distilleries in British Columbia.