The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | There is a whole lot of love brewing in East Van this Valentine’s Day with the release of Odd Society Spirits’ first amaro, Mia Amata, on February 10, 2017. Known for creating award-winning European liqueurs, distiller Gordon Glanz produced this Italian digestif with his daughter Mia Glanz. Along with being a nod to her name, Mia Amata translates to “my beloved” in Italian. “My first-born Mia [Glanz] is the creator of our beloved amaro,” said Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits founder and distiller. “I acted as a resource to her during this three-year passion project but it really is her baby.”
Before opening in 2013, Gordon had amaro on his mind. At the time, Mia was studying ethnobotany at the University of British Columbia. She discovered that many indigenous cultures living in the Amazon used specific tree barks as aphrodisiacs. After extensive taste testing with many different varietals, together they discovered that the barks have beautiful bitter notes perfect for making amaro. Mia researched plants based on their known aphrodisiac qualities but selected the final ingredients for their individual flavour profiles. In addition to developing the recipe for the amaro, Mia was involved in each component of the liqueur carefully selecting the evocative illustration drawn by artist Katie So and incorporated into the label by Cause + Affect.
Just as traditional Italian liqueurs delighted in the bounty of the spice trade, Mia Amata unites expressive fruits, flowers, barks, roots and resins from the four corners of the world. At its heart are indigenous aphrodisiacs from Brazil blended with myrrh gum from Somalia, kola nut from West Africa, candied plum from Persia, cacao and vanilla bean from Mexico, mace from India, and elderflower and magnolia from British Columbia. Catuaba is probably the most notable of all the Brazilian aphrodisiac plants infused in this sensual spirit.
Mia Amata is available in 375mL for $22.00 at Odd Society Spirits Distillery and Tasting Lounge starting February 10, 2017. Prices will vary at select private British Columbia liquor stores.
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.
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