East Vancouver continues its transformation into Portland North with the addition of its own distillery.
Odd Society Spirits at 1725 Powell Street in East Van had its official unveiling this week. With a snazzy tasting room, cool-looking label art and its very own (tasty) vodka, the small-batch craft distillery brings Vancouver one step closer towards craft everything. Just like Portland.
Located next to an artists’ loft space known as The Arc, and only a few blocks as the crow flies away from two breweries (Powell Street Brewery and 49th Parallel), Odd Society is welcoming thirsty locals and tourists alike to its location.
So far the distillery has only bottled its East Van Vodka, which is made from 100% B.C. malted barley. But the three people behind Odd Society is promising their gin (Wallflower) and whisky (Mongrel) soon.
Odd Society came together when partners Joshua Beach and Gordon Glanz met at booze school in Scotland (Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh), where they were studying for their Masters in distilling and brewing. The third partner is Gordon’s wife, Miriam Karp.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, or even if you’re not, it’s worth dropping by to see the mural behind the bar in the tasting room. The art, by local artist Shwa Keirstead, captures an elegant, old-time feel with a nod towards the Great Pacific Northwest.
Odd Society tasting room hours:
Thurs – Sun 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 4 p.m. (no reservations required).