Harmony Arts Festival mixes a great Night On The Pier

Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats
(and vegetables)

A sunny, summer evening on the waterfront, cocktails, nibbles and a few hundred revellers roaming Ambleside Pier, is the recipe for another great Night On The Pier. Part of West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival, Night On The Pier brought together seven of Vancouver’s top bartenders and mixologists to complete with each other for the superior sip.

Visitors were able to stroll Ambleside Pier and sample each of the libations created with a featured spirit. Amongst the cocktail stations were light bites from Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats, Las Margaritas, Cocoa Progressive Latin Restaurant.

Scroll through the participating bartenders’ beautiful cocktails to find the #1:

Skye Hanuel Kim from Ambersand Bistro & Bar
Cocktail: Sassy Secret
Featured Spirit: Cascadian Dry Gin
Souhail Rostainajad from Pourhouse
Cocktail: Amble Breeze
Featured Spirit: Bulldog Gin
Gareth Jones from Juniper Kitchen & Bar
Cocktail: Surely Seaside
Featured Spirit: Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin
Katie Ingram from Elisa Wood-Fired Grill
Cocktail: Wannabe
Featured Spirit: Tanquery No. Ten Gin + Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach
Sabrine Dhaliwal from Pourhouse
Cocktail: Summer Sunsets
Featured Spirit: Belvedere Vodka

And voted number 1 cocktail for the 4th Annual Night On The Pier…

Robyn Gray from Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Cocktail: Ambleside Punch
Featured Spirit: Santa Teresa Rum

If you missed out on sipping these cocktails at Night On The Pier, you can see what these bartenders are mixing by visiting their bars.

BC Distilled 2017 – Main Tasting April 8th

This week, the fourth annual BC Distilled Festival celebrates British Columbia’s craft and micro-distilleries.

The BC Distilled Main Tasting at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Saturday 6pm – 9pm, brings out 30 plus distilleries, restaurants and other suppliers. Admission to the Main Tasting, $69+ fees, available online, is all you need to enjoy the Main Tasting. Unlike other food and beverage festivals, BC Distilled samples are not ticketed so guests are free to sample any sip that strikes their fancy.  Gin, aged Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Liqueurs and more, the distilleries will be sampling straight spirits and some cocktails, six restaurants will be serving canapés to make sure you’re not drinking on an empty stomach.

In addition to the Main Tasting, smaller events are taking place all week long. The Spirit Showcases series are at Legacy Liquor Store, tonight BC Gin Showcase features eight BC Gins + one non-gin ‘guest’ spirit. Then on Wednesday the BC Barrel-Ages Gin Showcase features eight barrel-aged BC Gins + one non-gin ‘guest’ spirit. The popular BC Whiskey Showcase is already sold out on Tuesday. 

Friday, April 7th another sold out event, the Distillers Dinner at Forage Restaurant is a meal pairing six courses with the products of six local distilleries. Chef Chris Whittaker has created the dinner menu to pair with a straight shot of the spirit as well as a mixed cocktail.

Find tickets for all of the BC Distilled events online at bcdistilled.ca/tickets


BC Distilled Festival 2016

Tomorrow, the third annual BC Distilled Festival gets underway celebrating British Columbia’s craft and micro-distilleries.

Victoria SpiritsThe festival starts Friday night with a sold-out first of its kind Cask Strength Whiskey Tasting Preview, at the Westin Bayshore,  nine distilleries will be sampling straight from the barrel, under 3 year old (save for one) that are not yet for sale. This your chance to taste the future of BC’s burgeoning distilled industry,

Photo 2014-11-20, 18 42 38Saturday  evening, The Main Tasting Room at the Croatian Cultural Centre brings out 30 plus distilleries and restaurants.  Unlike other food and beverage festivals, BC Distilled samples are not ticketed so guests are free to taste anything that strikes their fancy.  Gin, aged Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Liqueurs and more, the distilleries will be sampling straight spirits and some cocktails.  The Legacy Liquor Store pop-up shop is on location if you want to take home anything you’ve sampled.

Photo 11-27-2013, 20 41 51While the Whiskey Tasting Preview is sold out, Tickets for the Main Tasting Room as available online for $59.99 or $79.99 for VIP Tasting.

Christmas Shopping for the Libation Lover

Vancouver’s cocktail and bar scene has had a great boost in the last few years with the opening of a wide variety of local distilleries.  Along with the distilleries has come a renewed cocktail culture, and side enterprises like locally blended bitters and creative bartenders creating their own spin on classic cocktails.

If Photo 2014-11-20, 18 42 38you have someone on your Christmas Shopping list who’s a fan of a good libation, create a custom cocktail kit of their own filled with Holiday cheer.

Family run, Long Table Distillery is Vancouver’s first micro-distillery and help launch the current spirit revival.  Long Table Distillery offers a selection of gin, vodka and seasonal spirits that make a great gift for the home bartender. Package the bottle in one of their handcrafted pine gift boxers for a terrific Christmas gift.Photo 2014-11-20, 18 25 02
To see the possibilities of what can be created, stop by the Hornby Street distillery & tasting room on Fridays for Gin & Tonic Fridays or Thursdays and Saturdays for their Cocktail Laboratory in partnership with Vancouver Apothecary Bitters, which also make a great gift for a budding bartender.

Photo 2014-11-20, 18 25 21Long Table also offers a great selection of bar tools, mixes and other equipment needed to make the spirits bright all year long.



The Liberty Distillery launches Endeavour Gin

Endeavour_3Spring has sprung and a new crop has bloomed at The Liberty Distillery with the launch of Endeavour Gin.

Endeavour Gin is a versatile London Dry Style Gin. Like all of the spirits from The Liberty Distillery, it begins with 100% organic BC grain. A triple distilled wheat spirit and a botanical gin basket, an elaborate blend of twelve traditional botanicals (selected for their essential oil content) are slowly infused during re-distillation in the distillery’s single copper pot still. The result is a Gin with a clean, fresh, long lasting, and smooth finish; perfect for preparing classic G&T’s and sipping Martinis.

The tasting noted identify Endeavour as a compelling gin with bright floral notes underpinned with savoury botanicals on a solid juniper base. On the palate, juniper is first detected, which is quickly followed by a subtle interplay of citrus and aromatic botanicals; that is lightly brushed with hints of peppery Paradise Seed. Alchemy leads to a seamless, long, smooth, and lingering finish.

Endeavour is extremely supple and easy to drink on its own; when blended it will create intriguing and refreshing cocktails. I look forward to trying it for myself. If it’s like the rest of The Liberty Distillery’s line up, it’ll be terrific. 

Endeavour Gin is available from The Liberty Distillery in 750ml,  375ml, 50ml bottles.
The Liberty Distillery is located at 1494 Old Bridge Road, Granville Island.
Follow them on Twitter @TLDistillery, or on Facebook

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Local Liquor

Victoria Spirits  Photo 12-3-2013, 18 59 32With recent changes in BC Liquor laws (and more to come), there is a plethora of great distilleries and breweries popping up alongside the Lower Mainland already renowned wineries.

There’s something for everyone; Long Table Distillery, Victoria Spirits,  Odd Society Spirits, Liberty Distillery, Yaletown Distillery / Brewery, Granville Island Brewery, Brassneck Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing,  Vancouver Urban Winery and many more new additions are all putting their stamp on our liquor cabinets with some great products.

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Visit them and have a sip in their tasting rooms and pick up a great gift to surely raise the Christmas Spirits on your list!

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