By Graeme Wiggins
VANCOUVER — B.C. is currently about halfway through winter, so there is quite a bit of cold weather still ahead and it’s time to start thinking about new ways to take the chill off and heat up. Thankfully, Sons of Vancouver, a new small batch distillery, will be opening up their new tasting room in North Vancouver (1431 Crown Street) so one can heat up their insides with the warmth of artisanal spirits.
James Lester and Richard Klaus, its founders, are two men from Northern B.C. originally, so the name Sons of Vancouver might seem like a strange choice. “The name comes from our desire to keep things as local as possible,” says Lester. He continues, “We try to keep as many of our ingredients sourced from around the lower mainland, or as close as possible.” To begin with they will be offering infused vodka in Amaretto and Chili flavour, perfect for a cold January evening.
The room has been the works for some time now, and looks to be made even better with the success of an Indiegogo campaign to raise some funds for some extras to spruce the room up. Says Lester, “We were going to open even if it wasn’t successful, but this allows us to shine the room up a bit.” Some paint, better seating and a concrete bar should help make the tasting room a place to hang out. From the pictures they’ve shown of the creation process, it looks to be a warm room with a suitably rustic charm.
Changes to B.C.’s liquor laws of prompted a small boom in local distilleries, following in the wake of a micro-brewery boom. Are Sons of Vancouver concerned that this new influx of competition will make their product harder to stand out? “I hope that 100 distilleries open in Vancouver. Competition is good for everyone.” Standing out shouldn’t be hard for them. With most distillery offerings around town offering your basic vodkas and gins, Sons of Vancouver’s choice to open with such distinct infusions as Amaretto and Chili Vodka should give them an edge and displays their creative side. And there is more to come in that vein. Lester explains, “Did you know that Tabasco sauce is aged in Jack Daniels barrels? I’d really like to get some of their barrels to use. I have talked to Tabasco. That’s the project I’m most excited about.”
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