Pioneering local distillery Odd Society has announced they are releasing their first vermouth.
The East Vancouver-based craft distillery had to get a winery licence in order to produce their small batch vermouth, which is a bittersweet fortified wine, best known for its use in cocktails like the Manhattan or Negroni made with sweet vermouth, or the classic Martini made with dry vermouth. The Odd Society Spirits Bittersweet Vermouth bridges the traditional divide in vermouth by representing the dark and sweet and the light and dry.
To make this particular vermouth, Odd Society’s co-owner and distiller Gordon Glanz focused on the flavours of the Pacific Northwest, choosing Arbutus bark from Mayne Island to provide a taste of regional heritage. Altogether, the Bittersweet Vermouth uses “a mix of twenty-five different local and international herbs and botanicals including citrus, rhubarb root, and bittering agents like wormwood, cinchona bark and centaury,” explains Odd Society.
Odd Society Spirits Bittersweet Vermouth will be available to purchase for $22 in 375ml bottles at the distillery starting Thursday, December 18, 2014. Select British Columbia restaurants, bars and private liquor stores (prices may vary) will also be carrying this locally-made Bittersweet Vermouth.
Address: 1725 Powell Street
Phone: (604) 559-6745
Featured image: Inside the Odd Society Spirits tasting room (Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)