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Ginapalooza Vancouver: Get gin-spired this June

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Justin Taylor Jun 14, 2016 2:30 am

Ginapalooza is back for the second time in Vancouver from June 15 to 29, 2016. This uniquely Canadian, multi-city gin festival first launched in Toronto, then in Montreal and Calgary, and now moves westward to celebrate in our city.

For two weeks, locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to navigate our streets satisfying their palates with more than 40 signature #GinapaloozaVAN cocktails.

In its second year here in Vancouver, Ginapalooza has taken 14 of Vancouver’s top cocktail venues and paired them with 14 of the most incredible local, national and internationally renowned gin brands to create some of the greatest gin cocktails consumers will ever taste.

How Ginapalooza works

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Simply pick up a complimentary G-PASS at any of the participating venues starting on Wendesday, June 15, 2016 and follow the G-PATH for an experience that’s truly ginspirational! (Full instructions are online here: HOW-TO-PALOOZA.)

Here’s a little insider tip: If you are looking to purchase any of the partnered gins featured in this year’s gin festival, visit Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village and receive 5 per cent off your purchase.

There will be ongoing prize giveaways, including a nationally held contest to win the Grand Prize: a trip for two to the birthplace of gin – London, England – for a private Tour of Beefeater’s Distillery.

Other ways to meet, mingle, and toast to gin for Vancouverites are to indulge in Ginaplooza’s signature Gin Sip & Socialize pop-up tastings; bid on single-edition artwork by Canadian artist Pierre-Paul Pariseau to raise funds support of our Albertan neighbours affected by the wildfires; and vote for your favourite #GinaploozaVAN bartender to support their chances of winning the position of representing Vancouver, BC as Canada’s best Ginapalooza bartender.

Here’s a sneak peak of the participating venues and what they have in store for you. Some of the venues have expanded Ginapalooza menus, too, with multiple drinks available.

The Cascade Room

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Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

Bear Essentials: Okanagan Spirits Gin, Huckleberry Liqueur, Blueberry Honey, Lemon Juice, Egg Whites, JT’s Gunpowder Bitters, and Preserved Blackberries.

Juniper

Juniper G&T: Aviation American Gin, Juniper Berries, Lemon Peel, and Fentimans Tonic.

YEW Seafood and Bar

The Queen of Hearts: Victoria Gin, Amaro Montenegro, Giffard Pear, Giffard Apricot, Cider Reduction, Lemon, and Honey.

The Belmont

Bond’s Bane: The Botanist Islay Gin, Lillet Blanc, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup, Strawberries, and Basil.

The Keefer Bar

Photo courtesy Keefer Bar

Photo courtesy Keefer Bar

Railtown Raddler: Beefeater London Dry Gin, Sage and Raspberry Syrup, Lemon, Red Ginseng, and Postmark Raspberry Ale.

Royal Dinette

Rock: Bulldog London Dry Gin, Lavender Honey Mead, Concord Grape Drinking Vinegar, Pressed Lemon, Orange Bitters, and Soda.

Prohibition

Exotic Tonic : Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, Pineapple, Sage, and dehydrated Lime.

Clough Club

Superfluous Advice:  NYD Dorothy Parker American Gin, Strega Liqueur, Red Pepper, Raspberry, Lime, and Firewater Bitters.

Ancora

Photo courtesy Ancora

Photo courtesy Ancora

Aphrodite’s Milk: Fords London Dry Gin, Rosebud Shrub, and Greek Yogurt.

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

LUNA ROSSA: Brockmans Premium Gin, Punt e Mes, Ruby Red Grapefruit, and Amarena Syrup.

Hello Goodbye

English Meadows: Hendrick’s Gin, Aperol, Lemon, Vanilla Syrup, Cucumber, and Orange Blossom Water.

Beach Bay Cafe

English Bay G&T: Long Table Distillery London Dry Gin, Fever Tree Indian Tonic, Lemon Balm, Lime, Cucumber, and Jasmine.

UVA Wine + Cocktail Bar

Poppy Lou: Noteworthy New Western Dry Gin, Fino Sherry, Red Berry and Gentian, Lime, Cherry Jus, and Bittered Sling Autumn Bog Cranberry Bitters.

AnnaLena

Spruce Wayne Returns: Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Spruce Tip, Lemon, Cucumber, Mint, Coconut Water, and Absinthe.


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Justin Taylor
Justin Taylor A renowned bartender and cocktail creator, Justin Taylor has been a fixture in the industry in both Toronto and Vancouver for the better part of two decades. As General Manager at The Cascade Room, Justin continues to stir up the Vancouver bartending scene with a heady mix of knowledge, panache, wit and hospitality. Justin spent 7 years at Yew Seafood and Bar, located at the Four Seasons Hotel and 2 years at Boulevard at the Sutton Place Hotel. There he won some very prestigious cocktail events that saw him represent his country overseas and land his very own Proprietary Bitters from local bitters producer Bittered Sling, called Gunpowder. Justin has long been a supporter of the local craft spirits movement and has many, now famous, Vancouver inspired cocktails. Go and ask him for his Professor Suzuki cocktail which is 100% BC made.

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