Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

As far as any historians can tell – Edmonton, Alberta has never had a legal distillery. The space where Strathcona Spirits stands wasn’t ever meant to be a distillery, either. When owner Adam Smith secured it, he wasn’t a distiller. In fact, he had no idea that he would be involved in such a groundbreaking effort. The Baby Seal Club “We’ve had the space for well over 10 years”, relates Smith. “The original purpose for…

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Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits

Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits

It’s a bright, hot April day in Vancouver and I’m speaking to Gordon Glanz, the owner of Odd Society Spirits about his 3-year-old distillery. Glanz is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and that’s where he developed his interest in distilled spirits.  “For some unknown reason we used to distill our water at home”, he says with a chuckle. “I’d use my moms water distiller to make spirits from wine that I made. It was pretty awful,…

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