A few weeks back our team had the opportunity to stop by the Sons of Vancouver headquarters on Crown St. in North Vancouver. The distillery is a warehouse fronted by a quirky, yet charming and trendy reception/tasting area where James Lester and Richard Klaus greet customers and share their infectious passion for their really, really local and really, really small batch vodka operation.

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The warehouse is stocked with tools, beakers and distilling equipment reminiscent of a steampunk set.

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The boys are always experimenting with new and exciting ways to make their delicious poison. Below apricots are being fermented.

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The distillery is one part laboratory, one part art gallery and two parts home. Richard and James delight in explaining the finer points of their distilling process while sipping on and sharing the finished product.

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Sons of Vancouver was founded on using local ingredients to create their product. Everything put into the vodka, from the grains to the bottles comes from BC.

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In my opinion their best and most creative product has to be the Chili Vodka. Infused with local aquaponic chilies, it’s near impossible to shoot. However pair it with some Walter All Natural Craft Caesar Mix and you’ve got one of the best caesars known to man.

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Recently, Sons of Vancouver applied for permission from The District to turn a portion of the distillery into a lounge–meaning they would be able to sell and serve drinks to up to 10 people at a time. Exciting stuff, not only for the James and Richard, but for the Lower Lynn industrial district as an up-and-coming locale.

Cheers Fellas!

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