Just because we have to practice social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t stay social. Videos and details of past Virtual Spirited Sessions. ABOUT SPIRITED SESSIONS: Meant for community and professional development, Spirited Sessions is a bartending and drinks enthusiast seminar series. The goal; achieve higher growth and education amongst Canadian bartenders while having a great time. Spirited Sessions has always been about fostering community growth, coming together, sharing dialogue, sharing stories, staying educated, and keeping sharp.
For each bottle sold, Sovereign Canada will be donating $5.00 to the @bartendersbenevolentfund AND the @_cpba_ to help hospitality professionals who are out of work due to the pandemic
Hey Atlantic Canada, it’s time to rejoice, you now have a bitters supply store of your very own! Our Territory Manager, Evan McNeil, is now open for business at bigwheelsbar.com, an online store dedicated to selling bitters to the Atlantic provinces offering free delivery to those residing in the Halifax area. Brands include, Scrappy’s Bitters, Apothecary Bitters, Bittermens, and Peychaud’s.
We’ve been hard at work over the last few months to get some great new spirits onto the shelves across the country. Here’s a list of what’s new and exciting province by province this Fall. Check them out!
Spirited Sessions began three years ago as a platform for community growth, engagement and education and it’s been nothing short of amazing to watch it grow into its own. Over the last 6 months we managed to pivot the in-person seminar series to a Zoom-hosted platform where we’ve brought together people from all over the world. Navigating a world pandemic and huge upheaval of the hospitality industry we knew that we had to lend a helping hand to all those in need and to those that have helped us so much through the years. And so began our #tipsforfam initiative.
A massive congratulations are due to Tequila Ocho, Fords Gin, Koch Mezcal & Worthy Park as they all won big in 2020 Awards.
Congratulations to everyone; well deserved!
We’d like to give praise to all the organizations and individuals that have brought us quality, thoughtful, and relevant online content over the spring and summer months. Cheers to you all!
As the province of BC reopened this summer, one Victoria restaurant, Wind Cries Mary, decided to step up and give back to the community as they kicked off their reopening on June 29th with a Charitable Fundraiser for the BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).
Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, you will find our Sovereign feature, Andrew Keyes, formerly of Lot Six Bar. Recently taking a step back from full time bartending to explore other positions within the industry, Andrew has been a key (no pun intended) component to the fantastic people responsible for making the cocktail culture as outstanding as it is on the East Coast of Canada.
Keyes joined the industry with a “how you got started in the ‘biz’” story just about as great as we’ve ever heard. A young Keyes was a busboy at Datsun Restaurant in Ottawa, when a fellow bartender cut his hand during service, allowing him to rise to the occasion and take over for the rest of the shift. Immediately hooked on hospitality, Andrew dropped out of school the next day and became a full-time bartender.
As a man wearing many hats—mixologist, corporate liaison for the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, and principal of Sovereign Wine and Spirits—Jon Smolensky knows his liquor. In an interview with the Straight, he suggests that, for the longest time, most of us didn’t know what good tequila was.
“Fifteen years ago, there were not a lot of tequilas in the marketplace, and part of the reason was because there wasn’t the insatiable demand that there is now,” he says. “And the reason there wasn’t an insatiable demand for tequila was because of the kinds of tequila that were in the marketplace. So it was sort of a cyclical problem—like the chicken-and-the-egg thing.”