We’re excited to have Adam Smith, Andrea Shubert, and their incredible, locally crafted spirits back at the Bison! Edmonton’s first distillery, Strathcona Spirits produces small batch, award-winning spirits made using traditional methods and local ingredients in a tiny boomtown building in Old Strathcona. Catch them at the Bison both weekends, follow them on Instagram (@StrathconaSpirits) and read on to discover what inspires them to make top-shelf booze!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Strathcona Spirits: Born from the ashes of a live arts space, the passion for the distillery was sourced from a strong interest in the real alchemy of distillation, the collection of essence, local flora, the fascinating world of aging spirits, and our desire for Edmonton to be a part of this history.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SS: We sit surrounded by some of the finest grains available on earth, and you definitely taste this quality in the spirits. We’re also discovering untouched flavours from the Northern Boreal Forests that have never been used in spirit-making before. Needless to say, it’s a pretty exciting time for spirits!
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SS: Great. Edmonton’s creative community is definitely thriving, and it’s wonderful to see a small glimpse of this at the Royal Bison each year.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SS: We’re always stoked to see anyone doing interesting, original, and creative work. An example of this would definitely be Gruger Family Fungi. Their hemp-based vertical mushroom farm is innovative, super-interesting, and they’re growing the most stunning (and delicious) mushrooms.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SS: Get outside, build a massive winter fire, and sip on a steamy Strathcona Spirits Barrel Aged Gin Hot Toddy.