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Tippa’s Lovebird Gin is handcrafted in small batches in Okotoks and comes in a bottle that features work by Calgary artist Lisa Brawn. (In case you’re wondering about the name, distiller Paul Poutanen’s background is Finnish, and “tippa” means “drop” in Finnish. He told me he uses a “special secret technique” to make the gin very smooth.) $42 at Rocky Mountain Wine, Spirits and Beer, 225 58th Ave. S.E., and select Calgary liquor stores. For a complete list, go to

Meet the Maker: Paul Poutanen has chanelled his punk rock ethos into a career of gin distilling

“He may be all over the map when it comes to music, but when it comes to spirits, Poutanen has laser-beam focus: he’s all about gin, all day, every day. “I’ve always really liked gin, and it’s a hot spirit right now,” he says. “There are a lot of gin aficionados who always want to try the next great gin out there.””



Mixing summer drinks with cool local spirits and fresh fruit

Fri, Jun 15: Food writer Dan Clapson joins Global News Morning Calgary to demonstrate how to mix some summer drinks with cool local spirits and fresh fruit.

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Tippa’s Lovebird gin is so clean; it doesn’t taste like your average gin, which is heavy on the juniper and coriander. [This gin is] completely different ” —Eric Auclair, Calcutta Cricket Club


Local Spirits: 13 Distillers from Southern Alberta

As these distillers roll out their vodkas, gins and whiskies, it has brought an infusion of local flavours into Calgary, and with it, a renewed interest for cocktail drinkers in what’s going into our tumblers.


TM 2018 “Tippa’s Lovebird Gin”

TM 2018 “Lovebird Gin”

Copyright 2018 “Tippa’s Lovebird Gin”

Copyright 2018 “Lovebird Gin”

“Lovebirds”artwork by Lisa Brawn

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