ABOUT US

Graham, Josh, and David started Compass Distillers with a shared belief in the joy of making something world-class, locally. Artisan Craft Spirits are not imported, blended with generic ingredients, or pumped out of a factory. They are made from scratch, with the best locally sourced ingredients, by people who have a passion for the process and the result. That is Compass Distillers.

Graham

President

 

Graham, is a rum enthusiast, a sailing fanatic, an avid woodworker, and by day a mechanical engineer.  He worries about the nuts and bolts at Compass Distillers, where he is enjoying our rum offerings and waiting for the next barrel to reveal its secrets.


Favourite spirit: Spiced Rhumb
Favourite pour: Norse Bounty

Josh

Founding Member

 

The one who looks good in a suit and reads all the fine print and incomprehensible legal stuff to keep us on the straight and narrow. Lover of crows (good thing we didn't go with the name "3 Crows"), Star Trek, Converse and conversation.  When not traveling the world with a debating team, can also be found volunteering with the Halifax Refugee Clinic or adult literacy. Plus, he’s the chief prosecutor for Halifax.


Favourite spirit: Aged Gin

Favourite pour: Musquodoboit Mule

David

Enabler At-Large (or “I can build that”)

 

No problem is so great that a few intense planning sessions, some brainstorming, and every waking hour can’t solve.  Want to make award-winning spirits from raw ingredients? No problem, we just need a good space, a great still, some fermenting tanks, an industrial boiler …. The list goes on, and it is all here on-site at Compass Distillers.

 

Favourite spirit: Vodka

Favourite pour: Musquodoboit Mule

Jill

Procurement manager (aka the errand girl)

 

Happenstance interior decorator, and official summer Gin Drinks test team member.  Jill, like David Byrne, sometimes asks herself "Self, how did I get here?" but loves the excitement and challenges of this new adventure, even though she does still have to get up for her day job!  Met the founders in high school, but took her time to marry one.  Spending time sailing with family and friends may be just another excuse to serve cocktails featuring Compass spirits!


Favourite spirit: Gin and Spiced Rhumb
Favourite pour: The Beeline

Ezra

Head Distiller

 

Part of the build team of Compass, he liked it so much, he decided to stay!  With his passion for craft distilled spirits and natural palate, Ezra is the creative director for our award winning, locally crafted spirits. He’s constantly experimenting with new and local products to make better spirits. Ezra can’t get enough of martinis, sailing, yoga and travel.


Favourite spirit: Wintergreen Schnapps
Favourite pour: Old Fashioned

Alex

Distiller

 

A guru of the gauges, mage of the mash tun, friend of the fermenters and the boss of the bottling line... When not creating our spirits he might be resting on a bed of Nova Scotian grains, dreaming of one of his multiple musical endeavours.  As a generally creative person, Alex brings some of his fermentation and brewing knowledge and passion for experimentation to Compass' spirits production. You can regularly find him covered in grain dust, soaked in water/mash while hanging with Tess, or playing drums around town.


Favourite spirit: Aquavit
Favourite pour: Compass Caesar

Renae

Sales, Events & Marketing Manager

 

Renae is charged with getting the word out about our award-winning, handcrafted spirits. She has been working in marketing and events management for the past ten years and joined the Compass team in April. Renae brings creativity and enthusiasm to new endeavours to promote our spirits. Fascinated by the process of spirit making, Renae tries to learn something new every day. When she’s not “talking spirits” you might find her exploring Nova Scotia, discovering all this beautiful province has to offer.


Favourite spirit: Gin Royal
Favourite pour: Violet Lady

Jordan

Bar Manager

 

A classic son of New Scotland, Jordan has enjoyed over seven years’ experience in fine dining mixology, industry-leading cocktail competition, bartending instruction, writing, photography, and – most importantly – an unwavering passion for all things imbibe. He may have gotten his start bouncing in one of the roughest bars on the East Coast, but Jordan has grown to be a spirited member of the Halifax bartending community, and a vigorous advocate for everything found in Nova Scotia. Ask him where the best Dry Martini is to be found in the world, and he’ll say, “Right here at Compass.”


Favourite spirit: Gin Wild
Favourite pour: The Classic Dry Martini

Erin

Bartender/Admin

 

Our world traveler. Originally hailing from the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Erin has a passion for travel having explored Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. Her next dream destination is Morocco. Erin graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Chemistry, which gives her an appreciation for all things distilled. When she’s not behind the bar creating delicious cocktails, you will usually find her cuddling her two rescue cats – Watson & Sullivan, or doing the daily crossword puzzle. Stop by the bar to meet Erin and try her latest creation.


Favourite spirit: Gin Wild
Favourite pour: Negroni

Mike
Brand Ambassador

Michael is the latest addition to the Compass team after working 30 years in the drinks industry in three countries. With his vast knowledge Michael is responsible for growing the sales & distribution of Compass products with the Nova Scotia liquor Board and opening new global markets. He is particularly passionate about Gin and recently passed the Diploma in Gin accredited qualification in Scotland to compliment the WSET Professional Spirits Certificate he attained in 2007. Michael loves living in Nova Scotia which reminds him of Yorkshire, his original home. Friendly people with a fiercely independent spirit and now a professional soccer team. The Halifax Wanderers to keep him busy in his spare time.  Michael hopes to see Compass products in his original homeland, across Canada and around the world in the future.

Favorite spirit: Gin Wild

Favorite pour: Gin & Tonic

Mallory

Bartender 

 

Always in a New York State of mind, Mallory has returned to her home town of Halifax from several years spent in NYC exploring the food and beverage scene while doing some studying on the side. With a passion for pop culture and imbibe she is on the constant hunt for the perfect mix of sweet, sour, bitter, and boozy. Her next travel destination is sure to inspire something new.


Favourite spirit: Aquavit
Favourite pour: Mojito

Mike

Bartender 

 

Music and gaming nerd by day, cocktail craftsman by night. Mike has a strong focus on education and fostering his local community. With years of customer service and event staff experience Mike strives to ensure that everyone who walks into Compass feels welcomed and well taken care of. You can find him around the HRM learning about all things alcohol or as part of our night bartending staff here at Compass!


Favourite spirit: Spring GiNS
Favourite pour: Negroni

Compass Distillers

2533 Agricola St

Halifax NS B3K 4C4

Canada

(902)446-0467

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