The Fat Ham has rightfully been getting early love for its hot chicken, fried oyster sliders and Southern hummus. But that’s not to say the beverage program has been slacking. The Fat Apple is a star on the bar’s cocktail list. The bourbon-based cocktail is dangerously easy to drink and could easily be a gateway cocktail to a love of brown liquors.
One of the first reasons to venture to Northern Liberties was Liberties Restaurant. But that was back in the nineties and that rose has long lost its bloom. Now the bar and restaurant is being remade as Bourbon and Branch.
Alex Carbonell is the chef and owner of the new establishment. He has previously been in the kitchen at Lola’s in New Hope. Carbonell will be serving up pub fare with a twist like lamb bourguignon shepherds pie and tikka masala mussels.
This Thursday, January 9th, Percy Street Barbecue will be offering several varieties of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. At 5 p.m. they’ll be pouring six vintages of the highly sought after bourbon and rye. There will be one and two ounce pours that Percy Street promises “won’t break the bank.”
Headhouse Square’s The Twisted Tail is amidst its own little renaissance. Its original scathing reviews imprinted a below-average name to a place with a lot of potential, and then all was fixed. There’s a bunch of whiskey events happening this week at the southern food/whiskey and blue’s lovin’ joint (for National Bourbon Heritage Month), but there’s something that stands out among the rest:
Everyone’s favorite Eraserhood whiskey bar is throwing a battle royale. On Wednesday, March 27th, from 6-9 p.m., The Trestle Inn is hosting a bourbon battle, where contenders will be mixing up their best bourbon cocktail and finding out where theirs stand amongst the rest.
Kevin James Holland, the operator of West Philadelphia’s Fiume, is a serious fan of the brown liquors, and this Friday, he’s launching the bar’s third annual whiskey festival. And even if Fiume wasn’t a tiny bar with six stools and a handful of tables, Holland’s fest would be most ambitious. Read more »
At JG Domestic, February is apparently bourbon month because for 28 straight days, the crew there are celebrating the brown spirit like they forgot its birthday.
So how are they celebrating? By pouring it, natch. Lots and lots of it. All throughout the month of February, they’ll be offering two different flights of small-batch bourbons: A $10 “Lawrenceburg” option that brings Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, and an upscale “Versailles” flight for $20 which involves Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, Woodford Reserve and Black Maple Hill. For an additional $9, the kitchen will create custom bar snacks to accompany your flight.
But wait, that’s not all…