Monday, February 17, 2014

On Tap This Week

Ronnie Higgins Guests Bartends! (Tuesday, February 18)*
We’re finally getting around to our staff holiday party, because it’s oh...February. But we wouldn’t be so cruel as to close up shop entirely just because we’re taking a little time off. We called Ronnie Higgins — a trusted friend — to babysit you man the bar. He’s been busy over at The Revel Room, but we promised we’d pay him in bangers.

Which brings us to our next point: our kitchen will be closed tomorrow night, but we called a food truck near and dear to us — Chubby Wieners will be onsite to fulfill your need for encased meats.

*Tuesday hours: 4pm-2am

George Dickel (Thursday, February 20)
The best medicine for cabin fever is a shot — of Dickel. We’re serving up $7 George Dickel Tennessee Whisky pours — including rocks and highballs — and $8 George Dickel Manhattans.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Meet and Greet with 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Barrel aging is all the rage, but we all knew that already, didn’t we? This Wednesday, we’re adding to the hype when we host a Meet & Greet with the Founders and Head Brewer behind 4 Hands Brewing Company, from St. Louis, Missouri. They’re making beers inspired by the American craft movement that push the limits of creativity, particularly via a barrel -aging program that will knock your socks off.

Meet & Greet with 4 Hands Brewing Company
Wednesday, February 12th

We’ll have six 4 Hands Brewing Company beers in our Chalkboard’s six-pack! Notables include (but not limited to):

Cuvee Ange
Inspired by the French Oak wine barrels that once housed all French wine varietals, fermented with wild yeast and aged in a combination of Cabernet, Merlot, and Grenache barrels with raspberries and blackberries. Cuvee Ange is a fruity, tart, complex ale that pours a bright rose with aromas of fruit, funk, and wood.

Beyond the Bricks
This new debut, a Belgian Strong Golden Ale, is aged with apricots in Chardonnay barrels.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cheers, Cristiana!

Cristiana DeLucca isn’t exactly a new face around Bangers & Lace, but we thought you needed a little pick-me-up in the middle of this snow-filled and freezing Winter. Cristiana is no stranger to the service industry, but she spent a bulk of her pre-Bangers & Lace career at the notable cocktail haven, The Drawing Room. She began her stint as a server, absorbing everything about the place before the siren’s song of cocktailing lured her behind the stick. She apprenticed under Charles Joly for years, and when he moved onto greener pastures, Cristiana took over his position as Beverage Director.

Some time later, when Cristiana knew it was time to move on to a new spot, she put her beer goggles on —  as in, she wanted to learn more about beer — and what better place to settle down than Bangers & Lace?

After asking a fair amount of questions and trying everything that was put in front of her, she’s got an awesome handle on her beer game. Right now, Cristiana is particularly fond of Sours and Imperial Ales and isn’t naturally drawn to the super-hopped styles — we expect Eric has something to say about that — though she’s constantly trying to test her palette with challenging spirits and styles.

Cristiana calls herself a “situational drinker” so while she’s got a rhyme and reason to her personal booze selections, there’s no definite favorite in the mix, though she does admit to going for something a bit bigger (like lines 20-26 on the chalkboard) when she’s got the night off.
Educating drinkers and spreading good taste is not something Cristiana takes lightly, she’s also a Portfolio Embassador for The Back Bar Project, where she orchestrates recipe sharing, tastings, 
education and training.

You’ve got three chances every week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) to grab a cocktail from this master mixologist and expert beer provider!