December 10, 2007

Deep Drinks at Deep Ellum


We got a phone call last week from Harold Joyce from WyattZier. He said he had a few surprises he wanted to show us, and asked if we could meet up. The name might not mean anything to you, but this is the man who introduced us to Zygo, 44 North, and Compass Box (Eleuthera, Asyla, and Peat Monster), so we knew we were in for a treat. He said he knew of a really cool bar near us, and we agreed to meet, and that cool bar was almost his undoing.

When we arrived at Deep Ellum, we realized it was the bar that would be created if you reached into our collective head and plucked out the perfect setup. Small and intimate, with a friendly and funny staff (big ups to Emily for making us feel at home), and the drinks. Oh, the drinks. We were so excited by the beer menu we didn't even notice the cocktail list. And once we saw the cocktail list we had a hard time paying attention to Harold. Plus, they were playing Built to Spill on the stereo.

The cocktail selection is beyond the pale at Deep Ellum, and not only do they make drinks you won't find elsewhere - when's the last time you got an old-fashioned Sazerac made with brandy and real absinthe at a bar? - they make them exceedingly well. On top of that, they make their own bitters and other mixers instead of using pre-made stuff. Thats the kind of dedication to the craft that will make them stand out. Plus, those of you who know us know the Old Fashioned is our barometer drink to tell whether a bar knows what it's doing, and theirs knocked our socks off.

We'll be telling you about the drinks we sampled with Harold soon - Shango Rum, a new 44 North expression, and the fabled and hard to come by PC5 - but we can't right now...we're off to Deep Ellum. For our readers in the Boston area, we recommend you do the same. We know there's not much to their website, but don't let that fool you...just get your ass down there. Tell 'em Liquor Snob sent you.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 10, 2007 11:51 AM
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