This is going to be a quick little impression and not a full review as we want to have a chance to have a longer visit than our impromptu one we had on a recent evening. We had attended a meeting and had a little time before we had to be back to get the kids so we decided to head out and grab a drink. Mrs. Nom mentioned that we should give Grane Whiskey Dispensary and Craft Cocktail a try as we were in the midtown area.
Grane is a fairly recent addition to the popular Midtown Crossing development and is the brainchild of the folks that brought us the great wine tasting store Brix where you can use the automated wine dispensing machines to sample various wines as you go. Grane Whiskey takes the automated wine dispensing technology found at Brix to create a whiskey tasting bar where you can try 20-25 different whiskeys using the machines with out waiting for a bartender. There is also a traditional bar with an amazing selections of whiskeys arrayed on shelves behind the bar. The decor is reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy, with exposed brick and wooden beams. The dark stained wood and dim warm lighting give the inside a comfortable cozy feeling that really harkens back to Prohibition. While the decor and focus on whiskeys and scotch feels very masculine, Mrs. Nom felt very comfortable and we noticed other couples enjoying the private nooks and comfortable lounges that are sprinkled around the space.
Not having a huge amount of time to hang out, we decided to take a seat at the bar and sample some of the craft cocktails. While we were looking at the menu, one of the staff came up and mentioned that they were having a special tasting that evening and we should definitely come over and check it out. We headed over to the lounge area where we had the chance to take part in what Grane is calling “Whiskey Wednesday” and try some free samples of three different types of Aberlour Single Malt Scotch, a 16 Year, an 18 Year and the A’bunadh, a cask strength scotch that is a very limited release.
We returned to the bar where we made our cocktail selections, with Mrs. Nom choosing the Main Squeeze from the house specialty menu while I chose the Mamie Taylor. The Main Squeeze was a gin based cocktail featuring Ransom’s Old Tom gin, grape fruit and cardamom and a Deschutes IPA and a dash of hopped grapefruit bitters. Slightly sweet with a bright citrus bite, the IPA gave the drink had a nice hoppy bite that balanced out the sweetness of the gin and grapefruit.
My selection, the Mamie Taylor, was from the Whiskey classics section and featured Monkey Shoulder blended scotch, ginger beer and a lime. This drink was a smooth drinking cocktail with a nice bit of malty sweetness that complimented the sweet and spicy ginger beer and the tang of the lime. Served in a highball glass with a lime wheel garnish, the aroma of the lime really enhanced the interplay of scotch and ginger.
Grane is definitely one of those places we are going to have to return to check out and do a more thorough exploration of, as we didn’t have a chance to try any of the small plates or many of the cocktails. It definitely would be a great spot for a nice evening drink or a classy guys night out.
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