Monday, March 17, 2014


1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into a beer tulip glass with ice. Top with 3 oz Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA, gently stir, and add straws.

For a second drink at Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Tyler Wang recommended the Sawbuck, a beer cocktail on the menu. With the beer, spice, and walnut notes, it reminded me of Brick & Mortar's Fears and Failures, while the IPA, citrus, and cinnamon medley made me think of Russell House Tavern's Private Shandy. Regardless, the combination as a whole was different enough and intriguing.
The Sawbuck greeted my nose with a dark honey like note that I attributed partially to the beer's floral hops. A carbonated citrus and malt sip gave way to dark nutty notes on the swallow. The swallow then ended with the IPA's piny hop flavors with growing cinnamon notes from the syrup.

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