Friday, September 7, 2012

Baker's Bourbon at Harley's Smokeshack and Ribs

I was on my way to the Costco and Target located at the East River Plaza on 117th Street and remembered about a BBQ spot that I wanted to check out called Harley's Smokeshack & Ribs. Located at 355 E 116th St and First Avenue, Harley's seems to be the beginning of what I believe will be a renaissance of bars, lounges and restaurants that will undoubtedly transform El Barrio. Since I needed to gear up for my adventures in school supply shopping, I figured I could use a drink. So in I went.

After sitting at the bar and perusing the list of spirits available, I decided to have a Baker's neat with an ice water on the side. Why Baker's? I've never had one and if you've read my other post from bars that isn't the one I work in, I try to sample something that I have never sampled before and it's Bourbon Heritage Month so off I went to the land of bourbon.

According to the Original Small Batch Bourbon Collection website Baker's Bourbon is:
Named after Baker Beam, grand nephew of the legendary Jim Beam, Baker's® Bourbon is seven-years-old and hand-bottled at 107 proof. Embracing over six generations of distilling experience, Baker's Bourbon utilizes a special strain of jug yeast that has been in the family for over 60 years. This time tested yeast provides Baker's with a silky smooth texture and consistent taste from batch to batch
The Baker's has a clear amber color. At first scent the Baker's has a very appealing aroma. At first sip I find that it is strong but has a smooth taste to the lips. The tingling sensation goes away after the first sip. I notice that it has a very subtle sweetness to the tongue and is very smooth going down. It is not the least bit harsh and I don't find it very smoky.

It stands alone from let's say the sweeter Maker's Mark and the stronger and bolder Knob Creek. I would definitely have another one whenever I am back at Harley's. And speaking of Harley's.

The place smells divine: of meat and BBQ sauce. They have a small but decent tap selection with an extra large bottled beer selection including craft beers such as Maduro Brown Ale, Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager, Sea Dog Wild Blueberry, St. Louis Framboise Raspberry among others. They also have an extensive selection of Bourbons, Whiskeys and signature cocktails. Happy Hour is everyday from 12pm to 7pm.

If you are a carnivore AND a beer/bourbon/whiskey drinker: Harley's Smokeshack & Ribs is the place is for you. Now I want to go back.

Until Then Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla