When Greenbar Collective opened up shop Downtown, we knew we had to visit. It looked so cool and it’s the first booze manufacturer Downtown since prohibition and they are working with some really great clients. Case in point? Art In The Age, the Philly based art, design, and booze collective who were recently in town to promote some new spirits of theirs that are produced by Greenbar. We swung by to taste the new goods and try their old favorites–and see the Greenbar space.
It was an intimate little affair with all the Art In The Age and Greenbar guys hanging out, sipping cocktails and experimenting with their boozes. If you guys aren’t familiar with their spirits, they are these super interesting liquors that are based off of alternative sources: you have Root, which is from licoricey nosed items like star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, black tea, and more and tastes like root beer, the liquor, and is similar to a whiskey; you have Snap made from ginger which is a very creamy (to me) spirit similar in taste to a spiced rum–but lots more complicated; and you have their newly rolling out Rhubarb (pet name: “Rhuby”), a rhubarb, carrot, beet, and other root vegetables liquor surprisingly make for a lemon-y vodka-like spirit. Those are all great–but they were second fiddle to the star of the event: Sage, their newest and even unannounced liquor which–you guessed it–is made from sage (and fennel and rosemary and such) and is very similar to a complicated gin.
The cocktails being made at the event all showed the liquors at their finest, from a Root Julep to a Snap Lemonade/Punch to a “Ruby Muse” to a “Sageside,” essentially a middle point between a Gimlet and a Mojito. All the spirits are in fact liquors and not liqueurs or things you use to compliment: they are straight up the main course in a drink. And, they’re all organic, which is what Greenbar is known for championing and being so good at. They were also using lots of Greenlab specialty items like Bar Keep bitters and Fruitlab liqueurs for cocktails, too.
The Greenbar space, obviously, is fantastic, too: they have their own bar and gathering area, all of which overlooks the distillery floor. We don’t know if they do tours or public events but they definitely need to with such an fantastic space like they have. They also are doing some really rad stuff so if you are unfamiliar with the brands that they are producing for be sure to poke around their website for an idea of who they are working with: they only work with totally legit, cool people. Therefore, you will only make legit, cool cocktails with them.
Art In The Age are certainly some fantastic guys and some really fantastic, interesting liquors. They’d be great for you to have in your bar and also would make some super fantastic gifts. They’re certainly going to explode soon and become the new “it” liquor brand and flavors so be sure to pick up some Root or Snap at K&L or at Whole Foods, two places they said for sure have them in town. Rhuby should be rolling out later this Summer and Sage will be out later this year as it is super, super, super new (and note even announced by them, yet).