We are getting mighty spoiled when it comes to micro-brews and craft cocktails. No longer are we impressed by fresh ingredients and playful presentation. We expect our bartenders to master the edgiest mixology techniques known to mankind. And the demand is growing; rarely will you find a new restaurant without an emphasized craft cocktail program. But, are these spirits actually unique, or just more of the same?
Neighborhood, a trusted expert in the downtown craft beer game, is making us proud with a true cocktail innovation. It’s not a flavored ice cube machine, and it doesn’t involve mini mixology robots. Neighborhood now introduces keg cocktails on tap. That’s right, just like draft beer, but much, much stronger. An 18-tap system will pour house-made spirits, with minimal manual labor required. And these aren’t just basic bottle concoctions; Anthony Schmidt of Noble Experiment, one of our city’s most celebrated mixologists, is creating a new menu of cocktails made specifically for the tap.
Arsalun Tafazoli and Nathan Stanton of Consortium Holdings, the restaurant collective behind Neighborhood, Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment and UnderBelly, are always searching for the hottest new industry trends. While Craft & Commerce and Noble Experiment (the speakeasy within Neighborhood) specialize in hand crafted cocktails, Neighborhood has been the brand’s go-to beer bar, until now. Cocktails on tap just make sense for Neighborhood, which already serves 27 beers on tap, paired with a burger-driven menu of contemporary American fare.
In the words of Tafazoli: "The new tap system offers a cleaner, better tasting beverage, whether it be wine, cocktails, or soda. In reducing the waste associated with bottles & cans, it's a more environmentally friendly way to serve any beverage. It also allows us to streamline service and serve a superior product in a faster, more consistent manner."
Designer Paul Basile and West Coast Beverage, Inc. created the custom 18 tap system, which is now running at Neighborhood. Currently, old-fashioned soda pop and wine are available through the taps. Schmidt’s cocktails will soon be flowing, too. And not to worry; traditional man-made craft cocktails will still be served.
For more information, call 619.446.0002 or visit Neighborhood in East Village
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