For this week’s nightcap interview we stopped by Noorman’s Kil in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to chat with one of the owners, Marcel Simoneau. With a selection of over 400 whiskies, Noorman’s Kil features one of the most impressive collections in New York. Pour yourself a dram and pull up a barstool as we chat with Marcel.
For this week’s nightcap interview we caught up with Russell Dillon, the main man behind the bar at ba’sik in Brooklyn, New York. “Back to the basics” is the inspiration behind ba’sik (pronounced basic), a Williamsburg bar that marks the return of the drinking establishment as a “public house.” Between the flowing drinks we caught up with Russell, the poet/bartender who helped turn ba’sik into an industry favorite. Sit back and grab a “Damn, Dominic!” – we did – as we chat with “the kindest man in the world.”
The journey to gin, and the craft of distilling, began in 2013 for the gentlemen of Four Pillars. They embarked on a tour of the US West Coast, from Portland down to San Francisco, identifying distilling techniques and equipment they admired. They thought if they could elevate this area of expertise in Australia, and bring a modern Australian sensibility to the process, then maybe they could make a gin worth shouting about. 18 months after they returned home, they took delivery of their own custom-built still, and named her Wilma (after founder Cameron’s beautiful, but explosively tempered late mother). Wilma has been delivering since day one as they’ve been awarded a Double Gold, Gold, or Master status for all their mainstay gins in the past two years. This week we caught up with Jacob Michael Ryan, Four Pillars’ double-threat brand ambassador in New York.
Tonight we share a Nightcap with architect and avid imbiber – Emily Arden Wells. We were intrigued to learn about her blog, Gastronomista.com, a website focused on the culture of cocktails where Emily shares her take on delicious treasures, tipples, and trips around the world. The Gastronomista has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Glamour, Company, Saveur, Gilt Taste, Eater, Coolhunting, Food Republic, Forbes, and much more. She was even featured in a national Blackberry Commercial with the food lovers app, UrbanSpoon and in Ms. Lesley M.M. Blume’s ode to the cocktail, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition – Emily was named an “Epic Imbiber and Bon Vivant.” Kudos to you, Emily!
NightOwl:As an architect by day and avid drinker by night, tell us about Gastronomista – how and why you started the blog, how long you’ve been writing about cocktail culture, and what a typical day looks like for you?
Songwriters (and fraternal twins) Cheryl Lynn and Stephanie Spinner of female country powerhouse Spinn share their favorite bars in NYC, Brooklyn, Austin and Washington D.C. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot them at the bar downing a shot of tequila or whiskey before a show. Raise a toast their way!
The Blind Pig
Down The Hatch
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For this week’s NightCap, we caught up with Faulkner. The bi-coastal rockers (formed in Venice, CA) hit the ground running on their journey to success. Landing an unfinished demo of their song “NY Anthem” in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, Faulkner captured the hip-hop legend’s interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at New York Yankees home games. But New York isn’t the only place giving them love. Emphasizing the term “bi-coastal,” the rockers have also been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ with their single “Revolutionary” as well over two million plays on YouTube.