Barrels and Mash Field Trip: Whiskey Flights at Pub W

Flights are a glorious thing (whiskey, beer, it’s all good). They’re a great way to sample multiple beverages without spending too much money and leaving too drunk (although that depends on how many flights you get, I guess). So when we heard that Pub W was starting a monthly whiskey flight we had to see what it was all about.

If you haven’t been to Pub W yet, you’re missing out. It was around for a while before we took notice and tried it out, and boy am I glad we did. They have great beer, whiskey, and the people behind the bar seem to really know what they are talking about. The food is also delicious (get the fried brussel sprouts, seriously). Anyways, Pub W has become a place we hit up fairly often, but normally just for beer, so adding to whiskey to the mix can only make things better!

Anyways, Pub W just started the monthly whiskey flights, and they are kicking it off with some Old Forester expressions. Kate and I hung out at the bar, each ordered up a flight, and chatted with with Rick, Pub W’s Beverage Manager, about all things whiskey. The March flight consists of Old Forester 86, Old Forester 1897, and Old Forester 100, comes with a free Old Forester whiskey glass, and rang in at $10. Honestly, that’s a hell of a deal and is a great price point for people to sip on some things they may have never had. The flight comes with a tasting sheet that Rick put together featuring a couple of fun facts about the 1897 and tasting notes so you can play along as you work your way through them. The progression of the flight was well done too, starting with the softer, brighter 86, moving to the super rich and caramel-y 1897, then ending with the 100 which brings great spice and bold oak.

This flight will be around through the end of the month, and we obviously recommend checking it out. Up next in April will be a Jack Daniels flight featuring Gentlemen Jack, Jack Daniels Single Barrel, and Jack Daniels Rye. The following month is looking like it might be a Woodford flight, then after that it’s all up in the air, but Rick has some great ideas including a Port/Wine barrel finished flight, among others. The flights should stay pretty affordable as well, with Rick stating he really wants to keep them in the $10-$20 range.

Thanks to Rick for inviting us out for some food and asking for our input on their new flights, we loved talking through each pour, looking over his tasting sheet, and spitballing future flight ideas. We’ll definitely be hitting up the JD flight next month since we’ve overlooked those expressions, and look forward to seeing what Rick and Pub W come up with next. Cheers!






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