Our bartenders create elevated classic cocktails with a modern twist. Discover the stories behind these hand crafted cocktails on your next visit to Fireside.
When he was the Food and Beverage director, Anthony Berkau, was keen on adding customized spirits to our bar program, but his focus was beyond the norm. He wanted something truly local, unique, and collaborative. That's when he approached Copperworks Distilling Company in Seattle with his idea. Copperworks has been known for their unusual experimentation when it comes to aging gin in unconventional barrels, so Berkau proposed the idea of aging the gin in a wine barrel. And who better to partner with than DeLille Cellars. Their Chaleur Blanc, known as one of the state's best white wines, would be perfect and DeLille winemaker Jason Gorski loved the idea to collaborate on something unique.
Over the course of the next eight and one half months as the gin aged, the collaborative team would periodically taste the gin to identify it's progress. It had great potential for a craft cocktail and just what Berkau had hoped for. One of his and Barking Frog Chef Bobby Moore's favorite drinks is a Negroni, which this gin was prime for. Twenty-five cases of the "Collaborative Cask" gin were bottled in early December 2018 and now have become a part of the beverage and culinary program in both our Fireside Lounge as well as the Barking Frog. Look for some new, creative craft cocktails utilizing this unique gin along with some of the classics as our seasons evolve.