This Weekend at the Independent (August 7th)


If you, like me, find yourself in need of a stiff drink or five in the wake of the first Republican debate, we're here to help.  We've got a big weekend ahead:

Four Season's First Friday Funky Firkin

Tonight (and every subsequent First Friday of the month), at 9 p.m., we're tapping a pin firkin from our friends at Four Seasons in Latrobe.  Tonight we've got a special firkin of their Local APA, which Mark has finished and cask conditioned with Citra and Amarillo hops.  If you like fresh, citrus-forward, hoppy beers, well, my friend, this beer's for you.  Supplies are limited and will go fast.  On the player, we'll transition to all funk records until the firkin kicks.  Why funk?  Because much like Four Seasons, Firkin and Friday, it beings with "F" and we like alliteration.  

Also, if you don't have early plans, consider pre-gaming the Four Seasons firkin by stopping in at Wigle Whiskey's barrel house, where Adam will join Sean Enright (1947 Tavern) and Greta Dunn (Meat & Potatoes) behind the bar for a "Cocktail Cup, Round 4." The three cocktologists will compete for "best cocktail" using Wigle's Landlocked Spiced, a honey-based, rum-like spirit.  If you recognize Sean and Greta, it might be because all three of these fine contestants are part of the IBC family, with Sean and Greta both having done Saturday guest bartending stints at the IBC.  With this spectacular field, the competition is sure to be fierce and probably very, very friendly and hospitable.  There's only one sure bet for the winner:  you, the drinker.  Entry is only $15, and includes one cocktail from each competitor.  More information is here:

Saturday Cocktails

Hopefully riding high off a victory tonight, Adam reclaims his position behind the bar on Saturday, with a five-drink list that includes the "Jose and Rose," a cocktail name that, in an ideal world, would contain accents above both "e's."  Yes, the Rose (again, pretend there's an accent there) refers to the wine, and yes, the Jose (ditto) refers to Tequila.  And yes, the drink is pink.  His menu also includes the Dr. Funkenstein (or is that Funken-STEEN, Herr Doctor?) which features Haitian, Jamaican, and Demerara rums -- a grown up drink, at least for the type of grown ups who like P-Funk and Mel Brooks references under one drink umbrella.


We're closed, as Team IBC is taking a much-needed staff retreat to the Pirates game.  But that ESPN-broadcast game starts at 8:08 p.m., you say?  Tailgating, dude.  It's, like, a thing -- especially when the people doing it serve you animals drinks for a living and when your executive chef just picked enough (locally-sourced and made) hot sausage to feed a small army of actual pirates. 

See you at the Indie!

Pete K.