Tonight, we went out with Sidni's best friend and her husband to a couple hot spots in STL and it was a quietly huge evening for me. I say 'quietly', because it wasn't outrageous and if you were a by-stander, you probably wouldn't have picked up on the fact that it was a night more special than most. We went to Sanctuaria first. I finally joined their cocktail club. And because I'm me, I have a terribly hard time accepting the challenge of trying all 150 cocktails without trying to stubbornly do it in one sitting. But it was my first time there since our spirits became featured cocktails prominently displayed on the first page of their menu. It was a trip, to say the least.
This thing that I've put my heart and soul into is just now starting to show fruits. And these are the exact things I fantasized about while I was sweating my ass off cleaning out the building and doing the countless things necessary to start up the distillery. And now, after all that hardwork and trying times, here I sat, at one of the premiere cocktail bars in the country, drinking a cocktail made with my own spirits... It was a truly memorable feeling. One I'll cherish for the rest of my life, regardless of what comes after.
And then, we went back to The Libertine for another round of food and drink. Seeing my bottles up on the shelf, right next to the 'big boys' of spirit royalty... it was awe-inspiring. But best of all, the thing that made me most proud, was ordering a glass of the 'double-oaked high rye whiskey'... ON TAP. How badass is that!?! They literally have my whiskey on tap at The Libertine!
Short of winning a medal for best whiskey ever, I can't think of a better night. Great company. Great food. Great cocktails. And humongous pride in my accomplishments. I hate to toot my own horn, but damnit, I am proud tonight.
Most of all, I owe a very heartfelt 'Thank You' to Matt & Nick, the talent behind Sanctuaria & Libertine respectively, as well as their bar manager's -coincidentally both named Nate. Without you guys believing in me and my spirits, this night and this feeling would not have been possible. Thank You.