A barage is a garage with a bar in it. Let’s just get that out of the way so we can marvel in its genius. I didn’t know it was a thing until last week when I realized it could be a thing and then thought about why all garages don’t have bars in them. We can figure out where to park a car. There are more important things to worry about, like booze. I was invited to this barage to celebrate well-known Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler‘s new book, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Jeffrey’s brother-in-law happens to be LA bartender Joe Brooke and is the man behind the barage, so it all kinda worked out perfectly.
Jeffrey was serving up a few Tanqueray gin-based cocktails for all us thirsty folk. I, of course, dove straight into the Negroni. It’s a sort of magnetic gravitational pull that I have no control over. Jeffrey did a quick infusion of oak chips and then aerated the gin with a Vitamix to give it a barrel aged feel without having to put the gin in a barrel and wait a long ass time. Mission accomplished.
I highly recommend picking up Jeffrey’s book. It would be an awesome addition to any booze-y library. He covers a ton of practical techniques, but also includes some cool new things to try out and incorporate into your cocktail game. It’s fun to learn, especially when the learning results in better drinking. Am I right or am I right?