Back on December 28th, 2011 a new craft beer bar opened in the Tangletown space previously occupied by Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar. That bar was called The Publican. Opened by the owners of Brouwer’s Cafe and Bottleworks, The Publican was a welcome addition to the neighborhood, offering a great tap selection of mostly Northwest taps as well as a full liquor bar and excellent food. I attended the opening of The Publican and was quite impressed with the beer selection as well as the liquor selection and inviting menu with choices like Chicken & Waffles, Duck Confit Poutine and Scotch Eggs. You can read about that experience at my old blog (but please don’t follow it – I now post here at CraftBeerMonger.com).
In March 2012, just a few months after opening, The Publican was forced to change it’s name due to the threat of a lawsuit by The Publican Restaurant in Chicago. I actually found the whole dust up over the name a bit silly, but it wasn’t worth the legal mess or hassle, so The Publican changed its name to Burgundian.
From Burdundian’s website:
-n One who indulges and delights in earthly pleasures
And Earthly pleasures are indeed what you’ll find at Burgundian. Since opening, their beer and liquor choices have only increased, and they’ve become well known as a place to go for some truly gourmet food. They currently have 22 taps, well over 50 canned and bottle beer choices and an extensive and envious list of Bourbons, Whiskeys and Tequilas to enjoy. Some of the more amazing food choices they have (both regular items & specials) featured over the past year include:
Getting hungry yet? As you can see, Burgundian is much more than a simple craft beer bar. Last year they even featured a few crawfish boils, with crawfish flown in from Lousiaia. The have weekly food specials, brewer’s nights (featuring beers from different craft breweries) and flight nights, featuring different flights of Burbon/Whiskey, Scotch, Tequila and beers. Last week’s flights list (1/28) featured:
Bourbon Flight $10
• Smooth Ambler Old Scout
• Bull Run Temperance Trader
• Knobb Creek 9yr
Cocktail: Bourbon Smash $13
… Smooth Ambler Old Scout, muddled lemon, mint, simple syrup
Reposado Flight $14
• Ocho (new arrival)
Cocktail: Zim Zola Bim $15
Herradura Reposado, Orange Bittters, St. Germain, Simple Syrup
Old Flight $11
• North Coast Old Rasputen
• Port Brewing Old Viscocity
• Black Diamond Dried Up Old Geezer
Seasonal Flight $10
• The Bruery Autumn Maple Spice
• Fort George Drunkin Pumpkin
• Laurelwood Vinter Varmer
Burgundian celebrated their 1st Anniversary back on January 12th of this year. I was sad that I had to miss the event because Burgundian knows how to put on a party. The evening featured an Imperial Fest, with all 22 taps being taken over by Imperial (strong) beers – all in 12oz pours, along with ‘imperializing’ (making HUGE) many of their popular, regular dishes. Could you handle a platter-sized serving of chicken and waffles? The anniversary celebration is over but, as you can see, you don’t need a special occasional to visit Burgundian. You’ll always find something amazing on tap, in a can or bottle and on the ever-evolving gourmet menu. After an amazing first year, I see no signs of them slowing down.
If you haven’t been to Burgundian yet, I highly reccommend you put it on your list of places to check out. Just one note for the family-minded, Burgundian is a 21 and over establishment only. Children are not allowed inside. I need to make it back there soon myself.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.