A series of very fortunate events is about to take over Memphis Slim’s House of Blues in honour of Rye July. Time to get off your house and drink your whiskey, because ‘The Shake Down’ is coming!
The Shake Down is a four-part series taking over your Wednesday nights and exposing your palate to all things whiskey, rye and bourbon.
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Each week, an interstate venue will be hijacking the Memphis Slim’s bar and pouring some specialty-crafted cocktails, showcasing bartending talents and a whistle-wetting whiskey.
To kick off the series, cocktail slingers from Fitzroy’s Black Pearl will be curating a Sazerac cocktail menu on Wednesday 6 July. Black Pearl has been a Fitzroy institution for 20 years and is a keen to share its local legends with the Adelaide whiskey-drinkin’ crowd.
Hailing from New Orleans, the Sazerac Company is the purveyor of quality, Sazerac whiskey, alongside other whiskeys in their portfolio such as their “God Tier” Pappy Van Winkle.
Next on the line-up is Western Australian bar, Ezra Pound – originating from the first wave of small bars to hit Perth in 2009. The intimate, prohibition-inspired venue will be gracing South Australian shores on Wednesday 13 July to highlight its Wild Turkey cocktail menu.
The Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is said to be a rich, amber-coloured spirit, with notes of caramel, butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and a hint of nutmeg.
Wild Turkey advertises itself as a cocktail spirit, sharing recipes like a traditional old fashioned and boulevardier to a whiskey sour, Kentucky mule and hot toddy. It will be interesting to see how Ezra mixologists narrow down the list!
Week three will see cocktail slingers from Frog’s Hollow Saloon try their hand with Angel’s Envy. The hand-crafted, small batch whiskey gets its name from the barrel aging process. The 5% of spirit lost each year during barrel aging is called the “Angel’s Share”. When the whiskey was perfected, the creators joked that they’d gotten a better deal than the angels – hence, Angel’s Envy was born.
Named after Brisbane’s first red-light district, Frog’s Hollow specialises in entertaining a rare clustering of drunkards, larrikins, thieves, and assailants with their whiskey. Adelaide’s ruffians will be treated to the same treatment on Wednesday 20 July, with the opportunity to taste a rare release rye whiskey from Angel’s Envy, not available in Australia. The product is specifically and exclusively available for this event.
The final week of The Shake Down on Wednesday 27 July will see Sydney’s underground Nashville-inspired bar, Jolene’s, take centre stage. Jolene’s is well-versed in the world of whiskey, boasting more than 150 whiskies, including 100 sourced specifically from American whiskey distillers.
Jolene’s will be serving a curated cocktail menu, showcasing Vermont’s ultra-premium rye whiskey from WhistlePig Whiskey, and Waco’s Balcones Distillery – the first American distiller to win first place at the UK’s Best in Glass competition in 2012.
Memphis Slim’s House of Blues is located at 22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide 5000 and is open until 2am Tuesday – Sunday, every week.