On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we are at the newly opened Sazerac House located in downtown New Orleans. We talk about the new museum, the history of the original Sazerac House, and much more!
Pictured above from left – David Bock, distillery operations manager of Sazerac House, Miguel Solorzano, , general manager of Sazerac House, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show.
NOLADrinks Show – 11-18-19 – New Orleans’ Sazerac House
We start things up letting you know about this week’s show. We’re also joined by Tracy Napolitano, executive director of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival. He lets us know about an upcoming event – NOLA Repeal Day – taking place at Antoine’s in the French Quarter on December 5.
Then, we’re off to the newly opened Sazerac House located on Canal and Magazine Streets in the Central Business District and right on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
We’re joined by Miguel Solorzano and David Bock, the space’s general manager and distillery operations manager, respectively. We chat about the Sazerac House and its impressive presentation. It is a museum that features interactive displays and exhibits on the history of spirits and cocktails in New Orleans. It also features tasting stations, well-informed docents, and a gift shop boasting many of the products made by the parent company – Sazerac Company, Inc. (owned by Buffalo Trace.)
In addition, we talk about the original Sazerac House (previously known as the Merchants Exchange Coffee House), a touchstone location founded in the 19th century that plays an important role in the Sazerac cocktail and the overall drinking culture and history in New Orleans. It was originally located a handful of blocks away, sitting between Royal St. and Exchange Place.
We discuss the history of the Sazerac cocktail, how it was and is, currently, made, and sample a great example of it! We also taste and discuss other things including a pre-barrel aged sample of their Sazerac Rye (“White Dog”), the finished product, and a Planter’s Punch cocktail.
Pictured at left – The distillery’s column still where limited quantities of Sazerac Rye are produced.
Miguel and David stick around for our podcast-only segment – “Another Shot with NOLADrinks.” We sample their three rums from the new “Jung and Wulff” line coming from Trinidad, Guyana, and Barbados.
Of course, we also let you know how you can visit the museum (it’s free to enter) and connect with them online, too.
We close things out with our “Parting Shot” noting Wednesday, November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The map below shows the location of the Sazerac House. You can subscribe to, download, and stream The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias using the links and player at the top of the post.
Cheers, You All!