My name is Nick Dean and this is my blog. The primary focus of Frontier Mixology is simply to post things that interest me, and more specifically — stuff relating to spirits, wine and beer. Tied in with that is my interest in highlighting spirits, bars and mixology in Western New York, which gives this blog sort of a dual focus.
American pale ale that has light, crisp, malt character and an abundance of hop-derived aromatics and flavors from the use of Citra and Columbus. The nose is fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and peach. Flavors of pineapple and mango mix with dank notes of zesty citrus and fresh pine needles. Smooth mouthfeel, gentle bitterness, and dry finish.
ABV: 6.6 %
MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine
HOPS: Citra, Columbus
•LAUNCH BEER PALE ALE:
Hazy golden in appearance and light in body, this pale ale bursts with floral hop aromatics of honeysuckle and passion fruit. Featuring Mosaic/Citra in the dry hop and a crisp Pilsner malt backbone, Launch Beer has flavors of stone fruit and citrus with a sessionable bitterness.
MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Carapils, C-15, Flaked Oats
HOPS: Mosaic, Citra, Columbus
•STILLINGS STREET IPA:
Stillings Street is hazy, pale orange in appearance with aromatic qualities of kiwi, white grape and lemongrass. Flavors of citrus zest, pineapple and cantaloupe are accentuated with crisp malt character, mild bitterness, and a soft, effervescent mouthfeel.
MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose
HOPS: Nelson Sauvin, Columbus
*Quoted sections are shortened versions of the descriptions which appear on Trillium’s website.
A customer came back from a trip abroad with a newfound love of Pisco, and in specific — the Pisco Sour.
We don’t have Pisco at the restaurant where I work, but that didn’t stop me from making her an egg white sour with Añejo tequila.
The drink was a hit and she cleverly named it the Anita Pisco — “I need a Pisco.” And her name is a Anita Paladino. And there’s still no tequila in the drink, but she and I still think it’s funny to call it that.
I’m sure it’s slightly annoying for my co-workers that I have these one-off drinks for a dozen different regulars… but my customers like it that I remember their drinks, and when it’s something specific to them (like his this Anita Pisco) — it’s even more of a memorable visit to the bar. Plus we’re only open five days a week and I’m usually there most every night, which is surely how all this arose in the first place.
Regardless, I like slinging specialty drinks and it’s always a treat to have fun and enthusiastic customers.