In business for a little over a year, the Southern Public House has established itself as a relaxed, modern restaurant and bar catering to a loyal downtown lunch crowd. Last week, we got to check it out when we took part in their BBQ and Bourbon tasting.
This special event was a very cool, one night only experience where we got to enjoy a three-course menu paired with three signature bourbons from Woodford Reserve Distillery. We were excited to take part in this event and left with a better understanding of bourbon, and of this great downtown restaurant.
We arrived around 7PM and were greeted by The Southern’s very friendly staff. The tasting lasted about two hours and was held outside on the restaurant's open-air patio. As we sat there relaxing on the patio and enjoying a great meal, we also got to enjoy the fall weather rolling into downtown.
We’ve been to The Southern Public House before, but only for lunch, so their bourbon tasting event gave us a chance to experience their menu outside of an eat-and-run format.
On paper, the menu seemed a little one dimensional, as each course seemed to focus on smoky flavor, but this was a bourbon tasting too, and the emphasis on smoke was absolutely needed to balance out the sweetness of the three bourbons which were paired to the meal. The combination was no accident and you could tell that there was a real attention to detail in each pairing and each course.
Having never been to a formal bourbon tasting before, we were excited to try it out under the guidance of a whiskey specialist representing Brown Forman, the distributor for the Woodford Reserve brand.
We sampled Woodford Reserve Distiller’s select, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, and a Woodford Reserve Straight Rye, which technically isn’t a bourbon at all as it contains a 53% rye mash bill. It turns out great bourbon is more than tradition, it's a legal matter, and a 51% corn mash bill is required for a bourbon classification by law. We don't want to get overly technical in this review, but you can learn more about it here.
All in all, The Southern Public House put together a great event which really showcased how downtown Tallahassee is changing in all the right ways. If lunch is all you know about The Southern Public House, get back there soon and get a taste of what you’ve been missing. Bottoms up!
The Southern Public House is downtown at 224 E College Ave, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301.
You can find them on twitter @southernph or call them at (850) 558-5415.
Monday-Thursday 11:30AM - 9:00PM
Friday- Saturday 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Sunday 10:30AM - 4:00PM
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