Down One Bourbon

“Down One Bourbon Bar” opens today.

A new downtown bar and grille featuring more than 100 Bourbons, specialty cocktails, and locally produced craft beers officially opened today.

The address of the new spot is 321 W. Main St., in the Waterfront Plaza Building.

The menu consists of appetizers — charcuterie and cheese plates, stuffed dates and “Bread with Butter and Read Good Olive Oil” — craft sandwiches, such as “Three Little Pigs”, made with pork belly, pulled pork and bacon, and two vegetarian choices, for those appalled at all that pork; salads; soups and sides such as daikon radish slaw and house baked beans.

Part of a $1 million renovation to a corner of the Galt House parking lot, the new complex will include, when it is finished, the 3-2-1 Deli, and 2 Dips & a Shake ice cream parlor (which will feature Comfy Cow ice creams), as well as the Down One Bourbon Bar.

Christian Hattemeyer, a CIA graduate and 20-year restaurant veteran, most recently at Milestone 229 in Columbus, Ohio, will be the General Manager and Executive Chef of all three spaces. Levi Donaldson, from New Albany, will be displaying his competitive mixology skills behind the bar.

The Bourbon list takes an unusual and most interesting approach, sorting the selections historically.

“First Generation Bourbons” date from 1792 to the start of Prohibition, so drinkers can get a sense of who started it all. Those bottles include JW Dant, Old Crow Bottled in Bond, Old Fitzgerald, Old Grand Dad, Old Forester, and W.J. Weller, among others.

The largest selection if the “Second Generation” brands, from 1933 to 1980. Those include Baker’s, Basil Hayen, Booker’s and Blanton’s, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Ezra Brooks and Jim Beam.

The “Modern Era” began in 1980, and continues to today, with Angel’s Envy, Bulleit, Willett and Woodford Reserve.

There will also be a nice selection of ryes and American whiskeys, which include Gentleman Jack, George Dickel No.12, and Jack Daniels.

The beer taps will be pulling mostly local Kentucky brews, with a few others from nearby in the Midwest. There is a large selection of canned and bottled beers, and a modest wine selection.