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Go Explore: Visit Petra at Pastiche

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Head into San Antonio’s Eastside and meet the folks at Pastiche!

If they look familiar, you may be a cocktail aficionado. The bar is the third operated by barman Benjamin Krick, who was responsible for menus at Juniper Tar, along with setting the tone at Jetsetter and now Pastiche.

For those unfamiliar with 1800 century art movements, Pastiche is “an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.” The interiors, rehabbed from their 1930s glory, are cozy and charming, and complete with Mucha the cat, an orange tabby that will become your new best friend.

Fans of Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co. will be glad to know the staff has added a Kinsman cocktail for all to enjoy. Petra, served in a curvaceous Champagne flute, brings together Old World European ingredients like Ratafia Champenois, Italicus, Kinsman and Sparkling rosé in homage to the same art noveau style the bar draws from.

While away an evening at Pastiche with Petra on the patio. You’ll never know what it’ll inspire.

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What's Serbian for Ranch?

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Even if you’ve never made your way to West Texas, the chances you’ve heard of or tasted Ranch Water are pretty high.

Made popular by Gage Hotel and Marfa-goers, Ranch Water is a classic Highball that combines tequila, lime juice and soda water. These days, regulars and fans of Kinsman are ditching tequila in favor of a little apricot sweetness.

“One of my favorite drinks is Kinsman Rakia, Topo, and lime because it’s very refreshing and very drinkable on a hot day. It’s super approachable for someone that has never tried Rakia, but you can also clearly taste the flavor of the spirit,” said Kalyn Davidson.

While Kinsman can be found as far west as The Black Orchid in El Paso, there should be little stopping you from trying this tipple at home with your favorite un-aged apricot brandy. Grab a bottle from Twins, Spec’s, Pig Liquors or Alamo City Liquors and enjoy the rest of your summer!

What’s Serbian for Ranch? A Kinsman Highball.

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Kinsman Rakia

Juice of half a lime

Topo or your favorite soda water

Combine Kinsman, lime and ice in a shaking tin. Shake well. Pour into Collins glass and top with crushed ice. Top with soda water of choice and enjoy!

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The Rim Gets Ready to Rock (and Rye)

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The Rim Shopping Center has been an evolving project since its inception. And a new bar is looking to indoctrinate its denizen into the realm of world-class cocktails.

Bar veteran Don Marsh, most well-known for Southtown’s Bar 1919 at the Blue Star Art Complex, is heading straight up I-10 to open Rock and Rye, a new craft cocktail spot set for late 2019 named after the barroom staple that adds hard candy to young rye to mellow out the sting.

The plan was always to open another concept up north, said Don, who shared details of the new bar over a bowl of noodles at a neighboring restaurant. “I wanted to bring what's going on in Downtown and SouthTown up north, and always, always wanted to come up to The Rim,” said Don. “This is the new central part of San Antonio.”

Though Rock and Rye will rely on the magic that made Bar 1919 a great speakeasy — Don’s signature love of dark wood and old grandeur — bar-goers can also expect a sprawling patio to greet them for the night.

Inside, the 3,500-square-foot space will feature 10 four-top tables along the side wall, and three large community tables that will accommodate up to 10 guests each. In other words, get ready to make some new bar friends.

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Rock and Rye’s size will also allow for twice as many bottles and then some with Don hoping to eventually reach 3,000 on display, and this will, of course, include Kinsman Rakia. The pièce de résistance? A 12-foot backbar complete with sliding ladders. Classic cocktails from Bar 1919 will make the trek, as well as a 20-tap craft beer system with four HighWheel brews.

“I get that question a lot, “Do you support local?,” said Don. “ Yeah, if they're good.”

As to who will frequent Rock and Rye, Don says regulars will visit, but the built-in clientele afforded by The Rim and its neighboring apartment complexes will become the bulk of bar-goers looking for a new cocktail experience.

“There is so much traffic around here,” Don said. “Rock and Rye will be a grown-up’s playground!”

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Like Bar 1919 did with neighboring SouthTown bars, Rock and Rye will elevate the drinking scene when it hits the Rim this winter.

“I love analogies … when a bunch of dogs get together for the first time, they're stressed out, you know why? They don't know who the alpha is. Once they find out, “Cool, you're in charge, I’m good,” said Don. “We're the alpha. We're going to show guests what they're drinking.”

Get ready to Rock (and Rye) from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday this next shopping season.

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Meet Our Take on The Painkiller

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This April, we stretched our creative muscles behind the bar and added four limited-run cocktails that highlight the versatility of Kinsman Rakia.

We tackled strong and boozy with the Arsenic + New Lace, dabbled in herbaceous with a Bijou, and added froth with a Pink Lady, but the most popular tippler by far has been our Kinsman-based Painkiller.

We traded rum for nuanced Kinsman Rakia, while still keeping the traditional tiki vibes with fresh pineapple juice and orange juice, silky coconut cream and a light dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

The Kinsman pairs exceedingly well with the citrus and tropical flavors making this a hard-to-beat patio pounder that transports you to the Virgin Islands without leaving SoFlo.

Come try one in our tasting room Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

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On Transforming the Broadway Corridor: Jeret Pena, The Brooklynite's Future + More

Stephan Mendez, Jeret Pena and Rob Gourlay of The Boulevardier Group

Stephan Mendez, Jeret Pena and Rob Gourlay of The Boulevardier Group

One of the first barmen ever to test out Kinsman Rakia in cocktails in our very own taproom will open what is undoubtedly the city’s most anticipated new bar later this summer.

But this isn’t Jeret Pena’s first rodeo. After he helped open The Esquire Tavern in 2011, before moving on to open The Brooklynite in 2012, Pena has kept plenty busy and he’s learned a lot along the way. When the chance to lease a new space for the award-winning Brooklynite came up, he couldn’t pass it up. Not this time.

“Where The Brooklynite will be is where we wanted it to be from the beginning,” Pena said.

The appeal of opening his own craft cocktail bar superseded wanting to take on the higher rent of the Broadway corridor, which has seen enormous growth in the last five years. Pena and The Boulevardier Group leased the Brooklynite’s original location off Brooklyn Ave. and quickly turned it into a must-visit bar for the area, drawing plenty of national attention for their inventive cocktails, raucous Tiki Tuesdays and attention to detail.

Other bars would follow: Stay Golden Social House, The Last Word, The Old Main Assoc. (the latter would eventually close). Stay Golden, the casual patio bar with accessible porch-sippers, closed in 2017, only to open as Still Golden Social House, which Pena likens to an anarchist punk who grew up and went to college.

“It went off and got a degree, but it’s still kind of that punk kid. It’s a teenager that grew up,” Pena said.

Still Golden’s success, which he credits to its affordability and comfort level, have paid off enough to mean the barman can get back into cocktails.

“I didn’t want to let go of The Brooklynite. It (and Chris Hill at the Esquire) are what brought us here and put us on the map. We got tattoos of the damn thing!” Pena said.

After closing this past February, The Brooklynite will reopen behind Still Golden Social House at the intersection of Broadway and Grayson with a new look, and a re-imagined love of cocktails.

“It’s going to look timeless. The old Brooklynite looked like a period piece, a little doll house from the early 20th century,” Pena said. “We’re going with something more timeless you won’t be able to pin-point with Mid-century and splashes of art deco, Herringbone flooring, demascus wallpaper.”

Pena will lean on eau de vie, or unaged fruit brandies, for some of his creations.

“It’s a lot like math for me. If you can consolidate the strength of the spirit with its main flavor profile, like in Kinsman, you’re able to add modifiers and develop the complexity of the drink,” Pena said.

“That’s what I like about Kinsman — it’s a strong spirit and it puts that apricot flavor on center stage.”

Look for The Brooklynite to open with cocktails prices between $12-$18, for all to enjoy.

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