Metro Detroit’s First Pop-Up Bar: The Whiskey Rebellion

By: Toni Cunningham | January 18, 2013

Pop-up restaurants have been all the rage recently, but it’s a new year and there’s a new kid on the block: the pop-up bar.

Brace yourself, Metro Detroiter, the area’s first pop-up bar event, The Whiskey Rebellion, will take place this Sunday, January 20, and will be hosted by Roast bartenders Travis Fourmont and Joe Robinson. The event is being held at Green Dot Stables, 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, at 7 p.m. The pop-up will feature whiskey, rye and bourbon drinks, in a large range of flavors.

“There’s something for everyone, even for people who don’t like whiskey,” Robinson said, noting that different light liquors, like citrus, will be used to brighten up the bourbon.

The unique flavor combinations are created with precision, using ingredients that compliment each other. Picking up the subtleties of a particular liquor and matching it with other flavors is key, according to Robinson.

“I like something that’s spirit forward, so you can still taste the whiskey. The other ingredients just compliment the drink, they don’t overpower it,” Robinson said.

This weekend’s pop-up event will focus on carbonated whiskey cocktails. Why whiskey, you ask? Simply because Robinson and Fourmont are big whiskey fans, and are particularly skilled at making whiskey drinks. In fact, Fourmont regularly competes in national cocktail competitions and just took first place in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience.

While this is the duo’s first pop-up gig, they hope to host a themed event every month from here on out. Pop-ups allow them to do something out of the box, while bringing unique cocktails to the thirsty people of Metro Detroit.

“We’re just going to do different themed pop-ups at different locations around the city,” Robinson said, noting that they’re considering a gin-based event for their next endeavor.

Following The Whiskey Rebellion, this talented team will continue their venture under the moniker Bailout Productions.

To get your taste buds ready, the featured cocktails on tap this weekend will include After All is Said and Done (Bulleit Bourbon, Aperol, Fresh Lemon, Rhubarb Bitters), Swamp Water (Old Overholt Rye, House Made Ginger Green Peppercorn Lemonade) and See Ya Next Time (Old Overholt Rye, Campari, Carpano Antica).

In addition to sipping on carbonated whiskey cocktails this Sunday, light pub fare is included in the $5 cover charge, and you can kick back and relax while listening to live music by Detroit’s own Shine on Kentucky Moon. Craft beer and wine will also be for sale, and are selected with the same level of expertise.

The Whiskey Rebellion is an event you don’t want to miss, and the cocktails created by this duo aren’t easy to forget.

Keep an eye out, Detroit—great things are popping up!

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