October 17, 2016
Its that time of the year. Get Weird!
October 17, 2016
Its that time of the year. Get Weird!
September 12, 2016
On Thursday, October 13th, the L&E bar team will be headed to Haymarket Whiskey Bar for the second event in Haymarket’s Charitable Barrels: Whiskey by the Cause series, sponsored by Buffalo Trace. L&E will be doing a one-night bar takeover benefiting Louisville-based music therapy music therapy nonprofit Strive.
The women of Strive will help transform Haymarket Whiskey Bar into a real life, throwback juke joint called “Honky Tonk for Strive.” Between 8 and 11 p.m., enjoy an open bar of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Buffalo Trace specialty cocktails from Longman & Eagle’s bar team, and complimentary bites from The Silver Dollar.
The evening will feature a live performance of The Hellfire Four, a honky tonk quartet featuring Joan Shelley and friends with line dancing led by Co-Executive Directors of Strive, Nina Rodahaffer and Cheyenne Mize. DJ “Buffalo” Ben Townsend will be spinning classic country records in the bar area and finest honky tonk attire is encouraged.
Tickets are $25 and available here.
September 12, 2016
Longman & Eagle is excited to announce “As the Crow Flies,” an installation from Chicago-based artist Peter Skvara which will be on display at the restaurant this fall. Join us at Longman at 9pm on September 20 for a reception celebrating Peter’s work.
August 25, 2016
Longman & Eagle’s What’s Happening Block Party is back for another Labor Day weekend celebration on Sunday, September 4 from noon – 10pm.
The annual ‘thanks’ to the neighborhood is free and will be setting up right outside of Longman, on Schubert between Kedzie and Troy. This year’s celebration will feature a special street food menu from Chef Matt Kerney (Elotes! Tacos! Wild Boar Sloppy Joe Nachos! Sausages!), refreshing cocktails on tap, and plenty of beer. The party will also have tunes all day, including a set from Windy City Soul Club (6-10pm) to close out the night.
See you there!
July 18, 2016
This past winter, the team at Longman & Eagle headed down to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Kentucky to create a custom Private Select Bourbon for Longman & Eagle. The team got to select the wooden staves that flavor the bourbon, then aged it for nine weeks to perfection. The result is a totally unique (and delicious) bourbon available exclusively at Longman & Eagle. Come by and try a pour – and check out this behind the scenes video (made by L&E bartender extraordinaire Eric Abert) of the process below:
June 22, 2016
This past winter, Longman & Eagle was invited down to Maker’s Mark to participate in their Private Select program. Our team was able to select some non-traditional types of wood to add to a barrel of Maker’s, creating a whiskey exclusive to Longman & Eagle. This was one of the most amazing tasting and selection processes we’ve ever participated in, and we’re incredibly excited to be able to share this exclusive bourbon with our L&E friends and family. We will be launching this exclusive bourbon on June 29 in the OSB at L&E starting at 7:30pm. Please join us to try our signature Longman & Eagle Private Select bourbon!
The Maker’s Mark Private Select program is unlike any other barrel selection we’ve participated in. In most barrel selections, you are just choosing from samples of existing bourbons. This program allowed us to manipulate the flavor of the whiskey beforehand to control the final flavor profile of the whiskey.
Makers 46 is essentially Maker’s Mark that has been “finished,” or aged, slightly longer. French oak staves (a wood post used in whiskey aging) are inserted into the barrel and left to age for an extra nine weeks. This adds a whole new layer of flavor to the original whiskey. The Maker’s Private Select program is similar in process, however, there are a variety of different type of wood staves to choose from. There are French and American Oak, toasted and charred to different levels. We went through a full tasting of bourbons finished with each different stave, then the fun began. We were able to choose a combination of those different staves and blend those whiskies back together hoping to get an idea for what our finished whisky will taste like.
We broke into two teams in order to have a lot of variety of options. One team wanted to find a combination that would emphasize the existing flavors already in Maker’s, while the other wanted to contrast those flavors and add a layer of complexity. But when we both started working on our first blend, both teams chose the same combinatioin of staves. After tasting through nine different blends, we eliminated a few, and then tasted through them again – this time, blindly. After eliminating a few other options in the blind test, we finally selected our signature Longman & Eagle Private Select. Ironically, the one we chose was that first combination of staves that both teams came up with!
We inserted the staves in our barrel, filled it, then rolled it to its new home in the rickhouse where it would sit for another nine weeks.
We have been impatiently waiting those whole nine weeks – this is one of the most exciting programs we’ve been lucky enough to participate in, and we’re thrilled to share this bourbon with our friends and family at L&E.
June 14, 2016
A lot of us at Longman are Dads, and a lot of us at Longman love whiskey. So we thought the perfect Father’s Day gift for YOUR Dad is one of OUR whiskeys. We’ve been lucky enough to have a variety of whiskey bottled just for us here at L&E and are really proud of these bottles and know they would make a great addition to any Dad’s home bar. Available only in house at L&E, so stop in and pick one up for a Dad in your life.
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey L&E $35
Named for I.W. Bernheim, a bourbon pioneer responsible for the I.W. Harper brand, this wheat whiskey was made by Heaven Hill after they moved into the Old Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.
Four Roses Single Barrel L&E $75
Hand picked by the team at Longman, this 10 year old bourbon has a rich, full body with notes of spice and dark chocolate. Bottled at 54.4%, it is aggressive, but still finishes with a pleasant dryness. For the nerds, this bottling is recipe: OESK and Barrel EN 52-2 O.
High West Double Rye L&E $50
Hand Selected by the Longman bar crew, this double rye blend was re-barreled in 5 yr old bourbon barrels for an additional two years before being bottled exclusively for L&E. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 104 proof, this whiskey is rich, spicy, with a pleasant, smooth finish.
Jefferson’s Small Batch L&E $30
Jefferson’s Reserve Very Small Batch L&E $55
Aged in lightly charred barrels, these high rye bourbons were selected by the team here at Longman along with Jefferson’s Master Blender Trey Zoeller. The lighter char on the barrel allows the flavor of the grains to be present while the vanilla and caramel notes from the barrel still come forward.
Knob Creek L&E Single Barrel #2 $45
This is the second barrel of Knob Creek selected by the staff at L&E. Distilled in 2005, and aged on the 9th floor of the rickhouse, this bourbon has picked up flavors of maple, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Sure to be a favorite.
Redemption Rye 8yr Barrel Proof L&E $100
This barrel strength version of Redemption’s classic 95% Rye recipe is hot and spicy on the initial taste, but it’s 8 years in oak gives it a rich, sweet finish. Surprisingly balanced for such a high proof, this is a truly exceptional rye.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel L&E $65
Selected by a handful of veteran Longman bartenders, this single barrel from one of our favorite distillers is sure to please both the casual and seasoned bourbon drinker. Non-chill filtered, this full flavored bourbon is sweet, but balanced by a bit of spice and a long, smooth finish.
No, the Willett 21 year bottles “Longman” and “Eagle” are not for sale, not now, not ever, never again. Don’t ask, the answer is no, and will be no. Thanks for understanding the limited nature of this kind of product. Cheers!
May 16, 2016
May 10, 2016
In addition to overseeing a stellar cocktail and whiskey program, Longman & Eagle bar manager Phil Olson has been building and curating an amazing vintage bourbon collection. Over the last several months, he has grown the collection considerably and Olson has been able to acquire some really exciting bottles.
There is some lovely Jim Beam from the 60s, and some Old Crow and Old Grand Dad from the 70s, back it when it was still produced by National Distillers. The real gems are some very limited offerings from the now legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, bottled when Pappy Van Winkle was still president of that distillery. There are also a couple of bottles of Old Fitzgerald from that same era, and even a beautiful decanter of Old Rip Van Winkle bottled in 1974.
These bourbons are extremely limited and rare, and the team at Longman couldn’t be more excited to now offer them as a part of our already extensive list. But, just like all of the whiskey at L&E, it’s meant for your mouth, and not the shelves…come in and get a pour while you can.
May 9, 2016
Anthony Bourdain stopped by Longman & Eagle during his recent trip to Chicago for Parts Unknown, his show on CNN. He and Second City main stage performer Paul Jurewicz tried (and enjoyed!) many of Chef Jared Wentworth’s & Chef Matt Kerney’s specialties, including the Slagel Family Farms Bone Marrow. Check out a clip HERE.