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Continued: Cocktailing: Some bartenders dare to mess with the classic Manhattan

  • Article by: MICHAEL RIETMULDER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 1, 2013 - 2:58 PM

St. Paul Grill barrel-aged Manhattan, $15: Jim Beam Bourbon, Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth, dried cherries. 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455,


A blind Manhattan tasting with different bitters convinced Marvel Bar’s Pip Hanson to incorporate Cynar, an artichoke-based Italian amari, alongside the more traditional Angostura.

“It’s not a radical rethinking of the Manhattan, it’s just using a different bitter,” Hanson said. “Especially since we’re not using an enormous amount of it to change the drink in anything other than a subtle way, I would argue that it’s still firmly within the [framework] of what one can call a Manhattan.”

The real fun comes in spirit selection. Hanson’s high-end pick is the sublimely robust Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, which he suggests warming to allow the spicy, unfiltered whiskey to open up. His non-entree-priced recommendation is Old Weller Antique 107 bourbon.

Marvel Bar Old Weller Manhattan, $13: Old Weller Antique 107 bourbon, Antica, Angostura bitters, Cynar. 50 2nd Av. N., Mpls., 612-206-3929,

Summit’s new look

Last week Summit Brewing Co. announced it is updating its barley-brimming logo. The St. Paul brewery will debut its more contemporary look at the Twins’ Opening Day on April 1, along with the renamed Summit Town Ball Tavern (formerly just Town Ball Tavern) in Target Field. The local craft-beer pioneers also will release Meridian Session Ale on April 15, as part of its new Union Series, emphasizing “new raw materials and ingredients appearing on the brewing scene.”

Don’t tread on growlers

A coalition of Minnesota breweries has launched a Save the Growler campaign, aiming to change a state law prohibiting breweries that produce more than 3,500 barrels per year from selling growlers. They argue that the refillable 64-ounce jugs provide an important revenue stream for budding breweries. In an e-mail, Excelsior Brewing Company’s Ben Flattum wrote that a bill is currently being drafted and legislative sponsors have been lined up.

After the deluge

After a burst pipe caused the Seville Club to temporarily close for renovations, the downtown Minneapolis strip club is back in business. Owner Dino Perlman opened its doors Thursday following a monthlong shuttering while recovering from significant water damage.

15 Glenwood Av., Mpls. 612-465-8777,


Michael Rietmulder writes about bars and nightclubs.



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