The Nice Ash is a great venue for bachelor & bachelorette parties. We can easily accommodate 50+ people in our warm comfortable Ash Hole, our party room. We can customize your event with a whiskey, beer, wine, cigar or hookah tasting or combination of any of those events. It's provides a fun and unique experience if you are looking to do something different than the traditional strip club or ball game outing. We can also run a poker tournament for you if you wish and also have the ability to put your own barrels of beer on tap in the Ash Hole.
At a typical $10 a head cost, the price is right and we can accommodate just about any budget. So if you are interested call Joette at 414-406-0593 or Jeff at 414-406-5712 to set it up and save your date. It will create lifelong memories for your special event.
I've often been asked what is my favorite whiskey. Well, the simple answer is the one in hand because that is the one you are currently enjoying. I do like a wide range of whiskey choices. Bourbon's offer a sweeter variety with some complex notes. Irish and Canadian whiskeys tend to be much more simple but can be quite smooth and enjoyable. Ryes typically pack a bit more punch yet can be very complex and rewarding in their flavors. Scotches typically offer the wonders of peat combined with spice, florals, and sometimes sweetness. Numerous other choices from around the world are gaining favor with awesome offerings coming out of Japan, Tasmania, India and other non-traditional whiskey producing countries.
Trying to pin down a favorite is just too hard, it kinda makes my head hurt. How in the world do you choose? That said, I'll share two of my favorites.
Scapa 16 is definitely one of my favorite Scotches. It offers light peat with a touch of the sea as its distillery is located on the coast of the isle of Ornkey, Throw in a bit of honey and heather and this Scotch will satisfy most palates. It's distillery is operated by just 3 fellows. It is currently their only offering in the marketplace and shows that sometimes its best to concentrate all your efforts to produce one great product.
The Lark Single Malt Distiller's Selection is a fine whisky made in Tasmania. It was the first distillery to operate after a 150 year hiatus of whiskey making in that region. Tasmania has a lot of the same attributes as Scotland: highlands, lowlands, peat, fields of barley and an ideal climate for making whiskey. This well balanced malt whisky offers complex notes of chocolate and toffee and a little sweetness and some peat. Its a wonder how they went for 150 years without producing whisky in this corner of the world.
Now, I shared mine. What are your favorites and why?
The Milwaukee Brewers have the best record in baseball. More importantly, they look like they deserve the best record in baseball. Their starting pitching has been outstanding and the bull pen has matched their effort as well. The appear to be an exciting team offensively matching their expectations of the past couple of years. So when you are looking to spend a little quality time watching the Brewers there is no better place to doing it while enjoying a great cigar and a craft beer or premium whiskey! So what are you waiting for? Get your Ash in here for a Brewers game!
I just saw that the Midwest Poker Tour is coming to Milwaukee!
The MSPT at Potawatomi Casino will take place August 30 – September 7, 2014 and boast a $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event prize pool. The $1,100 Main Event Day 1A will be at 4pm on Friday, September 5 and Day 1B at 4pm on Saturday, September 6 – with the conclusion of the event to be played on Sunday, September 7.
I expect that we will have a pretty large contingent from the Nice Ash participating in this first time event. If you have been wanting to learn or improve your no-limit hold-em game, come to the Nice Ash on Mondays and Wednesdays for our freeroll tournaments. The tourney starts at 7:30pm and if you arrive before 7pm you get an additional 500 chips. So what are you waiting for? Get your Ash in here and play some poker!
Tonight at 7pm we have a Southern Tier Tap Takeover! We will be featuring 6 of Southern Tiers beer, 4 of which have been rated outstanding or world class by the beer experts-Beer advocate.com. Beer Rep Michael will be telling you about the beers and you have the chance to drink 6 beers from one outstanding brewery all in one night. There's something for everyone. Double IPA, American IPA, a Pilz, Pale wheat, milk stout and a delish ale.
W. Broadway through the intersection of Clinton St will be re-opened later this evening April 17. For the weekend both the W. Main St. and W. Broadway intersections will be open to cross traffic. On Monday, April 21 the intersection of Main St. and Clinton Street will be closed to install traffic signal conduit and start work on the concrete curb and gutter.
Don't let a little construction keep you from coming into the Ash!
Part of being a bar owner is making sure that what we serve is top notch. Today, Joette and I did a little wine tasting with one of our reps. We are always looking at our offerings and analyzing what can be improved on.
In addition, we had some sample whiskeys dropped off that could result in a Nice Ash Single Barrel offering. We have yet to sample them and will keep you informed if they are worthy of the Nice Ash name! Wine tasting, Whiskey tasting its all in the life of a bar owner and its a pretty good gig!
Tonight we are celebrating our 8th anniversary of owning the Nice Ash. Its hard to believe its been 8 years, but it has and we are looking forward to more. We are truly blessed with outstanding customers, staff and friends that make owning the Ash fun ,rewarding and a joy.
As has been tradition since year one, Dublin O'Shea is playing tonight. It will be Aaron Craft's last night as their drummer as he is relocating out to sunny California to work with Disney. So join us for a smoke, drink and some free food to celebrate our good fortune to call you all friends of the Nice Ash.
Downtown Waukesha has a lot to offer. We have numerous boutique shops, restaurants, bars, non-profits and service industry businesses to patronize. Why is downtown different? Well its a connection to our past and a celebration of our present. Our historic buildings remind us of a bygone era where we were a much more local society. Downtowns were the heart of the community where people gathered to do business, visit with one another and be entertained long before we gained mobility from the automobile. Downtown was the place to be, there were no strip malls, box stores, shopping malls or online stores; Downtown was it and it was active and vibrant.
Most downtowns saw a downturn beginning in the 1960's with the advent of regional shopping centers. It took a long time for Downtown Business Districts to begin to find ways to compete. Our own downtown began a renaissance in the 2000's after the City invested in our River Walk and the Gazebo was removed from the 5 Points. Many brave entrepreneurs invested in downtown and we once again became the place to be in Waukesha.
Our Downtown has been losing a bit of momentum over the past couple of years. There are more vacant storefronts than we've seen in quite awhile. We also are dealing with construction issues which have made things difficult for numerous Downtown businesses over the past few months. It is a reminder that like most things in life we can't take our Downtown for granted.
So please think about protecting our assets and really commit to thinking local. Support our businesses downtown so we can continue nurturing this community asset. Studies show that money spent at locally owned businesses stays in the community to improve our local economy. Everyone benefits! Fortunately, we have lots of quality businesses that deserve our spending dollar. Thanks for thinking local and see you in beautiful Downtown Waukesha.
Wow I just caught myself grinning ear to ear and it was because I was thinking of next Thursday. Next Thursday we will be having a Southern Tier Tap Takeover! We will have 6 taps taken over by great beers from Southern Tier brewery! They're from New York but we won't hold that against them. If that's not enough our Southern Tier rep Michael will be here to talk about this awesome brewery. We have been carrying their Crème Brulee on a fairly regular basis and if you've tried it you know it is absolute goodness.
So I just wanted to give you all a heads up to mark your calendars to visit the Ash on next Thursday, April 17th an experience our first Tap Takeover!
April 17th 7:00pm - Southern Tier Tap Takeover
Jeff's claim to fame is that he sleeps with the owner of the Nice Ash. Jeff will share his musings on cigars, whiskey, beer, poker and any other things that peak his interest. I hope you enjoy.