Food, Culture & Community: Hotel Tango Whiskey

HotelTango_WhiskeyFrontb1 Last Friday I got a call from one of my friends who had an itch for a bit of Fletcher Place nightlife. I, feeling the itch myself, agreed without any hesitation. My friend pulled up a few minutes later on his newly purchased Suzuki 350 motorcycle. He tossed me a helmet, I hopped on, and we cruised down College Ave. with a mission. It was time for what I was sure would be the first of many excursions to the premier disabled veteran owned artisan distillery in the United States. Hotel Tango Whiskey.

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We pulled in the parking lot of a quaint brick building feeling like kings on our loyal steed. As we parked, a festive warm light emanating from the windows greeted us. Once inside, we made our way around the friendly patrons and seated ourselves at a corner table. This was the first time I had a chance to take it all in. The first thing that struck me was the shear friendliness of the atmosphere. Tables, chairs, and couches were incongruously positioned around a blazing fireplace which chimneyed up through the center of the building. The amiable lighting shining from rustic light fixtures showered everyone with hospitable vibes. To my very core, I felt warm… and I hadn’t even sampled the spirits yet!


Brian Willsey (who just so happened to be one of the owners) greeted us with a hearty handshake, as he personably asked for our names. Brian then moved to give us samples of their freshly distilled “Victor Vodka” and “Romeo Rum.” As we sampled, he, like a proud parent, took us through the distilling process for both spirits. While both spirits were extraordinary, we were both digging on the smoothness of the rum so we each ordered a neat, sat back, and took a little time for ourselves to catch up as we enjoyed the delicious complementary popcorn.

After about an hour and a half, we gathered our things and reluctantly made our exit, both of us with the certainty that our HTW hiatus would be short-lived. We would definitely be back soon.

If you love a warm and friendly weekend respite, I would highly recommend checking out Hotel Tango Whiskey…especially as the cool of fall approaches.