It’s always great to see a local business supporting other locals—and that’s exactly what Therapy is doing. On April 18 the Fremont Street gastropub unveiled its own whiskey and beer, which are available exclusively at the restaurant.
“We wanted to create our own brand that was unique and different and also support local [business],” says Therapy general manager Maria Horta. “This is not a one-time thing, but something we will be able to offer for years to come.”
The local distillery chosen was Nevada H&C Distilling located at 418 Mesquite Avenue near Main Street.
Three months ago Horta and her team sampled several whiskeys before finding the perfect blend to represent the restaurant. Named Smoke Wagon, it is 36 percent rye, 4 percent malted barley and 60 percent corn and is a blend of 8-year-old and 4-year-old aged whiskey.
Nevada H&C distiller owner Aaron Chepenik says, “The vintage blend of this whiskey is completely different, which is what ensures a smooth and enjoyable taste at a higher proof.”
The spirit brings sweet notes including caramel, rye, dried fruit and oak with surprisingly no alcohol burn, even though it logs in at a hefty 57.55 percent alcohol strength (115 proof). At Therapy it sells for $13 for a shot, $99 for a 750 ml bottle or $13 in cocktail form as St. Therapy made with St. Germaine, peach and raspberry Grand Marnier, grapefruit and mango syrups.
Horta went with Able Baker Brewing, a new brewery that is currently contract-brewing at the Joseph James Brewing facility, to create Therapy Duck Beer.
“This will be the first Able Baker beer created specifically for a bar or restaurant and we’re thrilled to be doing it for a fantastic venue on Fremont East,” says Able Baker co-owner James Manos.
The double IPA, available in 16-ounce drafts for $8, has a strong, hoppy taste with very noticeable notes of citrus, mango and pine, and weighs in at 7.6 percent ABV and 88 IBUs (international bittering units).