Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursty: Foundry On Elm

At Foundry on Elm, the brasserie-tavern that opened last week in Davis Square, they're covering a lot of territory, both literally and figuratively. The room itself is huge, and plans to open a speakeasy style lounge downstairs and refurbish the adjacent Jimmy Tingle Theater in the coming months will only expand upon that. The 43-foot long Italian marble bar is impressive as well, which is important, because they're going to need ample room to pack in people eager to drink their way through the broad selection of carefully selected cocktails, wines and beers.

Heading up the bar operations is Andy Kilgore, recently of the like-minded Stoddard's downtown and formerly of No. 9 Park. “We've got a lot going on here at the bar,” he says. With 32 craft and artisanal beers on tap, 20 bottles, a rotating cask ale, 25 wines by the glass, and a cocktail list that mixes in old classics with Kilgore's playfully creative variations, that's an understatement.

Since there's nothing else like it in Davis Square at the moment, it seems likely that the college student heavy neighborhood is about to get a jolt in its beer-swilling ways. “I think Davis Square needed something sophisticated,” Kilgore says. Something for people who wanted somewhere else to go besides a beer bar or an Irish pub or sports pub.”

What he's having

“Cocktails are my thing,” Kilgore says. “I was lucky to get in early on the classic cocktail resurgence at No. 9.” One favorite is his Manhattan using Old Grandad bourbon infused with sour cherries. Other cocktails pay homage to the area's rich distilling history, like the Medford Rhum. Made with molasses syrup, Barbancourt Rhum, citrus juice and soda, it makes for a blend of thick, wholesome sweetness with spice from the rum and a touch of acidity.

Foundry On Elm
255 Elm St., Somerville.

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