We had a Q&A with the Founder of Black Rock; Thomas Aske and this is what he had to say... We hope it makes you as excited as we are for a drink in this super stylish new bar!
Please introduce yourself to the Republic Community:
I am Thomas Aske, founder of Black Rock Whisky bar and a massive whisky enthusiast. I have been involved in hospitality for over twenty years and owned my own bars and restaurants for the last ten. In addition, I also own whisky subscription company Whisky Me which was featured and gained investment on Dragons Den in May this year.
What are you most excited about opening Black Rock?
I have been really excited to see Republic evolve over the last year into an amazing hub of activity. Most exciting for me is to bring Black Rock to its residence and create a home from home for them. We can’t wait to welcome them and hope that they enjoy the concept of hip hop, highballs and amazing service.
What will Black Rock serve?
Black Rock is primarily a whisky bar. That said, we also offer draft and bottled beer, wines, cocktails and bar bites. Whilst we would love to be the gateway for people to get into whisky, we also want to be inclusive to all – and for that reason we will be set up with a wide offering. Most importantly we just want people to have a good time and enjoy the vibe.
What’s your favourite product?
My personal favourite product is a simple whisky highball. Johnnie Walker Black Label with some over ice – very simple, refreshing and perfect for all seasons. On the menu at Republic we will have a range of flavoured highballs such as cream soda, raspberry ripple and marshmallow.
What is unique about Black Rock?
As the centre piece of Black Rock, we have installed a 26 foot, 200+ year old oak tree as the main communal table. Inside the table is a whisky cocktail; an old fashioned slowly ageing in front of the guest. The liquid can be seen through the tree making it one of the first interactive ageing tables in the world (the first being our other site).
When will Black Rock open at Republic?
We are aiming to open around week commencing 25th October, we will likely do previews for Republic residents. We want to ensure the team are fully trained and the venue ready to welcome you all.
What are you looking forward to most about being part of the Republic Community and in the area?
I personally love being at Republic and I can see this being the place I spent most of my time. Great facilities, great people and I’ve also just joined the Pure Gym so hoping it will also keep me in shape. It is extremely exciting to see the buildings getting busier and busier and we cannot wait to part of this great community.
See you there…
Venue: Black Rock, Import Building
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