Friday Happy Hour: Hail the Wale

11-11-11 is hardly over and there is already internet backlash. Rest assured, as special as I think today is, I will make no claims about numerology or if your wish made at 11:11 will come true.

That said, today is special, so this will be a special Friday Happy Hour. Tonight, I am hosting a meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club at Room 11 – and their sweet, sweet staff have created special corduroy-themed cocktails to serve. I got to collaborate a bit on the recipes, but they are mostly the creation of Room 11 bartender Iris Ho.

So, here you have the first recipe shared in my Friday Happy Hour series – a drink you can make yourself tonight to celebrate this auspicious day, or any time.

Hail the Wale
1oz Old Overholt Rye
3/4oz simple syrup
1/2oz lemon juice
1/2oz allspice dram
Sixpoint Brewing Righteous Ale

Shake first four ingredients with ice. Pour into a tall, vertical glass. Top carefully with float of beer.

The resulting drink has horizontal stripes of browns and lots of cozy fall flavors. The Old Overholt is classic, nostalgic, and perhaps a bit masculine, like the perfect corduroy blazer with elbow patches. Sixpoint Ales are based in Brooklyn, which is also the global headquarters of Corduroy Club. All together, the drink is perfect to sip whilst wearing corduroy by a fire.

Brittany has tried to leave DC, it just never lasts. She has lived in Chicago, California, and China – but she always comes back home. Brittany is a drinks, nightlife, and style correspondent for We Love DC. Between columns, you can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or standing by the bar. Email her at brittany(at)

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