In lieu of any weekend photos (too dark and sleepy during the storm); I have a new brooklyn spot that I'm excited about. It's in the neighborhood and open during hurricanes (can't beat that). It's called Noorman's Kil and they are bringing a modern, unpretentious spin to the whiskey set by pairing them with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and craft beers. Four pals (Gutter and Barcade alum) have come together and built a bar by hand right down to the tables. Their list of blends/labels for whiskey will impress anyone with around 220 options. As for the sandwiches, I enjoyed the "Vernice" made up of Connecticut ricotta, Nutella, and season fruit preserves by local jam-makers Anarchy in a Jar on sourdough.
Here's a fun fact I found regarding the name: “The bar’s name is derived from the creek that once flowed through northern Brooklyn. Noorman’s Kil also references the importance of water in the distillation of whiskey, which, when translated from the Gaelic term usquebaugh, means ‘water of life.’ (The creek was rechristened Bushwick Creek before development swept the area in the mid 19th century. The mouth of Noorman’s Kil, Bushwick Inlet, is still present today.)” [Brownstoner] There's also a lovely backyard and a library nook full of knowledgable books on well... whiskey. I'm always happy to see something this well done come to Grand Street following in the footsteps of Barricou. Needless to say, the mister was in heaven. I foresee many fall/winter nights being spent here.