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Though NPS has lost track of just how many times we’ve stayed at the Grant Street Inn, our previous visit seems to have been in October 2015! Whoa. Well, it’s nice to be back.

The good news is that room 30 was available (or rather, became available) for this visit. Thanks to the staff for freeing it up!

The fireplace in 30 no longer seems to function

The bed, on the other hand, functions just fine.

Still no opportunity to try out this hot tub thing

The plastic shower can be forgiven due to the hot tub thing. We guess.

It was a nostalgic visit this time, back to the town where NPS went to grad school. The weather was awful, rainy and chilly, so, as a result, much time was spent inside.

A new cocktail club in town called C3 Bar is worth a visit. Had to teach them how to make a Lion’s Tail, but they did a fine job. The food is good and beats the kind of weird suburban location hands down.

A visit to the Irish Lion was an absolute blast as always. So much laughter! And great Sazaracs made with Whistlepig 10 rye.

Back up to four showerheads for the Grant Street Inn. One of these years, maybe the hot tub will come into play.

I have been coming to the Grant Street Inn for about twenty years ever since they opened. They know me, and theoretically they know that I am a big fan of room 30. Alas, on this trip they put me in room 31. The room is nice, but its biggest feature is also its biggest flaw.

The room 31 pod sticks out by 7th street

The room 31 pod sticks out by 7th street

The problem with 31 is noise from the 7th Street bus route. It’s OK during the day, but it starts early. Room 30, just around the corner from the pod is much quieter. And room 30 has a fireplace and a nice shower thing with a hot tub feature.

The deck off 31

The deck off 31

The door to the outside deck is very nice. And the deck makes a great place to delete email as big buses rumble by.

Room 31 Grant Street Inn

Room 31 Grant Street Inn

Room 31 Grant Street Inn

Room 31 Grant Street Inn

Bathroom/sink area room 31

Bathroom/sink area room 31

The shower in 31 is reasonable. It is a cube with glass, but not as fancy as it could be.

The shower is reasonable

The shower is reasonable

While in town, try restaurant DO for some interesting Korean food.

Anyway, for forgetting that I really prefer room 30, the Grant Street gets a temporary three showerheads. Until next time!

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Cardinal Spirits is so new that their grass has not come in yet. We were honored to get an evening tour led by a mysterious partner.

The grass is still straw at Cardinal Spirits

The grass is still straw at Cardinal Spirits

Cardinal is using both wine and barley beer as mash for vodka and gin distillery. Currently, the vodka is available and the gin is almost ready for release (still in the titration stage with aromatics). There is some brandy and some whiskey recently barreled as well.

Where the mash is born.

Where the mash is born.

Cardinal Spirits still is about 6 stories in 4 connected sections

Cardinal Spirits still is about 6 stories in 4 connected sections

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Distillers notes

Distillers notes

Aromatics added here for the gin process

Aromatics added here for the gin process

The mysterious partner gave a great tour

The mysterious partner gave a great tour

How new is the brandy and whiskey?

One rick

One rick

This new!

This new!

New indeed. Born last week.

New indeed. Born last week.

You are in Indiana!

You are in Indiana!

The experiment is still underway when it comes to gin.

Gin testing bench

Gin testing bench

Bottler

Bottler

Needless to say, the tour was fantastic. So much fun to see Cardinal Spirits booting up!

Now it’s time to taste the gin.

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