It's come to this: curated boilermakers.
Armoury D.E., the new Deep Ellum tavern with a sense of humor, leapfrogs craft-cocktail conventionality by dispensing carefully considered pairings of beer and booze to fuel your future regret. They include Negra Modelo served with the house mescal, Monte Alban - extra points for even having a house mescal - and called the Naked Vargas; and Pearl Light accompanied by a shot of Fernet- Branca and dubbed the Brownout.
The Armoury D.E. crew is agnostic about whether you commit the ultimate folly and drop the little glass into the big one. "That's up to you," says co-owner Peter Novotny. "We just bring them side by side. I've only seen one person do that so far."
The boilermakers range from $6.50 to $10.
The fun continues with the drinks list.
Armoury D.E. utilizes smoke with more delicacy than some local cocktail lounges of renown. The burn off a cedar plank caps the whiskey-forward (and then some) Bonnie and Clyde: Old Grand-Dad bourbon, Old Overholt rye, a rinse of Laphroaig scotch, chamomile demerara syrup and orange and Angostura bitters. It's $11. The Lone Gunman is a less brawny choice at $8: Tito's vodka, Aperol, claret syrup, lemon, blackberry and mint.
Not even a dozen people were in Armoury D.E. on a recent Tuesday evening, but the 2,000-square-foot, rustic-chic space felt populated enough. Most of those were morbidly enthralled by the New York Yankees' 21-5 demolition of the Texas Rangers playing on the teevee boxes.