Boozy ice cream is coming to the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood. Blind Ox, a soon-to-open taproom and bar, will start serving spiked liquid nitrogen ice cream on Fremont later this year.
As New School first reported, Blind Ox comes from Genevieve and Eric West, who also own liquid nitrogen ice cream stand Mix ’n’ Match Creamery. At the stand, customers choose their combinations from a list of flavors and mix-ins, and Eric West makes ice cream orders onsite, blending milk and syrups with mix-ins like candy bars, bacon, and fruit. The liquid nitrogen chills down the ice cream quickly, which means ice crystals don’t have the time to grow as large as they do in slower ice-cream making processes; that generally makes for creamier ice cream.
Now, however, the Wests are going further: The new bar, with its 20 taps of craft beer, ciders, wines, and cocktails, will also serve the same ice cream blended with booze, as well as the standard menu of nonalcoholic, made-to-order ice cream. On the savory side of things, the bar will host local food pop-ups and guest chefs, in addition to a small in-house food menu.
Blind Ox will open in mid-September mainly as an ice cream shop, eventually serving booze once the bar nabs its OLCC permits. Kids are welcome during the day, until the restaurant transitions into a 21-plus bar at night. Genevieve West will book live bands for the space, including jazz, blues, and swing musicians.
Blind Ox is located at 4765 NE Fremont Street, within the former Alameda Brewhouse space.
• Blind Ox [Facebook]
• Mix ‘N’ Match Creamery [Official]
• Blind Ox Taphouse opening in former Alameda Brewhouse with Boozy Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream [NS]