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A barrel of Kikusui Funaguchis and Fernet and Colas

A barrel of Kikusui Funaguchis and Fernet and Colas

Courtesy Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday's "Beloveds"

Plenty of words have been written about Billy Sunday's craft cocktails, tonics on tap, and extensive supply of obscure and top-shelf liquors. But early regulars at Billy Sunday were quickly and surreptitiously introduced to "off-menu" items, including house-made Zima and something known as "Guch." They're now on the menu under a section titled "Beloveds." There's the cleverly titled Shift Drink (Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch and an Elijah Craig 12-Year shot, a more upscale version of a PBR and Jamo) and Rainwater, a Barbeito 1995 "Freitas" single-cask madeira. But it's the first two items on the list that are the most unusual (in the way that seeing Motley Crüe play the Symphony Center would be unusual): the Funaguchi and the Bottled Cocktails. The latter includes the Zima and a Fernet-and-cola mixture, among other presumably drunken creations. But the star of the show is the former: Kikusui Funaguchi, or "Guch." It's sake, it's in a can, it has a plastic top that is a lot of fun to pop off (with your thumb), it has 19 percent alcohol by volume, and it will fuck you up.

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