‘Artisanal Ice:’ As Ridiculous as it Sounds? 3/20/14 – Austinist

March 24th, 2014 — 12:52pm

They’re doing incredible things with ice these days down at Half Step, Rainey Street’s newest cocktail bar.

Yes, it’s “Artisanal Ice” — score another trivial feat for the hipster-yuppie crowd. It may very well be a sign of the apocalypse (or, at a minimum, the lamest gimmick in town) but perhaps these exquisitely sculpted, perfectly symmetrical cubes do for speciality cocktails what human growth hormones do for our finest Olympic athletes. Read the rest here!

Seven Grand San Diego Whiskey Society: Featuring Dave Adams of Green Flash Brewery, Tues., March 25th, 7:30pm

March 24th, 2014 — 12:19pm

Green Flash SD Horz
I would like to welcome you to another jubilant event.  On Tuesday the 25th at 7:30pm we will have Dave Adams the head of education for Green Flash Brewery.  I know, I know its not whiskey but I thought we could use a quick switch of pace.  Dave will be guiding us through the brewing process while we taste a wide variety of the the beers that Green Flash creates.  Such as Saison Diego, West Coast IPA, Le Freak Ale, and a special limited release.  I look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday.

In addition I would like to welcome you to join us on Sundays for our weekly Flight Night at Seven Grand.  I have designed four different whiskey groupings with various qualities.  The bar opens at 8pm on Sundays so come in and lets talk about whiskey.

Register Here!

If you have any questions about the event or how to register my contact information is below.  We provide annual memberships for $120 or charge a $15 fee per tasting.  Also if you RSVP for an event and are unable to attend, you must contact me.  This opens the event up for people who can make it.  For questions in regard to setting up a private tasting contact me.


Josh Judd
Seven Grand Whiskey Bars
Currently sipping on Hakushu Heavily Peated…

Raising the Bar: Chris Bostick – 3/19/14

March 19th, 2014 — 1:03pm

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New York. Beverly Hills. Downtown Los Angeles. After many years away, Chris Bostick, the former general manager of Los Angeles’ clandestine classic cocktail den The Varnish, has returned to the Lone Star State.

His new venture, Austin’s recently opened Half Step, has been hotly anticipated from every cocktail-loving corner of the country. “This bar is about having worked in places like New York andLos Angeles and then offering those great experiences through the lens of Austin,” Bostick says.

It only took a week of filing papers in a doctor’s office as a teenager for Bostick to realize the sedentary life wasn’t for him. In fact, while in high school, he started washing dishes at a strip-mall Tex-Mex restaurant, “and realized right away I was meant to work on my feet,” the native Texan recalls. “When they asked me to move up to busboy, I was amped. ‘This is living,’ I thought.” Read the rest here!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Meet Bar Jackalope, Seven Grand’s secret backroom whiskey parlor – Tasting Table 3/18/14

March 19th, 2014 — 12:57pm

Pedro Bar Jackalope
If you prefer whiskey, you already know Downtown’s Seven Grand.

But what about Bar Jackalope?

To find it, look for an unmarked door near the back of Seven Grand. Push the white button alongside. When someone answers, request a table.

Modeled after the posh whiskey lounges of Japan, the 18-seat Jackalope is a relaxing respite from the lively main bar outside: There’s an antique gramophone playing Coltrane records and taxidermy on the walls. An immaculately dressed bartender stirs perfect Manhattans and Old-Fashioneds. Read the rest here!