What We’re Reading: Turkey Moves To Curb Alcohol Sales, Sam Adams Stands Out While Beer Sales Slump, Booze-Soaked Boroughs, Waiter, There’s A Cocktail In My Soup, Topped With A Bow, Three Cocktail Trends Spotted At The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

May 31st, 2013 — 12:30pm

Turkey Moves to Curb Alcohol Sales, 5/24/2013 – Wall Street Journal
ISTANBUL—Turkey moved to curb alcohol sales and restrict advertisements, drawing concern from global distillery giant Diageo DGE.LN +0.32% PLC and local producers, in a move likely to deepen outrage among secular Turks who accuse the government of having an Islamist agenda. The bill, which still requires presidential approval, is poised to ban retail alcohol sales between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., halt all advertising and promotion of alcohol-related products, and seeks to eradicate scenes that could be construed as encouraging consumption of alcohol from television series, movies and music videos. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cast the move as an effort to bring Turkey’s regulations in line with other advanced economies such as the U.S., which have similar curbs on alcohol sales to prevent abuse. Critics led by secular Turks say the legislative package builds on a series of limitations introduced by Mr. Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party since it swept to power in 2002, ending the staunchly secularist military’s decadeslong hold over civilian politics. Read more!

Sam Adams Stands Out While Beer Sales Slump,  5/24/2013 – Wall Street Journal
Corporate Intelligence blog editor Tom Gara explains how Samuel Adams beer has bucked a trend of lower beer sales in the U.S. for the past four weeks. Wine and spirits have been outperforming beer for the past five years and the volume of beer sold in early May is down for the fourth straight year. Beer companies are shifting to more expensive beer and craft beer models to capture the premium market but Sam Adams is continuing to excel by increasing promotional spending by about 5% and dropping prices while still maintaining the aura of a small beer company. Read more!

Booze-Soaked Boroughs: Two Festivals in New York Serve Up Specialty Cocktails,  5/20/2013 – Wall Street Journal
Like a subway series for cocktails, two massive and very different drinks-centric events set up camp on opposing shores of the East River this weekend. For those who like their libations with a twist of Gatsby, there was the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, the five-day festival and industry conference, which returned for a fourth year starting with a gala Friday night at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Meanwhile in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the two-year-old Great GoogaMooga offered a decidedly more dressed-down setting for tippling. The freewheeling food, drinks and music festival, which kicked off Friday night with a concert by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Flaming Lips, enlisted Flatiron Lounge co-owner Julie Reiner to curate drinks from upscale-cocktail bars like Booker & Dax, Death & Co. and Dutch Kills for its $79.50-VIP-ticket holders. Read more!

Waiter, There’s a Cocktail in My Soup,  5/20/2013 – The New York Times
A while ago, struck by how similar a tomato-based gazpacho was to a Bloody Mary mix, I added vodka to the soup. Voilà: a chilled cocktail and summery first course in one. I’ve come to prefer it with reposado tequila, and I have gone on to spike other cold soups. Possibilities include white gazpacho with silver tequila and a garnish of seedless green grapes; borscht with vodka and a dollop of sour cream; carrot-pineapple soup with light rum. Also, minted green-pea soup with bourbon; cantaloupe soup with brandy or port, and potato-fennel soup with pastis or absinthe. Read more!

Topped with a bow, 5/15/2013 – Beverage Industry News
Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser brand introduced a bowtie-shaped aluminum can that mirrors Budweiser’s iconic bowtie logo. The new bowtie-shaped can is available in eight-packs on store shelves nationwide. “This can is incomparable, like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation for Anheuser-Busch, in a statement. “The world’s most iconic beer brand deserves the world’s most unique and innovative can. I think we have it here.” The proprietary can, in development since 2010, is available only in the United States and will not replace the traditional Budweiser can, the company says. Read more!

Three Cocktail Trends Spotted at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic 5/23/2013 – Details
The annual event is also where cocktail trends come alive—if people line up for it at the Cocktail Classic, it’s probably coming soon to a bar near you. Here are three trends we spotted at this year’s bash, which took place, luxuriously enough, at the New York Public Library last weekend. Read more!

Negroni Day @ Cole’s…And It’s For Charity! Saturday, June 1st, All Day!

May 30th, 2013 — 12:10pm

That’s right! This week is Imbibe Magazine’s Negroni Week (celebrating the bittersweet Italian classic, but also helping to raise money for some great causes/charities).  On Saturday, June 1st, all day, we will be donating $1 from each Negroni sold to the Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund. Help us help Oklahoma and purchase a Cole’s Southern Negroni this Saturday. Check out the recipe for our Negroni below:

Southern Negroni by Brent Falco
- 1oz Aviation Gin
- 1oz Salers
- 1oz Dolin Blanco infused with watermelon
- Served up in Coupe with salted watermelon garnish

Check out more info on Imbibe Magazines Negroni Week here!


Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Smooth Ambler w/ John Little, Monday, June 3rd, 7pm

May 30th, 2013 — 10:59am

This coming Monday, June 3rd, we will be welcoming John Little from Smooth Ambler Spirits. John is Head Distiller and Vice-President of Smooth Ambler Distillery in West Virginia. He will be tasting and educating us on the Smooth Ambler and Old Scout line of Whiskeys: The Smooth Ambler Yearling, the Old Scout 6yr High Rye Bourbon & Old Scout 7yr Rye. This will also be the official release of the Old Scout 10yr Bourbon!

Tasting starts at 7pm, a Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30, so come early and get a good seat in the Jackalope Room.

Attendance will be capped at 35 people, with priority given to paid-up members. First-timers can pay a one-time $15 admittance to get in, come early to get on the list.

RSVP on the link below, don’t miss this chance to the first people in California to taste this whiskey!

Register Here!

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society hit the link beneath my signature.

Memberships are $120 a year and allow you to bring a guest to any event. Your completed RSVP gains you entrance, not necessarily a seat.

We also offer Private Tastings, for more info on that, hit this link:

We just finished a new little promo video for the bar, let us know what you think:

“Whiskey for the People” video

Also, you can get a video tour of the Smooth Ambler Distillery before you come to the event, so you can be sharp with your list of questions for John. Check it out:

As it will be a Monday, be sure to stick around and catch some free jazz after the tasting, or come early and try our new Happy Hour Menu, featuring $5 Hand-crafted Cocktails and $6 Pizza until 8pm, Monday- Friday. It’s going to be a great summer, we look forward to seeing you.

Big Love and thanks!

Pedro, currently sipping Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve. Seriously.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society

For more info on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society:

213 Video Series: “Whiskey For The People” Featuring Seven Grand DTLA’s Own Pedro Shanahan

May 28th, 2013 — 12:31pm

“Whiskey for the People”

Seven Grand is a Whiskey Bar. We strive to be an institution of whiskey learning, with a wide offering of flight menus, and barkeeps who can help guide our guests through explorations of their tastes. Classic cocktails, hand-crafted by our staff, bring other entries into the rich history of Whisk(e)y.

We hope to make the world of whiskies accessible to everyone, providing a community hub for people to come together, talk, listen, dance and savor.

Honest hospitality. Free live music four nights a week. Classic Cocktails handcrafted with fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups, and one of the best Whiskey Walls in America.

Come enjoy the experience with us.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.
Co-curator, Whiskey Society

For more info on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society:

To see some of our flight menus, or to learn about Private Tastings and Parties: