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Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Featuring Kavalan Launch Party w/ Ian Chang, Tues. 4/29, 7pm

April 28th, 2014 — 1:16pm

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This coming Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm, we will be launching the newest whiskey to Southern California, and the first whiskey to come out of Taiwan, KAVALAN. Brand Ambassador Ian Chang and Dr. Jim Swan, consultant to Kavalan will be in the house to taste and educate us on this unique line.
Attendance will be capped at a hard 35 for this one, so please do not RSVP and then flake, as you will be blocking a fellow Whiskey Society member from being able to attend. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, with the tasting starting at 7pm. Latecomers will not be seated, but paid-up members can enjoy Kavalan discounts at the main bar as they wait to meet Ian and Dr. Jim after the event.
Come early and get a good seat! RSVP now on the link below:
Register Here!
Memberships for the Seven Grand Whiskey Society can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 a year and allow the bearer to bring a guest to any event. First-timers can pay a one-time$15 fee to get in. For more information, hit the link beneath my signature.
Bar Jackalope awaits your visit- come see us soon! We’re open 8pm to 1am, Sunday through Thursday. Attendance is capped at 16 people.
We look forward to seeing you.
Pedro, currently sipping on Tecate in a can. Keeping it real.
 
Pedro Shanahan, Spirit Guide
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar,
Co-curator, Whiskey Society L.A.
 

What We’re Reading: Palcohol Powdered Alcohol Could Be Headed To A Store Near You; For That Easter Feast, Think Of Belgian Brews; A Craft-Beer Pub Crawl In The ‘Kitchen Of Japan’; Future Pernod Ricard CEO Was Born Into Booze; Bourbon Brands Try To Grab Don Draper’s Magic; 7 Cocktails Loved By Famous Writers

April 25th, 2014 — 12:28pm

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Palcohol powdered alcohol could be headed to a store near you 4/21/14 – Los Angeles Times
Imagine mixing your own cocktail without using a cocktail shaker, or pouring any liquor. That’s the idea behind Palcohol, a new powdered alcohol product that could be headed to a store near you this fall. There are six varieties, which according to the website, including V, made from vodka distilled four times; R, made from Puerto Rican rum; Cosmopolitan; Mojito; Powderita (the Margarita version) and Lemon Drop. Each individual pouch of powder is the equivalent of one shot of alcohol.[Updated April 22, 8:52 a.m. PDT: Palcohol has released a new statement on its website regarding the approval of its product labels: "We have been in touch with the TTB and there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag. There was a mutual agreement for us to surrender the labels. This doesn't mean that Palcohol isn't approved. It just means that these labels aren't approved. We will re-submit labels."The product is expected to be released nationally this fall, but Phillips says he can’t release any pricing information just yet or comment on any other products in the works.  Read the rest here!

For that Easter feast, think of Belgian brews  4/18/14 – Los Angeles Times
The Easter feast usually gets second billing to Thanksgiving in America’s pantheon of food holidays, but the spread of ham, lamb, deviled eggs, and spring-tinged veggies makes Easter dinner the perfect opportunity to experiment with pairing food and beer. And some of the classic Belgian styles are wonderful matches for the foods and feelings of the holiday. Here are three Belgian beer styles that are as at home on the Easter feast’s table as baskets of green plastic grass and pastel-dyed eggs. Read the rest here!

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A Craft-Beer Pub Crawl in the ‘Kitchen of Japan’ 4/22/14 – New York Times
For a long time, drinking beer in Japan meant implicitly supporting one of the country’s four major producers: Asahi, Kirin, Suntory and Sapporo. But in the mid-1990s, when a law prohibiting the operation of small-scale breweries was abandoned, the door was opened for Japanese craft beer, known as ji-biru. Even today, there are only about 200 craft breweries in Japan, so finding domestic microbrews takes some effort. But increasingly, the place to taste these relatively rare — but deliciously well-crafted — beers is Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city. Read the rest here!

Future Pernod Ricard CEO Was Born Into Booze [Interview]  4/24/14 – Wall Street Journal
Alexandre Ricard is in line to take the reins of Paris-based Pernod Ricard SA RI.FR +0.04% next year. The spirit and wine company was formed in 1975 through the merger of two French businesses, one of which was founded by Ricard’s grandfather. Today, the company has dozens of brands — including Absolut vodka, Jameson Irish whiskey, and Beefeater gin — and nearly 19,000 employees. Read the rest here!

Bourbon Brands
Bourbon Brands Try to Grab Don Draper’s Magic  4/18/14 – Wall Street Journal
Bourbon-makers are going shot for shot in the whiskey ad battle. With bourbon whiskey sales on the rise, small batch brands are ramping up their advertising arsenals in an effort to take advantage of the growing interest that millennials have in bourbon. Liquor giant Beam Inc. BEAM +0.10% on Monday will debut its first-ever TV commercial for the Knob Creek bourbon, a brand that has been around for more than 20 years. The new push for Knob Creek comes as others in the category have been increasing their marketing efforts for premium and super-premium brands. Another small-batch brand, Brown-Forman Corp. BFB -0.81%’s Woodford Reserve, launched its first-ever TV campaign during the season debut of “Mad Men” on Sunday. Read the rest here!

7 Cocktails Loved by Famous Writers  4/21/14 – Liquor.com
The best cure for writer’s block? A stiff drink. Booze and literature have long had a close relationship; many of the world’s most famous authors were as good at drinking as they were at writing. And the drinks they liked to imbibe made such a strong impression that Raymond Chandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald and more immortalized a number of classic cocktails in their novels. From Martinis to Vespers toGin Rickeys, you may earn a new respect for the writers (and cocktails) behind your favorite books. Read the rest here!

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Featuring JP Wiser’s w/ Don Livermore, Mon. 4/28, 7pm

April 24th, 2014 — 3:48pm

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This coming Monday, April 28th, we will be hosting Master Blender Don Livermore. Don is responsible for creating JP Wiser’s Rye, JP Wiser’s 18yr, Pike Creek, and Lot No. 40. He will taste and educate us on his fine line, Don has been known in the industry for his cutting-edge techniques involving Near Infrared (NIR) sensors. What? Yes, come find out.

A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, with the tasting starting at 7pm, or when the room is full. Latecomers will not be seated, but can enjoy drink specials at the bar with their paid-up 7GWS membership card, as they wait to meet Don after the event.
RSVP now, come early and get a good seat!

Register Here!

Seven Grand Whiskey Society memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 a year and allow the bearer to bring a guest to any event. First-timers can pay a $15 one time fee for admittance. For more information, hit the link beneath my signature.
If you haven’t been down for Happy Hour lately, you really should, Dustin’s Spring Cocktail menu is great, and we’re now featuring great eats delivered from Pellicola Pizzeria around the corner.
The Bar Jackalope awaits your visit as well, we offer intimate whiskey education 5 nights a week, Sundaythrough Thursday, 8pm to 1am. (There’s great live music for FREE on those nights too!) Come buy a bottle for the locker, and stake your claim on your own little piece of Downtown L.A. Seating is first-come, first-served, and only bottle owners can make reservations. Come check it out!
We look forward to seeing you.
Pedro, currently sipping Angel City Blonde.
Pedro Shanahan, 
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society
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Spirit Guide: Smells Like Team Spirit w/ Ralph DiTucci

April 22nd, 2014 — 5:44pm

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Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a bartender.  Since people know this about me, I frequently hear people enthusiastically declare, “I want to be a bartender!”  I understand that feeling!  Bartending is fun.  It’s way more fun than any job should ever be allowed to be.   It’s also a lot of hard work and a life of constant exhaustion, but mostly, “The Fun.”  A great deal of that fun comes from the time invested working and getting in sync with your teammates behind the bar.

I love other bartenders. Even if we’ve never worked together, I love what you do for people because I do it too!  I love the camaraderie that we forge in sweat and impossibly late nights and nicked fingers.  Mostly, I love being on a team.  I love helping my team propel forward to victory: another unforgettable night!  All of this = “The Fun.”

I’m currently a member of two teams.  I manage the 4100 Bar in Silverlake, where I’ve worked for the past thirteen years.  I love the comfort of my home away from home.  I’ve worked hard in this bar with some of the finest bar folk that I’ve ever met.  I love my current team and I miss my old teammates.

I also have the honor of managing the oldest bar in Los Angeles, the Golden Gopher, built Downtown in 1905.  There are amazing people who have worked at the Gopher for years.  They are part of the fabric of the neighborhood.  In addition to the veterans, there’s a fellow who’s been with us for three months who had never worked in a bar prior to joining us.  His enthusiasm to become a part of the team reminds all of us behind the bar of the reasons why we got into this business:  To have fun.  To meet people.  To share ourselves with those people.

Many of my bartender friends have left the business over the years, and the one thing that almost all of them tell me that they miss the most is the sense of being on a team.   I understand that feeling, too.  Cheers!

Ralph DiTucci / Director of Neighborhood Bars