December 19th, 2012 — 10:47am
It is with great sadness that I am announcing our End Of The World Launch Party for Nikka Pure Malt, the latest Japanese Whisky to reach American shores. Maurice Chevalier IV from Anchor Distilling will be in the house to taste and educate us on this new offering, and he will share a few more rare beauties, the GlenDronach 15 & 18y.o., the Glenrothes ’94 Vintage, the Benriach 21y.o.. Authenticus “Heavily Peated Expression.” If I know Maurice, he will probably have another treat or two. It is the End Of The World, after all.
That’s this Friday, December 21st, the end of the Mayan Calendar, 7pm in the Jackalope Room.
Attendance will be capped at 35 people, with a Welcome Punch served at 6:30pm. Come early, grab a water at the bar, and get a good seat for the Apocalypse.
Don’t freak-out if you can’t get in, come down anyway, Nikka Pure Malt will be available and on special at the main bar, all-night-long!
Register now on the link below:
As this is the last email I will probably ever send you before the Rapture, on behalf of all the staff at Seven Grand, thank you for your loyal patronage, and participation in the Whiskey Society. Happy Holidays, it’s been a great run.
On the off-chance that we’re not blown to oblivion this Friday, you can get more information about the Whiskey Society on the link below my signature.
We also offer private tastings, hit the flight menu link to learn more of that.
As your Spirit Guide, I feel obliged to remind you that you’ve probably survived a Doomsday or two before:
Peace and Joy to you and yours, we hope to see you soon!
Pedro, currently sipping coffee.
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society
December 19th, 2012 — 10:35am
Holiday Nostalgia, Served Warm – New York Times
Wassail (a hot winter punch made with cider, ale, spices and an optional garnish of toast. Yes, toast) is enjoying a small revival in New York bars these days, particularly those with nostalgic tendencies, whipped up in big pots or slow cookers. And therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing, all but demanding that you call in a crowd. There’s really no such thing as wassail for one. Read more!
Holiday Gift Guide – Imbibe
Finding the perfect gifts for friends and family every year can be a challenge, so we’re here to make your holiday season a little easier. For the imbibers on your list you can shop easy with the help of our holiday gift guide in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of the magazine, featuring 50 gift ideas suited to budgets of all kinds. But we couldn’t stop there: Below are some extra suggestions, from bite-sized stocking stuffers to wine cellar-filling splurges. Whether you’re shopping for a cocktail geek, coffee enthusiast or beer lover, our holiday gift guides have you covered, because sometimes even Santa needs a little help. Read more!
Beer of the Month: North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout – Los Angeles Times
For some reason — maybe it’s the longer nights — winter brings out a taste for dark, strong, malty beers: porters and stouts, particularly in the overpowering Russian and Baltic styles. They overflow with roasted flavors, and they’re usually quite sweet. But that’s not the only way they can go. Old Rasputin is a Russian imperial stout, meaning that it’s very dark (it pours nearly black with a very high tan head) and alcoholic (9% by volume), but you taste very little sweetness. That’s because of a bitterness level toward the top of the IPA range, though it doesn’t register in the palate as bitter, rather as a dryness cleaning up after all the malt. Read more!
Drink of the Week: Nikka Whiskey Taketsuru Pure Malt 12-Year – Imbibe
We’re feeling rather warm and fuzzy this holiday season, and we’re pretty sure today’s Drink of the Week—the Taketsuru 12-Year from Nikka Whisky—is partly to thank. Introduced on U.S. soil late last month, this spirit is already taking the drinks world by storm with its silky-smooth texture, flavors of caramelized apple and pear and hint of smoky vanilla on the finish. Read more!
Stocking Stuffer: the Homemade Gin Kit – Los Angeles Times
Forget the costly distilling equipment. And you can forget the bathtub. The kit comes with practically everything you need to make a batch of your own hooch at home legally: fancy glass bottles, double-mesh fine strainer, funnel, a jar of aromatic botanicals, and juniper berries. All you need is a mid-level bottle of vodka and you’re good to go. Follow the enclosed instructions and in 36 hours you have your own infused gin. Read more!
December 19th, 2012 — 9:55am
The Antiques were formed by three of the five members of the Santa Barbara band Budge who had moved to Los Angeles: singer/guitarist Joey Barro, bass player Ben Donaldson, and drummer Chris Good. Later members included lead guitarist Ryan Crego, keyboard player Jason Vivrette, and guitarist Josh Hertz. The group debuted on disc with Acoustic EP, then signed to Banner Records for the 2006 album Nicknames and Natives, followed by another acoustic EP, At the X. It’s indie pop mixed up with a little twang. I think you’ll dig it.
Dave Freeman – 213 Music Director
December 17th, 2012 — 11:31am
This coming Tuesday, December 18th, we have April Gallegos, Premium Spirits Specialist for Jim Beam coming in to host her annual HomeMaker’s Cocktail Course.
We will be demonstrating how to construct Classic and Innovative cocktails that you can serve at your home bar in the current Holiday Party season, featuring Maker’s Mark!
The event starts at 7pm in the Jackalope Room, please don’t be late. A Welcome Punch with Old Grand Dad will be served at 6:30pm. Come early, grab a water at the bar, have some punch and grab a good seat.
RSVP on the link below, seating will be capped at 35 people.
Don’t worry if you don’t get in to this event- we have our End Of The World Party coming up on Friday the 21st, featuring the launch of Nikka Whisky, a new Japanese release that we will hopefully get to enjoy before we all die.
We’re also offering our “12 Punches of Christmas,” this week at the bar! Come taste what Dustin and Andrew have dreamed up! $1 from every $7 Holiday Punch sold will be donated to Toys For Tots. Anyone who purchases all 12 of the punches get a FREE Whiskey Society Membership!
For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature.
Memberships can be purchased at the bar, and allow you to bring a guest to any event. Feel free to forward this email to a friend.
Dues are $120 a year, we guarantee monthly offerings, but often do many more- (3 this month!)
Bring a friend, first one is on us. We look forward to seeing you.
Happy Holidays! We are grateful for you.
Pedro, currently sipping Bowmore Legend.
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-Curator, Whiskey Society
The “12 Punches Of Christmas” Benefit for Toy for Tots:
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