What We’re Reading: Brooklyn Brewery, Minimum Alcohol Pricing, Alcohol Trends for 2013, New Drinking Rules for 2013, Top Twenty Cocktail Books

January 7th, 2013 — 4:03pm

Brooklyn Brewery Is on Tap for Stockholm, 1/4/2013 – New  York Times
Brooklyn’s bid for world domination is extending to Sweden. Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, the craft brewer that will turn 25 in March, will open a $5 million brewery and restaurant overlooking Stockholm harbor. “Brooklyn, the brand, is hotter than ever,” said Eric Ottaway, the brewery’s chief operating officer. “Swedes love the taste of our beer, the name of our beer and the mystique of Brooklyn.” Read more!

Minimum Alcohol Pricing Is Illegal: So Why Is The British Government Being So Stupid?  1/4/2013 – Forbes
There’s something of a scare on, a moral panic, about the amount that the British drinks these days. Apparently we’re all getting so sozzled that we’re in danger of bankrupting the National Health Service or something. Thus there’s a move to do something about this: the aim being to reduce the amount being drunk. But that’s only one set of problems. The other is over what is actually being proposed. There should be a minimum price for alcohol: 50 p a measure (say, 75 cents). No alcohol may be sold below that price. The article discusses the two main problems with this law. Read more!

Alcohol Trends We’re Looking Forward to in 2013, 1/1/2013 –
A new year means lots of opportunities to try new drink trends and we’ve been hearing some good buzz from the industry experts. Here are a few things we think are looking forward to this year:
• Sweet Wines, like Moscato and a range of sweet and medium red blends. It’s been rising in popularity over the last couple of years, but it’s expected to really shine in 2013.
• Bottle Shops, bringing an upscale turn for retailers.
• Outdoor and Indoor Beer Gardens, with the goal of offering relaxed settings to hang out and enjoy good food and drinks.
• Digital Menus for beer, wine and spirits. This has been building over time as well and is beginning to become more widely adopted across the nation. Digital menus can come in many different forms from a big, digital beer menu on the wall at a bar to an iPad wine list brought directly to your dinner table.
• On-site Barrel Aged Drinks, meaning everything from beer, wine, liquor and even full out cocktails.
• Local, local, local. We’re talking locally produced spirits, beer, and using local fruit/produce. Also keep an eye out for regional signature cocktails to keep with the local theme. Read more!

New Drinking Rules for 2013, 1/2/2013 –
• Drink American Gin: Thanks to the craft-distilling boom, there’s now a big selection of American gins created from a wide variety of botanicals. While we like the Dorothy Parker American Gin and Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin produced in Brooklyn by advisory board member Allen Katz as well as Aviation Gin, hailing from Portland, Ore., and co-founded by talented barman Ryan Magarian, there are just too many good ones to list. During the next 12 months, you’ll have to find your own favorite.
• Time Travel: While mixology is definitely thriving these days, the so-called golden age, when masters such as Jerry Thomas and William Schmidt were behind the bar, started in the 1860s and lasted until the 1920s. Even though these legends are long gone, you can easily get reprints of their books from places like Cocktail Kingdom. This year, check out at least a couple of these seminal volumes.
• Embrace High-Proof Liquor: One of the secrets to fixing great cocktails is high-proof spirits. Seriously. These potent bottlings, according to all-star bartender and advisory board member Dushan Zaric, have more flavor and stand up better to other ingredients in mixed drinks. So buy a high-octane liquor today and see for yourself.
• Mix Spirits with Beer: We obviously love spirits, but we also enjoy beer. And there’s no need to choose between the two types of alcohol when you can combine them. This summer, we found some delicious sudsy tipples at Tales of the Cocktail, which proved that the two can co-exist in a single glass. Toast 2013 with one of these concoctions!
• Try White Whiskey: There’s now a surfeit of white whiskies on store shelves and menus, including the new Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye and soon Jim Beam’s Jacob’s Ghost. While these products are no substitute for mature bourbon and rye, we do use them in recipes that normally call for vodka. They’re also great as a base for homemade infusions. Read more!

The Top Twenty Cocktail Books, 12/19/12 – Diffordsguide CLASS Magazine
How many of these bad boys (and yes, there are no girls here) have you read? We had a straw poll among the CLASS staff for the ‘must-haves’ that your bookshelves should be groaning under the weight of – and figured that you might be interested in the list we came up with. They’re listed in order of their publication date. Let us know what you think. Read more!

Music Monday: The Americans Live at Casey’s January 12th and 19th at Casey’s

January 7th, 2013 — 3:27pm

Whiskey fueled, growling guitars, snarl vocals and kick in the attitude of punk..Boyfriends hold on to your girlfriends because The Americans are in town! They are back at Casey’s for two weekends before they head out on the road again to take more names. A bashed out rock n roll set up of original and covers you don’t want to miss one of the best rock n roll bands in Los Angeles.

Check out the jams here..

Dave Freeman – 213 Music Director

Cedd Moses operates some of the hippest bars in downtown L.A. – Los Angeles Times

January 4th, 2013 — 3:21pm

Moses is the founder and CEO of 213 Nightlife Group, whose holdings include Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, the Golden Gopher and the Broadway Bar.

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times

The gig: Founder and chief executive of the 213 Nightlife Group, which operates some of hippest cocktail lounges in downtown Los Angeles, including Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, the Golden Gopher and the Broadway Bar. The bars owned by Cedd Moses, 52, are typically converted from dilapidated empty buildings. They have contributed to the revitalization of the downtown area and helped promote an emerging craft cocktail culture in Los Angeles. “People thought I was crazy,” Moses said. “I was making a good living at the time, but I left to go pour drinks on skid row.”

Background: Moses was born in Bristol, Va., a town in the Blue Ridge Highlands of southwestern Virginia on the border with Tennessee. But he was raised in Venice during the burgeoning art scene of the 1960s, and most members of his family are artists. His father is the famous Abstract Expressionist painter Ed Moses, who taught him to be fearless in professional life. “I saw how successful my father was at doing something he loved,” Moses said. “I wanted that in my career.”

Next leap: Moses is taking one of his best-known downtown spots, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, and expanding the brand. The bar, with its hunting-lodge decor and first-rate whiskey selection, has already opened a location in San Diego. Another one is expected to open at Los Angeles International Airport sometime next year.


Heads Up! 2013 New Years Race 1/2 Marathon Could Affect Your Drinking! (Saturday, 1/5/13, 7pm)

January 4th, 2013 — 10:00am

January 5th is the 2013 New Years Race (1/2 marathon & 5K) which takes place pretty much through the middle of Downtown. You could let this affect your night out, or you could utilize other options of getting down here and/or parking.  The only 213 bars this race should affect are Seven Grand, Cole’s, Las Perlas and The Varnish.  See below for some tips.

First off, your best option is not driving at all! The Metro now runs late on weekends (till 2am) so you can take the train Downtown and come home while still hitting the bars in between.  You can take the train from pretty much anywhere in LA, unless you live in Santa Monica.  If that’s the case you will have to drive or take a bus to a Culver City station and park. For more details click HERE to view the Metro website so you can plan your route.

If  you plan on driving there are plenty of parking lots available for parking.  The streets will be closed along the route ( so you will be shit out of luck if you plan on parking on the street.  I also foresee a ton of people and tents and such along the route so it could be a huge mess.  However, Joe’s Parking has a ton of lots all around Downtown where you should be able to park off the race route.  See their website  for all options Downtown  If you plan on going to Seven Grand I believe the lots located between 8th and 9th on Grand or Olive should be clear.  If you are hoping to go to Cole’s/The Varnish/Las Perlas then getting there going eastbound might be a little tricky as the race runs from 7th St. to 1st St. straight up Broadway so you will no be able to cross on 6th St.  My suggestion would be to take 12th St. eastbound and take a left on San Pedro St.  Take San Pedro St. up to 8th St. and hang a left.  Then hang a right on Main St. which will put you at the corner of 6th St. of Main St., which is where Cole’s/The Varnish/Las Perlas are located. There are a couple Joe’s Parking Lots located on the southwest and northwest corner of that intersection.

Good Luck!  Hope to see you out!