February 7th, 2014 — 11:11am
This coming Wednesday, Feb. 12th, at 7pm, we will be hosting U.S. Brand Ambassador Robin Robinson from Compass Box. Robin will taste and educate us on some of the unique and amazing whiskies from his line. These guys are doing some things that no one else is doing, and creating some the most exciting blends on the market. Come learn with Robin, he’s a great educator.
A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, late-comers will not be seated, but can wait to meet Robin after the event, and enjoy Compass Box drink specials with their membership card while they wait. Come early and get cozy with your neighbors!
RSVP on the link below:
Memberships for the Seven Grand Whiskey Society can purchased at the bar, dues are $120 per year, and allow the bearer to bring a guest to any event. First-timers can pay a one-time $15 fee for admittance.
Be sure to come check out the Bar Jackalope, our new sipping lounge and tasting library, located in the back room at Seven Grand. We are open 9pm- 1:30am, Sunday through Thursday, offering tasting flights, hand-carved ice, whiskey and poetry books, a cigar patio, and table-side hospitality. We think you are really going to like it.
We look forward to seeing you.
Pedro, currently sipping Tiger. “Far East’s Finest.”
Pedro Shanahan, Spirit Guide,
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, Co-curator,
Whiskey Society L.A.
For more info on the Whiskey Society:
And some more fun links, our photo/video report from whiskey travels in Ireland in September:
White-Knuckle Driving: Seven Grand crew travels to Ireland!
A great video featuring John Glaser, Master Blender at Compass Box:
February 6th, 2014 — 4:33pm
This coming Tuesday, Feb. 11th, we will be hosting Master Distiller Jim Rutledge from Four Roses. Jim is a true Statesman of Whiskey and is responsible for making some of the most amazing Bourbons in the world. He will taste and educate us on the Four Roses marks, and some special treats, to be sure. Do not miss this.
Attendance will be capped for this one, with preference given to paid-up members. Late-comers will not be seated, but can present their membership card and enjoy Four Roses drink specials at the main bar in waiting to meet Jim after the event.
If you can’t register, don’t stress, we have another event on Wednesday night. This week will be unforgettable. Stay tuned. More invites to follow.
RSVP now for the Tuesday event on the link below:
Memberships for the Seven Grand Whiskey Society run $120 for a year, can be purchased at the bar, and allow the member to bring a guest to any event.
You are cordially invited come check out our new sipping lounge and tasting library, Bar Jacklope. We are now open Sunday through Thursday, 9pm to 1:30am, in the back room at Seven Grand. Seating is first-come, first served, but if there is a wait, we will text you when your table is ready. Buy your own bottle for the Whiskey Locker.
Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Pedro, currently sipping Four Roses Single Barrel, Seven Grand Selection. Whoa, baby. Thank you Jean-Michel and Luke!
Pedro Shanahan, Spirit Guide
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society L.A.
For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society:
And check out this video from our Barrel Selection during the Kentucky Bourbon Fest 2012, Four Roses really knows how to host. Luke and Jean-Michel went back this year and chose another, it is one of the best whiskies I’ve tasted this year! This amazing juice just flew off the shelf:
If you’re ever out in Kentucky:
February 5th, 2014 — 1:21pm
The Bollodello Spritz- Is Broadway Bar’s way of paying homage to the Spritz of Italia. The Italian Spritz is the most popular aperitif cocktail in all of Italy. It is known to have originated in Venice, while it was part of the Austrian Empire. The combination of sparking wine and a bitter liqueur makes it the most perfect and refreshing light cocktail.
Bollodello Spritz Recipe
- 3oz. Sparkling Wine
- 2oz. Aperol
- splash of soda
- garnished with an orange slice
Fill a large rock glass or large wine glass with Ice and toss in an orange slice. Add your sparkling wine and then Aperol. Top it off with a splash of soda and enjoy!
Ozborne Williams / Broadway Bar / Bartender
February 3rd, 2014 — 4:00pm
There’s a Reason That Rye Is Having a Moment 1/31 – New York Times
I’d like to think that rye’s resurgence is partly a reaction against the snootiness that often accompanies the consumption of Scottish single malts. But I also think that whiskey drinkers are, like me, simply responding to rye’s many inherent virtues, including its budget-friendliness. There are “top shelf” rye whiskeys, sure, but it’s pretty hard to be a snob. More often than not, I steer my customers toward one of the greatest liquor bargains I know: Old Overholt, which, at about $20 a bottle, deserves a place in any home bar too. In the same price range, Rittenhouse is another solid, flavorful stalwart, fine on its own and for mixing. In the $50 range, I enjoy Russell’s Reserve, for its nuttiness, and Templeton, for its exceptional dryness. Read the rest here!
Mila Kunis is the new face of Jim Beam, learns the Kentucky chew 1/31 – Los Angeles Times
The Kentucky chew, the practice of chewing your bourbon so that each part of your mouth gets to experience the glorious liquor, isn’t exactly attractive. Unless actress Mila Kunis is doing it.
The actress just became the new face of Jim Beam. In a new ad for the bourbon, seen above, Kunis visits the Jim Beam American Stillhouse Distillery and gets a lesson in chewing her bourbon from seventh-generation Beam master distiller Fred Noe. Read the rest here!
Golden Road Brewing debuts new 2020 IPA for a cause — the L.A. River 1/31 – Los Angeles Times
The newest entry into Golden Road Brewing’s Custom IPA series is hitting stores and taps this weekend, and 2020 IPA is more than another hoppy brew from the Goliath of L.A. craft beer, it’s a beer for a good cause. Created in partnership with the L.A. River Revitalization Corp. with the mission to raise awareness of Greenway 2020, it’s a project attempting to unify all 51 miles of the L.A. River with a greenway and bike path. Read the rest here!
Diageo Keen to Buy Global Brands 1/30 – Wall Street Journal
LONDON— Diageo DGE.LN -1.07% PLC on Thursday signaled it would hit the acquisition trail to consolidate its position as the world’s No. 1 spirits company by sales, even as it reported a slowdown in emerging markets.
“Our goal is very much to widen our leadership position in the industry, so we will stay active on the [mergers and acquisitions] front,” Chief Executive Ivan Menezes said in an interview. “We’re clearly looking at other things in the industry, and we’ve got the balance sheet to move for the right ones.” A wave of consolidation has thrown the drinks industry into flux. Less than a month ago, Japan’s Suntory Holdings Ltd. made a move to become the world’s third-largest liquor company by agreeing to buy bourbon whiskey powerhouse Beam Inc. BEAM -0.12% for $13.6 billion.
Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI.BT +0.11% NV, the world’s biggest brewer, also agreed recently to buy South Korea’s Oriental Brewery for $5.8 billion. Diageo itself has purchased two small-scale tequila brands, including one—DeLeón—in partnership with Sean “Diddy” Combs. Read the rest here!
Why January Has Been a Busy Month for Tequila 1/27 – Wall Street Journal
It has been a busy January for the tequila industry: first UK drinks maker DiageoDGE.LN -1.07% teamed up with Sean “Diddy” Combs to buy high-end tequila brand DeLeón, then Justin Timberlake teamed up with Beam Inc.BEAM -0.12% to co-brand a premium tequila of his own. Those two announcements came just a day apart. Why the flurry of tequila deals? Firstly, for Diageo this is a case of playing catch up in a market where it is unusually weak; while it owns top-tier brands like Johnnie Walker whisky, Smirnoff Vodka, Captain Morgan rum and Baileys liqueur (all number 1 or 2 in their market), it doesn’t have a major player in the tequila business. That’s a legacy of its long relationship with the family-owned maker of Jose Cuervo, the world’s best-selling tequila. That partnership came to an end in late 2012, when the two companies couldn’t reach an agreement to extend their contract, with Diageo wanting to buy the company rather than keep on distributing its product. Since then, Diageo has been working out how it will approach the tequila market. Read the rest here!