Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Larceny Bourbon Launch Party & Education with Bernie Lubbers, 10/16, 7pm

October 12th, 2012 — 11:01am

This coming Tuesday, Oct. 16th, we will be hosting the Larceny Bourbon Launch Party! This will be one of the best events this year, to be sure, with barbers giving straight razor shaves out on the smoking patio, a cigar roller making fine smokables, a magician to mystify, complimentary BBQ and tray-passed cocktails, and live music provided by “The Lonely Hearts.”

Heaven Hill’s Whiskey Professor Bernie Lubbers, author of “Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit” will be in the house to introduce us to our new friend Larceny, an instant classic (in my humble opinion,) and compare it to it’s White Dog parent.

Tasting and education will begin at 7pm sharp, in the Jackalope Room. Attendance for Bernie’s education will be capped at 35 peeps, but the Launch Party goes on all night starting at 7pm, and is open to the public. The whole bar will be celebrating the release of this new member of the Heaven Hill family, so invite your friends! You can have them RSVP on this link so I can make sure we have enough hospitality for all:

RSVP for Larceny Launch Party at Seven Grand LA

To RSVP for the the tasting and education with Bernie, hit the link below:

Register Here!

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

Dues are $120 for a year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event. Memberships can be purchased at the bar on the night of the event.

If you’re not a member, no worries, first one is one us.

Don’t miss this party, even if you can’t attend the tasting/education. Be sure to invite anyone you know who may be curious about the Whiskey Society. We’ll be having a good time. You can forward them this email.

For more info on Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill’s Whiskey Professor, check out his website:

Whisky Live is coming to town on the following night (Oct. 17th), we will have a booth there, and they have offered a 40% discount to Seven Grand Whiskey Society folk who want to go.

Get your tickets by hitting the link below. Use the Discount Code: “7GRAND” for 40% off!

We will be holding a raffle to give away a few Whisky Live tickets at the event, but don’t wait to get your tickets, they’re selling out fast. Think of our party as a warm-up for the Whisk(e)y-head Extravaganza they will be throwing. Dozens of Whiskies, Master classes, food, music, and a ton of Whisk(e)y enthusiasts like you.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday.

Pedro, currently sipping Fighting Cock Seven Grand Single Barrel. Yeah, that’s right.

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

Mix This: The Bloody Maria with Las Perlas GM, Raul Yrastorza

October 10th, 2012 — 4:27pm

Bloody Maria
Las Perlas, 1939
The untold story of the single greatest massacre in U.S history occurred. Unearthed evidence shows that the current address of Las Perlas held an underground opium den and brothel for the famous of Hollywood and for the gangsters that often ate afterwards at Cole’s. Current renovations of the Santa Fe lofts unearthed a safe room full of human remains and and walls stained with blood. The final count of human remains stands at 156. Evidence points to Maria Pinkerton, owner of the underground den, as the individual responsible for the killings of all 156 male remains. It seems that all killings were done by slicing the throats of her victims after being given a famous laced drink of hers simply know as the Bloody Mary. What made her Bloody Mary so popular was the underground  and very secret spirit from Mexico, MEZCAL in place of Vodka.

Knowing that in this very spot such a brilliant cocktail was created in the shadows of such horror is an honor. We here at Las Perlas can only hope that we will be able to find out the true reason behind the mass killing….until then….come and enjoy our Bloody Maria starting late fall.

2 oz Mezcal,
Tomato juice,
Clamato Juice,
Chicken Broth,
Roasted Garlic,
Chipotle Morita Chilies,
Celery Salt,
Magi Sauce,
Worcestershire Sauce,
Black Pepper,
Orange juice,
Green onion and cherry tomato garnish

Above ingredients cold smoked in a smoker using Hickory.

Raul Yrastorza, Las Perlas, GM

Spirit Guide: Evolution of the Coupe with Plex Lowery

October 9th, 2012 — 5:38pm

“I can’t drink outta this thing!”
I looked at the guy that I had just made a Cosmo cocktail for. Then I looked at his coupe glass. Was it clean? Check. Was it chipped somewhere? Nope. Then what was the–?!

He looked at his girl. “Maybe YOU can drink outta this girly glass, but I can’t!” Turned back at me. “C’mon bro, please, give me a man glass!!”

A man glass? I debated my choices. a) I could briefly explain some of the history of the champagne coupe to him. I could tell him that though, yes, originally it was for champagne but legend has it that it was shaped after the breast of Marie Antoinette or another French high-socialite (most likely not true, considering the glass was specifically made for champagne in 1663 England, but whats more manly than drinking from a glass made from a lady’s breast?!) I could ease into the fact that if he was really considered it, his drinking of a Cosmo might already put his manly standing in jeopardy regardless of glass, but I thought the better of that. I could say that coupe was popular in the 1930s after prohibition (a very “manly” time} which solidified itself through the 1960′s (Tell Don Draper he ain’t ‘manly’ while he’s drinking out of one, I dare ya) and thankfully right now, with the amazing innovation and art of the cocktail in the industry, remains popular today. Yes, I could say all of this!

or b) I could just pour it in a rocks glass. Which, of course, I did. Without complaint.

Satisfied with his “manlier” glassware, he nodded in appreciation, grabbed a straw and proceeded to promptly suck it down.


Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, GM