Spirit Guide: The Proper Way to Shoot Whiskey with Plex Lowery

June 13th, 2012 — 5:21pm

I’ve been watching a whole lot of the the HBO series Deadwood lately. Actually, to be
frank, its been taking over my entire life and making quick work of my ability to do much
else while I’m home. I implore you if you have ANYthing to do in a timely manner, do not
start watching this series, or you are asking for it. Consider yourself warned. Moving on…

I’ve taken a real liking to the show for a number of reasons, one of them being that you really
get a good feel of what a Saloon was like back in the Old West, which is what our bar here at
Tony’s Saloon is somewhat modeled after (you know, aside from the whorehouse above or
illegal opium den below–hey, you can’t have everything you know!) One thing that particularly
strikes me is not only the amount of whiskey consumed (which is done with as much frequency
as drawing a breath) but how a whiskey shot should be done.

Now I know there’s a lot of debate how you can do a shot, and true is the saying “The way a man
chooses the way he drowns his sorrows is of his own deciding” but I gotta tell you how it really
gets me a little riled up to see someone “sipping” at their shot. It is called a shot for a variety of
reasons, and the history is up for debate, but what I can tell you with pretty much certainty that
you are suppose to shoot it. Down your throat. Or your companion in dire need next to you.

Now you can grimace, contort, shiver, balk, gasp, shutter, whoop and cry out, or just plain put
the glass down and ask the bartender to hit you again, but please, please shoot it. I’m asking
you as a personal favor to me. (All of you “cocktail aficionado’s” out there who are sippin’ at it
should be ashamed of yourselves. You can wax philosophically about the “tannen’s” and
“nuances” of the top shelf bourbon, but when it comes to shootin’ the 21 year old college barbie
puts your technique to shame? Sheesh…!)

The Whiskey Shot
-Whiskey of your choosin’
-Shot glass full of it

Pick up glass. Toast to whatever your hearts desire. Either tap the bar out of respect to it
or to others, and shoot it down your throat in one motion. Repeat if necessary.

Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, GM

Hanger 24 Craft Brewery BBQ @ Golden Gopher (6.24.12, 1pm-4pm)

June 13th, 2012 — 1:44pm

If you love craft beer and BBQ, Golden Gopher has an event you are not going to want to miss. On Sunday, June 24th, starting at 1pm Golden Gopher will be giving out free BBQ with the purchase of a Hanger 24 beer. Pretty sweet deal huh? This is what Sunday’s are made for. Come in and score!

Quote of the Day: Harlan Coben

June 13th, 2012 — 11:27am

LA Craft Beer Crawl tickets are on sale now at! Get them before they sell out!