Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Glenfiddich ‘Age Of Discovery’ w/ Mitch Bechard, Wed. 10/16, 7pm

October 14th, 2013 — 1:09pm

Glenfiddich Horz
This coming Wednesday, October 16th at 7pm, we will be hosting Mitch Bechard, U.S. Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich in to launch the new ‘Age of Discovery’ expression. There will be food and a Welcome Punch served at 6:30pm.

Officially this is a staff training, but they have offered a four seats to members of our Whiskey Society to attend.

If you would like to be included in the drawing to be one of lucky winners, RSVP on the link below. Preference will be given to paid-up members.

We will close the RSVP’s on Tuesday, 10/15, at noon. Winners will then be selected from a drawing, and notified by phone. Please include a phone number where we can reach you on Tuesday afternoon in your registration form.

Register Here!

To be clear, your RSVP gets you into the drawing, it does not get you into the event, unless you are the lucky winner. But don’t worry if you don’t get this one, we have two more 7GWS events planned for this month, and of course, Halloween, and you know how we do that around here!

The end of the year promises several more wonderful WS meetings, so now would be a good time to get up to date on your dues! (Maybe buy a membership as a gift for a whiskey-head friend!)

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships are $120 per year, payable at the bar, and allow you to bring a guest to any event.

Check out the Irelnad half of the photo/video blog I put together upon on return from the other side of the pond:

White-Knuckle Driving: Seven Grand Crew tours Ireland and Scotland- (Part One, Ireland)

We hope to see you Wednesday, if you are the lucky winner of this drawing!

Pedro, currently sipping Old Weller 107 Seven Grand Single Barrel.

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

Spirit Guide: Charles Bukowksi Pissed Here by Max Seaman

October 11th, 2013 — 12:26pm

Charles Bukowski
The Varnish embraces a vintage aesthetic, but it is Cole’s that owns the rich historical legacy.  Angelinos of all stripes have bellied up to the Red Car Bar for more than a century, and there is no better spot to spend a few hours people-watching.  Enjoy a cocktail and be quickly dissuaded of the notion that Los Angeles is a city populated entirely with tanned yoga practitioners. You will encounter any and every kind of person if you sip your Manhattan slowly enough; you will discover the kinds of people you never knew existed.

Two Cole’s customers are footnoted with bronze plaques mounted above the urinals in the men’s restroom: “Charles Bukowski Pissed Here” and “Mickey Cohen Pissed here.”

I was in the restroom recently when the door swung open and three young men in Dodgers gear staggered through.  “Wooooooo!!!” they hollered, apparently excited to relieve themselves.  “Fuck yeah! Wooooooo!!!”

The men quickly split formation, two of them stumbling into separate stalls as the third saddled up to the urinal next to me.

“Whoa – Charles Bukowski pissed here!” declared my new neighbor.  “That’s amazing, I love Bukowski! “I’M A POSTAL WORKER AND I LOVE CHARLES BUKOWSKI!!!”

He zipped up. “That’s so cool…I didn’t know he pissed here.”

Max Seaman, The Varnish, General Manager

What We’re Reading: Four Great Brews for Barrel-Aged Beer Day, Introducing Monsieur, a Robotic Bartender Mixing 300 Cocktails in Your Home, 10 Distilleries to Visit Before You Die, 5 Trends: Scotch, One for the Road: Distillery Bars

October 9th, 2013 — 12:26pm

Four Beers
Four great brews for Barrel-Aged Beer Day, 10/3/2013 – LA Times
IPA Day was a couple of months ago, and International Stout Day is coming up, but on Friday you can celebrated craft beer’s newest holiday: Barrel-Aged Beer Day. Launched this year to increase awareness of the variety of different wood-aged styles, and all the flavors that wood can impart on beer, Barrel-Aged Beer Day is the perfect excuse to try out one of the wood-aged offerings from any of L.A’s many craft breweries. Here are a few suggestions from (mostly) local brewers that range from decadent stouts to rustic farmhouse ales: Firestone Walker – Velvet Merkin, Hangar 24 – Slow Roll, Eagle Rock Brewery – Yearling, The Bruery – Saison Tonnellerie. Read the rest here!

Introducing Monsieur, a robotic bartender mixing 300 cocktails in your home,  10/2/2013 – LA Times
Meet Monsieur. It’s an artificially intelligent robotic bartending machine that can make 300 different cocktails. It even has a memory that remembers your drinking preferences and makes suggestions. A Kickstarter campaign was launched Tuesday to fund development of the machine. And in a little under 48 hours it has already received more than half of the $100,000 needed to reach its funding goal. According to the Monsieur website, the robot bartender has 12 unique profiles (you can have themes such as Tiki, Irish pub, etc.), can make 25 cocktails in each profile and can make 150 drinks before needing a refill. When ordering a drink you can move a strength slider to choose “lightweight,” “normal” or “boss” for how strong you’d like your cocktail. Two Monsieur models start at $1,499 and can hold either four or eight 30-ounce containers full of spirits, mixers, juices, liqueurs or wine. They are being marketed to businesses and homeowners. Read the rest here!

10 Distilleries to Visit Before You Die, October 2013 –
There are few things more exciting for us than getting to see our favorite spirits being produced—and meeting the people responsible for making them. It doesn’t hurt that these visits, of course, generally end with a delicious tasting. But some distilleries go above and beyond the standard tour and gift shop, and offer experiences that all liquor lovers need to enjoy at least once during their lifetimes. From a two-century-old presidential whiskey brand brought back to life to a facility in one of the remotest parts of Scotland, these ten distilleries deserve a spot on your bucket list. Naturally, we’d suggest you try to get to as many of them as you possibly can: Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, Plymouth Gin, Bowmore, George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, Talisker, New York Distilling Co, Habitation Clément, Highland Park, High West Distillery and Saloon. Read the rest here!

5 Trends: Scotch,  10/2/2013 –
Goodbye, 18-year-olds: Success brings its own problems for distillers, who are facing a shortage of mature whiskies as well as trying to increase product diversity. As a result, the industry is moving away from defining whiskies by age. Outside the US, The Macallan has released the 1824 Series, which calls its bottlings by their color—Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. The idea is to encourage consumers to judge a whisky solely by its flavor, and it allows the producer to extend its older stocks by mixing them with younger malts.

Prices are going up: It’s not your imagination: Scotch is getting more expensive. Shortages of aged whiskies combined with ever-increasing global demand leads to ever-increasing prices. This is occurring not only for highly collectable malts but also for everyday drams. Expect prices to be even higher in the new year.

Scotch is getting stronger: One way of justifying the higher price of a whisky—especially when there is no age statement—is to raise the proof. While there are some advantages of a higher-proof spirit, like potentially more flavor and better mixability in cocktails, it also likely means the malts are younger, since Scotch loses potency as it ages in the barrel.

More wood finishes: It used to be that a brand’s product range was solely based on whiskies of different ages. But increasingly, portfolios are filled with a variety of malts that have been aged in different casks (often former wine or port barrels) for the last year or so of their maturation. Glenmorangie is the leader in this game, but you’ll see even more of these interesting malts on store shelves soon.

The ultra, ultra high-end: Super-premium bottlings…at super-premium prices! Distillers are digging through their warehouses to find very rare and very old malts, which are aimed at investors, collectors and oligarchs. Some of the recent limited editions include The Dalmore Aurora 45-Year-Old at $4,000; Bowmore 1964 at $13,500; and Glenfiddich 50 Year Old at $25,000! Read the rest here!

One for the Road: Distillery Bars,  9/27/2013 –
Our favorite part of visiting a distillery generally comes at the end, when we get to try the spirits we’ve just seen being made. And fortunately, many brands now offer well-appointed tasting rooms. But there are a few distilleries across the country that go way beyond that, boasting full- service bars where you can order a cocktail made with liquor produced just a few feet away. You’ll definitely want to check out these truly special watering holes. Read the rest here!