Music Monday: Audacity Live at Casey’s Friday September 13th

September 9th, 2013 — 3:15pm

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Audacity is Orange County’s latest proof that California’s the place to be. This fresh-faced Fullerton four piece has roots that stretch back to elementary school. That sense of lifelong camaraderie comes across in their buoyant take on the classic power punk sound. Bouncy slacker pop is always an appropriate soundtrack for a warm West Coast spring night. The music invokes trails of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star, as well as the best work of the Modern Lovers. Twisting in those influences with geographic touchstones like the Descendents and the Adolescents, Audacity crafts tunes that trade in hooks and fun amidst a rush of volume and youthful enthusiasm. Audacity is asserting their place among power pop peers like Nobunny and Atlanta’s Gentleman Jesse and His Men. Audacity is evidence that suburban sprawl combined with a little sun and surf can make for fantastic results.

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Golden Gopher Craft Beer Society: Featuring Widmer Brothers Brewing & Cigar City Brewing, 9/9/13, 7pm

September 4th, 2013 — 11:12am

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Join us on Monday, September 9th at 7pm for the Golden Gopher’s Beer Society with the Widmer Brothers Brewing & Cigar City brewing! These two breweries got together and collaborated on a few beers to commemorate a few of the classic drinks we know. Since three is not enough for one of our tastings, Widmer will also be bringing some other specialties for you to taste.

They will be tasting you all on six of their amazing beers:
- WB & Cigar City Old Fashioned Bourbon Ale
– WB & Cigar City Manhattan Rye Ale
– WB & Cigar City New Oak Ale
– Widmer Brothers Marionberry Hibiscus Gose Ale
– Widmer Brothers Downward Spiral Imperial Hopslide Down India Pale Lager
– Widmer Brothers Embalmer Barleywine

For more information on either brewer please go to their webistes:

We still need you to register, so that we have a head count to  ensure that we have enough beer for evyerone. There is no charge to attend this month, as Widmer is picking up the cost!  Registered guests will have a guaranteed spot. Anyone who is not registered can show up, but will only gain entry if we have spaces left.

Hope to see you all there!

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Mix This: Summer Classic Variations by Brian Prugalidad of Seven Grand San Diego

August 29th, 2013 — 11:26am

Cocktail knowledge has grown exponentially in San Diego. Guests are educating themselves and thus demanding more from their bartenders. Here are a few variations of classic, summer whiskey cocktails I enjoy serving when a guests wants to stray off of the beaten path a bit.

The Rye Grin (Variation of the Whiskey smash)
by Sam Ross
- Four (4) lemon quarters
- Healthy pinch of mint
- 0.75 oz simple syrup
- 0.50 oz Fernet Branca
- 1.50 oz Old Overholt Rye (or guest call)

Combine mint, lemon quarters, and simple syrup in a shaker tin and muddle. Add Fernet and rye whiskey. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass and garnish with mint sprigs.

The Branco (Variation of the Whiskey/Kentucky Highball/Mule)
By Anthony Schmidt
- 0.75 oz lime juice
- 0.75 oz ginger syrup
- 0.50 oz Fernet Branca
- 1.50 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon (any bourbon works, really)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and whip with a little shaved ice. Pour over rocks in a collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with candied ginger.

Cornerstone Cobbler (Cobbler variation now on the Seven Grand San Diego cocktail menu)
by Chad Owen
- 2 blackberries
- 2 dashes RX Bitters Aromatic #7 bitters
- 0.75 oz lemon
- 0.75 oz pineapple gomme
- 0.50 oz Borolo Chinato
- 2.0 oz Old Ovrholt Rye

Muddle blackberries in a shaker tin. Combine the rest of the ingredients and give it a quick whip. Pour over shaved ice and cap. Garnish with mint sprigs and blackberry.

These three are examples of cocktails that represent classics in all of their memorable ways while offering subtle differences and complexities that make them stand out on their own. They are extremely refreshing but still offer the satisfying backbone that only whisky can offer. Enjoy!

Brian Prugalidad, Seven Grand San Diego