Seven Grand Whiskey Society: Westward Whiskey Launch Party w/ Christian Krogstad (Wednesday, 2/20/13, 7pm)

February 19th, 2013 — 10:44am

Alright, here it is folks, the second invite for a whiskey society event this week- please don’t flake on this, as we’ve been reaching capacity a lot lately. Don’t block the chance of one of your fellow members to enjoy this experience!

This coming Wednesday, February 20th, at 7pm,we have Master Distiller Christian Krogstad from House Spirits coming in. Christian will be tasting us on some of his amazing creations, including his brand new baby to the American Market, Westward Whiskey.

This will be a Launch Party for the Westward, a unique and daring new spirit. We will also be able to taste the grain and the wash or this whiskey, it is sure to be a great education.

Christian invited me up to Portland this last year to help out with making a batch of whiskey, I had a blast and learned a ton. The House Spirits folks were great and very tolerant of my over-enthusiasm. They let me sleep on the stillhouse floor! We have a special Seven Grand whiskey aging in the House Spirits warehouse right now…

The will be a Welcome Punch served at 6:30pm. Remember, your RSVP grants you admission, not necessarily a seat. Come early, sip some punch and get cozy.

RSVP on the link below, tasting starts at 7pm SHARP. Latecomers will not be seated but can wait at the bar to meet Christian after the event.

Register Here!

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

Memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 and allow you to bring a guest to any event. We have new memberships cards to give out to paid-up members, so come early if you need to get squared up with your dues.

Below is a video the the House Spirits folks made when we were up there making whiskey, during Portland Cocktail Week. We will be showing this on Wednesday, come join the fun! I’m working on an article to go along with it, I will try to finish it ASAP to fully illustrate the great time we had while up in P-town.

We look forward to seeing you.

Pedro, currently sipping Fighting Cock Single Barrel samples to select our next barrel! Can’t wait for you to taste it.

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

Seven Grand Whiskey Society DTLA: The Irishman w/ Donal O’Gallochoir (Tuesday, 2/19/13, 7pm)

February 19th, 2013 — 10:27am

This coming Tuesday, February 19th at 7pm we will be hosting Donal O’ Gallochoire, Brand Ambassador from The Irishman Whiskey. Donal will be tasting and educating us on the Original Clan, the Single Malt, the Irish Cream, and the Cask Strength. The Irishman is a recent addition to the Seven Grand Whiskey Wall, so come make a new friend.

A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, so come early and get a good seat. Remember, your RSVP insures your entry into the event, not necessarily a seat. That’s why we make the Welcome Punch. Come get cozy.

We have two events this week, each will be capped at 35 people. Please don’t RSVP for both events and only show up for one, you will be preventing a fellow society member from enjoying the experience.

RSVP on the link below, tasting starts at 7pm SHARP, latecomers will not be seated but can wait at the bar and meet Donal after the event.

Register Here!

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

Memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 for one year and allow you to bring a guest to any event. If you’re not a member, no worries, first one is on us. Come explore the world of whiskies, in a non-judgemental, fun atmosphere that is open to all kinds of people.

Feel free to forward this invite to a friend, they can sign-up for our email list by following the link below.

We look forward to seeing you.

Pedro, currently sipping Four Roses Seven Grand Single Barrel (Come try it before it’s gone! It’s a unique mash bill that has never been released as a stand-alone Bourbon. We’re very excited about it.)

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

What We’re Reading: Uninteresting Lawyers, United Spirits Profit Jumps 71%, Hops and Spirits Renew an Old Friendship, LA IPA’s, Growlers In LA, Dried Fruit, Playing Gin

February 15th, 2013 — 5:40pm

The Least Interesting Lawyers in the World, 2/7/2013 – Wall Street Journal
Last week the government filed an antitrust suit to prevent Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI.BT -0.62% from buying the half of Grupo Modelo GMODELO.MX +0.54% that it doesn’t already own. Based in Mexico, Modelo brews Corona Extra and other brands. Antitrust law is allegedly to prevent firms from exercising monopoly power to abuse customers. But antitrust enforcers have difficulty finding actual monopolies. So they end up attacking proposed mergers like the AB-Modelo tie-up, in which the resulting company would serve all of 46% of the U.S. beer market. Read more!

United Spirits Profit Jumps 71%, 2/4/2013 – Wall Street Journal
BANGALORE–United Spirits Ltd. 532432.BY -0.46% Monday posted a 71% rise in its third-quarter net profit, helped by rising sales of its higher-priced liquor brands. Net profit for the three months through December was 805.5 million rupees ($15.2 million), compared with 470.6 million rupees a year earlier, the company said in a stock exchange filing. Sales rose 11% to 21.74 billion rupees from 19.54 billion rupees. Overall sales volume increased 6.9% from a year earlier to 32.6 million cases, the company said. Each case typically has 9 liters of liquor or 12 liquor bottles of 750 milliliters each. Read more!

Hops and Spirits Renew an Old Friendship, 2/5/2013 – New York Times
Hops, the plants that give beers their bitter edge and much of their aroma — and the favorite plaything of hop-happy brewers — have been adopted by a handful of American distillers as the predominant flavor note in a number of new spirits. Charbay, the hypercreative Napa Valley winery and distillery, has produced hopped whiskeys; so have Corsair, in Tennessee, and New Holland Brewing, in Michigan. Charbay’s California neighbor, the Anchor Distilling Company, has its Hophead, which it calls “the world’s first vodka distilled from hops.” And this spring, New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn will introduce a gin flavored not only with juniper but also with hops. For each product, the hops are introduced at different points in the distilling process, but the liquors share an aggressive, spicy pungency. As in beer, hops in spirits are no wallflowers. Read more!

The Best of Los Angeles’ IPAs, 2/8/2013 – Los Angeles Times
Craft beer has exploded in popularity in the past few years, and of the myriad styles of beer, one in particular has become the standard-bearer of the American craft beer industry: the IPA. Modern American versions of the centuries-old English style are known for their potent hop aroma and bitter punch that keep hop heads across the nation clamoring for the most pungent examples. Few breweries can get away with not producing these fan-favorite brews, and L.A.’s local breweries are producing some excellent and unique examples. Read more!

Bottomless beer bottles—where to find growlers in L.A., 2/6/2013 – Los Angeles Times
Craft beer fans in Los Angeles have never had more choices for local beer, and you’re not limited to enjoying fresh brews just in the brewery’s tap rooms or buying bottles or cans to take home. One of the best ways to enjoy the freshest brews at home is with a growler — a specialized glass jug that you can have filled and re-filled at nearly all of L.A.’s local breweries. Historically, growlers were metal pails with tight-fitting lidsthat were used to take beer home from the saloon. These days, growlers are glass jugs that hold either one or two liters of beer. Read more!

The Hot List: Dried Fruit, 2/6/2013 –
February is a tough month to be a cocktail lover. The last of the winter citrus is quickly disappearing from store shelves, and it’s awhile until the new spring crop. You can certainly find fruits grown around the world, but they’re just not the same as ripe local produce. While you could stick to all-alcohol drinks—like Manhattans, Negronis and Martinis—we have another idea: dried fruit. You can now buy a range of dehydrated fruits, which you can use to infuse an array of spirits, from vodka to bourbon. (The process is incredibly easy and your concoction only needs to rest for about a day.) But before you start experimenting, we suggest you try these two recipes from top bartender and advisory board member Aisha Sharpe. Read more!

Playing Gin, 2/8/2013 – Tasting Table
The clink of ice in a glass. The scent of freshly squeezed lime juice. The aroma of Tanqueray’s juniper-forward gin. Is it cocktail hour yet? Purists may insist that the best way to enjoy this spirit is on the rocks, or gussied up with a splash of tonic. With gin this good, that’s hardly a bad approach. But with seven days in the week, consider those drinks just a starting point. After all, you wouldn’t want to overlook a classic Aviation cocktail (get the recipe), where gin meets such friendly bedfellows as Maraschino liqueur and lemon juice. Read more!