What We’re Reading: Seven Grand in Drink Me Magazine, Top 10 American Whiskey Distilleries to Tour

April 14th, 2012 — 6:56pm

Show Me The Way To The Next Whiskey Bar – Drink Me
In the heart of downtown Los Angeles is where you’ll find Seven Grand (515 West 7th Street), although you might just feel like you’ve stepped back in time to an old Irish pub. Dimly lit, with taxidermy-lined walls and dark leather furniture on all sides, this isn’t your typical whiskey bar. Yet it takes more than charming ambiance to set a place apart. After all, customers aren’t just coming here to enjoy the atmosphere—although it certainly helps. What the people want is good booze and a knowledgeable staff to serve it, and Seven Grand delivers in spades.

With a collection of over 370 whiskies, this hidden gem boasts the finest array of bourbons anywhere in Southern California. And they’re not just here to pour, the Spirit Guides—no mere bartenders—are here to promote awareness and “make whiskey accessible,” as Pedro Shanahan points out. He’s been with Seven Grand since they opened shop 5 years ago. You can only imagine how many whiskies he’s had the good fortune to taste since then. His bar features booze ranging from $7 for a low-end single malt, all the way up to $600 for a half pour of a 55 year old Macallan. Yet they never eschew the essentials, as they go through endless bottles of Jameson and make one of the finest Old Fashions in town using time-tested Maker’s Mark. Read More

The Top 10 American Whiskey Distilleries To Tour Now – Forbes
Whiskey-only bars, tasting flights and $100-plus pours are more common than ever, but to become a real whiskey connoisseur you need to learn the liquor making process from the inside.

We rounded up the country’s top 10 whiskey distilleries where you can tour the facilities, learn about mashbills and barrel woods and discover what gives your favorite label its distinct flavor, whether its rye or single malt, blended or bourbon. Read More