January 29th, 2014 — 1:06pm
When I started drinking whiskey, and more importantly American Whiskey, the coolest bottle I could handle paying for was Rittenhouse Rye whiskey. Rittenhouse is a rye whiskey bottling from Heaven Hill, the same people that make Old Fitzgerald, and Elijah Craig. Sitting right around $20-$25 a bottle, it very quickly established itself as the gold standard rye whiskey in my mind.
In late August, it was brought to my attention that Rittenhouse had changed. Rittenhouse Rye is a Bottled in Bond Whiskey, which has a variety of legal stipulations, but for the sake of my point, it has to have the Distilled Spirits Plant number on the bottle. The whiskey I know as Rittenhouse is actually from DSP-KY-354. The new changed Rittenhouse is from DSP-KY-1. In short, the Early Times distillery from Brown Foreman used to make Rittenhouse, and now the Bernheim distillery with Heaven Hill is making Rittenhouse.
This blew my mind. For so long I was committed to Heaven Hill and how good their rye was, only to find out it was being made by the same guys who make Old Forester. How did this happen? As it turns out, there was a fire in 1996, and they lost several warehouses and portions of the distillery. As a favor (and effective business deal) Heaven Hill relieved a portion of it’s production requirements by having Brown Foreman and Jim Beam make some of their whiskey until they could get back on their feet. In the last 10 years, Heaven Hill has been expanding capacity, and in 2008 the Bernheim Distillery began making rye. Both whiskies are delicious, and there are some differences if you’re looking, but Rittenhouse is to remain my gold standard.
All that being said, within the American Whiskey industry you have competitors coming to each others aid. It reminds me very much of the craft beer industry, and closer to home, the restaurant industry. Where everybody is pulling for each other, supporting the efforts of your neighbor, and being picked up by your buddies when you’re in need. American whiskey is great, because despite being behemoth companies and huge production requirements, they are still neighbors, friends and understand the importance of community and hospitality. A rising tide lifts all boats, and thats what we love about what we do.
Chad M. Owen
Lead Tender / Mixer of Miscellany
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
San Diego, CA
January 28th, 2014 — 1:08pm
If you haven’t heard, Golden State Cocktail Week is rocking Downtown right now, and with so many Master Distillers and Brand Ambassadors in town, we couldn’t resist booking another event this week.
This Wednesday, Jan. 29th, we will be hosting 2 Master Distillers at once! Marko Karakasevic from Charbay Distillery here in California, and Kolin Brighton from Cedar Ridge Distillery in Iowa. Both of these gentleman are making some unique whiskies, two true champions of the Craft Distilling movement here in America. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, with the tasting/education starting at 7pm. Latecomers will not be sat but can wait at the bar to meet Marko and Kolin after the event. Come early and get cozy with your neighbors!
RSVP on the link below, we look forward to seeing you Wednesday.
For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships are $120 per year, can be purchased at the bar, and allow you to bring a guest to any event. First-timers can pay a one-time $15 fee for admittance.
Be sure to come check out BAR JACKALOPE, the new sipping lounge and tasting library in the back of Seven Grand L.A. Here we will strive to provide ongoing educations of all the events we host with the Whiskey Society. Get your own bottle in the cabinet!
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, feel free to forward this invite to a friend!
Pedro, currently sipping Redbreast 21yr. Thank you Brian Nation!
Pedro Shanahan, Spirit Guide,
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.
Co-curator, Whiskey Society
Check out some cool vids:
January 21st, 2014 — 11:20am
In our continuing efforts to champion the craft distilling movement in the U.S., we are hosting John Foster from Smooth Ambler on Monday, January 27th at 7pm. John will educate and taste us on the full line of whiskies they offer. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, so come early and get cozy with your neighbors. Latecomers will not be seated but can wait at the bar and enjoy Smooth Ambler drink specials with their paid-up membership card.
Monday the 27th will also be the opening of Bar Jacklope, a new sipping lounge and tasting library in the back of Seven Grand. Bar Jackalope will be where you can explore the world of whiskies, 5 nights a week, and deepen your understanding of the whiskies you learn about through the Whiskey Society.
RSVP now on the below to meet John and learn more about this amazing West Virginia Distillery:
Memberships for the 7GWS can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 per year and allow you to bring a guest to any event. First-timers can pay a $15 fee.
I’m doing another event at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City next weekend, for all Samuel Beckett fans out there, check this link: Beckett and Jameson at the Kirk Douglas Theater
Check out the great distillery video about Smooth Ambler below. Don’t miss out on this one.
Pedro, still sipping Four Roses 7G Single Barrel. Can’t get enough of the good stuff.
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society
Smooth Ambler, A West Virginia Distillery: A Greenhouse Film from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.
For more information on the 7GWS: http://213nightlife.com/whiskeysociety
For more information on Private Tastings: http://sevengrandbars.com/seven-grand-dtla-flight-menus/
Our travels to Ireland: 7G Boys Tour Ireland!
January 16th, 2014 — 5:07pm
This coming Tuesday January 21st, at 7pm, we will be hosting Balcones Whiskey from Waco, Texas. Master Distiller Chip Tate will taste and educate us on his full line of Craft Distilled spirits. We hope to champion the growing Craft Distillery movement in America, and Chip is on the cutting edge! Balcones is making some of the most unique whiskies on the market.
Latecomers will not be seated, but can wait at the bar (and receive Balcones drink specials with their paid-up membership card,) to meet Chip after the event. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, so come early and get a good seat.
Don’t miss this chance to meet a whiskey legend in the making! RSVP now on the link below:
For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society in Los Angeles, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships are $120 a year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event. Last year we hosted more than 30 events!
Feel free to forward this email to friends- first timers can pay a $15 fee to check it out, but seating preference will be given to paid-up members.
We hope to see you Tuesday!
Big love and Thanks from all of us here at Seven Grand L.A.
Pedro, currently sipping Four Roses Seven Grand Single Barrel. Cask Strength. Yes.
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.
Co-Curator, Whiskey Society
For more Info on 7GWS:
To learn more about Private Tastings:
Our tour to Ireland last year:
Seven Grand Bouys hit Ireland!
Check out this cool video about Balcones Distilery!
Balcones Whiskey Distillery from Dark Rye on Vimeo.