WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey Launches at Seven Grand

August 11, 2010

A group of spirits cognoscenti gathered at Seven Grand last Thursday for the Los Angeles launch of WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, a 100 proof, 100 percent rye whiskey, aged for a minimum of ten years in oak barrels. Founded in 2010, WhistlePig is hand-bottled at the WhistlePig Farm Distillery, located on a former dairy farm…

Read More

The Wayback Machine: Speakeasy in Hollywood on August 21

August 6, 2010

On Saturday, August 21, Drink:Eat:Play (International Wine Festival, LA Beer Festival, LA BBQ Festival) presents the latest edition of Speakeasy, a Roaring 20s-themed evening of drink, music, and more drink taking place at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood. The all-inclusive $40 ticket includes unlimited samples of over 100 spirits brands, as well as…

Read More

July 31: Cocktails, Scotch and Hot Dogs for a Cause at the Fairmont Miramar

July 22, 2010

Following on Tuesday’s Gulf Benefit at The Hungry Cat, Angelenos will have another opportunity to enjoy great food and drink for a worthy cause. On Saturday, July 31st,  Mila Becker (Call Me Grace) hosts Cocktails for a Cause at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. For a $30 minimum suggested donation, guests can enjoy gourmet…

Read More

July 18: Tequila Taste Too at The Wine House

July 12, 2010

This Sunday, July 18, The Wine House presents Tequila Taste Too, an afternoon of agave featuring tastings of dozens of top tequilas, an expanded mezcal section, cocktails and Mexican tapas. Proceeds benefit Komen for the Cure, LA County.

Read More

July 24: LA Street Food Fest – Summer Tasting Event

July 11, 2010

Following a February event that NBC’s Joshua Lurie called “a culinary earthquake that has triggered several mobile aftershocks,” the LA Street Food Fest returns with an all-new Summer Tasting Event on Saturday, July 24th at the Rose Bowl. Event co-founders Shawna Dawson (Sauce LA) and Sonja Rasula (UNIQUE LA) have addressed the crowds and long…

Read More

From Tlacolula with Love: Ilegal Mezcal Launch Party at Las Perlas

July 5, 2010

With its ancient distilling methods and complex, earthy flavor profile, mezcal has captured the hearts and palates of a growing number of admirers with every sip. Founded in 2007 and now available in the U.S., Ilegal Mezcal was introduced last month to an eager group of mezcal enthusiasts at Las Perlas.

Read More

Maker’s 46: History in the Dipping

July 5, 2010

By any standard, Bill Samuels Jr. has done a remarkable job of carrying on his parents’ legacy during his 35-year tenure as President of Maker’s Mark. Not long after Samuels assumed the company’s reins in 1975, Maker’s Mark experienced double digit growth for the first time. Under his leadership, the brand expanded beyond its home…

Read More

Tequila Avión Launches in CA and NY

July 1, 2010

Many spirits enthusiasts are on a never-ending quest for a brand that not only becomes a go-to bottle, but one that also embodies a personal concept of distilled perfection. However, few have the ambition or resources to actually create that spirit. Ken Austin, a former executive at Seagram and founding member of Marquis Jet, has…

Read More

June 30: Whiskey Social at Wilshire Restaurant

June 8, 2010

Following the recent launch of its Cocktail Culture Thursdays, Wilshire Restaurant is furthering its push into the craft cocktails and spirits realm with the inaugural Whiskey Social, taking place on Wednesday, June 30. Executive Chef Andrew Kirschner and Sasha Petraske protégé Alex Straus have teamed up to present a multi-course tasting dinner paired with exclusive,…

Read More
Copita of Del Maguey Mezcal

The Magic of Mezcal: Tasting Del Maguey with Ron Cooper at Mayahuel

May 29, 2010

Most people would be content to be recognized as an internationally renowned artist, with pieces housed in the permanent collections of LACMA and the Guggenheim. But Ron Cooper, Founder and President of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, isn’t most people.

Read More