The Go Go: Drinks


Tonight and beyond…so many ways to celebrate Spring!

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Wanderlust bigger than your spring fever travel budget?   Alcove and Spring Bar have you covered! Tokyo and the South of France are just a couple of the garden-centric locations you can visit tonight via delish libations at this annual Los Feliz cocktail bash; think Suntory Toki highballs/cherry blossoms and St. Germain cocktails/elderflowers. Or take a trip down the rabbit hole at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, which includes Hendricks gin cocktails and an “Eat Me/Drink Me” shot.  Admission is free and so is the spring-themed photo booth. Cocktails can be obtained via tokens at the bar. The first 75 people in attendance get swag like flower crowns and aura photographs; with five drink stations, your aura will definitely read “very, very happy”.

 

 

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Best way to celebrate Hump Day?  Head to Westfield Topanga for the 21+ The Taste of the Valley.  Your ticket to this one-stop gourmet stroll unlimited samples of  sweet and savory bites from 45+ restaurants (including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Tender Greens, Pedalers and A Sweet Bite) plus delish sips from 120 wineries, three dozen spirit purveyors — think high-end tequila, rum, gin and whisk(e)y — and over a dozen microbreweries from California and beyond.  Tickets will be more at the door so grab yours today!  Wednesday never had it so good….

 

 

GOLDEN STATE WHISKEY & CHEESE TASTING

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You know about pairing wine and cheese…but what about pairing whiskey and cheese Learn how to nose, taste and pair these two fab food groups in an intimate class lead by Hilary Kinzler, a TV producer for the Food Network and Head Cheesemonger at V Cheese Shoppe, and  Kim Ohanneson, a Certified Whisky Ambassador and the President of  Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles (a.k.a. Ms. Go Go!) California’s craft whiskey movement is exploding and Kim will introduce you to three unique and delicious expressions from the Golden State’s most innovative distillers and micro-producers.  Hilary will pair the whiskey with cheeses so good they will practically make you weep with happiness.  Plus, get unique gifts or stock up on weekend party supplies with V Cheese Shoppe’s fabulous selection of  cheese, charcuterie, olive oils, olives, vinegars, and accoutrements. PLEASE NOTE: this is a VERY small and intimate class and will sell out quickly!

 

Greetings, Go Go’ers, and welcome back after The Go Go’s longer-than-anticipated hiatus!

It’s been a busy few months for Ms. Go Go: pen name for me, Kim Ohanneson!   Check out the About page to find out what’s been happening and keep an eye on this space to find out where we’re go go-ing.

Hint: there’s lots of whiskey in our future, including the near future…read on!

 

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POP UP!  Cocktail Class & Distillery Tour (Sat, Feb 18; 8:30 – 10:30; $50)  Cure your Big Storm cabin fever with discount tickets ($30 off! Originally $80!) to a POP UP!  Cocktail Class & Distillery Tour in the downtown L.A. Arts District/South of Seventh area.

                        ***SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED — DON’T DELAY***

Because of the discount, we can’t reveal the brand name/venue until tickets have been purchased but you’ll take an intimate tour of L.A.’s first distillery since Prohibition, learn about the history of liquor in Los Angeles, enjoy a tasting of artisanal spirits, and make your own signature cocktail with organic ingredients.

Bonus: imbibing one of the distillery’s cocktails makes you carbon-neutral for a day.

Not that you needed another excuse to drink….

 

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Bang Bang Brunch w/ KOVAL Distillery – Ladies Only! (Sun, Feb 19; 11:30am – 2pm; $55 – use password KOVAL)

Ladies, let’s face it: the only thing better than brunch is brunch with alcohol.

This Sunday, head to Venice (address shared after ticket purchase) for Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles‘s Bang Bang Brunch with KOVAL Distillery.  Enjoy a delectable three-course brunch (including a “Nasty Women” dessert!) from Chef Becky Reams (Masterchef alum & more) featuring bold inventive takes on classic brunch fare.

KOVAL’s brand rep Jamie Stout will lead the paired tastings of award-winning, organic, artisanal whiskeys from KOVAL Distillery in Chicago, which was co-founded by a woman.

It’s the perfect boozy brunch for a three-day weekend!

 

 

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Los Angeles Magazine’s Whiskey Festival 2017 (Wed, Feb 22; 7-10pm.  $95; tickets HERE)

Clear your calendar and your liver for the 2nd Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival! Featuring local (Greenbar Distillery, Kikori Whisky), national (WhistlePig, Angel’s Envy, Four Roses) and international (Highland Park, The Macallan, Bruichladdich, Teeling & Alexander Murray & Co.) whisk(e)ys (including several brands not mentioned above), the event takes place at the La Brea Tar Pits where the bones are dry and the whiskey is oh-so-wet.

Enjoy small bites, new cocktail recipes, live music and plenty of tastings.

Because what better way to enjoy the “water of life” than surrounded by mastodon skeletons and prehistoric muskrat skulls….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

How many single malts does it take to count these things? Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival

How many single malts does it take to count the dire wolf skull wall?

Bourbon and bones.

Skulls and single malt.

Looking for a new tipple when you belly up to the bar this weekend?

The Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival‘s inaugural event  at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum featured some impressively high level spirits among the skeleton remains of saber tooth tigers and giant sloths

Almost 20 distillers ringed the Museum’s spacious interior, which allowed plenty of milling around space for avid imbibers.

Macallan Rare Cask whisky at the Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Fest

Macallan Rare Cask whisky at the Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Fest

Single malt highlights included The Macallan Rare Cask, which tasted of spice and chocolate due to the sherry casks.

The Highland Park Dark Origins lived up to its name deliciously; notes of cocoa and a touch of peat added some heft to the typical Speyside sweetness,

The Scottish highlands met tropical islands in The Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask: another Speysider — this one aged in Caribbean rum casks.

Ardbeg also had a trio of peaty winners — try saying that ten times fast! — including Ardbeg Uigeadail and Ardbeg Corryvreckan. The booth had its own smoke machine and luckily, was one of the first stops on the whisky circuit so drinkers had a better-than-average chance of saying the names right.

Whisky Associate Brian Summers offers The Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask for perusal.

Whisky Associate Brian Summers offers The Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask for perusal.

Bruichladdich brought Octomore to the party; the most highly peated whisky on the planet, which still maintained a lovely balance of flavors, had aficionados lining up for their fix dram.

Local hero Greenbar Distillery, which offers tours, tastings and cocktails classes at its DTLA space, ably represented the City of Angels with its delicious Slow Hand organic whiskeys.

Jack Daniels not only brought its rich Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey but had fest goers lining up for bad ass bumps, whiskey style: a cocktail shot glass was delivered on a mirrored tray and guests sucked up the goodness with a short straw.

Max Ehrlich shows off a bottle of Jack Daniels Barrel Proof

Max Ehrlich shows off a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel – Barrel Proof  Tennessee whiskey.

A Mashed  Potato Martini Bar with toppings was genius: a comfort food bar bite that — fingers crossed — will become a staple at SoCal bars.

Also available: hand-rolled-on-the-spot cigars plus a shoeshine station to keep everyone’s kicks spiffed up for the whiskey stroll and mid-century photo booth.

Judging by the post-fest chatter, everyone made their whiskey bones and then some at the first Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival.

Where there's smoke, there's Ardbeg....

Where there’s smoke, there’s Ardbeg….