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May 5, 2020

Jack Daniels #2 with Master Distiller Jeff Arnett

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Jack Daniels is the #1 Selling Whiskey in the world and for the past 12 years has been under the stewardship if Jeff Arnett. Jeff joins us today from the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchberg, TN for a wide ranging conversation about this historic brand. It’s a fantastic conversation that you do not want to miss!

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About Jack Daniels (jackdaniels.com)

Born to Make Whiskey: The Story of Jack Daniels

Crafting something that endures for over 150 years takes time and character. You’ll find plenty of both in the people and history that make Jack Daniel’s.

Our Founding

Jasper Newton Daniel, more commonly known as Jack, introduces the world to Old No. 7, his signature charcoal-mellowed Tennessee Whiskey.

1864

Jack leaves home and is taken in by Reverend Dan Call. At the Call family farm, he learns the art of whiskey making from the preacher and an enslaved man named Nathan “Nearest” Green. Jack would later hire Nearest as the Jack Daniel Distillery’s head distiller, what we call the Master Distiller today.

1866

The Jack Daniel Distillery is officially established, making it the very first registered distillery within the US, with Jack as the Master Distiller. The opening of his now-famous distillery would follow shortly thereafter, right next to Jack Daniel’s prime resource: the mineral-rich Cave Spring Hollow.

1904

Old No. 7 takes a gold medal at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s the first of seven gold medals Old No. 7 is awarded.

1906

After arriving at work early and unable to open his safe, Jack kicks it out of frustration and breaks his toe. The injury worsens and will eventually take his life.

1907

With no wife or children as heirs, Jack leaves his land and distillery to his nephew, Lem Motlow.

PROHIBITION

Master Distiller Jess Motlow and his older brother Lem Motlow see the distillery through its greatest challenges—Prohibition and the Great Depression

1911

Jess takes everything he and Lem learned from Jack and becomes the whiskey’s Master Distiller.

1919

The 18th Amendment is ratified and Prohibition becomes the law of the land. Jess can’t legally sell his supply of whiskey, so he stores it in warehouses in Birmingham, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. For several years, a whole lot of good whiskey winds up doing a whole lot of nothing.

1933

Prohibition is repealed and happy days are here again. But it would be several more years before Jess resumed production of Jack Daniel’s, as quality ingredients were in short supply post-repeal.

WWII

In the years following Prohibition, Master Distiller Lem Tolley helps the Jack Daniel Distillery weather the second of only two shutdowns in its history

1941

Lem commissions a life-size statue of Jack to be erected in front of the cave spring.

1942

A supply shortage makes Old No. 7 harder to come by, but savored all the more by those able to find it. Demand skyrockets.

1944

WWII builds to a peak. During this time the distillery ceases production so that resources can be redirected to help serve the war effort.

1947

In a New York City bar, Jackie Gleason introduces Frank Sinatra to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. It’s the start of a friendship that will endure the ages.

1951

Rock n’ roll takes over the airwaves as production at the distillery inches closer to pre-Prohibition levels.

COMING OF AGE

Master Distillers Jess Gamble (’64-‘66) and Frank Bobo (’66-‘88) watch the brand come of age, overseeing Old No. 7’s transformation from a little known regional whiskey to an American icon as synonymous with rock and roll as the electric guitar.

1964

Jess helps make Jack Daniel’s iconic, black and white ad campaign famous. Remarked a Nashville Magazine reporter, “Using a reverse sophistication, the ads draw the eye like an old photograph of Abraham Lincoln.”

1966

The British Invasion. Future greats of rock and roll cross the pond and conquer the States. Already taken with authentic American blues, they also take to authentic American whiskey.

1977

The punk movement is in full force. Now legendary clubs in New York City play host to the genre’s biggest names. A constant partner in the revolution: Jack Daniel’s.

1981

Hair metal takes hold on the Sunset Strip in California. While still a Tennessean at heart, Jack Daniel’s becomes a fixture of the California scene.

MODERN ERA

An exciting new era of innovation begins with Master Distiller Jimmy Bedford’s (’88-’07) introduction of Gentleman Jack, and continues with the biggest expansion to our family of brands in 150 years under Master Distiller Jeff Arnett (’08-present).

1988

Jimmy introduces double-mellowed Gentleman Jack to the American market.

1989

A testament to Old No. 7’s place in BBQ culture, Lynchburg plays host to the first annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue® competition.

1997

The very first bottles of Single Barrel Select are drawn from our finest barrels, hand-selected by Jimmy himself.

2008

Jeff Arnett joins a short and storied list of those entrusted with the responsibility of stewarding Mr. Jack’s fine Tennessee sipping whiskey.

2011

Jack Daniel’s introduces its first flavored expression, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, inspiring a whole new generation of Jack drinkers.

2014

To keep up with global demand, Jack opens a brand new cooperage in Lawrence County, Alabama. Hundreds of barrels are built by hand here every day.

2015

Our first new mash recipe since Old No. 7 is bottled: Single Barrel Rye. Once America’s choice of whiskey over bourbon, rye’s renaissance is underway—and thriving in Tennessee.

2015

We welcome Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire to the family with it’s smooth yet fiery finish. Best enjoyed chilled.

2016

The Jack Daniel Distillery registered with the federal government in 1866, making it the oldest in the U.S. In 2016 we celebrated our 150th anniversary.

2017

Great whiskey begins with quality grains. Under the guidance of Jeff Arnett we’ve upped the rye and welcomed a spicy and complex new member to the Jack Daniel’s family – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye

2018

Every October folks flock to Lynchburg for more than just a glimpse of our Distillery. This year marks our 30th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. 

2019

Bushel and barrel unite. Jack Apple brings together real crisp apples and real Jack Daniel’s.

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April 14, 2020

All Things Maker’s Mark with Johnnie “The Scot” Mundell

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We’re practicing Social Distancing and trying to do some good in the world at the same time. Johnnie Mundell, formerly Beam Suntory’s Japanese Whisky Ambassador, is now here in his new role at Maker’s Mark to talk about the brand, the newly initiated Restaurant Worker’s Relief Fund and some DAMN good bourbon.

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Watch the video version here

Help us raise money for the recently unemployed bartenders of Seven Grand and Bar Jackalope. If you have the means, please donate to the Seven Grand Bar Jackalope Relief Fund at the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/seven-grand-bar-jackalope-relief-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

ABOUT THE RESTAURANT WORKER’S RELIEF FUND:

In response to massive layoffs in the hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 outbreak nationwide, Chef Edward Lee, in partnership with The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark, launched The Restaurant Workers Relief Program. This program started on Tuesday, March 17 out of the catering kitchen of Lee’s restaurant, 610 Magnolia, and was able to serve over 400 individuals in the restaurant industry who had recently become unemployed. The overwhelming response from the community inspired other chefs around the country to create similar programs, working directly with The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark. Restaurant workers must bring in proof of recent employment (paystubs will suffice) and will receive hot meals, toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, formula, personal hygiene items, and more. Times, days and exact details vary between relief centers.

Most of these relief centers are funded for the next two weeks but are hoping to be able to stay open longer with donations via www.leeinitiative.org. These relief centers include:

Louisville

Chef Edward Lee at 610 Magnolia

Washington, DC

Chef Edward Lee at Succotash

Cincinnati

Chef Jose Salazar at Mita’s

Los Angeles

Chef Nancy Silverton at Chi Spacca

Chicago

Chef Paul Kahan at Big Star

Seattle

Chef Edouardo Jordan at Salare

Denver

Chef Alon Shaya at Safta

Brooklyn

Chef Greg Braxtrom at Olmsted and Nate Adler at Gertie’s

Lexington

Chefs Ouita Michel and Samantha Fore at Great Bagel Bakery

New Orleans

Chef Donald Link at Cochon

Atlanta

Chef Linton Hopkins at Restaurant Eugene

For more information on the relief efforts, please follow The LEE Initiative on social media https://www.instagram.com/leeinitiative/ . For details on each chef’s relief center, including addresses, days and times of operation, and more, please visit their individual social media pages, linked above.

About Chef Edward Lee

Chef Edward Lee is the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, KY and culinary director for Succotash in National Harbor, MD and in DC. He has received multiple finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast. He appears frequently in print and television and was recently nominated for a daytime Emmy for his role as host of the Emmy-winning series, Mind of Chef on PBS. Lee won a James Beard Foundation Award for Writing for his book Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine (Artisan Books, April 2018). He also authored Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen (Artisan Books, May 2013). His documentary film, Fermented, follows him around the world as he explores the rich culinary and cultural traditions of fermented food. For more information on Chef Edward Lee, please follow him on Twitter or Instagram or visit www.chefedwardlee.com

About Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

In 1953, in Loretto, Kentucky, Bill Samuels, Sr., fulfilled his dream to create a handmade and delicious bourbon. He decided to make his whisky in small batches, using soft red winter wheat to enhance the softness and sweetness. He then rotated each barrel by hand for consistency, and finally, aged each barrel to taste. Bill Samuels, Sr., transformed bourbon from a “commodity” into a premium handmade spirit, and today Maker’s Mark® continues to make its bourbon the same way. In recent years, Maker’s Mark has introduced thoughtful, super-premium innovations to its portfolio including Maker’s Mark 46™ Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength, and Maker’s Mark Private Select®, the brand’s first-ever custom barrel program. In 1980, the Maker’s Mark distillery became the first distillery in America to be designated a National Historic Landmark and has also been decreed as the “world’s oldest operating bourbon whiskey distillery” by Guinness World Records. It remains one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. For more information, visit makersmark.com. 

WE MAKE OUR BOURBON CAREFULLY. PLEASE ENJOY IT THAT WAY.

Maker’s Mark®, Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength and Maker’s Mark 46™ Bourbon Whisky, 45-57% Alc./Vol.

©2020 Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc., Loretto, KY.

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April 11, 2020

Tequila Punch at Home with Aaron Medina

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Standard Punch Recipe:
750ml Spirit (Tequila/Whiskey etc.)
500ml lime juice
200ml raw sugar (agave, dem etc.) OR 400ml simple syrup
Any fruits or spices of your choosing
Orange bitters
Soda Water

Muddle fruits and spices of your choosing into a container followed by adding all ingredients. Stir then add ice and soda. Followed by adding orange bitters to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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April 7, 2020

Making Drinks Easy with Paul Masterson

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As part of our Stay At Home/Drink At Home series, we’re chatting with the host of “Drinks Made Easy”/longtime Seven Grand Bartender Paul Masterson.

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Help us raise money for the recently unemployed bartenders of Seven Grand and Bar Jackalope. If you have the means, please donate to the Seven Grand Bar Jackalope Relief Fund at the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/seven-grand-bar-jackalope-relief-fund

Watch the Replay of our YouTube Livestream here

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Twitter: @PaulDMasterson

About the GoFundMe:

Hey there Whiskey Family

While your favorite bar In the entire world is currently in hibernation we’ve got some ideas up our sleeves to keep you up to date and in the loop.

With that said we have a crazy amount of die hard regulars who are family to us and frankly we need your help.

Over a decade ago, Seven Grand made its debut, and we have had the unique and wonderful opportunity of serving DTLA delicious cocktails and whiskey. As we are facing a mandatory closure for the unforeseeable future, our hourly staff at Seven Grand and Bar Jackalope have found themselves without the income they’ve come to rely on. We humbly ask for your help in the midst of this unprecedented situation. Anything helps our family stay afloat. We can’t wait for when this all blows over to throw the biggest celebration since the end of the prohibition 

if we’ve ever made you an old fashioned, a whiskey sour or even made you smile now is the time so show them some love.

We are going to be doing some virtual cocktail demos, whiskey classes, and really “working from home” can and will be our platform for “tips”.

In exchange for your donations, we’d like to offer tiered reward packages to be used on brighter days. Please email (manuelnieves@pouringwithheart.com) in order to redeem. Thank you for your support!

Donate $100 — Get a round of old fashioneds for you and your friends (up to 10 people).

Donate $300 — Bottle of A Seven Grand Single Barrel in Bar Jackalope’s Bottle Locker. We’ll tag it with your name and store it safely in our bottle locker for future visits! 

Donate $500 — Receive both of the above rewards along with a personal mixology cocktail class with our AGM, Manny Nieves. 

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March 24, 2020

How To Make a Gold Rush with Manny Nieves

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We’re all Socially Isolated, but that doesn’t stop the Spirit Guide Society! Pedro is broadcasting live from his home with Seven Grand Assistant General Manager Manny Nieves teaching us how to make the perfect Gold Rush cocktail!

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Help us raise money for the recently unemployed bartenders of Seven Grand and Bar Jackalope. If you have the means, please donate to the Seven Grand Bar Jackalope Relief Fund at the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/seven-grand-bar-jackalope-relief-fund

About the GoFundMe:

Hey there Whiskey Family

While your favorite bar In the entire world is currently in hibernation we’ve got some ideas up our sleeves to keep you up to date and in the loop.

With that said we have a crazy amount of die hard regulars who are family to us and frankly we need your help.

Over a decade ago, Seven Grand made its debut, and we have had the unique and wonderful opportunity of serving DTLA delicious cocktails and whiskey. As we are facing a mandatory closure for the unforeseeable future, our hourly staff at Seven Grand and Bar Jackalope have found themselves without the income they’ve come to rely on. We humbly ask for your help in the midst of this unprecedented situation. Anything helps our family stay afloat. We can’t wait for when this all blows over to throw the biggest celebration since the end of the prohibition 

if we’ve ever made you an old fashioned, a whiskey sour or even made you smile now is the time so show them some love.

We are going to be doing some virtual cocktail demos, whiskey classes, and really “working from home” can and will be our platform for “tips”.

In exchange for your donations, we’d like to offer tiered reward packages to be used on brighter days. Please email (manuelnieves@pouringwithheart.com) in order to redeem. Thank you for your support!

Donate $100 — Get a round of old fashioneds for you and your friends (up to 10 people).

Donate $300 — Bottle of A Seven Grand Single Barrel in Bar Jackalope’s Bottle Locker. We’ll tag it with your name and store it safely in our bottle locker for future visits! 

Donate $500 — Receive both of the above rewards along with a personal mixology cocktail class with our AGM, Manny Nieves. 

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