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Jan 19, 2008 07:05 PM

Old Potrero Rye Whiskey: any in bars?

Anyone seen this (any of the three types, 18th Cent., 19th Cent. or "Hotaling's") at any LA bar other than 7-Grand?

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  1. I have not. Criminy, I can't find it in any liquor stores either. Just the 18th Century Spirit, which is kind of rough.

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    1. re: Vic Arpeggio

      I believe that Topline Wine in Glendale has Old Potrero

      1. re: PurpleTeeth

        I called them, they do..about$60 a bottle

        1. re: Diana

          Last time I looked at Topline, they only had the 18th Cent., which is the "cask-strength", and is probably a little too close to moonshine for my tastes (though I've never had it).

          I was hoping to find a bar/restaurant, where, with a designated driver in tow, I could maybe get myself a "rye flight" of all three of the Old Potreros. It'd have to be half-shots, though, or they'd need a gurney to get me out, I suspect.

          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            Well, found the 18th Century atr Ocean Ave. Seafood. Makes an interesting Manhattan; can't imagine drinking it straight without something to cut the roughness just a bit, 'cause otherwise it's a bit like drinkin' dragster gas. . .

            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

              delicious food and old portrero in the bar, enjoy.

              New Moon Restaurant
              2138 Verdugo Blvd, Montrose, CA 91020

        2. re: Vic Arpeggio

          Doesn't Bevmo usually stock it?

          Have also seen it at Topline, as others have mentioned.

          1. re: will47

            The 19th Cent is also back at K&L, and so I've got a home bottle for medicinal use. I'm still hoping to run across it with "mixology" going on. I'm guessing the 18th Cent. makes a mean Vieux Carre...

        3. Ever since 7 Grand turned me onto rye Manhattans I have been looking for Rye in other bars, I can't find it anywhere and you'd be surrised at what I've been offered instead (Canadian Club at one place.) it is shocking at how little most bartenders know about whiskey/rye but they can all make an appletini..

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          1. re: AlabasterDisaster

            Both Hungry Cat and Bowery stock rye and make great Manhattans, though I still prefer mine with whiskey.

            1. re: AlabasterDisaster

              Goin' OT a little bit here, but apparently Canadian blends often have at least some rye component to 'em, and it's not that unusual, I've found, for bartenders of the boomer/post-boomer vintage to think this is what's meant by "rye"; after all, there's PROBABLY no straight rye on their back-bar. Bet all the bartenders in question could mix you a "Sexual Innuendo, and a mango-kiwi Double Entendre ", though. . .

              1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                I'm noticing a lot more sazerac on the back bar. Rye and bourbon have been making a comeback but it might take a while for it to trickle down to your average bar.

            2. Bowery Bar has it. Not sure but assume 7 Grand would too.
              It is not all that rare. It is made by the folks at Anchor Steam so, there is a chance that if your watering hole of choice has Anchor Steam, they may carry Potrero as well.

              1. I can't say for certain, but The Daily Pint in Santa Monica has a huge selection of all types of Whiskys. There are probably 40+ options to choose from, so if you're on the westside, check it out.

                Daily Pint
                2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                1. re: rlic80

                  I know Saddle Peak Lodge carries Potrero as well as Junipero Gin, which is made by the same people

                2. Huzzah! I just found a bottle of it at Beverage Warehouse in Mar Vista (my neighorhood liquor store) today. $54/bottle. Ain't cheap-- but man, it's good. It's the first time I've seen it anywhere in over a year-- and I've been looking.

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                  1. re: Vic Arpeggio

                    REALLY?! It's 65 bucks at Wally's in LA. Maybe I should relocate...hmmm.