The Spirit Guide Society

The Spirit Guide Society

For over seven years at the 213 Hospitality Group, the biggest spirit brands in the world have been coming into our bars to teach whiskey, rum, tequila and mezcal enthusiasts about the drinks that they love. Now, we're happy to bring that same level of knowledge and fun to you online as a podcast! Every Tuesday and Friday, Pedro Shanahan will be joined in front of a live audience, by the people who know these alcohol brands the best, the ones who make it!... Show More

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October 15, 2019 37 min

Subir Singh joins Pedro at Las Perlas in Downtown Los Angeles to help launch Mico Tequila! Mico, which translate to Monkey, is made with love and is worthy of a place in your home bar. We hope that this podcast, like a fine tequila, goes down smooth!

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What we drank:

Mico Blanco Tequila

Mico Reposado Tequila

Mico Añejo Tequila

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Pedro and Stephanie just returned from Kentucky where they were buying the next batch of single barrels of whiskey for Seven Grand! Upon their return, we realized that while we've talked about single barrels on the podcast, we've never really dug into why you should seek out single barrel whiskey for yourself! Pedro and Stephanie sit down with Andrew to compare... Read more

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October 8, 2019 45 min

What do you after you've built up a successful anti-trust law practice? If you're Yuan Ji, you start importing mezcal to your home in Brooklyn! Erstwhile Mezcal bills itself as “Honest mezcal with social mission.” Ji brings her street smarts to the business side of the brand while allowing the Mexican families with generations of experience making mezcal to do what they do best. It’s an incredibly story that leads to som... Read more

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Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distillery Manager/"heir apparent" to Dr. Bill Lumsden, Brendan McCarron and our friend Travis Tidwell join Pedro in the Whiskey Society for a private, intimate chat about Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Brendan brought the inside information from the distillery; Travis brought four fantastic whiskies. Good times were had by all. We humbly present this conversation to you and hope that it meets your appr... Read more

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When our friends at the Los Angeles Chapter of Women Who Whiskey invited us to come play with them at Whisky Extravaganza, how could we say no? Chapter President Kim Ohanneson joined our friend Megan Brier for a no holds bard conversation about all things Maker's Mark!

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What we drank:

Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark 46

Maker's Mark Cask Strength

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Master Distiller from The Glenlivet, Alan Winchester, joins Pedro in the Whiskey Society at Seven Grand in Downtown Los Angeles (and yes, it's as good as their whisky!)

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What we drank:

The Glenlivet 12

The Glenlivet Nadura

The Glenlivet 14

The Glenlivet 15

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Enigma

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September 24, 2019 35 min

Angel Saenz joins Pedro in the Mezcal Collective at Las Perlas in Downtown Los Angeles to launch Mezcal El Samaritano, the first mezcal from BebanMez Imports.

What we drank:

Mezcal El Samaritano Espadin

Mezcal El Samaritano Ensamble

Mezcal El Samaritano Tobalá

Mezcal El Samaritano Mexicano

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For fans of Rye Whiskey, the only name more synonymous with the style than Whistle Pig is the man who made it, Dave Pickerell. Sadly, we lost Dave back in November of 2018 and, while this isn't Whistle Pig's first appearance in the Spirit Guide Society, it's the first since Dave's passing. Pedro is joined by Whistle Pig Ambassador Blaine Adams to honor Dave in the best way that we know how, by drinking his whiske... Read more

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September 17, 2019 43 min

Stephanie & Bambino are filling for Pedro this week as our guest and friend, Vini Mauger, joins us with a flight of Maestro Dobel!

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What we drank:

Maestro Dobel Silver/Blanco

Maestro Dobel Reposado

Maestro Dobel Anejo

Maestro Dobel Diamante

Maestro Dobel Humito Smoked Silver Tequila

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What we drank:

Angel's Envy Port Finished Bourbon

Angel's Envy Rye

Angel's Envy Cask Strength

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From the Angel's Envy website:

IN THE BEGINNING,

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David Matthews began his 2nd career in the South of France as a Hazelnut Farmer (his first career was Investment Banking, but we don't have to get into that.) Today, as the Head Distiller of Woody Creek, he lives in Basalt, Colorado making the spirits we're talk about today! He joins Pedro in the Whiskey Society to chat about their line.

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Woody Creek Straight Rye

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Michter's is a brand that's rich in both flavor AND history. The story of this line dates back all the way to 1753 when it was known as Shenk's Whiskey; Louis Foreman would later purchase the brand and rename it after his two sons, Michael and Peter.

We were incredibly lucky to have the current brains behind the operation, Master Distiller Dan McKee, come all the way from Kentucky to join us on this po... Read more

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While we're sure you can make many puns about their name, The Exceptional Whiskey is nothing to scoff at. This blended whiskey is birthed from the minds of some of the most prolific spirit importers of our time; every expression is made by people who truly love whisk(e)y.


Don Suttcliff, co-founder of the brand, joins Pedro in Bar Jackalope to talk about the brand.

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August 30, 2019 30 min

In the mood for Haitian rum? Perhaps one aged in Limousine Oak? Pedro, Erbin and Shaggy have you covered! One Rhum Barbancourt (pronounced Bah•Ben•Cooh) podcast coming right up!

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What We Drank:

Rhum Barbancourt 3-Star (aged 4 years)

Rhum Barbancourt 5-Star (aged 8 years)

Rhum Barbancourt Estate Reserve (aged 15 years)

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This podcast has been seven years in the making! Pedro first met our guest, Christian Krogstad, when Westward Distillery was first opening. It was then that Pedro was invited to Oregon, where he helped distill a barrel for the brand. That barrel, now known as the Westward American Two Malt, JUST came to maturation and we were lucky enough to launch it on this podcast! Enjoy it!

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Some people have said that there isn't enough Japanese whisky stock to keep up with customer demand; those people have clearly never heard of Kaiyō. Our guest, Greg Mayer, has made it very clear that this Oceanic Matured brand will be here for years to come. We should warn you though, you should be prepared to fall in love with it!

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Kaiyō Single

Kaiyō Signature

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August 20, 2019 69 min

Mezcal Vago's founder, Judah Kuper, joins Pedro at Las Perlas to basically just nerd out about mezcal for an hour (and we love it!) He chats about the family business he started, where he sources his mezcal from, and how he's working on expanding the spirit for both his business and the palenques he works with.

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Mezcal Vago Espadin Aquilino

Mezcal Vago Elote

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August 16, 2019 30 min

In honor of Jamaican Independence Day, Pedro is joined by Caña's Rum Bar's own Shaggy to talk about three hogo style, "funky" rums from Jamaica!

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What we drank:

The Funk (yes, that's really what it's called)

Two James' Doctor Bird's Rum

Plantation Xaymaca Rum

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Dave Mitton (who has one of the best podcast voices we've ever recorded) joins us to talk about JP Wiser's Canadian Whisky, His brand is focused on a level of quality not seen by many distilleries in Canada or, for that matter, anywhere in the world! Plus, this podcast will give you the secret of how to make one of the best Manhattan's on the planet!

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JP Wisers 15

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"Marca Negra’s unique ultra-premium expressions are expertly crafted by different Maestros. Each features different varietals and blends of agave that result in very distinct-tasting notes. From the subtle smoky flavor and spicy finish of the Dobadan, to the lemon peel and pomegranate essence with white pepper finish of the Tepeztate, each expression is produced and adjusted to the distiller’s traditional taste profile and f... Read more

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