Brendan’s Poetry & a Shot of Whisky

Jan 6, 2014

Whisky and Poetry Salon L.A.It’s time to start 2014 off right. Let’s start with whisky.

Smoky, spicy, peppery, orangey, woody, creamy.

How about “cerealy” or “phenolic”?

Every one of these words, and many more, may be used when sipping, and then describing, whisky.

And when interspersed with classic or home-written poetry, with dozens of candles lit and delicious munchies, it is an evening like no other. We highly recommend Kim Ohanneson and Karolyn Kiisel’s Whisky & Poetry Salon. Their first event of the year will be on January 16th and will include local poet Brendan Constantine.

We first heard Brendan at a poetry reading and fundraiser for the original Litfest Pasadena. The gathering was held at the one and only Altadena Ale & Winehouse. Between lovely glasses of pinot and munching hot out of the oven pizza, the evening (for us) was an entertaining success primarily because of the poetic showmanship of Brendan Constantine. He doesn’t recite his poetry, he lives it, expresses it, punctuates and manifests it.

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The penthouse loft where the evening is held affords wonderful views and despite the expanse, the actual taste-testing and readings are held in a cozy living-area nook. Poetry known and unknown is read and applauded. Bottle after bottle of whisky is opened, poured, described, and discussed. Back and forth, back and forth until a break is taken or the evening is a wrap. Some go, some stay longer. The evening is organized but casual, inspiring both by creative efforts and creative distilling. It’s a place to see old friends and make new ones. The hours are consumed without notice.

Highly recommended.

Whisky & Poetry Salon
Thursday, Jan. 16th, 7-10 p.m.
546 S. Los Angeles St., L.A. 90013
Cost: $30, includes hors d’oeuvres and whisky; space is limited (they usually sell out)
Purchase tickets here
For questions and to reserve a spot, contact Kim at
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