New at Aero Club: The BenRiach Scotch Whisky

We are proud to carry The BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  Since 1898, The BenRiach has been distilling some of the finest whisky in “ ’Heart of Speyside’, between the village of Rothes and the town of Elgin, in the North-East of Scotland.”

What makes BenRiach stand apart from the “other Spey Valley distilleries, the traditional floor maltings with their distinctive pagoda style chimneys can produce peated, malted barley, enabling the distillery to capture the defining taste of peat reek in a few of their special bottlings.”

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Currently (as of 6/24/14), we have these BenRiach whiskys in stock.

  • Single Malt Limited Release 2000 (bottle 558 of 619) “Oloruso Sherry Finish”
  • Single Malt Aged 12 Years
  • Single Malt Aged 12 Years, “Horizons”, triple distilled
  • Single Malt Aged 16 Years
  • Single Malt Aged 17 Years “Solstice”, heavily peated Port Finish
  • Single Malt Aged 25 Years “Authentics”, peated
  • Single Malt Aged 17 Years “Septendecim” peated

We are also planning an upcoming The BenRiach tasting at Aero Club.   Contact us at the bar for further details

Saturday Night Feeding Frenzy, Part Deux

Thank you to everyone who came out last week for the Cheesy Amigos.

This Saturday, March 22nd, we will be having the boys from Mastiff Sausage Company coming out for the Second Installment of the Saturday Night Feeding Frenzy.  They will be here from 10:00pm – 1:00am on Saturday night for your dining pleasure.

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Click on this link MSC.Menu.New#3 to see what they’re cooking up for you.  And don’t forget to like them on Facebook.

Save your appetite and bring your friends.

We have a few other trucks and mobile restaurants lined up and we will announce dates and times soon.

“The Aero Club Saturday Night Feeding Frenzy”

Starting on March 15th, we are launching “The Aero Club Saturday Night Feeding Frenzy”.  The spirit behind this idea is to encourage our patrons to come eat and party through the night or to sober up with some delicious food from a small local business.  It also helps the bar and the food truck gain exposure to potentially new customers and fans.
We have contacted several of the most popular foodtrucks and mobile food vendors to come to Aero on Saturday nights.  The response has been so positive that we already have three vendors on tap. So figure out a Saturday to come hang out with us.  We will also be posting a calendar with the schedule on our Facebook Page and on Twitter in the future.  If you’re old school, we will have some fliers at the bar and some hanging in the bathrooms.
Save these dates!
MARCH 15, 2014 – 10:00pm – 1:00am
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The Cheesy Amigos will be bringing their Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cart to Aero Club!  The cart will be located in our neighbors (DYNO) gated area — and you can eat it out there al fresco or inside the bar.
Here is a list of the delicious sandwiches they will be serving at Aero Club:
•Tri tip grilled cheese: Bourbon molasses marinated tri tip beef minced and melted between a sharp cheddar and a white aged cheddar infused with toasted onion and herbs
•Lobster grilled cheese: Cheddar and enchilado cheeses melted over langostino lobster tails with a smoky chipotle sauce
•Caprese: A grilled panini made with mozzarella, tomato, and spinach lightly marinated in Italian vinaigrette
•Spicy Mac: Cheddar Mac & Cheese with applewood smoked bacon strips and an extra slice of spicy 3 pepper cheddar melted on top
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Let’s support these trucks that are coming out for these “Saturday Night Feeding Frenzy” events.  Spread the word to your friends, and let’s make a night of it!  Come for a late night snack and a cocktail.  Take something on the way out for a snack when you get home. Better yet, get a bunch of sandwiches and share with your friends inside the Aero.  We are committed to inviting these trucks to the bar, if you guys wanna support that.  Also, if you know of any food trucks that you think would wanna set up, please tell them to contact us on our Facebook.
And if you don’t already, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more info on the Saturday Night Feeding Frenzy, whiskey tastings, special events or to keep up with us in general.
NEXT TRUCK: March 22, 2014 – Mastiff Sausage Company.

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COMING IN APRIL: Coop’s BBQ — the best BBQ joint in California!
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From the Archives: San Diego Beer Insider

Last year, Shawn from San Diego Beer Insider did a story about Aero Club and the Regal Beagle down the street.

Here is the part where he talks about Aero:
“The 1st noteworthy stop is the Aero Club. The Aero Club is a San Diego Institution and is a throw back to the days when San Diego was a world leader in the aerospace industry.

I have a sentimental attachment to this bar as well. Several years ago I was on a date with a hot girl. We had been on a few dates and I really dug her, but this one wasn’t going my way and looked like it might be the last. I happened to live in this area at the time so  I asked if we could stop for a drink on the way back. She agreed and we wound up having a great time and discussion. We were married a couple of years later and she is still the love of my life.

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The Aero Club is a pretty small place and the pool tables in the back are so squeezed in that they have some sawed off sticks to make those difficult shots. I’m including this bar with the beer bars although they actually have turned more into a whiskey bar; a recent change since for years they were licensed for beer only. They were evidently pretty excited about the modified liquor license, they have about as huge of a spirits collection as I’ve seen.”

Check out the original story here: http://sandiegobeerinsider.com/mission-hills-aero-club-and-the-reagal-beagle/

From the Archive: San Diego Uptown News

“Dr. Ink” did a nice piece about Aero Club, in September 2012.

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“If you’re a whiskey lover, consider The Aero Club Bar your ultimate candy store. Fans of vodka and other spirits will also feel a rush when laying eyes upon Aero’s in-your-face wall of liquor boasting more than 750 bottles of booze, with about 500 of them revealing whiskeys of every genre.

Indecision strikes when leafing through a tome listing the liquid gold by category: Scottish, Irish, American, rye and “other worldly.” The pages continue endlessly while the burgeoning display of glass behind the bar will set your liver on fire.

During happy hour, shot pours are 50 cents off. They measure an ounce and a half, not counting the few extra dribbles that sneak into your rock glass. For whiskeys that begin exceeding $13 a pour, the discount may not apply.

The same price break applies to well drinks and myriad beers, which include about 20 drafts. But we came for the hard stuff and sipped gleefully to Lou Reed and David Bowie songs playing on the jukebox.

While my companions imbibed on a couple of summery Greyhounds (vodka and grapefruit juice), I zeroed in on Dalmore Single Malt Scotch, aged 12 years and served from a pretty bottle with a stag’s head stretching across the front. Priced at $8 with the discount, it was worth every cent.

“You’re going to want to try this straight up,” the knowledgeable bartender said as she discouraged me from diluting it with a splash of soda, which I commonly request when drinking the cheaper stuff at other bars. She was right. This scotch needed nothing more than an eager set of lips as the rush of light peat and orange spice began warming my throat.

It would take a whiskey connoisseur many years and mucho bucks to sample the entire list, considering that in the next few weeks, about 100 additional labels will be added to the inventory.

A number of whiskeys and other spirits dominate the wall behind Aero Club’s bar. 

“I always had this dream of a wall of liquor,” said owner Bill Lutzius, who purchased The Aero Club Bar in 2004 after running a tire shop in Orange County. “My whiskey buying was more of a compulsion that ended up to what it is today.”

Lutzius is among a string of owners who have run the joint since 1947 after it was originally founded by a female pilot. Vestiges of the aeronautical theme remain in the form of model airplanes hovering above the booze collection.

The clientele today is diversified, attracting bartenders from nearby downtown, 20- and 30-somethings escaping the club scene and occasional airport personnel that we presume do not include pilots gearing up for flight.”

The original post is here: http://sduptownnews.com/whiskey-heaven/

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