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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Haven Gastropub Showcases Full Bar Offerings With Prohibition-Era Cocktails

Orange, CA (July 2011) – On the heels of launching a new summer menu, Haven Gastropub introduces intriguing Prohibition-Era cocktails, created with top-shelf spirits, and the purity of fresh fruit and herbs. Known for its expansive craft beer selection and boutique wines, Haven aims to showcase its bar-chef mentality with unique bar offerings.

“These are vintage cocktails from the Prohibition Era – many of them forgotten classics from the roaring ‘20s,” commented Wil Dee, Managing Partner & Beverage Director at Haven Gastropub. “From the period between 1920 and 1933, the many illegal speakeasies that popped up were forced to serve what they could find, making it necessary to get creative with cocktails to mask the poor quality of the liquor. We’ve put our unique twist on some of these cocktails, with remarkable spirits and interesting, quality ingredients to make them our own.”

Following are the new specialty cocktails created by Haven Gastropub bartenders, and Partners Wil Dee and Executive Chef Greg Daniels:

Atomic No. 47
Old Grove Gin by Ballast Point
Orchard Apricot Liqueur

Death or Glory
Michter’s Straight Rye Whiskey
Grapefruit Bitters

Knock – Knock
Death’s Door Gin
Aperol Aperitivo
Carpano Antica Vermouth

One-Ninety Manhattan
“On the Rocks”
Bulleit Rye Whiskey
Carpano Antica Vermouth

Setting Sun
Bulleit Rye Whiskey
Courvoisier VS Cognac
Combier Liqueur d’Orange

Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
Ginger Beer
Fresh strawberry, Lemon, Orange,
Mint, Cucumber

Aviation Gin
Carpano Antica Vermouth
Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Grounds for Divorce
Junipero Gin
Vanilla Simple Syrup
Cherry Bitters
Haven-Made Maraschino Cherries

Old and Bitter
Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
Aperol Aperitivo
Peychaud’s bitters

The Aviation
Bols Genever Gin
Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Crème De Violette Liqueur

Beg, Borrow, or Steal
Bulleit Bourbon
Maple Foam

The Green Monk
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
Green Chartreuse
Fresh Cucumber + Sage

Walnut Manhattan
Buffalo Trace
Carpano Antica
Walnut Liqueur

For more information, or to see Haven Gastropub’s food and beer/wine menus, visit

With its first location in historic Old Towne Orange and another set to open in Old Pasadena, Haven Gastropub is a unique concept where “pub meets gourmet eats.” Named “Best New Gastropub” by Draft Magazine, which touted it as one of three new restaurants across the country that have “breathed new life into the old gastropub concept.” Gastropub, a British term blending gastronomy and pub, sprouted in the 1990s and has seen a revival as the idea behind the concept was to provide a place where friends and family could gather in a warm comfortable setting and enjoy good conversation with quality food and spirited libations. Haven boasts a selection of beers on draught and more than 100 bottled craft beers. In addition, Haven serves more than 50 specialty single-malt whiskeys, scotches and bourbons; and a worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass. Almost every dish on the menu has a beer or wine pairing suggestion.

The menu, created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels, offers a blend of old world European fare with a modern American twist. Under the tutelage of Pascal Olhats of Tradition by Pascal, and then on to Napa Rose with Andrew Sutton, Chef Daniels learned what it means to feed people great food. The result is a refreshing combination of treasured dishes from around the world fused with familiar stateside staples from Mac n’ Cheese with black truffles, to hearty Chicken n’ Waffles served with housemade hot sauce and bärenjäger maple syrup.

Each menu item is made using farm-to-table fresh ingredients with dishes prepared entirely from scratch, including the award-winning Haven Burger, piled high with roasted red bell peppers, wild arugula, pickled red onions and St. Agur blue cheese; and housemade Salt & Vinegar Chips of red wine vinegar and sea salt and truffle fries served with garlic aïoli dipping sauce or housemade ketchup, also Haven’s own. The affordably priced menu ($5-$20), will also entice with a full selection of delectable desserts, including noteworthy ice creams flavors, including candied bacon, salted caramel and tobacco-infused.

Paired to elevate and complement the overall dining experience, world selection of craft beer offered alongside a distinct selection of boutique wines, scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. Craft beers flow regularly on rotating taps, including offerings from such breweries as Russian River, Mikkeller, Brewdog, Stone, and The Bruery.

Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange is located at 190 South Glassell Street. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Happy Hour menu offered 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. daily. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to make reservations, call 714.221.0680 or visit (on Facebook,

Partners Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Ace Patel opened their first restaurant, Haven Gastropub, in the heart of Historic Old Towne Orange in September 2009. Since then, Haven’s “pub meets gourmet eats” concept has earned rave reviews locally, regionally and nationally, being named one of the country’s “Best New Gastropub” by Draft Magazine, which commended the restaurant for having “breathed new life into the old gastropub concept.” On the heels of the Haven Gastropub’s ongoing success, the Partners decided to open a unique fast-casual concept, taco asylum, at The CAMP in Costa Mesa in January 2011. As part of The Haven Collective, the three Partners play distinct roles at each restaurant with Wil Dee serving as Beverage Director and Greg Daniels as Executive Chef.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2nd Annual OC BREW HA HA Festival to Feature 150+ Craft Beers, 60+ Breweries-Saturday, September 10, 2011

Festival Fundraiser to Support Orange County Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund

The Orange County community will be given the opportunity to honor fallen firefighters during a unique celebration, the 2nd annual OC Brew Ha Ha festival fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine. On Saturday, September 10th, attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 150 custom craft and imported beers from more than 60 prestigious breweries! Voted “Southern California’s BEST Beer Festival” in its inaugural year by the OC Beer Society, the event also features a variety of notable food trucks, live entertainment and exclusive beer seminars. In addition, off-duty firefighters will be pouring and serving up brews to the public throughout the event.

This 9/11 tribute event will serve as a way to observe and show appreciation for local firefighters as a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids families of Orange County firefighters lost in the line of duty.

All tickets, restricted to those 21 years and older, include a commemorative glass, beer appreciation seminars, 10 four-oz. samplings, free water/soft drinks, and free parking. Additional samplings may be purchased at the event. General Admission is $40 per adult and $55 for VIP, offering early admission (11 a.m. entry), four extra tastes, and VIP exclusive seminars by renowned experts with rare beer tastes. A $10 Designated Driver ticket is available for those who will not be sampling brews (must accompany paid entry and no admission to seminars). For more details or to purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 363-1774.

“Now in our second year, the OC Brew Ha Ha has established itself as a premiere beer festival and gained attention for being a unique fundraising event. We are grateful to our many breweries and other sponsors for their support,” commented Carrie James, event producer for the OC Brew Ha Ha fundraiser and retired Lieutenant Commander from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. “Our goal is to celebrate the contributions of the many brave men and women who wear uniforms to serve and protect, while having a great time enjoying quality beers at what has now become an annual craft beer festival in Orange County.”

Festival attendees will be able to gain knowledge from Beer Appreciation Presentations led by renowned beer experts. In the beer industry, this is the equivalent of a wine Sommelier, and the OC Brew Ha Ha will feature some of the most respected authorities on beer in the nation together at one event: Ed Heethuis (Celebrator Beer News), discussing Sensory Analysis of Beer; Jonathan Porter (Tustin Brewing), on The Journey from Homebrew to Going Pro and Dr. Bill Sysak (Stone Brewing), revealing the Secrets of Exceptional Food & Beer Pairing. In addition, VIP guests will have the opportunity to sample rare beer, personally selected by Beer Cicerone, Dr. Bill from Stone Brewing.

The OC Brew Ha Ha will be held at Hidden Valley Park (8800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618), one of the premier private-event facilities in Southern California. It is centrally located in Irvine, between the Verizon Amphitheater and Wild Rivers, where the 5 and 405 come together. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit