“Living here [in Los Angeles] and having a car, I can drop home real quick and change clothes and then go back out… What happens is, like a witch, you can dictate how people see you—you get to organize how they interpret your own energy. And then their energy, reflected back at you—or me—becomes hypnotic. I felt like Superman to my everyday Clark.”
What Makes Fliquor Bean L.A.’s Next Great Coffee Drink? Whiskey
In a multi-use warehouse on the fringes of Chinatown, Jerry DeFazio is experimenting with a patent-pending process that he says will improve your morning cup of coffee and your evening whiskey, simultaneously. In fact, DeFazio aims to blur the distinction between beverages made for daytime and those made for nighttime consumption.
The idea is simple, but DeFazio says he’s figured out a way to naturally infuse the two classic drinks together in a way that will revolutionize so-called Irish coffee, the coffee and whiskey cocktail that Tom Bergin’s Tavern claims to have made famous in L.A. The result is Fliquor Bean, a D.I.Y. whiskey concoction that’s being marketed on social media as the perfect elixir for day-drinking on the go.
On Fliquor Bean’s Twitter account, the drink is advertised as a “magical hangover cure” that’s “great for writer’s block” and “is best enjoyed at the start, middle, and end of your day/night.” And best of all, “you don’t have to wait until 5 to drink it,” according to Fliquor Bean’s Twitter.
No wonder DeFazio’s trying to patent this mysterious cure-all potion that purports to do just about everything except end world hunger. The curious beverage even comes individually packaged in mason jars with hand-made labels. Still not charmed by Fliquor Bean? DeFazio will deliver it to you on a bike if you’re in the Los Angeles area.
The Church on York Has Amazing Buzz. But Can It Last?
Since putting on their first show in November, The Church on York has become a pretty big deal. Their recent concert with punk band Hunx and His Punx sold out, and on Valentine’s Day they’re hosting the farewell show in L.A. for Vivian Girls, which is a seismic indie rock event.
This, despite the fact that the venue — based in an old Church of Christ church in Highland Park — has had no advertising to speak of.
Sure, it helps that owner Graeme Flegenheimer until recently had his own PR firm, which repped some pretty big names in the indie realm, until he disbanded it in order to devote all of his time to the Church. But then again Flegenheimer, whose first name is pronounced “Graham,” is only 22 years old. Some people call him ”Baby Gatsby.”
What’s the deal with this place?