Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Wicked Wolf celebrates (and fundraises for) National Park Week with curated cocktail menu


The Wicked Wolf in Long Beach has quickly become one of the most respected watering holes since opening just over one year ago—and with its consistent dedicated toward craft cocktails and cocktails, it is not shocker that beverage director Isaak Lusic has designed and curated a five-cocktail menu that honors the very spaces wolves actually roam, our national parks. As the country celebrates National Park Week, take a glance at this beautiful menu as well as an all-out celebration tonight, April 18.

The Wicked Wolf is filled with nature lovers—and that’s why they’re celebrating National Park Week

“Our bar offers exceptional drinks as well as a space for meaningful encounters.says Thea Mercouffer, owner of The Wicked Wolf with her husband, George Wolfe. “And that’s what our parks are, too: awesome spaces where people find special connections.”

From Death Valley and Crater Lake to Yellowstone and Glacier Bay, Lusic has created a menu that is gorgeous as the parks themselves: The Glacier Bay cocktail—a mixture of gin, blue spirulina-infused white vermouth, Luxardo Bitter Blanco, and vanilla oat foam—gives the illusion of glaciers atop crystal blue waters. The Death Valley? It mimics the gorgeously maroon prickly pears of cacti, mixing mezcal, prickly pear, and hibiscus with some other bits of magic for a dangerously sippable mix.

“As a ‘wolf-forward’ establishment, with a bunch of nature-lovers on staff, we felt The Wicked Wolf just had to be involved in this cause,” Lusic said. “And we’re thrilled to support the Conservation and raise awareness about the importance of preserving America’s wonderful national parks.”

And yes, The Wicked Wolf will be fundraising for the National Parks Conservation Association and will host a special celebration tonight

This week’s sales will benefit the National Parks Conservation Association, Spirit brands participating in the event have committed to donating at least one dollar to the Conservation for each cocktail sold, and the Wicked Wolf will match that donation.

Additionally, Wyoming Whiskey will offer guests Grand Teton postcards, with $19.29—1929 being the year Congress created the original park to protect the Teton Range and several lakes at the foot of the mountains—donated for each postcard addressed and mailed from The Wicked Wolf. 

The event will culminate on April 18 with a grand evening featuring a campfire sing-along with Alejandro Belden and a food pop-up by neighboring Wrigley BBQ, serving campsite favorites. Guests will be treated to free tastings and spirit education from the participating brands: 400 Conejos Mezcal, Wyoming Whiskey, Yellowstone Bourbon, Bowling & Burch Gin, Maestro Dobel Tequila. 

The Wicked Wolf will continue offering these cocktails throughout the week and will have a special celebration tonight, from opening to close, celebrating National Park Week. The Wicked Wolf is located at 2332 Pacific Ave. 

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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