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Old Bay Beer: The Seafood Companion We Wish We Knew About Before

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When thinking about Old Bay, two things that quickly come to mind is some fresh seafood and a glass of ice-cold beer.

I just learned that you can now enjoy two of those elements in a single sip. Yup, turns out Old Bay Beer is a very real thing.

Old Bay partnered up with Flying Dog, Maryland’s largest brewery, to release a beer called Dead Rise five years ago. Because of its exclusivity, Flying Dog is the only brewery in existence to use Old Bay seasoning in their product. The name Dead Rise pay homage to the Chesapeake fishing boats that gather shellfish year-round.

Originally a blonde ale, the beer is now brewed as a gose boasting a lemony tartness with little bitterness and 5.7% ABV.

For those interested in checking it out, you can locate a bottle through their beer finder. Man, now I’m craving seafood.

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Texas-Based Distillery Giving Out Hand Sanitizer Free of Charge

Hand sanitizer has become somewhat of a commodity nowadays. In case you’re struggling to allocate this essential item on your trips to the store, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States has consolidated a list of local distilleries that are producing hand sanitizer for their communities.

With almost every industry pivoting towards providing essential services and products, the distilled spirits community stands out as one of the most helpful, as it works to make a sizable dent in The WHO’s estimated 35 billion liters of hand sanitizer that will be needed in the next year.

Doing this has proved to be a little more difficult than most distilleries thought, as the FDA’s regulations require distilleries to include a denaturant, a chemical that discourages human consumption, into their alcohol. Introducing this into their system would mean that, post-COVID, the distilleries would have to shut down for days, or even weeks, to clean their machinery, which is not economically feasible for most.

Despite this, many distilleries have continued to produce the product, distributing millions of liters.

Some, such as Garrison Brothers Distillery, have even been going the extra mile to assure their community is in good (and sanitized) hands. In addition to producing hand sanitizer themselves, the Austin, TX-based distillery has been giving out their product, entirely free of charge, as well as donating proceeds from some of their alcohol sales to a COVID-19 relief fund.

It’s another example of people going out of their way to help others, a welcome upside in this otherwise bleak situation and a representation of the distillery community’s charity and goodwill. Make sure to check out the website linked above to support distilleries such as Garrison Brothers, and find a hand sanitizer producer near you.

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Burps For Bartenders: Water Brand Donates $20 A Belch, On Instagram

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Liquid Death. You read that right.

That’s the name of a contemporary, canned-water brand willing to help the thousands of bartenders without work currently. The name is silly, their new mission is not.

With every social post with the hashtag #BelchForBars and tagging @LiquidDeath on Facebook or Instagram, the brand will be donating $20 to the United States Bartender’s Guild. There’s up to $250,000 on the line for our bartenders, barbacks and hospitality staff affected by the new normal.

I know you’re just sitting at home, so… kick back a toast of sparkling water, or anything else that shoves air down your gullet, and do it already.

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Foster A Dog And Get Free Busch Beer

We’re all spending A LOT more time at home and, as a result, our pets have become an even bigger part of our lives — they’re attending conference calls, workout sessions and happy hours! However, if you don’t have a dog to spend this time with, Busch Beer may have the answer you’re looking for.

There are a lot of dogs in serious need of homes, with animal shelters and rescue centers shutting down operations across the country, and the American beer brand wants to reward you for helping out. Introducing “Foster a Dog, Get Busch,” a new partnership between Busch and Midwest Animal Rescue & Services (MARS) that will reward anyone willing to open up their home with free beer.

Now through April 25, anyone who fosters or adopts a dog through MARS will receive a 3-month supply of Busch beer. Additionally, to kick off the partnership, Busch made a $25,000 contribution to MARS, a shelter that has been dedicated to placing animals in homes across the nation for the past 14 years.

So apply, simply fill out an application by clicking either of the links above (for MARS, mark Busch in the referral) to learn more. All entrants who are approved will receive the gift of Busch.

Busch isn’t the first brand to combine two of our favorite things. In February, Coors Light did a similar promotion for Valentine’s Day.

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NYC Residents Can Now Get Boozy Ice Cream Cocktails Delivered

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In these trying times, it’s okay to eat or drink your feelings a little bit.  So how about both?

New York City ice cream shop  Tipsy Scoop is now offering its ice cream cocktails to-go and for delivery at happy hour prices of $10 each! This is now possible due to New York City recently passing a law for to-go cocktails for bars and restaurants to maximize take-out options during this hard time. Customers can pre-pay online for a “no touch” option or have a curbside delivery here.

The Brooklyn-based “barlour” is also offering its virtual cocktail party ingredients kits for customers to take home and follow along on Instagram for instructions on how to make your own.

Check out their menu below:

  • Party Like It’s Your Birthday: Cake Batter vodka ice cream, Red velvet martini ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, topped with prosecco. Served with a mini prosecco bottle so you can add more.
  • Cherry Bomb: Vanilla Bean bourbon ice cream topped with Cherry Lambic, garnished with a cherry gummy
  • Night Owl: Cold brew, Sweet Baby Java stout, Spiked Hazelnut coffee ice cream infused with Cafe Patron and Hazelnut liqueur, topped with chocolate fudge
  • Day Drinker: Raspberry Limoncello sorbet, Mango Margarita sorbet, and Strawberry White Sangria sorbet topped with sparkling white wine and garnished with fruit salad gummies
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Wine Brand ‘Bev’ Donates 100% of Sales to Service Workers

 

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Each day, more efforts are being made to combat the effects of the corona pandemic. With cities at a near standstill, somehow life must persist. To lower the risk of spreading the virus further, stay-at-home orders have been passed nationwide. Probably one of the most at risk are the many service workers helping on the local front lines — delivering mail, stocking grocery stores, and providing medical assistance amongst other things. Thankfully, businesses are coming together to support their local service workers.

Venice, California-based wine brand Bev has announced that they will be donating 100% of all sales, online and in-store, to help service workers affected by the Los Angeles dine-in closure mandate. Bev will also be matching the first $3k of donations to a GoFundMe supporting the initiative. To further boost their support efforts, Bev will be distributing in-house hand sanitizer free-of-charge to the elderly and homeless in Venice. The elder and homeless are the two highest at-risk communities without access to essential services. 

With over 72,387 eating and drinking establishments in the city, it’s important to have those willing to step up to help out. Fortunately, uncertain times breeds togetherness. You can support Bev’s Service Workers Relief Fund by donating to the GoFundMe or simply by making a purchase today.

The text to delivery phone number is: 323-289-6964 to place an order.

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This Distillery Is Repurposing Their Facility To Produce More Hand Sanitizers

Now that the coronavirus has become a bleak reality for all of us, folks are scrambling to get their hands on hand sanitizer like the bottles were Furby toys in 1999.

With a nationwide shortage of hand sanitizer, a distillery in Kailua, HI, has taken to repurposing their facility in an effort to help produce more anti-bacterial gel for mass consumption during these strenuous times.

Oahu-based Ko’olau Distillery made the decision to pivot production and begin manufacturing hand sanitizer for critical services. The distillery has the capability to legally distill alcohol and is now aiming their production towards producing the base that’s needed for hand sanitizer — which will be provided free of charge to first responders, health workers, and essential personnel during these trying times.

Ko’olau Distillery is best known for producing Old Pali Road, a high-quality whiskey that’s been rated one fo the top 15 best craft whiskeys you can get for under $60 in the US.

CEO of the distillery Eric Dill said in a statement, “We realized that we are in the unique position to be able to help our community in this way; we are able to both make Old Pali Road whiskey AND produce hand sanitizer that meets WHO standards so that we can help our greater ‘ohana’ through this unprecedented situation.” Dill believes that a product will be ready as early as March 25.

Ko’olau drew inspiration from other distilleries in the US who are doing the same during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Texas-based distillery Bendt Distilling Co. in Lewisville, Texas, has also shifted gears from creating their flagship Bendt No. 5 American Blended Whiskey and is producing free hand sanitizer for their employees, customers, local law enforcement, first responses, Meals on Wheels volunteers, and nearby businesses.

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Azulana Is The First Sparkling Tequila On The Market

Canned cocktails have been quietly making a splash on the spirits scene in recent years. They have more flavor than hard seltzer without all the work of making a craft cocktail at home. Pure Azul Beverage Company recently launched its entry into the market with Azulana, a ready-to-drink sparkling tequila beverage.

It is said to be the first sparkling ready-to-drink beverage crafted using 100% blue agave tequila on the market. “Our goal was to take a spirit so rich in heritage and offer it in a way that ultimately speaks to today’s modern tequila enthusiast,” says Henry Morita, CEO and Co-Founder of Azulana. “We are incredibly proud to introduce this contemporary, craft cocktail to consumers.”

Tequila sales in the U.S. continue to grow, In 2017, the US saw an 8.5% increase in tequila liter sales over the previous year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Likewise, the demand for ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages continues to rise rapidly. Canned wine alone now represents a near $50 million business.

Produced in Guadalajara, Mexico, the decision to produce Azulana in the region (known as the “birthplace of tequila”) was crucial to the brand, as they aimed to authentically integrate the region’s rich heritage and history, while also contributing to the local economy through its production, manufacturing and distribution.

In support of the farmers that make the product possible, the brand has developed a program that will include donating 5% of all profits to initiatives within Former Mexican President Vincente Fox’s Foundations, including CentroFox and Crisma, which offers pediatric rehabilitation, mechanotherapy, hydrotherapy, and speech therapy for adults and children.

Available in original, lime and pineapple rosemary, each 12-oz. can of Azulana is 4.3% ABV and contains 145 calories.