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Drake Wants You To Invest In His Whiskey

Brent Hocking and Drake. (PRNewsfoto/Virginia Black)

Drake has made yet another mogul move — and he wants you to join him in being a mogul, too. The Grammy Award-winning artist recently announced the intention to file an initial public offering (aka an IPO) that will allow people to invest in his Virginia Black American Whiskey brand.

The IPO is slated to begin at the end of the 1st quarter of this year. Individuals interested in learning more about the investment opportunity and registering an indication of interest, along with opening and funding their BANQ® account to purchase shares once the offering commences, can do so here.

Launched in 2017 with spirits producer and entrepreneur Brent Hocking, Virginia Black is an aged Bourbon whiskey that was voted one of the top 100 spirits of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast, earning a 91 point rating.

Decadent American Whiskey. (PRNewsfoto/Virginia Black)

There’s no denying the new-found popularity of brown spirits. Last year, brown spirits lead growth in the U.S. with American whiskey volumes up 6.8% and revenues of $3.1 billion signifying an increase of 7.7% in 2016.

TriPoint Global Equities, LLC, working with its online division BANQ®, will act as the lead managing selling agent and bookrunner for the offering. The company seeks to raise up to $30 million in its IPO and intends to use the proceeds from the offering to fund expansion, sales and marketing, and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

“Virginia Black is the perfect combination of exceptionally good juice in exquisite packaging at an accessible price,” says Hocking. “From inception, we wanted everyone to enjoy Virginia Black and are pleased to extend the opportunity to millions of Americans and other investors around the world to become part of the Virginia Black family.”

So, if you’ve decided to cash out early on Bitcoin, you can invest in a more tried and true commodity — booze.

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This Wine 101 Series of Charts Will Have You Looking Like An Expert [INFOGRAPHIC]

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner or you may have gotten a great bottle as a gift recently. Either way, it’s probably time to hone up on your wine skills. Thankfully, the good folks at Ship It Appliances have got you covered. These handy infographics will outline which food matches with which wine, which glass to use, and will even state why you should have your reds in a fridge.

Choosing the right wine is easier if you’re pairing it with food. Very dry white wines match well with fish and white meat as do rose wines. Sweet white wines and dessert wines match with many cheeses and dessert. A light red wine should be matched with cheese or white meat, while full-bodied reds should generally be paired with red meats.

As for glasses, most people aren’t that picky, but you want to serve wine properly. Reds should be served in a glass with a large bowl so the aromas can be released, while whites, a glass with a smaller bowl, to trap the aromas.

So, how should you hold a wine glass? You don’t want your white to get too warm or vice versa. The best way to hold a wine glass is by the stem. If you hold it by the bowl, your hand will warm the wine.

Wine, like good whiskey, shouldn’t be filled to the brim. White wines should be poured halfway, a glass of sparkling wine should be three quarters full, and a glass of red wine, just a third full.

As a general rule, white wines are served chilled and red wines at room temperature. For sweet and sparkling wines, you should be served much cooler than full-bodied whites. The idea that red wines should be served at room temperature came about before central heating, so that the average home was likely much cooler then than it is today. If you want to ensure your wines are always served at the ideal temperature, it’s well worth investing in a wine cooler.

Finally, both red and white wines vary in sweetness, from the bone dry to the super sweet. Here’s a chart to determine the sweetness of wine.

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What You Should Be Eating At L.A.’s New Restaurant Inside ‘The Belasco,’ Les Coulisses

The historical Belasco Theater is still to this day one of the most premier nightlife destinations in a city teeming with concert halls. The vibe at The Belasco radiates the mere definition of ‘hip’, and their new restaurant Les Coulisses is no exception.

The FOODBEAST crew had the opportunity to dine at Les Coulisses fairly soon after its opening – which is definitely one of the biggest perks of the job.

If there’s one thing you should know, it’s that a meal at Les Coulisses is designed to stick with you. When you walk in it seems like a normal, upscale restaurant, but about halfway through your meal, it’ll hit you – this place is fantastic.

From creating a menu that’s meant to be a hit among the most contrasting eaters to the attention to detail and exquisite plating consistent throughout each course, Les Coulisses has really done it right.

Here are some must-haves at LA’s hottest new restaurant.

1. Crostini Board

The Crostini Board will be the hit of the party. It’s hard not to love a plate of freshly baked crostini topped with all the flavor combinations under the sun. My favorite had to have been the one pictured – luscious burrata topped with roasted tomato and basil.

Others in the group flocked to the rendition with Serrano ham, melon, lardo, chicken liver mousse, and figs, and I certainly don’t blame them for it.

2. Crispy Octopus

This ain’t your average calamari, friends. First off, each piece of octopus was meaty and delicious, not fried to a crisp like it’s served more often than not.

This octopus was tender and artful, and served alongside vibrant flavors provided by fingerling potatoes, celery, tarragon, and a blood orange gastrique. The hearty octopus was balanced nicely by the starchy potatoes and pop of acid from the orange.

3. Moroccan Spiced Chicken Tagine

If your tastebuds weren’t awake yet by this point in the meal for some unknown reason, your first bite of this tagine will do the trick.

Think juicy chicken, tangy spiced apricots, aromatic chickpeas, creamy sunchokes, and almonds for some crunch. To describe this dish as well-balanced would still be an understatement.

4. Oxtail Agnolotti

These agnolotti are like little clouds of air. It’s apparent after one nibble this pasta is homemade and fresh. Each bite is filled with rich oxtail that’s complimented by some tart Granny Smith apples, slightly sweet butternut squash, and a luscious oxtail jus.

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

It wouldn’t be a FOODBEAST dinner if there wasn’t dessert involved. Not gonna lie, we ordered one of everything, but this was the sweet that really stood out.

This chocolate hazelnut torte was the epitome of rich decadence. Considering its components – chocolate cake, Nutella mousse, créme fraiche, and ice cream – this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. 10/10 best dessert I’d had in a minute.

Next time you’re looking for a spot in DTLA to grab a bite before a night out – or a show at The Belasco – look no further than Les Coulisses.

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This Bar Lets You Throw Axes Indoors, Seriously

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The holidays are behind us but you may still have some seasonal stress you need to release. If so, you can head to Brooklyn’s Kick Axe for a beer and axe-throwing. Yes, the kind of axe that they use to chop down trees type of axe-throwing.

Kick Axe’s Brooklyn location, a 7,000-square-foot venue that is the first of its kind in New York City and New York state, has 10 ranges for throwing. Each group of up to 12 guests is paired with an “ax-pert” who first explains the rules and protocols before taking one pair of throwers into the range at a time to throw. Axe-throwing is open to participants aged seven and above, as long as they have the strength and coordination to safely throw an axe as judged by the ax-perts.

In addition to axe-throwing, Kick Axe guests will enjoy a cozy lumberjack-style lodge, complete with Instagram-friendly spare flannels and faux hatchets.

“We’re thrilled to bring the experience of axe-throwing to Brooklyn,” said Kick Axe founder and owner Ginger Flesher-Sonnier. “Throwing an axe is a hugely satisfying, fun and easy experience. It’s about momentum, not strength.”

Those concerned about the combination of drinking and axes need not worry: Kick Axe’s staff has TIPS certification (Training for Intervention Procedures), a skills-based training program to responsibly serve, sell, and consume alcohol. Guests who drink must agree to do so responsibly.

Axe-throwing is a game of skill where players hurl a dulled hatchet at a wooden bullseye, and Kick Axe is looking to capitalize as they plan to open additional locations in PhiladelphiaOrlando and Washington, D.C.

A 75-minute axe-throwing session at Kick Axe costs $35 per person with online reservation. One-hour walk-in sessions are $28 per person.

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A Roundup of The Best Pop-Up Bars In New York City This Holiday Season

If Santacon isn’t for you but you still like to deck the halls with a good spirited beverage that’s #FestiveAF, then this is the article for you.

Holiday pop-up bars have become all the rage from coast to coast, but New York City seems to be the most festive. Below are just a few of the bars you should check out after Rockefeller Centre (because that place can be a madhouse).

The Holiday Cocktail Factory

As Willy Wonka said, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, LOCL Bar at NYLO Hotel has launched The Cocktail Factory. The space’s decor will be redesigned to reflect Roald Dahl’s whimsical style and guests can sip from a menu of colorful, seasonal drinks created by Muddling Memories’ Cody Goldstein.

The Violette, You’re Turning Violette  is a combination of tequila, pineapple and Creme de Violette. The Golden Goose is spiked with edible gold, glitter, and pop rocks, but my favorite though had to be The Goodie Goodie Gumballs (seen above) — tequila, St. Germain, cranberry served in a gumball machine.Guests can also have an adult version of the Fizzy Lifting drink in the Champagne Bubble Room or satisfy their sweet tooth at NYLO’s library, which will be converted to a sweets shop for the duration of the pop-up. In the spirit of giving, $1 from every cocktail will be donated to charity partner, Save the Children.

The Cocktail Factory at 2178 Broadway will be open through January 31, 2018.

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack

Photo Credit: Paola Beretti

Sure, Santa Claus is pretty busy this time of year. But, in his off-time, the big guy loves shredding swells and sipping on tiki drinks. That’s the premise behind Boilermaker’s SOHO pop-up bar. Surf’s up.

The Son of a Nutcracker features a blend of rums, Campari, coconut, passion fruit and fresh lemon while the Little Drummer Boy is their housemade hot cocoa, spiced rum, Amarula cream liqueur, and marshmallows. Not one to ignore the Jewish community, they also have the Hanukka-vana which includes rye whiskey, dill aquavit, coconut, pineapple, and fresh lime. Since the bar is named after the classic beer and shot combination, you have to try one of their xx boilermakers, which are all named after classic holiday characters like Kris Kringle (the classic seen above), Jack Skellington, and Ralphie Parker (the Hawaiian take).

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack at 13 1st Ave will be open through Jan. 1.

Sleyenda

A Christmas tree is lit in Brooklyn and is adorned with all the divas you can imagine — Mariah, Gaga, Britney, J.Lo, and Janet. And atop the tree is the queen herself, Beyonce. It, much like the rest of the decor at Brooklyn’s Leyenda, simply slays (or is it sleighs).

Either way, owners Ivy Mix and Julie Reiner have taken holiday pop-ups beyond Manhattan with their Latin​ ​holiday​ ​pop-up​ ​that​ ​pays homage​ ​to​ ​all​ ​the​ ​Queens​ ​out​ ​there.​ ​​Mexican​ ​Hot​ ​Chocolate​ ​is​ ​spiked​ ​with​ ​mezcal,​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​called​ ​The​ ​Sleigh Pilot (shown above) pairs​ ​Appleton​ ​and​ ​Wild​ ​Turkey​ ​Rare Bread Bourbon​ ​with lime, grapefruit, falernum, cinnamon, absinthe, and aromatic bitters served in an ornament​,​ ​and the classic​ ​coquito​ ​(Puerto​ ​Rico’s ​take on​ ​eggnog). The​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bar​ ​was also​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​a​ ​private​ ​winter chalet. A​ ​fireplace​ ​will​ ​warm​ ​the​ ​hideaway,​ ​which​ ​is perfect​ ​for​ ​last​ ​minute​ ​holiday​ ​parties​ ​and​ ​gatherings​ ​with​ ​friends.

Sleyenda ​at​ ​221​ ​Smith​ ​Street​ ​will​ be open​ ​through​ ​December​ ​24th.

Miracle on 9th Street

Photo Credit: Melissa Hom for Miracle

The one that started it all — at least as far as we’re concerned. Miracle on 9th Street at MACE has become a holiday tradition for many (including myself). The Lower East Side bar, known for its unique craft cocktails, gives its creations a seasonal turn.

Try the Christmapolitan, which includes fig leaf-infused vodka, cranberry, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, coconut water, spices, whey — lactose clarification while the Die Hard-inspired Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! features Plantation Barbados Rum, Yaguara Ouro Cachaça, Plantation OFTD Rum, purple yam-coconut orgeat and pineapple acid. Like sibling bar Boilermaker, Miracle also has a Channukah-inspired drink called the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, which is made of chocolate gelt-infused Reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, maple syrup, and black walnut bitters. There really isn’t a bad choice on their menu.

Miracle on 9th Street at 649 E 9th Street will be open through Jan. 1.

The Winter Room

Hanging out at a rooftop bar in Manhattan in December might sound crazy, but the eponymous named The Roof has turned its beautiful views of Midtown into a veritable winter wonderland — it’s also fairly close to all the classic NYC Christmas sites, so that helps.

In addition to its traditional cocktail and light bites menu, the bar also serves “Winter Warmers” like the Rooftop Toddy with spiced rum, hot apple cider, and a cinnamon stick; Central Park Sleigh Ride with Belvedere Vodka, hot chocolate, and vanilla; and The Snowday with Hennessy VSOP, fresh lemon juice, and honey. They also serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider, in case you’re hanging with kids or teetotalers.

The Winter Room at 124 West 57th Street is open through March 2018.

Rolf’s

Imagine a restaurant that thinks it should be Christmas all year around… just like that one aunt you have. Now imagine, it as a New York institution that serves great, traditional German food. Well, that’s Rolf’s.

The restaurant starts decorating in September and they stay up till spring. Their food stays the same, focusing on German classics like schnitzel and bratwurst, but they do serve festive drinks like mulled wine and spiced eggnog. They also have a really hardy schnapps menu, if you’re into that sort of thing. Good luck getting in though, as it’s one of the hottest restaurants to get into at this time of year for this very reason.

Rolf’s is located at 281 Third Avenue.

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Finalists Chosen To Travel The World For Whisky In What May Be The Coolest Job Ever

Earlier this summer, Grant Whisky invited three final candidates to travel the world with a suitcase full of whisky on a 10-day journey as part of The Greatest Job Interview in the World. Their journeys echoed the legendary trip undertaken in 1909 by Charles Grant Gordon, son-in-law of company founder William Grant.

The brand received almost 5,000 applications from candidates in 103 countries. Applicants were initially narrowed down to 20 who were flown from 13 countries to attend “The Mixer” event in Dufftown, Scotland, the brand’s spiritual home. After a series of challenges, three finalists — Amy, a Physical Education teacher living in Madrid; Danny, a whisky barman from Edinburgh; and Linda, a radio presenter from Johannesburg — were then each sent to three different worldwide destinations to “live the job” for ten days.

Between them, the finalists covered more than 51,000 miles, visiting 15 cities in nine countries across five continents, undertaking 20 international flights. They Segway’d around Tel Aviv, tuk-tuk’d across Mumbai, rickshawed across Taipei and soared by seaplane over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Amy mixed cocktails in Krakow while Daniel led tastings in Taipei, and Linda DJ’d in Colombia. Their ultimate goal was to bring to life the brand’s motto, “Stand Together.”

The successful candidate will travel to many more countries in 2018 to spearhead a series of special events.

 

Of course, there can only be one, as the new Grant’s Global Brand Ambassador will be revealed next Thursday (Nov. 30th) on Grant’s official Instagram and Facebook channels.

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Heineken Teams With Uber and Evite For “Drink OR Drive” Campaign And Incentives

With Thanksgiving this week, the holiday season is now in full swing and that means parties, drinking, and cheer. However, with good times comes the question, “How are we getting home?”

Heineken recently announced its “Drink OR Drive” campaign where they teamed with Uber and digital invitation platform Evite to provide discounted rides. Now through January 3, 2018, consumers aged 21+ in 11 cities can decide early on via Evite whether they will be drinking or driving at holiday events.

According to a global study by Heineken, 77% of respondents think there are circumstances where it is acceptable to drink and drive, while 49% get ‘caught up having fun’ and find it hard to plan ahead. Through this new partnership, the beer brand is encouraging everyone to plan ahead so that they can enjoy the holiday season more safely and responsibly.

“The ‘Drink OR Drive’ campaign aims to influence more responsible decision-making. This isn’t about discouraging drinking – it’s about rewarding people who are making responsible decisions early on about whether they will be drinking or driving during festivities,” said Stephanie Johnston, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Heineken USA, via a statement. “That’s why Heineken is offering Uber discount codes as a reward to consumers who make either choice. As long as you pick either drinking or driving – never both – you deserve to be rewarded.”

So, whether you’re planning your next fete or heading to one, be sure to be safe and drink responsibly.

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Rejoice, This Alcohol Brand Is Promising Hangover-Free Results

If you’ve ever been hungover, then you’ve likely promised yourself or your God that you would never drink again. However, V.E.S Vodka & Gin are promising to end that problem for you — if you drink vodka or gin.

The hangover-free Australian spirits will soon be available nationwide for the first time this fall. The vodka, formerly known as Vitamin Vodka, has been seen in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others for its restorative properties.

V.E.S Founder Darryl Tombleson created these spirits using a combination of all natural, organic ingredients combined with pure water and is based on a 1,000-year-old recipe. His goal was to create spirits that after you drink, you don’t have to worry about waking up with the effects normally associated with consuming alcohol. It’s been acclaimed by 1,000 testers to be hangover-free.

“We crafted V.E.S. Vodka & Gin to be as healthy as possible, for alcohol at least,” said Tombleson via a statement. “There are millions of people worldwide who appreciate what they eat or drink can impact their health. Or their desire to live the next morning.”

V.E.S Vodka & Gin is priced at $99 per bottle, which proves to be rather cheap when you consider the priceless feeling of waking up to absolutely no hangover symptoms after a night of turning up.