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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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KFC Serves Up Gravy-Based Cocktails To Hop On ‘Stocktails’ Trend of Stock-Based Mixed Drinks

Our friends overseas are just ahead of the culinary curve — like it or not. For example, KFC in Europe is encouraging customers to use its gravy in cocktails.

Building off of the so-called “stocktails” trend of stock-based cocktails, The Colonel and Co. have concocted three cocktail recipes with KFC’s signature gravy: Finger Lickin’ Sour, Gravy Mary, and Southern Twist (recipes below).

This isn’t the first time that gravy and booze have come together willfully. Last holiday season, Wild Turkey promoted their signature “gravyback,” which was their unique take on a pickleback. In their version, you take a shot of their bourbon followed by a shot of turkey gravy straight from a gravy boat.

So, if that sounds appealing to you and if you’re ready to make your own stocktail, go get some KFC gravy and have at it.

 

The Finger Lickin’ Sour

Ingredients:

100ml KFC Gravy

400ml Mezcal

15ml Cherry liqueur

25ml Fresh lemon juice

10ml Orange marmalade

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

One egg white

To garnish: thyme sprig

Method:

Pour the mezcal and the KFC gravy into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.

Place the glass into the freezer and freeze for three hours.

Once frozen, pour the gravy-infused mezcal through a strainer and clean cloth into a fresh glass.

Squeeze the lemon into the glass, add the marmalade, salt, pepper and egg white then shake again.

Pour the cocktail mixture into a Martini glass and sprinkle with thyme to finish

 

The Gravy Mary 

Ingredients:

50ml Vodka

20ml KFC gravy

Spice mix: 20ml Worcester sauce, three drops Tabasco, three grinds white pepper, pinch of celery salt, pinch of paprika, half teaspoon horseradish cream

15ml Fresh lemon juice

90ml Tomato juice

To garnish: celery, Popcorn Chicken

Method:

To create the spice mix pour Tabasco sauce, Worcester sauce, white pepper, celery salt, paprika and horseradish cream into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.

Add vodka to the spice mix and pour in the lemon juice, tomato juice and mix again.

Add in KFC gravy into the mix, stir all of the ingredients together and pour into a fresh highball glass.

Finish with celery and a small skewer of popcorn chicken.

 

The Southern Twist 

Ingredients:

50ml Kentucky Bourbon

60ml Fresh hot KFC gravy

Two grinds black pepper

Two teaspoons granulated brown sugar

Four teaspoons dried parsley

To garnish: parsley and brown sugar rim

Method:

Chop the parsley and mix with the brown sugar in a bowl.

Cut the lemon and coat the rim of the glass with it.

Dip the rim of the glass into the chopped parsley and brown sugar mixture

Add ice cubes and Kentucky Bourbon to your rocks glass.

Finally pour KFC gravy into the glass then give it a mix.

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Matthew McConaughey Directs Latest Commercial For Wild Turkey

Matthew McConaughey lives the life. He’s a leading man on the big screen and in recent years has began lending his signature Southern drawl to pitch cars (you know the commercials) and now bourbon.

Wild Turkey Bourbon, who made McConaughey a Creative Director last year, had him star and direct their latest commercial.

A continuation of its “It’ll Find You” global marketing campaign, the spot follows McConaughey as he strolls down a street with a bottle of Wild Turkey (obviously). At every turn he hears a familiar song — one he can’t get out of his head. Finally, he comes to two chairs in front of a fire and there beside him sits Davie, the musician whose song “Testify” has been playing throughout.  Throughout the spot, McConaughey narrates: “We didn’t set out to make a hit, we just sang our song. Real bourbon, no apologies. Wild Turkey. It’ll find you.” Well, alright, alright.

“This new TV spot demonstrates the cool ease and authenticity of this brand,” said McConaughey via a statement. “I met Wild Turkey’s Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell years ago, and I immediately knew something was special about this brand – they’re not afraid to do things the right way, even if that’s not the easiest way, never changing the formula to follow consumer trends. And if you live your life with the same principles, Wild Turkey will find you.”

Wild Turkey found McConaughey a few years ago upon his first visit to their Kentucky distillery where he was introduced to the Russells, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame father and son Master Distiller team who have worked at the Wild Turkey Distillery for nearly 100 years collectively.

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Rob Dyrdek, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy Rawle Launch Black Feather Whiskey

You may remember them for doing crazy stunts on anything with two or four wheels, but now Rob Dyrdek and Nitro Circus’ Jeremy Rawle and Travis Pastrana are now expressing themselves in a new way with the recent launch of their Black Feather Whiskey, an 86-proof American Bourbon.

“We founded Black Feather Whiskey for those wanting a whiskey with some soul,” says Rawle, who serves as the brand’s CEO, via a statement. “Those who aren’t afraid of hard work or getting their hands dirty. Those who want a whiskey that’s as much of a workhorse as they are. It’s about living what you love—finding that creative fire to forge ahead and make things happen.”

To promote the brand’s craftsman aesthetic, the Black Feather team will engage consumers with content and events highlighting the artists, creators, tradesmen, and doers who were forged by creative fires.

Black Feather Whiskey is a true American product — handpicked allotments from Indiana, bottling in Houston, and headquarters in Salt Lake City. “Luckily, our employees, barrels, and facilities are in good shape, but we do have several large orders that are on hold due to the road closures,” says Jay Williams, Black Feather’s Head of Marketing. “Southern California is ready to open as a market as soon as we get product on the road.”

Black Feather’s first American Bourbon offer is available in 750 ml bottle at $30. It is currently available in Texas and Utah, with California and Colorado and online orders to follow in the coming months.

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Halle Berry Might Be Ideal Drinking Buddy, Downs Half Pint Of Whiskey

Everyone loves Halle Berry… probably more than Raymond. She has it all: talent (an Oscar winner), brains, and have you seen her? So, what more could anyone want? How about a good drinking buddy? Well, Berry proved she could even do that last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con.

Berry was a part of the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” panel, alongside Channing Tatum and Colin Firth, when a pint of Old Forester Statesman Bourbon was placed in front of her. Apparently, it sat there for a minute until during the Q&A, when someone asked her what the better franchise was — James Bond or Kingsman. Instead of answering, she did this:

Impressive huh? But why Statesman, you might ask? Well, the bourbon was created specifically for the sequel to 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” as it serves as a front for the US counterpart of the British spy group.

According to reports, the barrels used to make bourbon come from the “warmest places in the warehouse.” There, the barrels can reach temperatures of 120 degrees, causing a lot more evaporation and a lot more flavor to be drawn from the wood, which consequently expands during the aging process.

Statesman is a rye mash blend with 18 percent rye, 72 percent corn, and 10 percent malted barley. On sale next month, ahead of the film’s release, the Berry-approved spirit will retail for $55.

 

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Some Fools Made Boozy Peach Tea Popsicles And #SUMMER

During one of the hottest summers in America, the Foodbeast team tries to stay cool as best as possible. So, we’ve prepared a popular frozen treat strictly for the 21 and over folks.

To get started, let’s talk about the three main ingredients you’ll need: sweet peach tea, your choice of a good bourbon, and of course, peaches (or white nectarines, whichever floats your boat). Next, soak some sliced peaches in the bourbon for a few hours so they can absorb all the alcoholic goodness. Add them to your pop maker. Then, fill the mold with sweet peach tea, top it with the holder, and set them in the freezer.

After a few more hours, the Sweet Peach Tea Bourbon Popsicles will be ready to cool your mouths down and hopefully get you a little tipsy.

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Whiskey Pancakes: The Tastiest Hangover Remedy To Date [WATCH]

A lot of people think that the best way to get rid of a hangover is to continue drinking the next day, a notion called “hair of the dog.” Unfortunately, drinking a Manhattan at 7 a.m. isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so Food Network’s Justin Warner and Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskeyhave teamed up to create the best version of “hair of the dog” we’ve seen yet: whiskey pancakes.

Reid explains how whiskey is made and where it gets its flavor and color from, but only after he and Jason enjoy a few sips here and there of some good ol’ fashioned Bourbon, the American name for whiskey. Jason returns the favor by showing Reid (and viewers) how to make the perfect Manhattan pancakes using vermouth and Maraschino cherries in the butter, then adding bourbon to both the pancake batter and the tangy orange sauce.

Check out the video below to get full details on how to make these amazeballs pancakes.

 

 

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SLICED CHOCOLATE Will Change The Way You Eat Everything

Chocolate-Slice-Bourbon

Bourbon, a Japanese chocolate company just added one of the coolest slices of confectionary around: Chocolate Slices.

Picture the store-bought slices of cheese you can throw on your sandwiches. That’s pretty much what these chocolates look like, RocketNews24 reports. Folks aren’t just throwing it on bread, though there’s nothing wrong with that. Rather, they’re finding pretty sweet ways to play around with the chocolate slices.

This includes throwing them into crepes, cakes and crackers. You can wrap them around strawberries or even drop a fat stack on some pancakes.

Unfortunately Fortunately, you have to commit to bulk bundles of the chocolate when purchasing online. Each minimum order consists of a dozen five-slice packs. At 3,240 yen ($27 USD), you’re gonna have to find somewhere to put all that chocolate.

Shouldn’t be too difficult.

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