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Jack Daniel’s Canned Cocktails Are Here To Make Summer Refreshing

Jack Daniel’s is kicking off summer by launching a new line of canned cocktails in markets across the entire country.

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Earlier this month, Jack Daniel’s announced the release of these new cocktails, but has since updated their announcement to say the new mixed beverages are now available in stores.

There are three varieties of the new Canned Cocktails lineup, each with about the same alcoholic strength as a light beer (5-7% ABV). The drinks cater to classic flavors like Whiskey & Cola, Whiskey & Seltzer, and Whisky, Honey, & Lemonade. Super bummed there’s not an Old Fashioned variety, but these sound refreshing too.

For those looking for a low-carb option for canned drinks, the Whiskey & Seltzer variety has 0 grams of carbohydrates and checks in at 97 calories per can.

Jack Daniel’s just announced that the cans have hit select stores in many markets in the US, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Those looking for an easy option for pre-made cocktails that include whisky should find these easy to cool and then whip out any time they want to kick back.

Other markets and stores will continue to receive the mixed drinks as they roll out across the country throughout the summer. As they do, you best believe that a six-pack of that lemonade variety is going to end up in my fridge.

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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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Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey Gives You Access To Your Ancestry Through Limited-Edition DNA Kit

Alcohol may be the reason that some of us are here, but now one whiskey brand is helping consumers figure out where they’re from — literally.

To celebrate the launch of “The Beauty of Blend” campaign, Irish blended whiskey Tullamore D.E.W. has partnered with MyHeritage DNA to create a limited-edition branded DNA kit which will allow people to “uncover their own unique blend” or learn about their own ancestry. The kits will be given away through a gifting program and the Tullamore D.E.W. social channels in the coming months.

“We are built on blend. It runs through every bottle of our original triple blend Irish whiskey,” says Caspar MacRae, Tullamore D.E.W.’s Global Brand Director, via a statement. “There are numerous examples in the worlds of food, music and beyond where something beautiful has been created because of the blending of different cultures or ideas, and we think that is worth celebrating. The Beauty of Blend celebrates our belief in the spirit of blend – from the original triple blend in our Irish whiskey to the blending of cultures, rooted in our historic association with Irish emigrants around the world.”

This partnership is part of Tullamore D.E.W.’s new global advertising campaign, “Beauty of Blend” which celebrates the unique spirit of the blend – whether it be the triple blend of pot still, malt and grain whiskies in Tullamore D.E.W. or the blending of cultures and ideas throughout history. Reviewing trends of DNA testing from around the world, Tullamore D.E.W. worked with MyHeritage DNA to uncover that 99.7% of people have a blend of multiple ethnicities, meaning that only 0.3% of individuals sampled are of only one ethnic background.

The “Beauty of Blend” campaign launches with two new films. “No Irish Need Apply” is a film showcasing the history of Irish immigration in the USA, while “Danny Boy” celebrates cultural diversity in a way that is authentically Irish.

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Conor McGregor Looks To Knock Out Liquor Game With His Own ‘Notorious’ Irish Whiskey Brand

Conor McGregor  may have lost his much-hyped fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he appears to be already set for a rematch against him — this time in the aisles of your local liquor store.

McGregor is set to “take over” the Irish whiskey category with the launch of a brand called Notorious.

The Irish MMA fighter, who is nicknamed “Notorious,” announced that he would be getting into the spirits game with his aptly named Notorious Irish Whisky at a post-fight press conference.

While there’s no word on when the whiskey will be released or who McGregor is partnering with for the spirit, there does seem to be a small controversy surrounding the name. According to the bottle shown at the presser, its called “Notorious Irish Whisky.” Those who know their brown juice, though, know that “whisky” is Scotch, as in from Scotland. “Whiskey” on the other hand, can be from Ireland or anywhere else.

Coincidentally, Mayweather announced his limited-edition Tequila Avion right before last week’s fight. So, it will be interesting to see who is the undisputed champ at the bar.

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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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New Whiskey Honors First African-American Master Distiller Who Also Trained Jack Daniels

The roles of African-Americans in distilling hasn’t been widely known, but that may soon change with the launch of Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey.

Launched last month in Portland, OR, the brand is inspired by Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States, and the man who taught Jack Daniel how to distill. The descendants of his son, George Green, worked to ensure his legacy lived on in a bottle of premium whiskey.

Using local grains and the Lincoln County Process, a charcoal mellowing process Green helped perfect in Tennessee over 160 years ago, the Uncle Nearest team worked with two Tennessee distilleries still making whiskey the way Green made it. This process includes placing the product in new American oak barrels close to the same 110-proof Green was known for, and waiting until it is at the perfect age, taste, and color.

“This whiskey is meant to bring to the forefront the man who so few outside of Lynchburg, Tennessee knew was one of the most important master distillers in the creation of what is now known as Tennessee whiskey,” said Keith Miles, spokesman for the brand. “Having spent so much time with Green’s descendants, our founders knew their desire was to honor him with a premium whiskey made as close to his way as possible and bring it to every bar and spirit shop around the world, so everyone would know his name.”

Uncle Nearest also plans on launching a second whiskey, A Premium Silver, later this summer.

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Liquor Company Is Looking For Candidates To Travel The World In The Name Of Whisky

Traveling the world with only a suitcase full of whiskey may sound like a drunken “Amazing Race,” but Grant’s Whisky is looking to pay someone to do it — for a living!

Applications are now open for a few lucky souls to do a 10-day world tour which will serve as their interview to become Grant’s 2018 Global Brand Ambassador. Three final candidates will each travel to a trio of countries, ranging from India to Poland, equipped with the aforementioned suitcase to share with the friends they’ve never met.

The trip will parallel one taken by Charles Grant Gordon, the son-in-law of the founder of Grant’s Whisky, William Grant in 1909. Gordon, too, set sail with a suitcase of Grant’s to introduce it to the world. Grant’s chosen Global Brand Ambassador will follow in his footsteps throughout 2018.

The candidates will need a variety skills and wit to win. “The role goes way beyond being able to make great cocktails,” says Oliver Dickson, Global Brand Director. “We’re looking for somebody to embody the ‘Stand Together’ spirit of the brand and who can spearhead Grant’s into the next stage of its global journey.”

If you think you have what it takes, apply here.

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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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