The Elixir Mini Bar

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Gear: The Elixir Mini Bar is two-in-one mini bar with simple features. It keeps a few bottles of booze, utensils, and drinkware hidden until ready to use. Handcrafted of solid, sustainable acacia wood, the compact frame tucks right next to your sofa on u-shaped legs. Flip it open and both sides double down as a self-serve bar to showcase your curated bottle collection; lower ledge hosts glasses. When not in use as a bar it can be used as a end table or any other use you have for a solid surface. It’s simple and functional. Get it here.


Popcorn Sutton Distilling Introduces New Bottle and Identity

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NEWPORT, Tennessee. – – Popcorn Sutton Distilling today announced the release of a new name and bottle for its leading Popcorn Sutton™brand, which was distilled legally for the first time beginning in 2010 with the purpose of continuing Popcorn Sutton’s legacy.

The specialty product, which recently won a Masters Medal at The Global American Whiskey Masters 2015 presented by , has officially been branded Popcorn Sutton The Original Small Batch Recipe™, and it will now be found in the Tennessee or Craft Whiskey sections of participating liquor stores across the country. The new bottle is designed to drive awareness of Popcorn Sutton among whiskey consumers at bars nationwide.

“It’s important to note that the 100-year-old recipe, production process and premium quality of the product have not changed,” says Peter Gyimesi, Chief Marketing Officer, Popcorn Sutton Distilling. “We believe the name, legacy and quality of Popcorn Sutton transcends a classification as moonshine, and the phrase The Original Small Batch Recipe better ties back to the genuine authenticity and legacy of what is a truly great American white spirit.”

The new name and packaging will be launched in August 2015 and will be phased in gradually throughout 2015.

Popcorn Sutton The Original Small Batch Recipe™ takes its name from its creator, Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, a legendary bootlegger from Cocke County, Tennessee. Using a 100-year-old family recipe passed down through three generations, Popcorn made his “likker” by hand in the backwoods of Tennessee, selling it out of the back of his Ford Model A truck. He gained notoriety throughout the South for the quality of his product and his various run-ins with law enforcement. Ultimately, in a final act of defiance towards federal authorities, Popcorn committed suicide in 2009 rather than surrender for a prison sentence for the illegal production of liquor.

Today, Popcorn Sutton is made 100% in house, from grain mashing through bottling, at the company’s new 50,000 sq. ft. distillery in Newport, Tennessee, located just a few miles from Popcorn’s home. Under the direction of new Master Distiller, John Lunn, the product is made using the same original small batch recipe and utilizing three copper pot stills, custom made to Popcorn’s historical design, further underscoring its authenticity.

“We have tried to carry on the Popcorn Sutton legacy the best way we know how, from building a new distillery in Popcorn’s hometown to hiring one of the top master distillers in the industry,” said Megan Browning Kvamme, CEO of Popcorn Sutton Distilling. “Today’s announcement is another step in continuing Popcorn’s tremendous legacy and will go a long way in further elevating the Popcorn Sutton brand and positioning the company for the future.”

Popcorn Sutton The Original Small Batch Recipe Sutton™ will be available in 25 states across the Southeast and Midwest with new locations and markets being added regularly. The product’s retail price ranges between $24.99 and $29.99.

For more information or to check product availability, visitwww.popcornsutton.com.


Catoctin Creek Arriving Autumn 2015 in Australia

Arriving Autumn 2015 in Australia.

August 17, 2015, Purcellville, Virginia / Gold Coast, Australia – Catoctin Creek has expanded its international distribution into Australia and New Zealand through Challenger Beverages Pty Ltd. The products available in Australia will be:

  • Roundstone Rye, 80 proof (40% ABV), 750 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, 92 proof (46% ABV), 750 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, CASK PROOF (58% ABV), 750 mL
  • Watershed Gin, 92 proof (46% ABV), 750 mL
  • and limited quantities of Catoctin Creek’s line of brandies and Mosby’s Spirit

Catoctin Creek’s products will initially launch in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Distribution into other regions of the country is available through Challenger Beverages’ network of preferred partners.

“We are delighted to have our spirits reach the continent of Australia, and we are thrilled to be partnered with Challenger Beverages,” remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. “Catoctin Creek continues to grow our international export business, as American craft spirits continue to be very hot abroad. Our hand-crafted, small batch products have received numerous international awards, and this order is further proof of the excellence of our products.”

Challenger Beverages is a specialty supplier of premium liquor products in Australia and New Zealand. “We are excited to have the range of Catoctin Creek products in our portfolio,” remarked Scott Garnett, founder of Challenger Beverages. “We’ve tasted a lot of whiskey in our search for the brand we’d like to represent, and Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye is amazing and clearly stood above the crowd. We knew we had a winner! The Watershed Gin, not to be outdone, adds a dynamic new American style gin, which we are confident will be of great appeal across the bars and liquor stores of Australia.”

The Catoctin Creek products are in transit by sea, and expected to be in country by mid-September 2015.

About Challenger Beverages: Challenger Beverages is a wholesale liquor distribution company whose aim is to create and represent brands which redefine the categories in which they operate. Challenger Beverages is the exclusive distributor of Ron de Jeremy Rum, Purity Vodka, Hedonist Cognac, Diplôme Dry Gin, Origenes Rum, SX Tequilas and now the Catoctin Creek portfolio. Contact Challenger at info@challengerbeverages.com or visit www.challengerbeverages.com.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at info@catoctincreek.com or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.



KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION HONORS REP. DENNIS KEENE WITH COVETED “100 PROOF AWARD”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association yesterday honored Rep. Dennis Keene with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for his successful six-year effort in passing legislation that requires ignition interlocks for drunken drivers.

“Rep. Keene’s patience and perseverance on this key responsibility issue has been phenomenal,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “This new law is a tough tool in the fight against drunk driving and will save lives across the Commonwealth.

“The KDA and its 28 members applaud Rep. Keene on his tireless efforts and personal dedication to this cause. We were proud to have been a strong supporter of this measure in the 2015 General Assembly and are honored to present him with this award.”

Senate Bill 133 requires individuals convicted of repeated drunk driving offenses to install an ignition interlock device to test operators’ breath before allowing the engine to start. It’s the first time such devices are mandatory in the Commonwealth.

Rep. Keene, who chairs the House Licensing and Occupations Committee, nearly lost his daughter Kelly Keene Jones in a drunken driving accident in 2002. She required three surgeries to overcome her injuries and is now an outspoken advocate for tougher DUI laws.

“I’d like to thank the Kentucky Distillers’ Association for this award and commend their leadership in this measure and their continued efforts to promote the responsible and moderate use of their products,” Rep. Keene said.

“As you know, my daughter was nearly killed by a drunk driver. This legislation will save lives and protect more Kentuckians from the dangers of drinking and driving. I deeply appreciate the KDA’s support and look forward to working with them more.”

KDA Board Directors and member executives presented Rep. Keene with a commemorative “100 Proof Award” barrel head in a ceremony yesterday at Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville.

Rep. Keene, D-Wilder, is only the fourth person to ever receive the award, which the KDA created in 2009 to recognize elected officials who demonstrate tremendous care, diligence and initiative in promoting and protecting Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry.

Nominees must receive a unanimous vote of both the KDA’s Governmental Affairs Advisory Group and the KDA Board of Directors. It is the highest honor that the state’s iconic Bourbon industry gives to elected officials.

Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, received the first “100 Proof Award” for her tireless efforts in the 2010 legislative session to modernize Kentucky’s Bourbon sampling laws. Gov. Steve Beshear earned the award in 2012 for his leadership and global support of the industry.

Senate President Robert Stivers received the award last year for his bold leadership in the 2014 legislative session that led to the passage of several of the KDA’s top priorities, including the Bourbon Barrel Reinvestment Tax Credit.

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft and strengthening Kentucky’s rightful place as the one, true authentic home for Bourbon.

Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a thriving $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and pours $166 million into state and local coffers each year.

“With great Bourbon comes great responsibility, and our members are united in their stance against drunken driving and underage drinking,” Gregory said. “We look forward to working with Kentucky leaders to further promote the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits.”


JIM BEAM ADDS MORE REFRESHMENT TO FLAVOR PORTFOLIO WITH RELEASE OF JIM BEAM® APPLE

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Today, Jim Beam® officially announces the launch of its latest flavored whiskey from the world’s No. 1 bourbon – new Jim Beam® Apple – which contains all the pride and heritage from the Beam family’s 220-year history.

With a refreshing take on family tradition, Jim Beam distillers have brought together the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The result is a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, with a light, juicy twist. The Signature Cocktail, “Jim Beam Apple and Soda,” mixes Jim Beam Apple and club soda over ice, with a wedge of lemon, for a delicious, refreshing cocktail all year round.

“As category leaders in bourbon innovation, we take pride in delivering flavors that complement the tasting notes of the world’s No. 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon,” said Gigi DaDan, Senior Director of Jim Beam. “With Jim Beam Apple and the ‘Jim Beam Apple and Soda,’ we are bringing another option to both whiskey fans and those looking to discover new refreshing cocktails.”

“My family’s been making history since we started distilling bourbon in 1795,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “With Jim Beam Apple and our other flavored products, we continue to make even more history as we introduce more people to the delicious taste of ‘America’s Native Spirit.’”

About Jim Beam® Apple

  • Bottled at 70-proof, new Jim Beam Apple contains apple liqueur that’s been blended with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
  • Jim Beam Apple has a juicy, fresh green apple taste with a balance of tart and sweet, and with subtle oak undertones, with a lingering apple finish with a touch of oak.
  • Jim Beam Apple has a fresh crisp green apple aroma with a golden honey color.
  • Jim Beam Apple is best enjoyed with club soda as a “Jim Beam Apple and Soda”, or on-the-rocks.
  • Jim Beam Apple joins the brand’s existing flavored whiskey portfolio already in-market, including:
    • Jim Beam® Kentucky Fire™, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Cinnamon Liqueur
    • Jim Beam® Honey, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Real Honey and Liqueur
    • Jim Beam® Maple, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Natural Flavors
    • Red Stag by Jim Beam® Black Cherry, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Natural Flavors

New Jim Beam Apple has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for 750mL, and is now available in bars and retail locations nationwide.Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 100mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L and 1.75L.

For more information about Jim Beam Apple, “like” our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JimBeam), follow us on Twitter (@jimbeam) or visithttp://www.jimbeam.com.

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Barrell Bourbon Whisky Advocate Top 5 Whiskey

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Whisky Advocate’s Lew Bryson rated Barrell Whiskey Batch 001 a 92/100 to make it the #4 rated whiskey for the Fall 2015 issue. Bryson describes Barrell Whiskey as “…maple syrup, well-browned popovers, and Canada mint lozenges in a boozy-hot nose. Richly sweet on the palate: pastry dough, hints of anise, buttery and slightly-burnt cornbread, syrupy dark fruits: complex, rich, delicious. Water brings out more of the dough and tames the heat. Delicious, unique, intriguing…” Lew Bryson is the managing editor of America’s leading whiskey magazine, Whisky Advocate, and author of Tasting Whiskey.

The ratings and short tasting notes for Barrell are available here. Look out for the full review in the Fall 2015 issue of Whisky Advocate.

Barrell Goes West

We continue to expand across the country! Barrell Bourbon is now available in Illinois and North Carolina. Check out our where to buy page to find a retailer near you or one who will ship our products directly to you. If you want to help us get our whiskey into your local liquor store send us a message and tell us where you live. Every state has different laws about liquor sales and distribution, and some states are easier to get into than others, but we will do our best to get our products to you.

On the Road

Barrell Bourbon and Whiskey will be on tour as part of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Tour. Barrell Bourbon Batch 004 and Barrell Whiskey Batch 001 both won the prestigious Double Gold medal in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Double Gold medal, not easily attained, is given to entrants that unanimously receive a gold medal by the tasting panel. Judging is by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized spirits experts and is based on a blind, consensual procedure. As part of the tour we’ll be in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Dallas, and Seattle. Check our events page in the next few weeks for more details.

Tennessee Barrell

Barrell Bourbon is starting to show up on shelves in Tennessee. Thanks for the social media shout outs from Harvest Wine Market and Belle Meade Wine & Spirits in Nashville. To find other locations in Tennessee check the map.

The Latest Batches

Bourbon Batch 004 is now available at retail stores in Illinois, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. Bourbon Batch 005 has been spotted in Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Oregon, and should be should be showing up in New Jersey and New York any week now. We’ll keep you posted.


Mantry Craft Cocktails Kit

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Drink: Craft cocktail mixers have been seeing a rise in popularity lately, and for good reason. They are delicious and give you the opportunity to a top notch cocktail in the comfort of your own home. Now this becomes easier with the Mantry Craft Cocktails kit. A small company based in New York, they select a collection of top-notch American mixers and deliver them to your door. How could you go wrong with that? On Kickstarter here.


Whiskey Island for Sale, a Prohibition-Era Whiskey Hideout

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Whiskey Island is for sale. This amazing private island is 3.1 acres and features a main lodge with 8 bedrooms, a guest cottage, deepwater docks, swim deck, a new 2 slip boathouse, and a cool back story. The island was used during prohibition to sneak whiskey to New York from Canada. We wanted to share the information with you, chances are you don’t have $3 million laying around to buy a private island but if you do, here’s a link.


Spirit Hound Distillers to Release First Bottles of Aged Whisky

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(Lyons, Colorado) – On Saturday, August 22, Spirit Hound Distillers will release the first bottles of its years-in-the-making Straight Malt Whisky.

The small-batch distiller is bottling five 53-gallon oak barrels of Straight Malt Whisky that were filled prior to the historic September 2013 floods that did severe damage to Lyons and other parts of Colorado.

“Two years ago when our town got hit by the flood and our distillery was under three feet of water,” says head distiller and co-founder Craig Engelhorn, “I was worried this whole thing might go down the drain. To finally be releasing this whisky and have it turn out so well, it’s very satisfying for us.”

This whisky will only be available for sale at the Spirit Hound distillery and tasting room at 4196 Ute Highway (State Road 66), 1 mile east of downtown Lyons.

The first bottles go on sale at the distillery’s Straight Malt Whisky release party on August 22. The event starts at 11 AM and runs until 11 PM, there will be a one-bottle-per-person limit on Straight Malt Whisky purchases.

The event will also feature live music, food from local food trucks, cocktails made with the full lineup of Spirit Hound spirits, and more.

Since opening in 2012, Spirit Hound has been selling its acclaimed Spirit Hound Gin, Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur, Mountain Bum Rum, and an un-aged version of its whisky called White Dog Moonshine.

“But this is why we started Spirit Hound, to make Colorado whisky,” says Wayne Anderson, a Spirit Hound co-founder and the company’s director of business development. “We’ve survived the flood and are ready to release ‘the Hound.’”

“The wait has been excruciating,” Anderson adds. “The flood was bad enough, of course. But we had to recover from that and then walk around these barrels every day for another couple of years.”

The spirit is distilled from an all-malt recipe made from Colorado-grown malted barley and a dash of peat-smoked malted barley, all grown and malted by Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, Colorado.

The spirit was double distilled at Spirit Hound on two handmade, built-from-scratch stills (including a Scottish pot-style still) designed by Engelhorn and constructed by Engelhorn and his partners.

Straight Malt Whisky was aged for over two years in new, fully charred American oak barrels. The whisky is bottled in an unblended, “single-barrel” fashion.

“It reflects our small-batch nature,” Engelhorn says of the unblended spirit, “and it showcases the subtle differences between each barrel. The fact is they all turned out very well, even better than I had hoped.”

Spirit Hound’s Straight Malt Whisky features aromas of oak and toffee, flavors of caramel, turbinado sugar and light smoke, and a silky body.

“It’s buttery and smooth,” Engelhorn says, “and it has a soft and slightly sweet finish. It’s 90 proof and flood proof.”

“My goal with the peat level,” Engelhorn notes, “was for it to be approachable enough for newbie whisky drinkers, but present enough to satisfy single malt scotch drinkers.”

“From the start,” he adds, “we’ve committed to doing things the right way. We’re not rushing things, we’re not bringing in other whisky to relabel or blend with ours. I hope the consumers appreciate the time and effort we’ve put into this.”

Due to the significant problems caused by the 2013 flood, Spirit Hound’s whisky production was interrupted for about six months. Because of that, the distillery’s next release of aged whisky will not take place until early 2016.

Spirit Hound was founded in 2012 by friends, Lyons residents and Boulder County businessmen Craig Engelhorn, Wayne Anderson, Matt Rooney, Neil Sullivan and Rick England.

The group set out to put Lyons on the US distilling map with a range of small-batch spirits topped by a signature gin and a straight malt whisky. The Spirit Hound tasting room is a popular destination for lovers of distilled spirits and cocktails.

Learn more at www.spirithounddistillers.com .