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ST. LOUIS (July 18, 2022) – Limestone Branch Distillery Master Distiller Stephen Beam announced the upcoming release of 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Featuring a delicately balanced blend of 7-year, 15-year and 16-year aged bourbons hand-selected by Beam and aged in Marsala Superiore casks, the latest expression of Yellowstone Limited Edition will begin to be available in September with a suggested retail price of $99.99 per 750ml bottle.

Since 2015, Beam has produced a unique, limited-edition bourbon annually under the Yellowstone brand, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022, along with its namesake national park. For this year’s Yellowstone Limited Edition, Beam selected Marsala Superiore casks to finish select barrels of 7-year-old-bourbon to provide unique tasting notes to complement the extra-aged bourbons comprising this year’s Limited Edition.

Marsala Superiore is a dry, sweet wine produced near the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily and aged at least two years. A fortified wine similar to Sherry, Marsala imparts tangy flavors of dried fruit and citrus and is often used in cooking or served as a dessert wine. 

“I’ve been experimenting with different finishes for the Yellowstone Limited Edition bourbons, and I really fell in love with the impact the Marsala Superiore cask finish has on the overall taste profile of the bourbon,” said Beam. “Consumers can expect an aroma of dried apricots and honey with hints of tobacco; a body that contains dark-brown sugar notes, mixed with dried fruit, walnut and dates, with a hint of vanilla; followed by a lingering finish with hints of palm sugar and tamarind. It’s certain to become a new fan favorite.”

The 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition Is bottled at 101 proof (50.5% ABV) and sold in custom-designed bottles featuring embossing, a high-end natural cork and a label featuring the 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition emblem. Beginning in September, the full allocation of 10,000 cases (3 bottles per case) will be available at retail locations nationwide.

“We’ve had a lot to celebrate in 2022, including the launch of Yellowstone Family Recipe and the 150th anniversary of the Yellowstone brand,” said Caitlin Palmieri Jackson, brand manager for Limestone Branch Distillery. “Our 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition expression is the latest achievement to celebrate this year as the brand family continues to grow, both in terms of overall popularity and varietals offered.”

 
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We’re very excited to share that the second Booker’s Bourbon batch of its 2022 collection is here, better known as Booker’s Bourbon 2022-02 “The Lumberyard Batch.”

This batch is named in honor of the lumberyard that Booker Noe worked at during his pre-distillery years. While his journey to becoming a distiller wasn't exactly a straight path, it led him to his true passion.

After a short stint at the University of Kentucky, Booker hitch-hiked across America in hopes of joining the Air Force. After being accepted, the local police called his mom to verify his information. When Booker’s mom found out where he was, she convinced him to come home and work at the local lumberyard with Jeremiah Beam, also known as Uncle Jere. Booker was strong, over 6 feet tall and never backed away from physical labor of any kind, so he was a natural for the job. Booker gave 110 percent during his time at the lumberyard, which eventually landed him his first role working at the distillery. From then on, the rest was history.

Since that first day, Booker held just about every job at the distillery and worked his way up to Master Distiller. Booker’s esteemed distilling career wasn’t given to him, he earned it. His experience at the lumberyard shaped the solid work ethic and curiosity he is known for.

Like all batches of Booker’s Bourbon, Booker’s “The Lumberyard Batch” was selected by 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe to ensure it upholds the qualities and standards that his dad set for Booker’s Bourbon more than 30 years ago.

 
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For those who long for a taste of the rock and roll lifestyle without the trashed hotel rooms, constrictive leather pants, and weeks lost on a cramped tour bus comes How to Drink Like a Rock Star: Recipes for the Cocktails and Libations that Inspired 100 Music Legends (August 16, 2022; $19.99 USD/$25.99 CAD; Hardcover), the follow-up to the best-selling How to Drink Like a Writer (2020).

Inside, readers will find not only signature cocktail recipes, but also learn the history behind famous rock stars in contemporary history. Within the book, everything from what fueled Ozzy Osbourne’s bat-biting Prince of Darkness persona to Madonna's recipe for a perfect dirty martini are revealed. How to Drink Like a Rock Star is perfect for all lovers of rock and roll, and pop culture junkies as well.

From AC/DC to ZZ Top, the book offers 100 spirited drink recipes, as well as special sections dedicated to musicians’ favorite excesses, famous rock and roll haunts, and unusual hangover cures, all accompanied by original black-and-white illustrations of ingredients, finished cocktails, favorite food pairings, and photographs.

In total, How to Drink Like a Rock Star is sure to inspire, impress, and inebriate. Sure, becoming a rock legend takes dedication, connections, and talent, but it also takes vodka, gin, tequila, and whiskey.

 
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Ottawa, ON., July 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wine Growers Canada (WGC), Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC), Wine Growers Ontario (WGO) and Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW) are proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Canadian Wine Industry Awards, the 2022 Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Awards, and the Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award which were all presented during a virtual ceremony today.

This year’s distinguished recipients are:  

Canadian Wine Industry Award of Distinction - Gary Pillitteri
Canadian Wine Industry Champion Award - Debbie Inglis
The Karl Kaiser Canadian Winemaker Award – Paul Pender
Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Award – Marjorie King
Wine Growers British Columbia Award of Distinction – Josie Tyabji
Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award - Rafik Louli

2022 Canadian Wine Industry Awards 

The Canadian Wine Industry Awards, sponsored by national accounting, tax and business firm MNP, are presented annually by WGC and recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the wine industry in Canada, celebrating the success, leadership, and outstanding commitment in Canada's grape wine industry.

"Today’s Canadian Wine Industry Awards have showcased our diverse industry, and everyone at Wine Growers Canada is honoured to recognize the outstanding contribution, dedication and expertise that all of our nominees and winners have provided. Recognizing and celebrating these accomplishments is very important, to showcase the expertise and sheer hard work of our deserving winners," said WGC President and CEO, Dan Paszkowski.

The winner of the Canadian Wine Industry Award of Distinction - regarded as the highest form of peer recognition in the Canadian wine industry is Gary Pillitteri, Owner/Founder, Pillitteri Estates Winery.

“For decades, Gary Pillitteri has been known for his work ethic and initiative, with a strong sense of family, giving back to his community, and an unwavering commitment towards the pursuit of Canadian wine excellence,” remarked Paszkowski. “This award is a testament to Gary’s vision of building a world class winery and a true family business, with a devotion to growing the Canadian wine industry and producing wines that are sold around the world.”

The Wine Industry Champion Award, is presented to an individual who has provided exemplary support to the Canadian wine industry through media, policy or advocacy, was awarded to Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture (CCOVI).

“WGC is proud to honour Debbie for her exceptional contribution by focusing on the research priorities of the Canadian grape and wine industry,” stated Paszkowski. “Through hard scientific work and leadership, ranging from yeast to icewine, and being named Director of CCOVI to being crowned Grape King, Debbie is breaking down barriers and is an internationally recognized advocate for the Canadian wine industry.”

The Karl Kaiser Canadian Winemaker Award was created in 2018 to celebrate great Canadian winemakers, in honour of the legacy of the late Karl Kaiser, a Canadian wine industry pioneer and viticultural visionary. The recipient of this year’s award is the late Paul Pender, Tawse Winery.

“With roughly 20 vintages, and an impressive list of awards, Paul has crafted beautiful Canadian wines. His service to winemaking, his skills and talents, his passion and innovation, have all played a big part in not only helping create a love for wine, but also placing Canada on the world map of great wines,” said Paszkowski.

2022 British Columbia Industry Recognition Awards 

The Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC) Industry Recognition Awards are presented annually in acknowledgement of outstanding achievements and contributions to the BC wine industry. 

“It is always important to recognize individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to promote and support our industry. That is why today we are pleased to present our annual awards alongside Wine Growers Canada and the Ontario wine industry in order to honour individuals who have become stewards of the grape wine industry across Canada,” says Wine Growers British Columbia CEO & President Miles Prodan. “The storied accomplishments of today’s BC industry award recipients speak to how far we have come as an industry, and the bright future ahead for BC VQA wine.”

The Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Award was established in 2013 to honour a non-winery individual, business, or organization for support of the BC wine industry and BC VQA Wine through media, research, policy, regulation, education, or advocacy. Past recipients include Kurtis Kolt (sommelier), Tim Pawsey (wine writer), Jeffrey Thomas (BC Wine Authority), MLA and former Parliamentary Secretary of Liquor John Yap, and John Schreiner (wine writer). We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the WGBC Industry Recognition Award is Marjorie King, pioneer of BC VQA wine evaluation and Canadian based wine award competitions. 

“Marjorie’s passion for BC wine, sharing knowledge, and building community shines through her work developing the BC VQA sensory evaluation process, a vital contributor to the evolution of the BC wine industry,” said Prodan. “We thank Marjorie for her leadership role in building the reputation of BC VQA wine, today known for consistently world-class quality.”

“I’m honoured to accept this award. I was particularly fortunate to work with people who collectively had a vision for the future of a young Canadian Wine Industry,” remarked King. “It was their belief, determination, and willingness to work together that made my contribution possible. It is gratifying to see some of that belief come to fruition.”

Established in 2016, the Wine Growers British Columbia Award of Distinction recognizes a winery or grower representative for outstanding leadership, commitment, and passion for the advancement of the British Columbia wine industry. Past winners include Glen Fawcett (Black Hills Estate Winery), Howard Soon (Andrew Peller Ltd.), Harry McWatters (Encore Vineyards), Tony Stewart (Quails’ Gate Winery), and Vera Klokocka (Hillside Winery). We are proud to announce that this year’s recipient is Josie Tyabji, Partner at Gneiss Wines at the District Wine Village in Oliver, BC. 

“Josie has been a leading wine industry voice representing winery interests on local and national boards including as the first woman Chair of Wine Growers British Columbia (then the BC Wine Institute),” noted Prodan. “Josie was integral in seeing the industry through tumultuous times, and her continued involvement in BC wineries, including her hand in the establishment of Nk’Mip Cellars through collaboration with the Osoyoos Indian Band speaks to her never-ceasing commitment to the growth of the BC wine industry.”

“’It takes a village’ is what we like to say these days at the District Wine Village and that has always been something I believe in wholeheartedly. From the early pioneering days of developing industry’s premium wine focus post free trade, to now back to a boutique winery bringing in the 3rd generation with my daughter Christine,” remarked Tyabji on her 35+ year career. “When wine gets in your blood it becomes a lifetime passion, and when we are all rowing in the same direction toward our common vision we can accomplish great things. I look forward to the next chapter of wines in British Columbia as we continue to grow this incredible world class region together.”

2022 Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award 

The Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award is bestowed to an individual who has provided exemplary support for the Ontario wine industry through media, research, policy and regulation, education or advocacy, or significantly contributing to the overall strength and long-term viability of the industry. The award recognizes champions who are passionate about Ontario wine and industry prosperity, beyond those employed directly in the industry. “Ontario Craft Wineries and Wine Growers Ontario are very proud to announce the inaugural Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award winner. It is very important to our organizations that we recognize the significant contributions from people who make the success of our industry possible,” said Aaron Dobbin, President and CEO of Wine Growers Ontario. 

Wine Growers Ontario and Ontario Craft Wineries wish to congratulate Rafik Louli from the Liquor Control Board of Ontatrio (LCBO) on being chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award! Rafik is the Vice President, Retail Operations Division at the LCBO. Rafik was chosen in recognition of all the hard work and support he and the LCBO retail team have shown the Ontario wine industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for the support. “The COVID pandemic proved to be a very difficult time for Ontario VQA wineries. Keeping the LCBO open during those challenging times by providing a safe experience for their shoppers and staff was very important for our industry, and Rafik and his team were instrumental in that effort,” said Richard Linley, President of Ontario Craft Wineries.

“I want to thank the OCW and WGO for the inaugural Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award,” said Rafik Louli. “I wish to accept this recognition on behalf of our retail employees who demonstrate dedication and professionalism every day, and have been integral to LCBO doors staying open for Ontarians throughout the pandemic. The LCBO is committed to providing a best-in-class retail experience for our customers and we are proud to support the local wines made in Ontario.”

Congratulations to this year’s worthy recipients and thank you for your extraordinary contributions to the Canadian wine industry.  

To learn more about the Canadian Wine Industry Awards, visit WineGrowersCanada.ca, for more details about the Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Awards, visit WineBC.com and for information on the Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award visit WineGrowersOntario.ca.

 
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SPEARHEAD’S EXPANSION

Spearhead, the Black-owned African spirits group, announced it has raised $3 million. Funded by Pendulum, a strategic investment and advisory platform for founders and leaders of color, the investment marks the group’s entry into the US and will further power the company’s next phase of growth. Following a strong reception to the award-winning brand in European markets, the funding will allow Spearhead to accelerate its global reach, introduce new product lines and scale marketing efforts.

“With a lack of Black-owned African Spirits brands exported globally, we have made it our mission to connect the world to Africa through our spirits,” says CEO and Co-Founder Chris Frederick. “Our brands not only increase diversity and challenge cultural bias in the sector but being produced on the African continent allows us to show the world what Africans have always known about its culturally and resource rich continent, with products that compete on the world stage in taste and quality, as well as innovation. Pendulum’s investment will allow us to realize this vision globally; we are beyond excited about the partnership and their belief in this mission and the power of the African continent, and we’re excited to share this mission with the USA market.”

REDEFINING SPIRITS

Launched in March 2021 by co-founders Chris Frederick and Damola Timeyin, Spearhead is a multi-award-winning business with a growing portfolio of premium brands that include Bayab Gin and Vusa Vodka. After noticing a lack of diverse representation in the spirits category, as well as a beverage that highlights Africa’s heritage and the quality and craft of the continent, Spearhead was born.

The essence of Spearhead’s offering is a line of premium products with true African provenance, representing the best of the continent’s craft and produce that capture the vibrancy and creativity found in all corners of Africa. The spirits are distilled with bountiful local botanicals from across the continent, highlighting unique flavors of many of Africa's different terrains and countries.

Spearhead will also be joined by a group of strategic partners, including Kenny Burns, lifestyle specialist and long-time spirits industry executive with prior roles at CIROC and Grey Goose and equity stakes in Uncle Nearest and most recently Spearhead, and Donae Burston, founder and CEO of La Fete du Rose, the first entirely Black-owned rosé brand from St. Tropez, France.

“The celebration of the African diaspora is alive and well in the U.S., and we believe this authentic enthusiasm translates meaningfully to the spirits category, where community and storytelling are central to any brand,” says Robbie Robinson, Co-Founder and CEO, and Helen Wang, Senior Associate of Pendulum. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with Spearhead and its founders, Chris and Damola, to amplify the story of a truly differentiated platform that aims to embody and honor the diaspora. With this investment, we’re also thrilled to partner with Kenny Burns and Donae Burston, long-time industry veterans, to propel Spearhead’s growth and launch into the U.S. market.”

WORLDWIDE REACH

With 35,000 units sold since launch to market in 2021, Spearhead is a pioneering, Black-owned African spirits company with global reach. Spearhead has amassed accolades and on-trade accounts from London to New York, with a pipeline of new launches to come, including a much-anticipated rum and limited-edition flavored lines later this year.

Spearhead aims to continue to turn the dial towards fairer representation in the drinks market and redefine the industry for good. The group will also continue its investment in community development across South Africa. In partnership with the organization uMthombo, Spearhead will use this funding to help uMthombo get young people off the streets and provide them with life-skills training and a pathway to employment.

For more on Spearhead, visit spearheadspirits.com</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">, Vusavodka.com and Bayabgin.com

 

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