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Product Spotlight: Popcorn Suttons Tennessee White Whiskey

Tennessee Whiskey Legend, Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a third generation Moonshiner that lived and distilled his whiskey in Cocke County, Tennessee, but also claimed North Carolina as home.

Popcorn was well known throughout the South and beyond for making the best damn “likker” anyone had ever tasted. Popcorn lived life on his own terms, did and said whatever the hell he wanted and always had a trick up his sleeve.

On March 16th 2009, while facing 18 months in federal prison for making moonshine (not paying taxes on his whiskey), he decided to take his own life rather than go to prison.

Popcorn believed in his whiskey and the traditions he lived and ultimately died for. Even in the midst of his impending prison sentence, he managed to ensure that his life’s work would continue by passing on his whiskey-making tradition to me.

Popcorn knew he was the last true moonshiner and before his death, he taught me, “The Grocery Boy”, his secret recipes as well as the tradition and craft that made his whiskey world-renowned.

Celebrating the legacy of a whiskey making legend and my mentor, I’m proud to bring you America’s Rebel Spirit exactly the way Popcorn made it.




Company: Popcorn Sutton Distilling
Brand: Popcorn Suttons
Origin: USA
Category: Liquor
Alcohol Volume: 46.5%
Packaging: 750ml
Price: $29.00 USD
Where to Buy: View Here
Website: popcornsuttonswhiskey.com



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Product Spotlight: Vampt Lean Machine, Low Calorie, FIT Beer


VAMPT Brands is pleased to introduce LEAN MACHINE Ale, the ‘Recovery Ale’, fit beer, expected spring 2014. Described as an ultra premium beer with natural flavors and essential Vitamins and minerals. 100% Bio Hydration.

Lean Machine is developed as a sport recovery, low calorie, FIT BEER.

We like to refer to it as ‘Recovery Ale’. The concept is pretty straight forward. It will be produced in Calgary and should be available (funding permitting) Late this summer.

Ingredients Review

In Lean Machine ingredients, there aren’t a lot of useless sugars and stimulants in it. Each ingredient serves a specific purpose for a faster and more effective recovery. The Lean Machine ingredients can be broken down into four main groups:

■ Muscle recovery
■ Electrolyte replenishment
■ Anti-Oxidant
■ Immune system

As you can see, after your workout, your body will recover quicker and more fully, leaving you ready to get back at it.


7 Vitamins
77 Calories
7g of Protein


About the Company
VAMPT Brands International, Inc. (VAMPT) is a privately owned Canadian company with a clear mandate to become a major producer and global distributor of innovative Ready-to-drink beverages (“RTD”).

The market for single serve, RTDs is expanding every year with new entries and flavors entering the market. VAMPT Beverages are well positioned to take advantage of the growing progressive Adult beverage category that is growing at double digits year over year in North America.

VAMPT is a NATURALLY INFUSED GLOBAL INGREDIENTS COCKTAIL. It features fresh natural ingredients selected from the Globe infused with premium citrus to create a unique, refreshing, exotic and naturally energetic beverage experience.

VAMPT is not an Energy Drink. It enhances your Day and starts your Night. NATURALIZE YOUR SENSES and RE-VAMPT YOUR COCKTAIL.​



Company: Vampt Brands International, Inc
Brand: Lean Machine
Slogan: Taste a New Ale
Category: Beer
Origin: Canada
Packaging: 12fl oz can (355ml)
Claims:  Gluten Free, Low Calories, Vitamin Enriched, Protein
Alcohol Volume: .5%
Websitevamptbrands.com, leanmachinecanada.com







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Product Spotlight: Fruitlab Organic Ginger liqueur


FRUITLAB liqueurs add depth and body to cocktails by bringing the flavor of whole fruits

Tasting Notes + Uses

bright + warm with a long, spicy finish
IDEAL WITH vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and beer
What’s Inside
fresh, dry and candied ginger, lemon, cane sugar


Greenbar Collective represents the world’s largest portfolio of organic, handcrafted spirits, including BAR KEEP organic bitters, CRUSOE organic rums, FRUITLAB organic liqueurs, IXÁ organic tequila, SLOW HAND organic whiskey, TRU organic gin and TRU organic vodkas.

But that wasn’t always the case.

When husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew began making spirits in 2004, they used conventional spirits and local, hand-processed produce.

Soon, their unique spirits won many awards. But Melkon and Litty couldn’t take all the credit. They learned their successes also hinged on some silent partners — the farmers who grew their ingredients. Several had moved to organic farming, resulting in more aromatic, flavorful produce…which led to more flavorful, aromatic spirits.

Their minds were made. ORGANICS HELD THE KEY TO BETTER TASTING SPIRITS. Today, Greenbar Collective produces and distributes the world’s biggest portfolio of organic spirits — all made by hand with real ingredients.

The environment also benefits because the company uses lightweight bottles, 100% recycled labels and plants a tree for every bottle sold. Cheers!


Company: Greenbar Collective
Brand: Fruitlab
Slogan: Handcrafted in California
Origin: USA
Category: Liqueur
Packaging: 750ml
Claims: Organic
Variants: Ginger, Jasmine, Hibisicus
Alcohol Volume: 20%
Price: $29.99 USD
Where to Buy: View Here
Website: greenbar.biz





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Product Spotlight: Mezcamaica Hibiscus, Agave & Mezcal Drink


Mezcamaica is a refreshing drink made ​​from mezcal, jamaica water and agave nectar.

It is a drink “ready to drink”, the percentage of alcohol is ideal for a drink that accompanies the food and also as a cocktail option for smooth, natural. and cheerful.

Our product is 100% Mexican, obtaining Matatlán mezcal, Oaxaca, Guerrero jamaica organic agave nectar and Jalisco.

Its formula is perfect for all tastes

The hibiscus adds properties
antioxidants and diuretic
excellent for the body

to be sweetened with agave nectar
Natural contains no sugar or
artificial sweeteners and everything
These involve also gives him honey
a sweet touch very soft

drink is a perfect blend
freshness, taste and tradition, not as
strong as mezcal (10% Alc.
Vol) and saves all its features
no need for preservatives or some
another chemical


Company: Mezcamaica
Brand: Mezcamaica
Origin: Mexico
Category: Alcohol
Packaging:  290ml, 463ml, 946ml
Claims: 100% Natural
Price: $146.94 MXP
Where to Buy: Click Here
Website: mezcamaica.com



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Product Spotlight: Bear Hug Vodka Infusion Cranberry


Inspired by the delicious infused cocktails enjoyed throughout the world, Bear Hug Infusions is a revolutionary new product which combines ultra-premium spirits with real, natural ingredients. Bear Hug Vodka Infusion Cranberry is a tart, subtly sweet spirit created by expertly infusing ripe cranberries with five-times distilled American grain vodka – there are no chemical preservatives, additives or artificial substances. Enjoy it neat, chilled from the bottle, strained into a martini glass, or poured over ice. Add a unique twist to your favorite recipe, or mix the infusions together for a truly creative cocktail!

About the Company

Traveling throughout the world with friends and family is one of our greatest pleasures. No matter where we end up, (even in the back woods) we frequently discover infused cocktails created with local flavors. Bear Hug® Infusions have come from some of the greatest infusions we have found in the West Indies, North & South America and Europe


Some of the remote destinations we have visited have never heard of the term “Mixology” for their local bartender uses the market down the road as a guide. These magnificent infusion cocktails have come from their local fare which includes everything from fresh fruits & vegetables to coffee and cocoa beans.

While the bartender is preparing your drink you can see them squeeze this, muddle that, crush, stir and pour… And then they hand over a drink, hand-made just for you, that drink with all its surroundings tastes like the most wonderful part of your day.

Using fresh ingredients to create a special drink is both their tradition and art. For us these concoctions with natures touch have become our Bear Hug®.

In creating Bear Hug® Infusions we sought to replicate and bottle the infused cocktails we have discovered, and share them with the world. So no matter where you are, grab some friends, raise a glass of Bear Hug® Infusions and toast to every bartender that helped inspire natures infused cocktails.



Company: Innovative Liquors
Brand: Bear Hug Vodka Infusions
Slogan: If it’s not Bear Hug®, it’s not a true infusion.
Origin: USA
Category: Liquor
Packaging: 750ml Bottle
Claims: No Artificial Flavors, Infused, Premium, Kosher
Variants: Vodka Chocolate, Vodka Cranberry, Vodka Espresso, Rum Wild Berry, Rum Mango, Tequila Chili Pepper, Tequila Mango
Alcohol Volume: 21%
Price: $22.99 USD
Where to Buy: Click Here
Website: bearhuginfusions.com



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Product Spotlight: Cruzan Rum Launches the Distiller’s Collection


DEERFIELD, IL, Sep 09, 2013 — This month, Cruzan® Rum unveils the Cruzan® Distiller’s Collection, a line of super-premium, blended aged rums. Comprised of Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum and the new Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, along with the popular Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum, the collection stays true to the spirit of The Don’t Hurry™ and doesn’t rush the aging process, waiting until each rum is aged to perfection.

The Cruzan Estate Diamond rums were originally created by Hardy Nelthropp, who served as Cruzan Master Distiller from 1959-2007 and bottled the rum to share with his close friends on St. Croix. Each rum is aged between five and 12 years and, like all Cruzan rums, is made from tropical rainwater, high-quality molasses and distilled to be the cleanest-tasting rum on the market.

“I’m thrilled for Cruzan fans to experience our Distiller’s Collection,” said Gary Nelthropp, President and Master Distiller of Cruzan Rum. “We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our aged rums, and the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy some of my family’s favorite expressions.”

Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum is carefully charcoal filtered and contains subtle vanilla and oak cask flavors, while Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum is expertly crafted to bring out the complex flavor of barrel-aged rum. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, one of the most awarded aged rums on the market, uses a unique blend of vintage rums that have been aged for up to 12 years and bottled one cask at a time. The term “single barrel” refers to the fact that after its initial aging, the rum is picked and blended before it is barreled for a second time in new American oak barrels and slowly aged again. All three rums are equally enjoyable neat, on the rocks or as a base in classic cocktails. Jesse Card, Master Mixologist for Cruzan Rum, created the following recipes to introduce the new collection to cocktail lovers:

Cruzan® Fig Pie
2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum
3/4 parts Orange Juice
1/4 parts 1:1 Brown Sugar Syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
1 tablespoon Fig Chutney

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg & skewered fig.

Cruzan® Winter Break
2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum
1 parts Pineapple Juice
1/4 parts 2:1 Muscovado Syrup (combine 2 parts Muscovado sugar, 1 part water)
5 parts Hot Peppermint Tea

Method: Combine rum, pineapple juice and Muscovado syrup in a toddy glass and stir. Slowly add tea to the glass and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and stick.

Cruzan® Sidecar
2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
A splash of Lemon Juice

Method: Combine ingredients and shake with ice in a mixing glass until chilled. Pour into a cocktail glass (a sugar-rim garnish is optional).

All three products in the Distiller’s Collection are available nationwide. Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Estate Diamond Dark Rum have a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum features a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750ml bottle. The Distiller’s Collection joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, key lime, passion fruit, coconut, mango and strawberry. For more information, please visit www.CruzanRum.com, www.YouTube.com/CruzanRum, like us on Facebook.com/CruzanRum or follow us on Twitter @CruzanRum.

About Cruzan® Rum

Named for the people of St. Croix (Crucians), Cruzan® Rum is synonymous with the spirit of the island whose unpretentious and authentic lifestyle proves that life — like our rum — is more enjoyable when you embrace The Don’t Hurry™ and sit back, relax and take things one sip at a time. The Nelthropp family, who has called St. Croix home for eight generations and runs the distillery to this day, crafts each of its rums with natural ingredients and a five-column distillation process. Cruzan® also touts one of the cleanest-tasting rums in the industry — a characteristic derived from crafting a spirit with low levels of fusel oils, a by-product of the distillation process which, if not removed, can taint the smell and taste of the rum.

About Beam Inc.
As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher’s Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.




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Product Spotlight: Iceberg Creme Brulee Flavored Vodka


Crack open your Crème Brûlée for the flavour of this classic dessert in glass, featuring natural cream and toffee flavourings married with the quintessential quality of Iceberg Vodka.


About the Company
Every year in Newfoundland and Labrador, thousands of icebergs break off from glaciers and travel south where they melt into the sea. This water is so naturally pure, even the oxygen liberated during the melting process is cleaner than what is naturally found on Earth. After much pondering on how best to leverage this pristine water, we came to the only natural conclusion: vodka. Sure, it might seem a bit extreme to go to such lengths to make vodka, but we recognize that one cannot live on a mediocre martini. Utilizing the purest water this planet has to offer results in the smoothest, best tasting vodka. And that’s worth every last drop.


Company: Iceberg
Brand: Iceberg
Slogan: When Life Hands You Icebergs, Make Vodka
Origin: Canada
Category: Alcohol
Claims: Made with Icebergs
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Alcohol Volume: 35%
Website: iceberg.ca





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Product Spotlight: Maccabee Pineapple Shandy


Maccabee Shandy Pineapple is our latest summer edition to the Shandy range. Shandy is a fun, easy to drink and refreshing malt beverage. Shandy was originally a traditional beer cocktail produced by mixing lager beer with lemon-lime soda.

In 2005, Maccabee Shandy was launched as a Ready-to-Drink spinoff of Maccabee Beer with only 1.9 alc/vol and became an instant success.
Shandy comes in four great natural flavors: Lemon-lime, Peach, Apple and Watermelon with limited editions launched each summer.

Today the Maccabee Shandy brand is the top selling RTD flavored alcoholic beverage in Israel.


About Tempo
Tempo is one of the largest and longest established beverage companies in Israel. The company manufactures and markets a variety of beverages: In the beer segment, the number one Israeli beer brand, Goldstar, the award winning Maccabee beer, and the most popular premium beer Heineken, as well as famous specialties such as Paulaner, Samuel adams, Newcastle and Murphy’s. In the soft drinks industry, Tempo is a franchisee of the Pepsi portfolio with world known brands such as Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Seven up & Mirinda. Other brands in the category are Jump and Cider HaGalil. Tempo’s water portfolio covers the entire spectrum: San Pellegrino as the category leader in the super-premium segment, San Benedetto in the premium segment and the locally produced bottled water Aqua nova in the mainstream category. Tempo’s XL is a market leader in the energy drinks category. A fully owned subsidiary, Barkan Winery LTD, is Israel’s second largest winery and produces both Barkan and Segal’s extensive wine portfolio. Finally, as of 2011, Tempo distributes the Pernod portfolio of spirits, Israel’s largest, with the world famous Absolut vodka, Chivas, Jameson and Ballantine’s whiskeys and many others.

The company employs a workforce of about 1,000 employees, and through its national distribution supplies its products directly to about 11,000 customers covering all market segments.


Company: Tempo
Brand: Macabee
Origin: Israel
Category: Flavored Beer
Packaging: 330ml
Alcohol Volume: 1.9%




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Alcohol Spotlight: Tequipal Tequila from Mexico


TEQUIPAL comes from the need required by such as important category developed as is the TEQUILA. Only people with over 50 years of experience in dairy products could dare to handle the agave distillate as one more of their inputs and thus achieve such exquisite product: TEQUIPAL (tequila-friend).


Rehydrated powdered milk, refined sugar, agave distillate, natural conservatives (ALC), emulsifiers, fruit extract, natural flavoring and coloring.


Company: Tequipal
Brand: Tequipal
Origin: Mexico
Category: Liquor
Packaging: 750ml bottle, 200ml sampler pack
Alcohol Volume: 17%
Variants: Coffee, Mango, Strawberry, Coconut
Where to Buy: View Here
Website: tequipal.com




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Alcohol Spotlight: Bookers Bourbon Introduces Its First Roundtable Batch of 2013


Clermont, KY (October 2, 2013) – Booker’s® Bourbon announces the release of its first-ever batch hand-selected by top whiskey experts – Batch No. 2013-6. Twenty-five years after Booker Noe handed out the first bottles of his namesake bourbon to his closest friends and family, Fred Noe, seventh-generation Beam Master Distiller and 2013 Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductee, is celebrating his father’s legacy with a rare offering. For the first time in the small-batch bourbon’s history, top whiskey experts will collaborate with Fred to help select exclusive batches of Booker’s® Bourbon.

Kicked off in August, Fred is paying homage to his father’s tasting tradition by hosting his own Booker’s® Bourbon Roundtable, consisting of a select group of whiskey advocates, writers and experts. This esteemed group participates in “virtual” tastings and discussions to handpick select batches of bourbon worthy of the Booker’s name. Not since the 1980s, when Booker started sharing his bourbon with his best friends, has such an exclusive group been invited back to the table to take part in this Beam family tradition.

“Nearly three decades ago, Dad would gather his friends around the kitchen table and taste his personal bourbon stash to determine which would become the next batch of Booker’s® Bourbon,” said Noe. “I’m proud to keep that tradition alive. For our first official batch from the Roundtable, we’ve selected a bourbon featuring robust flavors, with notes of strong spices and unique lush cherries. Accompanied with a long finish and a bold proof, it’s a bottle that warrants Dad’s name on the label.”

This year’s Roundtable consists of top whiskey advocates, including, among others:
- Chuck K. Cowdery, Blogger and Author of “Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered – Story of American Whiskey”
- Geoffrey Kleinman, DrinkSpirits.com
- John McCarthy, Spirits Writer
- Jack Robertiello, Spirits Writer and Judge
- Tony Sachs, Blogger, Huffington Post
- F. Paul Pacult, Editor, Spirit Journal & Author, American Still Life

Booker’s® Bourbon is one of the only bourbons bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered, and bottled at its natural proof, which varies from batch to batch, just the way Booker Noe enjoyed his whiskey. Crafted in small batches and aged for six to eight years in charred oak barrels, which are stored in the center of the rack house, Booker’s® Bourbon is hand-selected barrel-by-barrel by Noe to ensure every bottle contains a robust, full-bodied whiskey that has a taste, aroma and proof that matches Booker’s whiskey preference.

Available on shelves in early October, Booker’s® Bourbon Batch No. 2013-6 was selected based on the following characteristics:

• Proof: 126.5
• Age: 7 years
• Nose: Strong spices and hints of cherry and vanilla
• Finish: Long, smooth finish
• Sipping Suggestions: With ice or cut with water

Booker’s® Bourbon is available nationwide for a suggested price of $49.99 for a 750ml bottle. For more information on Booker’s® Bourbon visit www.SmallBatch.com/Bookers.



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