We’re GLAAD That These Brands Exist: How 5 Companies Have Supported Pride Month

In an effort to create a more inclusive world, it’s thanks to big businesses that many consumers hear about LGBTQ+ issues for the first time. It’s because of their efforts through media, marketing, and special products that even the most isolated individuals are able to tune in to what’s happening throughout the world. Today we highlight a few brands that continue to support inclusion efforts. Check out what Absolut, Sally Hansen, Bud Light, ASOS, and Express has available for Pride Month.

Through partnerships with GLAAD, a non-governmental media organization promoting LGBTQ+ advocacy and equality, the following brands deserve special recognition for their nation-wide support during Pride Month. Check these five brands out when you want to show your support.

1. Express

Express Pride Month

When you want to look good poolside, Express has got you covered (literally). The clothing brand recently launched its Love Unites Campaign in partnership with GLAAD to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The campaign unveiled a completely new collection of 25 pieces of gender-fluid clothing options. For every piece of clothing purchased from the collection through July 15, Express will also donate 25% of its net income to GLAAD up to $100,000.

2. Bud Light

Bud Light Pride Month

No celebration is complete without a great beer. When you want to celebrate Pride this month, why not choose Bud Light’s new rainbow-inspired bottles?

But the Beer company isn’t simply releasing a new print for its boxes; partnering with GLAAD, Bud Light has released its first-ever rainbow aluminum bottles. Studies have shown that adding or changing a sign can benefit a business’ sales by up to 7%. For every case sold between May 27 and June 30, Bud Light pledged to donate $1 to the advocacy group for up to $150,000 in total donations.

This is in honor of the company’s 20-year anniversary working with GLAAD. GLAAD Chief Programs Officer Zeke Stokes recognized the importance of their partnership following their debut.

“For twenty consecutive years, Bud Light has partnered with GLAAD in its mission to accelerate acceptance of LGBTQ people,” Stokes noted. “Bud Light stood with the community at a time when many brands did not, and their continued outspoken support sets the bar for other global brands.

3. Absolut

Absolut Pride Month

If beer isn’t your cup of, well, beer, you can always invest in Absolut instead. The vodka powerhouse was the first spirits brand to throw its public support behind LGBTQ+ rights more than 38 years ago. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Pride, Absolut has teamed up with a number of organizations, local festivals, and activists in the community to accelerate LGBTQ+ acceptance.

Along with their social appearances, the vodka brand has also showcased a new bottle featuring a hand-painted rainbow flag design. To prove that their devotion to LGBTQ+ issues will last long after Pride Month, Absolut will stock your favorite store’s shelves throughout the rest of the year.

Best of all? The brand is also working to raise awareness and start a conversation about LGBTQ+ issues through its digital hub. Not only will this promote understanding, but the company also hopes that this conversation will inspire future endeavors for Absolut. Though the company undoubtedly relies on the help of the world’s 700,000 consulting firms on projects and manufacturing locations, getting this user feedback is vital for the company’s future success in sociopolitical movements.

4. ASOS

ASOS Pride Month

Express might be leading the charge for the middle class, but ASOS is truly a fan favorite among frugal fashionistas. As an online retailer, its managed to tap the global market of consumer spending where more than $2.86 trillion is spent each year online alone. Partnering with GLAAD for the third time, the online retailer has unveiled a collection of 50 new pieces in honor of Pride Month, including ASOS Curve and ASOS Plus styles.

ASOS notes that their collaboration with GLAAD has raised more than £200,000 in their efforts to date (more than $252,600 U.S.). This year, 100% of their net profits garnered from the collections will be donated to help GLAAD and their efforts.

5. Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Pride Month

Sally Hansen knows that good drinks and good outfits aren’t photo-ready without beautiful nails. In its newest collaboration with GLAAD, Sally Hansen has released its Pride Collection. The collection features six Xtreme Wear shades in strikingly bold colors that represent the colors of the rainbow.

Sally Hansen Pride Month

You can order the colors online or from your local Walgreens or Ulta locations. At the Ulta locations, you can also invest in the entire collection as a gift set for only $16.99.

Celebrating the organizations who do it right is essential during Pride Month. Since 50% of all customers enter a business because of its signage, it’s expected that similar numbers will buy a product because of its packaging. If we want to encourage corporations to continue making strides for LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy, recognizing organizations that are doing it well is just as important as calling out the corporations who are getting it wrong.

Kona Craft Beers

Celebrating the Summer with Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company

Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company graced New York City just in time for summer – introducing we “mainlanders” to some of their most popular beers offered nationwide.  We must give kudos to Kona Brewing for making light beers that are actually interesting! We had the opportunity to try Kona’s Tropical Pineapple Gold Cliff IPA, Big Wave Golden Ale, Kanaha Blonde Ale, and Longboard Island Lager.

Kona Craft BeersKona Craft Beers

Kona has brews that are available both on the mainland and some exclusive to Hawaii only. They brew more than a dozen beers a year, but the regulars are our classic ales and lagers available in all 50 states.

Gold Cliff IPA Tropical Pineapple

Kona Gold Cliff IPA Tropical Pineapple

Gold Cliff IPA draws you in with its beach and postcard-worthy dark brown bottle embossed with the Hawaiian islands. For those not familiar, an IPA is an acronym for ‘Indian Pale Ale’ – this is a lighter brown beer that typically has a very herby but subtle medicinal note. Every side of this vintage sized bottle gives you a nostalgic feeling of exploring the Hawaiian coasts – or at least watching amazing surfing films from the ’50s and ’60s.
Gold Cliff IPA is a great entry point to appreciating the distinct taste of IPAs – it is floral and fruity with a real natural pineapple flavor. It’s not too sharp but definitely not sugary sweet. I found this IPA very refreshing and totally get why they embossed “Liquid Aloha” on the neck of the bottle – this is perfect light IPA to put in the cooler for sipping beach-side (or poolside then beach side) on a sun-drenched day. I especially love that the bottle lists the calorie and carb content – for those who are actively counting – Gold Cliff is only  212 calories per serving.

Big Wave Golden Ale

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

Big Wave like a long cool drink from an oasis.  It is LIGHT and bubbly. At 4.4% ABV and 142 calories, each sip was refreshing and airy. Kona describes their Golden Ale as the perfect beer for after a day out on the water – it felt very hydrating. This is a chill beer for a low key buzz so that you can fully experience the environment around you and share the adventures of the day with others.

Kanaha Blonde Ale

Kona Kanaha Blonde Ale

For those who enjoy a low key sip, chill, and share moments, this Blonde Ale has the lowest ABV (4.2%) and calorie count  (99 calories per bottle). Although not sweet, Kanaha Ale is infused with a very small but bright note of mango and is palatable to enjoying with…dare we say it? Cannabis. Have you ever considered pairing beer with your favorite strains of weed? If it’s ever crossed your mind, the most important thing to consider is picking a beer and a bud with terpenes that won’t overpower each other in the aroma.  (Terpenes – (terps) in case you are wondering, are the organic compounds found in herbs that give it flavor). The mild and light tropical flavors of Kanaha are a great candidate for pairing. Kanaha would also pair well with grilled seafood and salads.

Longboard Island Lager

Kona Longboard Island Lager

For the traditionalists, Longboard Island Lager is a smooth, refreshing traditional beer, fermented and aged for five weeks for a smooth flavor. Another year-round favorite for the beach that pairs well with pizza, chicken, garlic knots, and many other party foods that will marry well with the beer’s hoppy aroma.  You can drink this lager goes with almost any meal. At 4.60% ABV, and 144 calories, you’ll make any of your friends happy you brought a few six packs to the luau.

Kona Craft Beers

Keep an eye out for their Hanalei Island IPA. After launching exclusively in Hawaii in 2016, Kona Brewing Company opened its refreshing fruit-forward IPA, to the U.S. mainland. The tropical fruit-forward brew features Passionfruit, Orange and Guava.

To find Kona Brewing Company beers near you, visit www.konabrewingco.com.

 

 

 

 

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Vinho Verde Wine Experience Returns to NYC for 3rd Year

Last year we celebrated National Rose Day by attending the 2nd Annual Vinho Verde Wine Experience and sampling some amazing rose, white, and red wines. Although the day of celebrating rose wine has passed, we’ll be returning to the Vinho Verde Wine Experience to enjoy its 3rd year of amazing Portuguese wines in NYC.

Herald as one of the most anticipated NYC summer events, over 30 top, specially curated wineries from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal will be on-hand to share their varietals. The day-long festival will feature three tasting sessions. Also with ever-flowing wine, sommeliers hosting informative sessions about Vinho Verde, mixologists custom curating delicious beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar, live music, food bites from some of NYC’s hottest restaurants, and a photo booth.

Vinho Verde Wine Experience

Wine enthusiasts and foodies can enjoy the following sessions on Saturday, June 15, 2019:

Session 1 VIP + GA: 12pm – 3pm
Session 1 GA: 1pm – 3pm
Session 2 VIP + GA: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Session 2 GA: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Session 3 VIP + GA: 7pm – 10pm
Session 3 GA: 8pm – 10pm

The wine event takes place in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at Second Floor’s amazing indoor and outdoor spaces, located at 849 6th Ave.  Some of the winemakers in attendance include Adega Ponte da Barca | Viniverde, Adega de Monção, Quinta da Lixa, Arcas, Casa de Mouraz, Adega Ponte Lima, Vecoope, Manuel Costa & Filhos, Encosta do Xisto, José Maria da Fonseca, Aveleda, Campelo, Quinta da Calçada, Enoport Wines, Provam, and much more!

Vinho Verde is a diverse region that produces many different types of wine: White, Rosé or Red, Sparkling or Spirits. Whether blended or single grape variety, dry or sweet, still or sparkling, floral or fruity, all of them have one thing in common: their authenticity and fresh flavor. Born in a coastal region, characterized by fruity and floral aromas, Vinho Verde wines have the perfect level of acidity, providing a long-lasting sensation of harmony in the mouth.

All wine tastings stop 15 minutes prior to the end of the session time. For more information including ticket purchase options and additional event details, head over to www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com. If you’re posting from or following the event on social media, use hashtag #VinhoVerdeWineExperience.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond

A Spirit of Authenticity: George Dickel Bottled in Bond Whisky

We’ve long stated that women enjoy much more than what’s deemed as “girly drinks” – you know, pink, sweet, and fruity. Many of us enjoy something a bit more complex and strong. Which is why we were really excited to experience George Dickel’s latest whisky release, George Dickel Bottled in Bond. Why you may ask? For many reasons, one of which is this newest release was created by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.’s General Manager and Distiller, Nicole Austin; the first new whisky innovation for the distillery.

George Dickel Bottled in Bond

We also want to continue spreading the word that women enjoy drinking complex and “hard” cocktails. As you can imagine you don’t see too many female distillers, so celebrating Nicole and her rich whisky. What makes this whisky so special?

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for George Dickel)

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for George Dickel)

For starters, if you can’t tell by the name, it’s a Bottled in Bond Whisky. The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was enacted in order to help guarantee a spirit’s authenticity and level of quality. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, a spirit must be aged and bottled according to the following U.S. Government regulations that include the following:

  • It must be the product of one distillation season by one distillery; the George Dickel Bottled in Bond is distilled by Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. at the Cascade Hollow Distillery, DSP-TN-2, during the fall season of 2005.
  • It must be stored in oak containers, a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision; the George Dickel Bottled in Bond is stored at Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, TN for at least four years (13 years old).
  • It must be bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV) and reduced in proof only by the addition of water to not less than 100 proof

orge Dickel Bottled in Bond

This 13-yr old whisky is bold, balanced. The flavors blend very well, without overwhelming each other. It can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite whisky cocktail. We joined a slew of George Dickel whisky lovers and Distiller, Nicole Austin, at The Robert Bar on Bond Street (of course) in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch. We enjoyed three delicious Bottled in Bond drinks at the event. The first was Neat to get the full flavor and notes at room temperature; On the Rocks to open up the blend, and of course, a classic Manhattan.

A 750ML bottle of George Dickel Bottled in Bond whisky is available for $35.99

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

We love and get excited about notable keepsake spirits bottles. While we always enjoy what’s in the bottle, we love the artistic expressions of the outside. One such bottle is the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition bottle. Last year Belvedere Vodka and Janelle Monáe hosted a brunch for Monáe’s grassroots movement, Fem the Future; a movement dedicated to advancing opportunities for women and those who identify as women, through music, arts, mentorship, and education. Following that event, a social media campaign asking the general public to define what “A Beautiful Future” was to them. The responses included optimistic messages of diversity, self-expression, inclusion, and empowerment. This collaboration birthed a global series of uplifting content and the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle.

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

The Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle boasts a metallic collage design that peels away to reveal the beauty within. This design detail illustrates the multifaceted character of both Janelle Monáe and Belvedere vodka. The final punctuation is the phrase “Beautiful Future”.  A nod to Monáe and Belvedere’s shared vision of a future where diversity, self-expression, and inclusion are celebrated.

“When I sat down with the Belvedere team, it was incredible to realize that they shared my passions of philanthropy, community, the desire to uplift others, my vision for a Beautiful Future, which is one where women feel empowered and are given equal opportunity,” said Janelle Monáe. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the brand on championing positivity and charting a path for a Beautiful Future.”

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

“There indeed was an obvious synergy between us,” said Rodney Williams, President of Belvedere Vodka. “This collaboration is a convergence of our shared beliefs: optimism and the power of the “we, not me” to bridge divides and make the world a more positive place. We’re looking forward to year two of this empowering campaign alongside Janelle with our beautiful partnered bottle.”

Belvedere and Monáe will reveal the limited-edition Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle at several events planned for this summer. Along with the bottle launch, fans have the chance to attend “A Beautiful Future” brunch this November, hosted by Janelle Monáe. Additional information on this brunch will be available in July 2019 at www.belvederevodka.com.

The bottle comes in 750ml at $29.99 and 1L at$37.99; both are available for purchase on www.clos19.com and in local retailers.

Clyde May’s Whiskey: An American Whiskey Legend

It’s a known fact that history is filled with legendary moments, but only a few possess an iconic history. One of those noteworthy historical moments is when World War II veteran Clyde May became a moonshiner. To support his family after the war, Clyde May turned to moonshining. He began producing and selling an unaged, right from the still moonshine which he perfected over the years into small-batch whiskeys. From the first moonshine batch up until 2012, Clyde May’s Whiskey was technically participating in the illegal trade of whiskey-making. Mr. May’s son, Kenny May actually produced the first legal batch of his father’s whiskey in 2012, named Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey.

Clyde May's Alabama Style Whiskey

We had the please of getting to know three whiskeys from the Clyde May’s Whiskey portfolio at an intimate tasting and lunch with Clyde May’s grandson, LC May. On deck for our tasting pleasure was the award-winning Alabama Style Whiskey, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Straight Rye Whiskey.

Clyde May's Whiskey

The 85-proof Alabama Style Whiskey is made using a mash bill consisting of corn, rye, and malted barley. It is aged 6-7 years in caramel-charred oak barrels and finished with a hint of apple. It is the closest to the original Clyde May moonshine from 1946 which featured baked apples to the barrels at the end of the distillation process. The intensely bronze-hued spirit is a medium-bodied spirit with hints of black pepper, anise, and oak. You will pick up distinct notes of caramel, green apple, and fruits on the nose. The original definitely packs a punch and you’ll love how smoothly it evens out. That’s why in 2004, it became Alabama’s official state spirit.

Clyde May's Whiskey

The 92-proof Bourbon Whiskey is aged 4-5 years in 53-gallon oak barrels and is non-chill filtered. It boasts a slightly reddish bronze hue and starts out very soft and smooth but finishes bold and spicy with a lingering presence.

The 94-proof Rye Whiskey is an earthy golden brown and the most intensely flavored of the three whiskeys. It boasts an abundance of floral, fruit, and spices that presents themselves in layers. The crisp zest of citrus is the first thing we tasted, with a robust spiciness following shortly. A full-bodied whiskey with a dry and peppery finish.

During the tasting, we enjoyed two classic whiskey cocktails – a Manhattan and Old Fashioned, accompanied by a savory Grilled Branzino which paired wonderfully with our Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey-based Old Fashion. The fennel and grapefruit vinaigrette in dish perfectly accented the spices and citrus in the straight rye.

It was such a pleasure to learn about the interesting history of Clyde May’s Whiskey; how the brand fully embraces and celebrates his creator’s past and his family. From its birth from moonshine to Clyde May’s arrest for bootlegging, and of course his farmland in Conecuh Ridge.

If you’re looking for an award-winning whiskey that celebrates its American history, look no further than Clyde May’s whiskey.

Kick off The Start Of Summer With These Memorial Day Cocktails

It’s time to take a load off and enjoy some refreshing and delicious cocktails. What better way to relax, unwind and enjoy the official start of summer with some delicious Memorial Day cocktails. And boy do we have some great cocktails for you! Get ready for some amazing drink recipes from Bacardi, the real Havana Club Rum, E&J Brandy, RumHaven, and Camarena Tequila.

Whether you’re hitting a barbecue, hanging by the pool or going out with friends, we made sure these Memorial Day cocktails are perfect for your needs.

Sparkling Hibiscus Limeade

Memorial Day Cocktails

6 parts Bacardi Lime Flavored Rum
2 parts St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
4 parts Lime Juice
4 parts Monin Hibiscus Syrup
4 parts Lemon Lime Soda
4 parts Club Soda
4 lime wheel garnish
Add all ingredients into a punch bowl or carafe with ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Havana Especial

Memorial Day Cocktails

1½ parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1½ parts pineapple juice
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
Barspoon of Maraschino Liqueur
Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple wedge. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.

Red Rum Punch

Memorial Day Cocktails

¾ parts Bacardi Limon
¾ parts Bacardi Raspberry
¾ parts Bacardi Superior
½ parts Grenadine
2 parts Sweet & Sour
1 part Cranberry Juice
Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Mint. Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl that is filled with ice blocks. Stir. Garnish the bowl with lemon wheels and raspberries.

E&J Brandy Peach Palmer

Memorial Day Cocktails

1 part E&J Peach
1 part Iced Tea
1 part Lemonade
Add all ingredients together. Shake. Pour into your favorite cocktail glass. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Haven on Earth Cocktail

 

Memorial Day Cocktails

2 parts RumHaven
2 parts Pineapple Juice
2 parts Club Soda
Add all ingredients into an ice-filled Collins glass. Stir together to combine and chill. Garnish with pineapple or mint.

Camarena Margarita

Memorial Day Cocktails

2 parts Camarena Silver
¾ part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾ part Lime Juice
½ part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. 2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. 3. Garnish with a lime wedge (or fresh sliced jalapeños, if you want to spice it up.

Are you excited to try these Memorial Day cocktails?

Spritz Cocktails

Welcome to #SpritzGate 2019: Modernizing A Classic Summer Cocktail

Our Summer cocktail pregaming continues with three more amazing versions of the spritz cocktail. Chase Potato Vodka, Benham’s Sonoma Style Gin, and Disaronno welcome you to #SpritzGate 2019, a delicious escape into the world of refreshing summer cocktails. Read on as we present three more takes on the classic summer cocktail with non-traditional flavors. We recently shared two heavenly Spritz cocktail recipes and we know you can’t get enough, so we’re sharing more. We’re stepping away from the traditional carnival-hued Spritz and presenting some fun flavor alternatives for this ultimate summer cocktail.

Spritz Cocktails

With Memorial Day and weekend coming up, these refreshing drinks are perfect to celebrate the long weekend. Whether you getting together with friends or relaxing alone at home, a great cocktail is a great addition to the day. Wouldn’t you love to indulge in a Spritz cocktail with the sweetness and delicate floral notes of elderflower? Or maybe one with a hint of mint. Perhaps you desire something a bit more sophisticated and elegant. Then our final #SpritzGate 2019 cocktail will probably be your go-to Spritz cocktail. Check out all three cocktail recipes below:

The Great Chase Spritz

#SpritzGate 2019

1 oz Chase Potato Vodka
.5 oz Chase Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Anna De Codorniu Blanc De Blancs Reserva. Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a large wine glass and stir. Garnish with an orange peel

California Spritzing

#SpritzGate 2019

1 oz Benham’s Sonoma Style Gin
1 oz Mint Simple Syrup
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Long Meadow Ranch’s Brut Farmstead. Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a large wine glass and stir. Garnish with mint

The Really Italian Spritz

#SpritzGate 2019

2 oz Disaronno
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with TrentoDOC
Pour ingredients in a chilled flute and gently stir

What are your thoughts on the new takes of this summer cocktail? Are you ready to enter #SpritzGate 2019 and open yourself to alternatives of the traditional Spritz cocktail?