Kris Bryant Still Making Magic In October

The Chicago Cubs are out of the playoffs, but Kris Bryant is still doing his part to spread some magic in October.  During MLB’s “Players Weekend” in August, Kris Bryant wore three pairs of specially designed cleats to shine a light on spinal cord research. Now, fans can bid on those game-worn cleats at charitybuzz.com/KBcleats.  In those cleats, Kris Bryant went 4 for 11 with a homerun and a sizzling .364 average against the Phillies.

As you may know, the cause is near to Bryant because he is friends with Cory Hahn, a former All-American high school baseball player who was paralyzed sliding into 2nd base in 2011 while a freshman at Arizona State University.

As background, three Chicago street artists designed the cleats with a theme of “Wings” in honor of the Wings for Life Foundation, which is dedicated to raising money for spinal cord research. Each pair also celebrated one of the three cities that have given Kris Bryant his wings in life – Las Vegas, San Diego and Chicago.

Who are the artists?

The Las Vegas edition cleat was designed by artist Joseph Perez – aka “Sentrock” – using inspiration from Bryant’s hometown of Las Vegas.

The San Diego edition cleat was designed by street artist JC Rivera, in honor of Bryant’s University of San Diego days when he became a nationally known name in the world of baseball.

The Chicago edition cleat was designed by artist Max Sansing, who was born in Chicago and has a history with Kris Bryant dating back to Summer 2016 when he collaborated on a stunning mural of the player that is still up in the heart of Chicago’s Wrigleyville.

MTN Dew Celebrates Russell Westbrook With New Suit

Not only are NBA fans getting ready for the NBA season kick off today, but so is Mountain Dew. They just announced over the summer that the brand would honor brand athlete and NBA MVP Russell Westbrook with a truly unique fashion outfit for his wardrobe: the first ever Triple-Double Breasted Suit. And just in time for tipoff of the 2016-2017 NBA season, the suit has arrived.

Created by American menswear designer Mark McNairy, the Triple-Double Breasted Suit pays homage to Russ’ record breaking season and “Don’t Do They” mentality – whether on the court dropping 50 point triple doubles, or off the court sporting flashy post-game outfits.

The suit includes several unique style elements that pay tribute to his historic campaign, including:

Don’t Do They: Russ’ iconic rallying cry from his ASW commercial is featured on the underside of the jacket collar as a bold “THEY” crossed out in green

42: Russ’ season-defining tripe double record is emblazoned on the jacket breast pocket

Camo Pattern: DEW has a history with camo as does McNairy which made camo an obvious color choice.

Reebok Classic Teams Up With Gucci Mane

There is some really sweet news coming from Reebok Classic this week. Reebok Classic is recently announced that recording artist Gucci Mane will be the face of the brand’s latest campaign. Gucci Mane will join the ranks of Reebok Classic’s like-minded collective of inspirational style and music trailblazers including Future, Machine Gun Kelly, Rae Sremmurd, Teyana Taylor and Jasmine Sanders.

The new campaign starring the Atlanta-based rapper will support the latest iteration of Reebok’s iconic Workout Plus sneaker, the Workout Plus EG. Originally launched as a fitness sneaker in 1986, the Workout Plus has had a resurgence in recent years as a fashion staple through various style drops and collaborations. The new Workout Plus campaign featuring Gucci Mane was shot against an industrial backdrop at Attic Studios in New York City by renowned lifestyle photographer Daniel Regan, videographer Thuan Tran and stylist Jason Rembert.

The Workout Plus EG are available in five men’s colorways, including black/white, army green/white, smoky indigo/white, burnt amber/white and skull grey/white. Known for its iconic H-Strap construction, the shoes come in a premium nubuck suede overlay with a perforated upper along with its signature gum bottom. The Workout Plus EG is  available at Reebok.com and Jimmy Jazz for $85.

Take A Look At CIVILIZATION VI

2K and Firaxis Games today revealed that Jayavarman will lead Khmer in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

Rising to power during a period of crisis for the Khmer, Jayavarman was a military leader. By 1181, Jayavarman VII had repelled Cham invaders to the north and when hostilities died down, he crowned himself king. But instead of turning outward and seeking to aggressively expand, he focused on his people.

King Jayavarman VII saw himself as a warrior for his subjects. As a result, his rule was marked by its tolerance and his drive to create a place of safety and paradise for his subjects.

Marvel Releases A New Black Panther Trailer

Black Panther looks like it will be one of the best films of 2018. Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER opens in theaters everywhere on February 16, 2018!

Dale Jr Gets A Nice Send Off From MTN Dew

As the legendary Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues his final laps around the track before retiring at the end of this season, decade-long partner Mtn Dew celebrated NASCAR’s most popular driver and his final race in the No. 88 Mtn Dew Chevrolet with a big weekend at Talladega. This included a new TV commercial, culmination of the Ride with Jr. program and limited-edition Dale Jr. Mtn Dew cans.

To celebrate the last few weeks of Dale Jr.’s racing career, DEW launched limited-edition “cheers to Dale Jr.” Mtn Dew cans, hitting shelves in major markets across the US.

JB Smoove Grooves To A Sweet Beat Thanks To Crown Royal

I am a big fan of the Crown Royal brand. When Crown Royal Apple came out it brought the whiskey game to a whole new level. Crown Royal, one of America’s best-selling and most-loved whiskies, has enlisted the talents, and all-around creative brilliance, of actor and comedian J.B. Smoove to continue momentum for its flavored whiskies – Crown Royal Regal Apple and Crown Royal Vanilla.  As a leader within the nearly 10 million case flavored whisky category that grew 8% last year, Crown Royal looks to celebrate the fun-loving side and irresistibly delicious side of whisky with a new spirited campaign!

The latest work between J.B. and Crown Royal premiered last week called “Crown Royal Regal Apple: The Musical,” which began airing in October, also known as National Apple Month.  In a true collaboration, Crown Royal paired J.B. and his crew to create a pulsating original track, “It’s Apple Time, Baby,” along with corresponding dance moves. In the main film, J.B. struts through a lavish nightclub, as patrons jump into his dance number and join his crew for Crown Royal Regal Apple shots – all while not missing a beat.

To commemorate J.B.’s starring role and new-found crooner skills, Crown Royal crowned him as its “King of Flavor” during an uproarious coronation in New York hosted by comedian Chris DiStefano. This is not the first foray for Crown Royal and the newly anointed King. Over the last year, J.B. brought out the true meaning of “Vanilla So Good,” to launch Crown Royal Vanilla.

After watching JB’s new video check out the Crown Royal recipes below.

Featured Recipes

Chilled Neat Apple Shot

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

The Big Apple

1.5 Crown Royal Regal Apple

.75 oz. Ginger Ale

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish with Lemon Wedge

Instructions: Combine Crown Royal Regal Apple, ginger ale and fresh lemon juice into a shaker with ice. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Green Flag

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

2 oz. Ginger Beer

Instructions: Build all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Stir and pour into a collins glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Vanilla Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla

0.25 oz. Simply Syrup

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

3 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange Peel Twist

Instructions: In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and serve.

Crown Vanilla and Hella Cola

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla

1 oz. Hella Cola Cocktail Syrup

3.5 oz. Club Soda

Whole Madagascar Vanilla Bean

Wedge of lime, optional

Instructions: Fill a highball glass with ice; add Crown Royal Vanilla, Hella Cola Cocktail Syrup and Club Soda. Using vanilla bean as a stirrer, gently stir drink for several seconds and leave vanilla bean in with straw. Drop in lime wedge without squeezing (optional).

Ted Danson Answers Kimmel’s 3 Ridiculous Questions Last Night

Did you miss Ted Danson on Jimmy Kimmel last night? Well we got you covered. Jimmy Kimmel had a drink with the most famous TV bartender ever, actor Ted Danson, who is best known for his previous role as iconic bartender Sam Malone on the television show, Cheers.

During the comical conversation, Jimmy proceeded ask Ted the following three “ridiculous questions”:

-          Would you rather live in a haunted house or a gingerbread house?

-          If you had to sneak a parrot through airport security, how would you do it?

-          When you were a little kid, did your mother ever lick her fingers and smooth out your eyebrows?

Ted currently stars on television sitcoms, The Good Life, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, which just returned to HBO earlier this month.

Oak And Cane Gives You A New Spin On Rum

Are you looking for a new rum to keep in your bar? Why not try Oak & Cane? Crafted using locally sourced ingredients and double-distilled in South Florida, Oak & Cane is a super-premium, American-made gold rum, aged in white American Oak and well rested with fresh Florida orange peels — the only rum to use this unique ingredient — resulting in a smooth, versatile spirit.

Based in South Florida, Oak & Cane was founded by local partners Fred Greene, Cameron Grace and Joe Villatico, With a huge personal passion for spirits, the team set out to create locally distilled Oak & Cane — now proudly part of an exclusive selection of limited American-made rums.

They double-distill to create a smooth finish, then let it rest with fresh Florida orange peels to bring out subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. The result is an excellent sipping rum enjoyed on the rocks.

Oak & Cane is rooted in innovation, celebrating new-world distillation practices with a proprietary process. Instead of relying on the traditional aging process, which takes years, Oak & Cane double-distills its recipe to smooth out the finish, then rests its rum for 6-12 months with fresh Florida orange peels and medium-charred white American Oak. While it is crafted as a sipping rum, its versatility also opens a world of opportunity for uses in untraditional rum-based cocktails, like Oak & Cane’s signature Mimosa or Old Fashioned.

The guys have taken their love for spirits and willingness to think outside the barrel to create an entirely new process — without the burden of time — which ultimately led them to open up the category and create one of the best tasting rums on the market.

Already garnering impressive industry accolades, Oak & Cane was awarded a Bronze medal in the Rum category at 2016’s New York International Spirits Competition. The brand recently added another Bronze win in the Rum category at 2017’s Berlin International Spirits Competition.

On the nose, Oak & Cane offers delicate aromas of citrus, revealed over aromatic wood. On the palate, hints of vanilla and caramel delight the taste buds. Its light viscosity and mild texture lead to a subtle and smooth finish. At 40% ABV, Oak & Cane is also well balanced, making it a great drink on the rocks or enjoyed in a variety of craft cocktails.

Guinness’ Journey To America Is 200 Years In The Making

Believe it or not this fall marks the 200th anniversary of when the first eight barrels of Guinness made its journey across the Atlantic, from Ireland to America. To toast to this momentous anniversary, Guinness is releasing a commemorative, limited-edition 200th Anniversary Export Stout.

In 1817, Benjamin Guinness—Arthur’s son—brewed the first Guinness beer with a new roasted grain called Black Patent Malt. His stout recipe laid the foundation for how Guinness would brew for the next 200 years. Inspired by a recipe originally developed by Benjamin Guinness and documented brewer diaries dating back to 1817, Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout is rich and full-bodied with notes of caramel, toffee and sweet chocolate.

The 200th Anniversary Export Stout is available now in a 6-pack and comes in at 6% ABV for a SRP of $8.99. In addition, the beer will be included in the 200 Years of Stout in America 12-Pack along with Guinness Original, Antwerpen Stout and Foreign Extra Stout, for a limited-time.