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Reebok Classics Brings Back An OG

There were a lot of great kicks that are coming out this month to round out 2016! Reebok Classics is adding to that list with an OG sneaker. The Year of the Question started with the Prototype, and as it nears the end, comes back with a classic.

For one of the final installments of the 20th anniversary of the Reebok Question Mid in 2017, Reebok is re-releasing the Question Mid OG Blue Toe, which Allen Iverson wore on the court regularly in his rookie year, and was the shoe he wore during his iconic “crossover” moment.

The style of the shoe is emblematic of his game; the Hexalite midsole construction, bold shades, and ice sole complemented his game and team’s classic colors. The crisp white leather upper is the perfect canvas for vibrant red hits of the classic Vector branding on the tongue and side panels.

The Reebok Classic Question Mid OG Blue Toe releases this Friday, December 9 for $140 at Reebok.com and select retailers including Finish Line, Footaction and Champs Sports.

You can also go check out the full collection of 20 for 20 Year of the Question at reebok.com/2020.

A New Kind Of Seltzer

Looking for a new drink? How about something mixes a bubbly refreshing drink with some alcohol? Seltzers have long been a top choice when it comes to mixers, so it is no surprise that hard seltzers are quickly becoming one of the new favorite bubbly alcohol beverage options for adult consumers. SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer premium malt beverage is the newest addition to the hard seltzer category — but with fewer calories than the leading hard seltzer brands currently on the market.

In addition to only being 90 calories per 12 oz. serving, the new premium malt beverage has only 1g carbs, zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners. When reaching for bubbly this holiday season, go for SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, as one 12 oz. can offers the same calories as only one 4 oz. glass of most champagnes.

Consumers 21 years of age and older will be able to pick up SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer in three refreshing-tasting flavors – Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime and Watermelon  beginning in November. Served chilled in its slimline can, the three flavors are crafted to remove gluten and are infused with natural fruit flavors.

SMIRNOFF Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is 4.5% alcohol by volume and is best served chilled in the 12 oz. slimline cans or in a glass on the rocks with a fruit garnish. The new product will be available nationwide with a manufacturer’s recommended retail price of $8.99 for a 6-pack of 12 oz. cans.

SMIRNOFF asks consumers to enjoy this bubbly goodness responsibly.

Help Others In Need With Crown Royal

One of the great things about this part of the year is that people reflect on what they have and what is really important to them. That notion set the idea of #GivingTuesday in motion. Crown Royal is looking to help too. They started the “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” campaign. Their mission is to inspire and facilitate generosity in all of its many forms. In celebration of #GivingTuesday, Crown Royal is partnering with GoodWorld, a tech startup that fuels charitable giving on social media. Together they are encouraging people to support worthy causes by commenting #donate on participating charities’ Facebook posts, tweeting #donate at a cause’s username or by signing up at GoodWorld.me to trigger real-time donations.

As an incentive, Crown Royal will donate $1 to our longstanding partners at Packages From Home for every person who registers with GoodWorld between #GivingTuesday and the end of the year, up to $50,000. Crown Royal and Packages From Home have worked together to send nearly half a million Crown Royal Care Packages to active duty troops overseas over the past five years. If you are looking to help out go to GoodWorld.me or packagesfromhome.org

Let Your Fandom Be Heard

If you truly believe that you are the number one fan for your team you need to check out the one of kind Bluetooth speaker from Nima Sports. It will improve your office, TV room, or wherever you want to show off your team pride. Just in time for the holidays you can get a gift for the sports fan on your list or even for yourself.

Just imagine you sitting in your house watching your favorite college football team on TV and you wanted to hear your favorite radio host call the game. With the Nima Sports helmet speaker you can. You just sync up your new football helmet speaker to your phone. Then just mute the TV and listen to the game from your favorite college team’s helmet. Even when it is not game day you can listen to your favorite sports talk shows that discuss your team’s performance from the weekend or listen to music.

There are three sizes for each helmet. You can pick up any size and you will be happy with your purchase. I was able to test out the small version of the Auburn Tigers helmet and was very pleased with the performance of the speaker as well as the look of the helmet. There are certain Bluetooth speakers that spend too much time on the design of the speaker and neglect the performance of that speaker. You can tell once it starts trying to play off your synced device. The sound quality is poor and at some points even irritating. Then there are others that focus way too much on the speaker. The look of that speaker is flimsy and often tends break and looks horrible in your office or game room. So you end up with a speaker that either under delivers in sound or look. Why would you spend money on that?

For the Nima Sports helmet speaker you can instantly tell that they put their heart and soul into the development of the design and sound. Any sports fans will tell you that when they rep their team they want something that looks authentic and real. Nima provides that slick look. These helmet speaker look like a mini version of the helmets they wear on game day.

What about the sound from the Nima Sports helmet? It comes with one down firing subwoofer for massive bass beats, two midrange speakers for clear sound, and seven preset equalizer options. The NIMA Sports helmet is compatible with any Smartphone, Tablet, MP3, PC or Mac with Bluetooth connectivity. Stream wirelessly and seamlessly control every feature of the speaker from anywhere within 65 feet. So this helmet from Nima is perfect for when you are tailgating right before the game.

Nima developed with the goal of connecting the sports fan with the music that invigorates them. The speakers come as extremely realistic NCAA team helmets, with NFL helmets and NBA basketball are soon to be released. From pumping up your fellow fans at a tailgate to displaying your team pride at work, this helmet is the perfect way to fervently display your fandom. The products come in various sizes, please check out the website for further details.

When Fashion Meets Bourbon

What do you get when you have a two great companies work together? In this case you get great bourbon and a great jacket. Bulleit Bourbon and NOBLE Denim continue to find unique ways to combine two of the best materials in the world: denim and whiskey. Building on the partnership that began with barrel aged jeans in 2014, Bulleit and NOBLE are again joining forces to bring whiskey lovers NOBLE jean jackets aged in Bulleit barrels.

The jackets will be available in limited quantities on NobleDenim.com, at the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville and at select retail outlets beginning in late-November. They are perfect for anyone you know who can rock a good looking jacket.

To celebrate the launch, Bulleit and NOBLE teamed up with indie-rock band Houndmouth, to record exclusive videos incorporating the NOBLE jean jackets and, of course, Bulleit cocktails. Make sure you are on the lookout for these videos that will be available soon. Check out the teaser trailer HERE.

Cam’ron Takes The Shoe Game To A Whole New Level

I remember listening to Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy” on repeat back in the day. When it comes on the radio it brings back some great memories. So when I heard that Reebok Classic announced its second collaboration with American hip-hop artist, actor and entrepreneur Cam’ron, with the launch of the Reebok Ventilator Supreme Cam’ron I couldn’t wait to see what that had in store.

The hip-hop artist first teamed up with Reebok Classic earlier this year with his popular take on the Ventilator Supreme which sold out in less than 24 hours.  For his latest collaboration with the brand, the resulting sneaker pays tribute to Cam’ron’s signature color, pink, featuring a pink outsole combined with pink camouflage laces and a Dipset logo stamped on the shoe’s heel.

The highly anticipated collaboration drops on Monday, November 28th – transforming our traditional Cyber Monday holiday into Cyber Pink Monday.  The Reebok Ventilator Supreme Cam’ron will be available on Reebok.com starting at $159.99.

Want A Special Edition of Blade and Bow’s Single Barrel

Any whiskey collectors out there? If so you may want to take part in this unique auction. Whiskey aficionados should mark their calendars for Dec. 9 for the opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind collectable piece of Kentucky bourbon history when the only known barrel of Blade and Bow 24-Year-Old Whiskey will go up for auction through Christie’s Auction House. The barrel was distilled and aged at The Stitzel-Weller Distillery outside of Louisville, famous for producing some of the most sought after whiskeys in the world. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.

Blade and Bow 24-Year-Old contains bourbon distilled at The Stitzel-Weller Distillery before it’s shut down in 1992. This rare 24-Year-Old whiskey was barreled on Nov. 22, 1991 and is 93.4 proof. This fine spirit begins with notes of well-aged cedar, campfire and soft leather. The finish includes sweet notes of vanilla bean, light caramel and raisin. A precious 34 bottles of Blade and Bow 24-Year have been waiting years to be enjoyed, so it’s important to sip slowly and responsibly. The lot up for auction contains all 34 750 ml. bottles, artfully displayed in beautiful Blade and Bow bottles, as well as the barrel the bourbon was aged in. Blade and Bow donated the complete lot to nonprofit Robin Hood, who has consigned the auction and will receive all proceeds.

A Holiday Gift Guide For Whiskey Fans

There is nothing better that getting what you want for the holidays. For those wanting to open a great bottle of whisky from under the tree here is a great list of whiskeys for your friends or even yourself.

George Dickel No.12

In George Dickel No. 12, you’re getting a quality whisky at a great price. Winner of the “Best Tennessee Whisky” award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, George Dickel No. 12 is widely considered the quintessential Tennessee whisky. If you’re looking for an affordable whisky for a family member or friend with an affinity for Tennessee whisky, you can’t go wrong with George Dickel No. 12. The Tennessee Cider, shown below, is the perfect cocktail for a holiday get-together.

I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a classic American whiskey for those that appreciate a rich history, with a modern mentality. For over a century, I.W. Harper’s iconic bowing man has been an embodiment of the brand’s sophisticated image. Know any well-dressed folks who enjoy a nice cocktail?  Treat them to a bottle of I.W. Harper and let them sip in style.

Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old

Aged in a select number of charred American white oak barrels, Bulleit 10-Year-Old immediately made its presence felt within the spirits industry upon launching in 2013, scoring a 92 out of 100 and earning a Gold Medal, amongst other accolades at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. It also won Gold at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Grab a bottle of Bulleit 10 and share the smooth, smoky bourbon with the folks at your upcoming company holiday party.

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Winner of a gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a luxury spirit best reserved for, say, your boss, or someone who can truly appreciate a fine glass of whiskey. Born from the oldest remaining whiskey stocks to be distilled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Blade and Bow is best enjoyed neat. If there’s a whiskey enthusiast in your life, Blade and Bow makes a great gift.

The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey

Give your friends and family a taste of Hollywood this holiday season in, The Hilhaven Lodge, a whiskey created in collaboration with esteemed movie director Brett Ratner. The Hilhaven Lodge, named after Ratner’s Beverly Hills estate, consists of a unique blend of bourbon, Tennessee whisky and rye whiskey. Modeled after the Lodge itself, The Hilhaven Lodge bottle is timeless, well-appointed and discrete. Pick up a bottle and drink like a star this winter.

Crown Royal XR

Straight from the celebrated LaSalle Distillery, Crown Royal XR is a limited-release whisky well worth its price tag. Crown Royal XR is made up of an interesting blend of dried fruits and honey, with spicy notes of Canadian rye. Now’s your chance to splurge on the rare, limited-release variant and treat yourself – or someone special – to this exquisite whisky as you celebrate the end of the year.

Harp Lager Gets A New Spokesperson

We all know that Graeme McDowell has a passion for golf, but did you know about his love of beer? It turns out that Graeme is a huge fan of great beer. Because of his dedication to greatness on and off the course, Graeme is the kind of competitor that truly understands the motivation behind each pint of Harp. He even grew up right down the road from the Harp Brewery and has brewed beer himself.

“Golf has taken me all around the world, which has also grown my beer knowledge, but it all started for me in Ireland, where I first got to know Harp,” said Graeme McDowell in acknowledgement of the new partnership. “I’ve always been a fan of great beer, and Harp and I have more in common than just being products of Ireland. We’re both trying to achieve a level of excellence that some might say isn’t even possible. I’m really excited to join up with them to do some exciting things in the near future.”

Harp Lager was first brewed in 1960 by Guinness under the guidance of German master brewer, Dr. Herman Muender. The golden, clear lager has a dry and malty front with a crisp and hoppy finish, with an ABV of 4.5% and 21 IBUs.

Amplify Your Workout With A New App

They first led the industry in sports drinks. Now Gatorade has something new for fans of the brand. Gatorade launches Gatorade Amplify, a new experience within Spotify that creates a personalized workout experience unlike any other. It allows users to generate informed playlists made up of songs in Spotify’s library based off of results from a rigorous data analysis that uncovered what makes a song good for training.

Gatorade Amplify selects songs based on the ranges of five sonic attributes, listed below in order of importance. Users can choose playlists for high-intensity workouts as well as interval training, plus an exclusive mix produced by Steve Aoki and the Dim Mak All-Stars.