Follow our exploits as we traipse around Indianapolis for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
Say that all in one breath.
Lot of words. Let’s break it down. Brickyard 400, huge NASCAR race. John Wayne Walding, American hero. Crown Royal? Awesome drinking whisky. BigMachine Records.com? Sure why not, they paid for it.
I’ll be looking to reclaim the throne for MANjr founder and 2012 winner Chris Stout. What is this throne we speak of? The annual hub of all social media? The scavenger hunt to end all scavenger hunts? Check @manjrcom, #JWW400 and #ReignOn all weekend for some super VIP access to the race and the weekend’s festivities. Big prizes for winners the last few years and we’ll need that MANjr reader karma to pull it off again.
Wait? John Wayne? That John Wayne? No. Ten times better. John Wayne Walding is man who’s heroic actions on and off the battlefield remind us all of what kind of man we can all aspire to be. Sip on a few of Stouty’s original “Five Toes Texas Cooler” during the race and raise your glass to an American Hero, Mr. John Wayne Walding.
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Are you interested? Just visit UpForWhatever.com for more information and to submit an audition to win your way into a town that will be like no other.
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Shepard Fairey is a recognizable brand. From Andre the Giant Has a Posse stickers to OBEY to the Obama Hope poster, Fairey has carved out a familiar, easily identifiable aesthetic of pop-heavy propaganda couched in geometrically stenciled street art. Fairey’s most recent collaboration was on display in Hollywood last night at the launch party for his newly designed Hennessy V.S. Limited Edition bottle.
The evening started with DJs D-Nice, Z-Trip and DJ Diabetic (aka Mr. Fairey himself) stirring up a crowd that was well-lubricated on free flowing Hennessy cocktails. Guests got to view the new bottle, sample the goods and share the dance floor with celebs like Chris Brown, Karrueche Tran, Ne-Yo, Travis Barker and Tam Walker.
Although Fairey was the man of the hour, the main attraction was this guy named Kendrick Lamar. And when I say main attraction, I really do mean attraction. Given the size of the venue, it’s amazing how many girls were actively looking to get impregnated by the man who earned seven Grammy nominations this past year.
Lamar was the ultimate crowd pleaser, showering the place with his fluid flow and familiar hooks from hits like “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “Poetic Justice.” Everyone in attendance soaked it all in with a smile. From the view of the stage, everyone shared the same expression. Like the entire place was about to eat ice cream. Especially that girl in the pink dress.
Whatever “it” is, Kendrick has it for days. D-Nice, Z-Trip and Shepard Fairey set the stage, but Kendrick Lamar stole the show.
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On the heels of the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company’s first two releases this spring – Barterhouse and Old Blowhard, Orphan is excited to announce the third addition – Rhetoric. Rhetoric is a beautiful 20-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon that will be progressively aged and released once per year. This will allow whiskey fans to compare differences year over year and see how an extra 12 months in the barrel affects the liquid.
Orphan Barrel was created to locate forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world to share with discerning adult fans. Rhetoric is highly limited and is expected to be highly demanded by adult consumers and whiskey aficionados who dream of choosing the choicest barrels that are aged to perfection.
As with the first two releases, Rhetoric (90 proof, 45% ABV) is hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn., and is expected to begin appearing on select shelves across the country in late June 2014 under strict allocation due to limited supply at a suggested retail price of $85 for a 750 ml bottle.
The Rhetoric whiskey stock was recently found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, Ky. It was distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries. The whiskey begins with a smoky and leathery nose hinting of ripe apples and tastes of smoked vanilla oak, toasted rye and dried fruit. It carries a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate.
The “Bajacalypse” is approaching more quickly than some may have anticipated. The “Bajacalypse” is the day when the supply of Mountain Dew Baja Blast in bottles and cans runs out and the flavor returns to Taco Bell exclusively. Mountain Dew compiled a list of some of the best Mtn Dew Baja Blast fan photos they seen so far. Here are a few of the rock stars of Dew Nation. Think you have a better pic? Tweet us at MANjr and Mtn Dew.
With summer heating up and soccer viewing parties in full swing, folks around the country will be celebrating the World Cup by having parties with family and friends. Tomorrow as the US Men’s National Team takes on Belgium I thought it might be nice to try some cool new recipes for the game.
Here are some recipes by Chef Rick Bayless featuring Negra Modelo and Frontera Brand salsas, sauces and mixes. A creamy, full-flavored dark brew with a pleasant malt aroma and dry hop flavor, Negra Modelo is the perfect beer not only to enjoy on its own but to use in these great recipes while entertaining guests during summer celebrations.
The following recipes feature a variety of dishes including Bacon & Beer Queso Fundido, Smoky Negra Modelo & Chipotle Meatballs, Bison Burgers, Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos and Frontera Guacamole.
BACON & BEER QUESO FUNDIDO
Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer
3 strips thick-sliced bacon
1 small red onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, finely chopped
¼ cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
¼ cup Negra Modelo beer
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Warm corn or flour tortillas or tortilla chips
Frontera Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa for topping
Cook bacon in an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bacon, cool and then crumble and set aside. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings from the pan. Set the pan over medium-high heat and add the onion. Cook and stir until golden, about 6 minutes. Add jalapeno and sun-dried tomatoes; cook until chile softens, about 1 minute. Add beer; cook and stir until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the onion mixture. Stir slowly and constantly until just melted, usually 2 minutes. Immediately scoop into a warm serving dish. Sprinkle with bacon and cilantro. Serve in warm tortillas or on tortilla chips topped with salsa.
SMOKY NEGRA MODELO & CHIPOTLE MEATBALLS
Makes approximately 100 meatballs
3 pounds ground beef
1½ cups Panko-style breadcrumbs
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 jar of Frontera Chipotle Salsa
1 bottle of Negra Modelo beer
1 20-ounce can of tomato puree
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Mix the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, cilantro, mint, salt, oregano and black pepper together in a large bowl until well incorporated. Form the meat mixture into balls, about 1–1½ inches in diameter. Bake the meatballs about 10–15 minutes at 400° on 2 foil-lined baking sheets until nicely browned and fully cooked. Combine the salsa, beer, tomato puree, dark brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in a slow cooker and turn on low. Add in all the meatballs. Once hot, the meatballs are ready to serve and can be held in the slow cooker on low for 3–4 hours. Serve individually with toothpicks or let guests help themselves with a spoon.
BISON BURGERS with beer-caramelized onions
Makes 6 burgers
2 pounds ground bison or ground beef sirloin
1 pouch (8 ounces) Frontera Texas Original Taco Skillet Sauce or Frontera Chipotle Garlic Taco Skillet Sauce
½ cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large (10 ounces) red onion, halved, thinly sliced
¼ cup Negra Modelo beer
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
6 slices Monterey jack cheese
6 hamburger buns, split, lightly toasted
6 thick tomato slices
Baby arugula leaves or baby spinach
Put ground bison, 1/2 of the Frontera Sauce pouch, cilantro and ½ teaspoon salt in large bowl. Use clean hands to gently mix, then shape into 6 burgers each about 3/4-inch thick. Refrigerate covered 30 minutes or up to several hours. Heat oil in large skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and cook until onion is nicely caramelized, 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in beer and Worcestershire; heat to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ½ of the Sauce pouch, then season with salt. Prepare a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. Grill burgers directly over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. Flip and grill until medium-rare, about 3 minutes more. Top each burger with a slice of cheese during the last minute of cooking. Serve on toasted buns topped with a couple of spoonsful of the onions, a tomato slice and a tuft of arugula.
GRILLED SKIRT STEAK TACOS with Frontera Salsa and Negra Modelo
Makes 4 servings
1 1/4 pounds trimmed beef skirt steak
1 jar (16 ounces) Frontera Chipotle Salsa or Frontera Roasted Tomato Salsa
½ cup Negra Modelo beer
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
2 medium white onions, sliced into ½-inch rounds
Chopped fresh cilantro, lime wedges
12 fresh, warm tortillas
Cut steak into 4- or 5-inch portions. Mix 1/2 cup of the salsa, the beer, garlic, lime juice, cumin and ½ teaspoon salt in a large zippered bag. Add the steak. Close the bag tightly and turn gently to coat the steak. Refrigerate 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Heat a gas grill to medium-high or light a charcoal fire. Brush or spray the onion slices with vegetable oil. Grill onions over a cooler section of the grill, turning carefully until softened and browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish.
Remove the steak from the marinade (discard the marinade). Oil the steak well on both sides, and lay it over the hottest part of the grill. Grill, turning once, until richly browned and done to your liking, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Cut skirt steak across the grain into thin strips. Mix with the onions, season with a little salt. Serve steak and onions with the remaining Frontera salsa, cilantro, lime wedges and hot tortillas, for making into soft tacos.
FRONTERA GUACAMOLE with sun-dried tomatoes, beer & roasted corn
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup Negra Modelo beer
4 to 5 sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
3 large ripe avocados
½ cup Frontera Tomatillo Salsa or Frontera Original Guacamole Mix
½ cup fresh or fire-roasted corn kernels
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
Salt to taste
Put beer and sun-dried tomatoes in medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH power for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and let sit until tomatoes are softened, about 10 minutes. Strain off beer, then coarsely chop tomatoes. Remove the stem at the top of each avocado. Cut each avocado in half by slicing straight down through that spot where the stem was attached, until you reach the pit, then rotate the knife all the way around the pit. Twist the two halves apart, then scoop out the pits.
With a spoon, scoop out the soft avocado flesh from the skins, collecting it in a large bowl as you go. Coarsely mash with the spoon (or you can use an old-fashioned potato masher or large fork). Gently stir in the salsa, sun-dried tomatoes, corn and cilantro. Taste and season with salt. Scoop guacamole into a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. Serve with tortilla chips, slices of cucumber or slices of jicama.
As part of the new “No Bull. Just Energy.” campaign, AMP Energy created a fake extreme sport called Full Contact Skydiving (FCS), presented in a two-part video series that has a little fun with the over-promise of energy drink marketing by its competitors. While other energy drink brands focus on hype and extreme activities, AMP Energy is all about providing real energy without the hype.
The first unbranded mockumentary-style video introduced the new “sport” and its athletes, Josh and Damian, the two aerial fighters in the video. We recruited Urijah Faber, extreme sport enthusiast, MMA champion and long-time AMP Energy athlete, to coach and train professional skydivers’ freefalling and fighting in action.
The video sparked a national debate to whether the sport was real or fake, and within the first week, the YouTube video has received nearly 1.2 million views. Consumers are buzzing about it with more than 1.4 million impressions on Twitter and over 38,000 visits to the FCS website.
Today, AMP Energy released a second video revealing that FCS is not a real sport, and that consumers shouldn’t buy the hype if they are looking for real energy from an energy drink.
The “HEX” TL Portable Bluetooth Speaker gives users their own two-way concert stack, with a 2-way acoustic design, delivering clear highs through a dedicated tweeter. The “HEX” TL offers a balanced response from a full-frequency driver and thumping bass from a rear bass resonator. The result is rich, detailed, room-filling audio for any musical style. The 808 “HEX” TL is available in black, red and white for $79.99 MSRP.
This speaker is legit. I was having fun blasting some tunes from my iPhone this week. The sound is crisp and clear. You can play music wirelessly anywhere from your smartphone or tablet. You get up to 10 hours of play time (normal volume) from rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. It is easy to pair and connect. There is an aux input with a wireless 30 feet range. It comes with a AC power adapter, USB charging cable, Aux-in cable. It is worth every penny.
Crown Royal is honoring another hero at this year’s Brickyard 400, and like previous recipients of the “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, this year’s honoree is quite deserving of the recognition he’ll receive next month on race day in Indy.
John Wayne Walding is a Green Beret who served our country for 12 years and completed tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2008, during a mission to capture a high value target, Walding was involved in a firefight and lost part of his right leg. Walding went on to become the first amputee to graduate from the Special Forces Sniper School. This father of four, who was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge, continues to serve his country. Walding is the founder of Five Toes Custom, an organization the employs wounded veterans in an effort to provide these vets with positive direction and ongoing support.
In honor of Mr. Walding, we’ve created a custom Crown Royal cocktail recipe and a toast to celebrate the man whose name will be featured at the top of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Crown Royal Presents John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
The Five Toes Texas Cooler
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 slices of cucumber, plus 1 thin slice for garnish
- 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces of Crown Royal Black
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 2 cucumber slices. Add ice and all of the ingredients except the garnish. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with one thin cucumber slice.
And here’s the toast:
Life can be bitter and life can be sweet,
But some people know how to handle the heat.
We are all in agreement, we have a consensus,
So let’s raise a glass to our hero from Texas.
Let’s toast to his courage, his sacrifice, his ongoing service,
With a custom cocktail that won’t make you nervous.
It’s got red grapefruit from our hero’s home state,
Crown Royal Black, bitters and simple syrup for taste.
It’s called the Five Toes Texas Cooler,
And features quality ingredients, five in number.
And with this drink, we toast our hero of the hour,
John Wayne, you are cooler than a cucumber!