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Take A Trip That Is Influenced By Crown Royal

I am a fan of traveling on great adventures and Crown Royal. Put the two together you will have a fantastic experience. Crown Royal, in partnership with Black Tomato, is launching a video series that celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary. The partnership showcases a new, bookable trans-Canada itinerary including an once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Crown Royal distillery in Gimli, Manitoba.

The three-part video series goes on a westward journey from Gimli, Manitoba to Vancouver, British Columbia. The videos retrace the steps that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth took on their famous 1939 tour across the continent by rail, 78 years later.

Highlights of the trip include a private helicopter ride from Winnipeg to Gimli, Manitoba for an exclusive hard-hat tour of the Crown Royal distillery. (Special access is granted only to Black Tomato guests.) Private whisky tastings straight from the barrel in the Crown Royal warehouses, curated exclusively for Black Tomato guests. A trip on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer railway, which weaves through the stunning mountains of Alberta and British Columbia in true luxury. An adventurous heli-hike to Alberta’s Rockies. The opportunity to receive a beautiful, customized bottle of Crown Royal whisky.

Clean Up With The Latest Duke Cannon Soap

We all like a good bourbon right? Well so do the guys at Duke Cannon. They enjoy a glass of good bourbon after a productive days work. That got them thinking…. In collaboration with their favorite distiller, Buffalo Trace, Duke Cannon is now unveiling its most recent addition to their Big Ass Brick of Soap arsenal, The Big American Bourbon Soap.

This 10oz. magenta-colored bar features a rich, oak barrel scent and includes small bits of corn, a nod to the bourbon making process also turns out to be a great way to exfoliate the skin. Duke Cannon refuses to sacrifice quality when it comes to selecting a bourbon and choosing the  ingredients for their products, so a partnership with Buffalo Trace made too much sense. The Big American Bourbon Soap smells just as good as bourbon tastes and is the perfect gift for a gentleman that appreciates a fine drink and a clean shower.

Key Benefits & Product Features:

·         2-3x the size of common, dainty soaps

·         Has small bits of ground corn which help rough up dead skin

·         The unique, oak barrel scent is masculine and outstanding, but not overpowering

·         Yes, we really put delicious Buffalo Trace Bourbon in the soap

·         Does Bourbon benefit the skin? We have no idea, but bourbon tends to make everything better, so why not?

Duke Cannon’s new Big American Bourbon Soap is now available at Duke Cannon’s Online Store for $9.50 USD for The Single Barrel (1 unit) or $30.00 for The Four Finger Pour (4 units).

Dale Jr Already Has A Replacement?

When you are one of the best in your field people are always looking to take your place. This happens in NASCAR and Dale Jr. is seeing that right before his eyes. Who is taking his place? Well it is a guy named Dewey Ryder. He even penned a letter about what he is looking to do. We at MANjr got our hands on the letter and we want to share it you!

Dewey writes:

What’s up, racing fans. I’m Dewey Ryder, here to announce the biggest racing news since lug nuts. Me. The only person capable of filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s green firesuit when he retires at the end of the season. And as the handsome new face of Mountain Dew, I’m issuing this official press release while I chug that bold, citrus nectar.

I’ll be picking up right where Junior left off. Driving fast cars. Endorsementing. Basically, the same stuff that he does.

While I have never actually driven a stock car, I know enough to be dangerous. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Aren’t you Danny McBride, the world’s funniest actor? What are you doing racing cars?” To which I say, “Pfft. I’m Dewey Ryder, the rightful heir to this throne.”

This is surely a bittersweet announcement for some of you. Dale Jr. and Mountain Dew have been partners since 2008. Dale Jr. is super popular and everyone says he’s a swell guy. But every time a stock car door closes, another stock car door opens [editor’s correction: stock cars do not have doors] and I’m here to pick up the mantle.

For the future generations, I videotaped the passing of the torch moment and it’s on the interweb right now. It’s a real tear jerker. While this was completely 100 percent my idea, I am supposed to mention it was in collaboration with the ad nerds at BBDO. You can witness the momentous occasion on NBCSN Sunday, Oct. 29, during the Martinsville Speedway race. You’re welcome.

But don’t just take my word for it. When I spoke to my buddy, Dale Jr., he said, and I quote, “My partnership with DEW goes back almost a decade and it’s been an amazing ride. I knew the guy who’d come after me would be someone special, and Dewey’s definitely… well, he’s someone.”

DEW can back that up too. “Dewey has no racing experience. No training behind the wheel. And, we have no idea how this is going to work out,” said Chauncey Hamlett, Senior Director of Marketing, Mtn Dew. “We’ll definitely miss seeing Dale Jr. behind the wheel as he starts his retirement, as he is an incredible partner to the brand. Dewey Ryder brings something we’ve never seen before, from the way he holds a bottle of DEW to his bold, fun and boundary-pushing style.”

There you have it. To recap, Dale Jr. is retiring and I’m the new model – the upgrade – if you will.

Stay tuned. Down the road there will be more Dewey for many moons to come. To join the conversation, just follow @MountainDew on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and use the hashtag #DeweyRyder.

Budweiser Is Taking It Old School

Ever wonder what beer tasted like during the Prohibition period? Well now you can. Budweiser is giving beer lovers the chance to experience and taste history with the release of its limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager. The recipe behind Repeal Reserve dates back to the pre-Prohibition era when Adolphus Busch created and brewed a special Amber Lager for his friends and local community to enjoy. Due to the onset of Prohibition in 1920, the beer didn’t have a chance to be distributed widely outside the St. Louis area… until now. Beginning today, Budweiser is releasing this historically inspired recipe nationwide to celebrate the Repeal of Prohibition.

The Prohibition era marks a defining moment for the Great American Lager, as the brand, and the country, faced 13 years without a drop of beer. Budweiser’s limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve is brewed to recognize and raise a cold one to America’s determination through Prohibition.

The amber lager consists of a light, hoppy aroma and a rich caramel-malt taste. As a nod to the pre-Prohibition era, Repeal Reserve boasts a higher ABV than original Budweiser – 6.1% vs. 5%. And, inspired by the earlier style of beers, new Repeal Reserve comes packaged in a vintage Budweiser stubby bottle.

As part of the launch, the brand is bringing the Prohibition era to life by unveiling a fleet of antique cars in partnership with Lyft, Budweiser’s preferred safe rides partner. On Wednesday, October 25, New Yorkers (21+) will have a chance to score the Bud Vintage Mode for a ride in an authentic, vintage car to experience the 1930’s first-hand, between the hours of 3-7 pm ET by visiting www.lyft.com/BudVintageMode. During the specialized ride, passengers will cruise through the famous streets of New York, passing landmarks and neighborhoods that were integral to Prohibition, while learning about the newly released beer.

From New York and beyond, fans can experience a taste of history with Budweiser as part of Repeal Reserve’s full marketing campaign inclusive of new TV commercials, digital content and Clydesdales appearances. Budweiser is also partnering with Drizly to deliver a taste of history to beer drinkers across the country with a special code for $5.00 off their first purchase of 1933 Repeal Reserve, using the code Prohibition.

To score a ride in the Bud Vintage Mode with Lyft visit www.lyft.com/BudVintageMode. For more information on 1933 Repeal Reserve, visit Budweiser on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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.

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).

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.

Know Which Drinks You Should Stock In Your Bar

There are so many different spirits, liquors, and beers out there. How do you decide what to stock in your bar? Well it looks like Flaviar is your new best friend. Let’s take a look at a scenario.

Let’s say that a really important date is coming over. Time to upgrade from that poor taste drink you have in your fridge to a well curated bar. Yet you don’t know where to start. What if new co-workers choose your rooftop for a celebratory old fashion after a client win – but you only know of Makers? Or if Mom and Dad are coming in town – time to prove you’re “all grown up” and only know of Dad’s scotch to stock the bar?

Flaviar has got you covered. With one box you can elevate your liquor cabinet or at home bar with the most bespoke, best tasting, craft spirits and arm you with the backstory to impress the girl/guy, your co-workers and convince Mom and Dad you’ve got your sh*t together. Through trial and discovery, Flaviar the premiere discovery online spirits club has got your back sourcing from a database of currently 22,206 products and bringing the best right to your door with quarterly tasting boxes to try it out and the full shipment to stock the bar. This month the internationally acclaimed service is now opening up their club to U.S. members for the first time.

For more info go to their website at flaviar.com

Get Your Halloween Cocktails With The Captain

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Better question what are you drinking at that party? If you don’t know we at MANjr are helping you out. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast, the intensely delicious pumpkin spiced shot, is back on shelves nationwide.

Jack-O’Blast is a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with favorite seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices. Best enjoyed as a chilled shot, Jack-O’Blast can also be served as a drop shot or in a number of seasonal drink recipes.

The pumpkin spiced rum (60 proof, 30% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide for a limited time this fall.

Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Shot

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

2. oz. Cold Brew

Top with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a shaker with ice. Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass, top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

Apple Jack-O

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

4 oz. chilled apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.