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Get Some Exclusive Items With Budweiser Rewards

If you enjoy Budweiser beer you are already being rewarded with the great tasting beer. If you have not set yourself up for the Budweiser Rewards program than you need to fix that. With the rewards program you can get a bunch of fantastic items.

You can redeem your points for premium rewards that fit your lifestyle, including Budweiser Swag: clothing, electronics, home accessories, and digital wallpaper, tickets to sports and music events in your are, discount codes from our digital partners, including Lyft and Drizl and even enter to win once-in-a-lifetime sports and music experiences and much more!

One exclusive item is the Axe beechwood bat inspired by Budweiser. They were able to pull some strings to get the Bud beechwood bats on Budweiser Rewards – perfectly timed to Opening Day today. Please note the bats will not be autographed.

I had a chance to test these bats out last week and they are legit. Plus when you have Houston Astros World Series MVP, George Springer and former Boston Red Sox great and World Series champ Kevin Millar help you out with batting practice you feel like your ready to play in the MLB!

You have to be 21 years old or older to enroll into Budweiser Rewards! Go to www.budweiser.com/en/budweiser-rewards.html to sign up.

America’s Favorite Pastime: Baseball and Budweiser

It is Friday. You are just getting out of work. You are heading out the door as fast as you can while you are thinking about your weekend plans.

Whether you are meeting up with your friends at a bar or hanging at your place or going to the ballpark you can almost taste the hot dogs and ice cold beer.

During that time chilling with your friends have you ever thought about how your beer is made?

I am guessing that you all know the ingredients in your beer, but do ever stop to wonder about the process of how your beer is made while you enjoy said beer with your friends as you watch your favorite baseball team?

Most people would not. For Budweiser, they are not asking you to know about all the steps it takes to make the beer that you are drinking. They want you to focus on the good times you are having with your friends.

To be honest I have never given it much thought either. I would go to the bar and buy a round for my friends. While I was buying that round I wasn’t thinking of the brewmaster or scientists or all the other employees that go into making sure that the Budweiser that I am drinking was perfect.

Like I said before Budweiser is not asking you too.

Yet here is my challenge to you. If you are ever in an area where Budweiser offers a tour I would highly recommend that you take that tour. Not only will you get to sample the freshest Budweiser that you will ever taste, but you will get an appreciation for all of the hard work that everyone at Budweiser goes through for you so you can enjoy watching the game with your friends.

Jacksonville Budweiser Tour:

I had the great opportunity to check out the Jacksonville, Florida Brewery as well as get the inside scoop on the Houston Astros with a Major League Baseball Spring Training one of a kind experience. Budweiser invited me to go on a trip where I got to know more about Budweiser and what goes on at the Houston Astros Spring Training facility in Florida.

The first day started off at the Budweiser Brewery in Jacksonville. There we were on a guided tour from the Head Brewmaster and staff about how Budweiser is made from start to finish. I even got to help with the brewing process by adding in some beechwood into a vat. So someone out there will be enjoying a Budweiser that I had helped to make. Granted it was a very small part in the process, but it was cool to know that I helped in a some way!

During the tour we learned that since day one, Budweiser has used the same recipe to brew its beer. Budweiser sources five key ingredients to brew its beer: water, barley malt, rice, yeast, hops. The yeast used in Budweiser today is directly descended from the original yeast used by Adolphus Busch in 1876. The exact formula is a closely guarded secret. Budweiser is not messing around. They keep that formula under strict lock and key!

As I mentioned about the beechwood that I helped to add in the brewing process Budweiser has been perfected by brewmasters using the technique of beechwood aging, which is responsible for Budweiser’s smooth, signature taste. During aging, the beer is kraeusened with a special blend of fresh wort and yeast. Natural carbonation is produced while the beer rests on Beechwood chips for several weeks to perfect the flavor. As the tour progressed I kept on gaining more respect about Budweiser’s brewing process. It takes about 30 days to brew, twice as long as it takes to make other ales. For Budweiser, they believe quality takes time.

Brewmasters at every Budweiser brewery gather every day at 3pm to taste samples of beers from various stages of the brewing process to ensure quality and consistency. If the beer doesn’t meet their incredibly high standards, it is discarded. I got to sample the freshest Budweiser ever. It had a cool, clean, and refreshing taste. I can honestly say that it was best Budweiser that I have ever tasted.

After the tour we headed over to another room for lunch where we tasted the different stages of Budweiser. It gave you a real sense of what goes on for each step as the Brewmaster and the staff make sure that you tasting the absolute best. The Brewmaster even talked about which food to pair with Budweiser and how to pour a beer into a glass the right way.

I want to share some knowledge on how to pour beer into a glass so you can be the hit of the party. If you are pouring a beer from a can or bottle into a glass do not tip your glass on a slant like you see bartenders do. Instead keep the glass level on the table and pour the beer right in the middle of the glass. That way all the excess carbonation will be removed and you won’t feel so full. Feel free to pass this info onto your friends.

The people at the Jacksonville Budweiser Brewery were fantastic. They answered all of our questions. They took the time to show us all aspects of the beer making process. I know that the next time I pour a Budweiser into my glass I will remember all the steps the good folks at Budweiser go through to make a great tasting beer!

West Palm Beach MLB x Budweiser Experience

Baseball and Budweiser go hand in hand. So when I got the invite from Budweiser to see if I wanted to be part of a Major League Baseball Spring Training Experience I knew it was going to be….wait for it….a home run. (Sorry I couldn’t resist.)

As we traveled from Jacksonville to West Palm Beach in a van my fellow writers and I were treated by the Budweiser team with some Buds, snacks and baseball themed movies. As one fellow writer, Brandon Stroud dubbed us the Vanlot because we watched The Sandlot, The Sandlot 2 and Sandlot 3, which I never new the sequels existed, we shared a bunch of laughs as we watched all three while headed to our next destination. This is the sort of comradery that  a baseball team has as they travel together for their next game. One of the many highlights of the trip was getting to make new friends and share some Buds together!

The following day we headed on over to FITTEAM Ballpark where the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals share the facility. This is where the trip went from awesome to ridiculous. And by ridiculous I mean an unforgettable experience.

Budweiser not only hooked us up with a tour and tasting at their Jacksonville Brewery, but they made this baseball fan’s dreams come true. I am still in shock by what took place earlier this week.

We were able to take part in batting practice with Houston Astros World Series MVP, George Springer and former Red Sox great and World Series Champ, Kevin Millar. As a Red Sox fan I was psyched to get the chance to interview Millar. I had interviewed him a few years ago and just like that time before Kevin was very gracious with his time. This was my first time interviewing George and for a World Series MVP he was very humble. Both Millar and Springer have a passion for the game that can be seen as they talked to us about baseball and Spring Training. They were generous with their time and even signed the new Beechwood Bats from Budweiser and Axe Bat. In the video below you can see my take a few swings from the new style bat. They are really comfortable to hold and swing. I even impressed George and Kevin with a few of my hits. (BUCKET LIST MATERIAL!!!!)

Budweiser partnered with Axe Bat and George Springer to create custom Axe beechwood bats inspired by Budweiser’s quality beechwood. Springer is an official partner of Axe Bat and uses the company’s engineered handles exclusively. Budweiser partnered with George Springer and Kevin Millar as part of its Legends program.

After chilling with Springer and Millar we got a guided tour of the FITTEAM Stadium and all the ins and outs. It was built about two years ago and has all the amenities that a baseball team is looking for.

After the tour we went back down to the field and watched both teams take in some batting practice. I even got to see former Red Sox and Chicago Cubs World Series Champ, David Ross on the field. Then we were treated to the Budweiser suite and have some tasty Budweisers and ballpark food as the Nationals and Astros played in a preseason game. It was the perfect ending to an amazing trip.

Please note: Budweiser invited me on this media trip, but my thoughts and words are my own.

Reebok Has Your College Hoop Workout

You are all in on watching the collage basketball tourney, but your workout routine might be getting kicked to the curb.

With the Sweet Sixteen starting tonight, there is going to be a lot of basketball watching and sitting on the couch this weekend. Thankfully, Reebok, with the help of trainer and former college baller and creator of Jeremy Scott Fitness, Jeremy Scott has put together a quick workout for people to do right at home while watching this year’s tournament.

The workout will include triggers, including movements for every three pointer, buzzer beater, and more!

Workout Triggers:

Every time a new game tips off: Between the leg lunges

3-pointer: 3 skaters

Every time a bench player swings a towel: jump squat with ball

Commercial break: 12 Russian twists

Buzzer beater: 30 pushups side planks

Free throw – Bulgarian Split Squat for entire time

Player fouls out: Incline pushup

Halftime: 3 walkout pushups

Reebok Classic Brings In Ariana Grande, Sharina Gutierrez And Rae Sremmurd

Some really cool news out of Reebok came to the forefront this week. Reebok Classic announces the addition of international pop star Ariana Grande, supermodel Sharina Gutierrez and rap-duo Rae Sremmurd to the next iteration of its Always Classic Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, showing the world what it means to be Always Classic with the new Classic Leather Flexweave.

A brand that fiercely believes in those who challenge expectations and push their creative boundaries, Reebok’s new Always Classic campaign brings together the most disruptive and authentic style pioneers of this generation and unites them with Reebok Classic’s iconic Franchise Four collective: the Freestyle Hi, Classic Leather, Club C and Workout Plus. First up celebrating the newest silhouette, the Classic Leather Flexweave, a reimagining of the iconic Reebok Classic sneakers, are Ariana Grande, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi.

The Classic Leather silhouette is an icon of style, and the Flexweave evolution only adds to its legendary status. Ariana Grande and Rae Sremmurd brings an innovative energy to the table, taking the silhouette to new heights of self-expression. As hit-producing artists, Ariana and Rae Sremmurd are changing the game and creatively stretching the very essence of their genre. Known for their fresh and fearless style choices from the stage to the red carpet, they all bring their own flair to what it means to be Always Classic. With a signature style that is as diverse and unique as their assortment of hit singles, one thing that remains constant is their fresh footwear and the Flexweave has become a staple part of their distinctive style.

As a style shapeshifter in her own right, Sharina Gutierrez also isn’t afraid to have her own distinct fashion identity, refusing to follow fashion trends or look to others for fashion choices but instead trusting her fashion instincts to remain true to herself.

The Flexweave’s new openweave technology combines 8 different fibers, providing a perfect union of stability and breathability; durability and flexibility. The power of 8 means never having to sacrifice comfort or movement in the upper, creating a fashion forward silhouette for those who want to stand out.

Always Classic champions the people whose fearless self-expression and nonconformist attitudes turn heads and set trends around the world. Alongside Ariana, Sharina and Rae Sremmurd, the campaign features some of Reebok’s most daring brand partners, including Rapper Lil Yachty and international supermodel Gigi Hadid.

Shop the new Classic Leather Flexweave, as worn by Ariana Grande, Rae Sremmurd and Sharina for $95 at http://www.reebok.com/us/classic_leather.

Spring Is In The Air And In Your Glass

We are almost there. Better weather is on the horizon. With Spring right around the corner, get ready to enjoy the outdoors and impress your friends with crafting some seasonally-inspired cocktails. Whether at a garden party, BBQ or enjoying the holidays with family & friends, anyone can enjoy these recipes made with Smirnoff No. 21 and Smirnoff Raspberry, that won’t break the bank.

The Blushing Bunny

• 2 oz. Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka

• 4 oz. raspberry lemonade

• 2 oz. lemon-lime sparkling water

• Fresh raspberries

• Fresh sliced lemons

• Pink bunny-shaped marshmallows

Add a couple fresh raspberries and a slice of lemon to the bottom of a tall glass and fill with ice. Add the Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, followed by the raspberry lemonade and the lemon-lime sparkling water. Stir gently and garnish with a pink bunny-shaped marshmallow! Enjoy responsibly.

Blackberry Vodka Mojito

• 4 Whole Basil Leaves

• 4 Large Blackberries

• 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

• 6 oz. Lemon Lime Soda

• Crystallized Ginger, for garnish

In a highball glass, add the basil and blackberries and muddle. Fill glass with ice, then add the vodka, followed by the lemon lime soda. Garnish with a slice of crystallized ginger and enjoy responsibly!

Raspberry Kisses (Raspberry Passion Fruit)

• 3 ounces Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka

• 1 ounce Limoncello

• 6 ounces Passion Fruit Juice

• Fresh Raspberries for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, Limoncello, and Passion Fruit Juice. Shake and strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Check Out The Latest Brew From Goose Island

Just in time for the weekend. There’s a new kid on the block – Goose Island’s new, national, year-round hoppy variant Midway IPA. Paying tribute to the city they call home, Midway IPA is sessionable and refreshing, or as they like to refer to it – easy drinking. With a lower ABV, balanced IBU’s, and a tropical fruit aroma make Midway your new go-to, have more than one, easy drinking IPA.

Tasting Notes & Specs:

• ABV: 4.6%

• IBU: 30

Reebok Has The Ultimate Keg Workout For You To Try Out

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? From chugging beer to downing multiple forms of potatoes, St. Patrick’s Day might be one of the unhealthiest holidays out there. With the holiday just around the corner, Boston-based Reebok trainer Conor Murphy, has come up with the ultimate solution to combine fun with fitness this year.

As an advocate for using unconventional exercise equipment, Murphy put together the ultimate keg workout in the spirit of the holiday, to show you can still stay fit this St. Patrick’s Day.

“Not only do odd objects keep training unique and fun, but moreover, each object presents a new challenge,” he says. “They test your ability to use all of the components of fitness in new ways.”

The ultimate keg workout goes as follows:

3 rounds for time:

•   20 keg squats

•   20 keg swings

•   20 burpee keg jump-overs

•   20 keg thrusters

•   20 keg lunges

After bash challenge:

•   5 kegstand push-ups (or, see if you can even do 1)

No keg lying around the house? Not to worry, dumbbells can be substituted for any of the above exercises.

Murphy is sporting the all-new Reebok CrossFit Nano 8, in a special St. Patrick’s Day colorway! The shoe is available on Reebok.com for $130.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Guinness And Bulleit

This Saturday everyone becomes a wee bit Irish as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here at MANjr we wanted to share some drink recipes from Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and Guinness to celebrate everyone’s favorite Irish holiday.

The Bulleit Boilermaker served with Guinness Draught is the ultimate duo for the occasion, combining the iconic Irish beer with our classic high rye bourbon. If you’re not familiar with a Boilermaker, it’s a simple serve of a pint of beer paired with a shot of Bulleit. Check out the recipe and photo below for instructions on how best to enjoy Bulleit Bourbon and a pint of the ‘black stuff’.

If you don’t have any green to wear for the holiday and would rather enjoy a green cocktail, we also included the Bulleit Green Light District recipe made with Bulleit Rye.

Bulleit Boilermaker

Pour it: 1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

Pair it: 12 oz. Guinness Draught

To best experience this two-drink serve, alternate between sipping Bulleit and slowly drinking your beer to discover flavor profiles.

Bulleit Green Light District

Ingredients:

• 1 part Bulleit Rye

• 1 Part green crème de menthe

• 1 part crème de cacao

• 1 part heavy cream

• 5 mint leaves

Instructions: Shake all the ingredients and serve up.

The Reebok Harmony Racer Is Helping Me Train For My Marathon

For the past 15 years or so I haven’t given very much thought to the sneakers I buy. I’d use them infrequently and even then, it was just for running around with the kids. I’d buy them mostly based on price and never gave much thought to performance because I really didn’t have to.

Recently, however, I stupidly decided to sign up for a marathon. Skipping right over any 5k or half marathon races I could have joined, I went from zero, to full marathon with a few clicks of a computer mouse. Now I needed to train. Now I needed to actually think about what I was wearing in preparation for it. The short 2-3 mile runs I’d been doing on sneakers bought at Costco 6 years ago were fine. But for this, I needed something better able to handle the task.

Enter the Reebok Harmony Racer. Right off the bat, I loved how lightweight they are. It’s considerably less than what I had been running on and the fabric along the sides makes it super breathable. When I hold it up to the light, you can literally see light coming through from the other side of the sneaker. Once I started running in them, the breathability and weight were instantly noticeable and I loved it.

Beyond that, the grip was fantastic. They are super stable both on the roads and on trails. The cushioning at the heel not only decreased the jolts on my body, but I noticed an improvement in my gait. It felt more natural than it had and made my run seem easier.

On the downside, the sneaker is quite narrow. Admittedly, I do have wide feet, but this sneaker seems even more narrow than others of the same size. After a few miles this added a bit of discomfort to the outside of my feet and right at the inside of the arch where the wall meets the bottom. This could just be an issue for me, but if I had a choice, I’d get this in wide, or go a half size larger.

All in all, this shoe is really fantastically comfortable (for the short run if you have wide feet) and the construction of it is great. I doubt I’ll be using this for my first marathon, but I’m glad to have them for shorter runs and for playing with the kids. Especially as things start heating up here in TX.

If you like what you read make sure you go to Reebok.com to pick up a pair of the Reebok Harmony Racer for yourself.

Smash The Summer With A New Captain Morgan Variant

Some of you are buried under a bunch of snow right now, but trust me we got some summer vibes headed your way. Take a look at the latest Captain Morgan offering. It is called Watermelon Smash.

The explosively delicious, watermelon-flavored shot is arriving just in time for backyard cookouts and pool parties. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash blends Caribbean rum with ripe, juicy watermelon flavor that’s synonymous with summertime. Best enjoyed as a chilled shot, Watermelon Smash can also be served in a number of delicious cocktail recipe.

Not only does Watermelon Smash taste like a watermelon, it looks (and smells!) like one too. Similar to LocoNut, the Watermelon Smash packaging resembles a watermelon and produces the sweet aroma of ripe watermelon when you scratch the bottle. Watermelon Smash (50 proof, 25% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Chilled Watermelon Smash Shot

·         1.5 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

Pour 1.5 oz. of Watermelon Smash into a shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass & serve.

Watermelon Spritzer

·         1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash

·         0.75 oz. club soda

·         0.75 oz. lemon-lime soda

Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon.

Watermelon Mojito

·         1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash

·         0.5 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum

·         0.75 oz. lime juice

·         0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

·         Club soda

·         Mint leaves

Middle mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice, top with club soda and garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.