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Reebok Celebrates Allen Iverson’s Birthday

Usually when it is someone’s birthday that person gets a gift. This time around Reebok is giving us a reason to celebrate. Reebok Classic continues the Year of the Question in 2016 for the 20th anniversary of Allen Iverson’s iconic first signature shoe with the most pristine look for the model ever: the Question Mid “White Party.”

In fact, this colorway doubles up on the celebratory theme, honoring both the 20th birthday of the Question this year, as well as Allen Iverson’s milestone 40th birthday last year on June 7th, which also coincides with the release date of this Question Mid.

The Question Mid “White Party” features a premium leather upper with quilted stitching in white, with a chalk color suede hit at the toe cap and heel. Adding to the impeccable colorway is metallic gold embroidery for all branding, along with a chalk colored midsole and outsole.

Celebrate Allen Iverson’s birthday by picking up the Question Mid “White Party” tomorrow June 7th at Reebok.com and Eblens for $149.99.

Give A Royal Father’s Day Gift

Have you thought about what you are getting your dad for Father’s Day? Why not give him an award-winning variant from legendary Canadian whisky company, Crown Royal. One of the latest variants from Crown Royal is the Northern Harvest Rye Whisky.

I am guessing your dad deserves a bottle of the number one whisky in the world according to Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Crowned with this honor for 2016, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is a blend of 90% rye whisky that embodies a smooth and spicy flavor profile mixed into traditional rye cocktails or enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

Not only will dad receive an extremely coveted whisky, but Crown Royal is offering a special option to personalize its iconic bag this Father’s Day. All you have to do is visit http://crownroyalshop.com/, enter the code CROWNFATHERS, customize your bag and you’ll receive a free embroidered bag between 7-10 business days. It is valid for one customer each from June 3 – June 19.

Plus if your dad is into cocktails check out the Northern Harvest Buck recipe below to whip up on his special day.

Northern Harvest Buck

1.25 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky

0.75 oz. lime juice

3 oz. ginger beer

2 dash(es) aromatic bitters

Preparation: Combine Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye and lime juice in a shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and bitters

Gifts To Show Dad You Care

Next month we will be celebrating Father’s Day. Ditch the tie and coffee mug routine. You need to step up your game to show dear ol’ dad that you care. Here are some great gift ideas that your dad will love to open up on the day that celebrates him!

The Gifted Horse

Suggested Retail Price $50

Just like the dad who newly welcomed a little one home, Orphan Barrel recently added The Gifted Horse to the family as its first American whiskey. The Gifted Horse is a cask strength whiskey with a unique composition unlike any other Orphan Barrel, thanks to a fortunate mishap at the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery.

I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Suggested Retail Price $75

To celebrate dad’s homecoming after long travels, gift him I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for Father’s Day. After nearly 20 years abroad, I.W. Harper has returned to the United States with this limited release inspired by the original I.W. Harper variants.

Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Suggested Retail Price $150

Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited release whiskey that pays homage to the artful passion and renowned craftsmanship of the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Only available in a number of states and winner of the coveted double gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this whiskey is sure to receive the approval of the most discerning whiskey-loving dads.

The Hilhaven Lodge

Suggested Retail Price $50

The Hilhaven Lodge is a new-to-world whiskey developed in collaboration with Hollywood director, and current owner of Hilhaven Lodge, Brett Ratner. The Hilhaven Lodge features a distinctive blend of three different styles of whiskey spanning across three decades – Bourbon from the 2000’s, Tennessee Whiskey from the 1990’s and Rye Whiskey from the 1980’s. Combined, these whiskeys offer an unbelievably smooth tasting experience.

The American Soap and Hatchet Set

This kit provides men all the supplies they need to get stuff done. In addition, it provides some awesome tools that all dads would be happy to own, including a survival hatchet for camping trips, two Big Ass Bricks of Soap, Tactical Soap on a Rope, Heavy Duty Hand Soap, Bloody knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Cannon Balm Tactical Lip Protectant and a steel bottle opener. All Duke Cannon items and the survival hatchet are made in the USA. The kit comes packaged in an old military ammo can completing one of the most kick-ass gifts any dad can receive this summer.

Working Man’s Supply Can

This gift pack provides the working man some of the topline tools they need for everyday grooming. Items include a Big Ass Brick of Soap, Tactical Soap on a Rope, Heavy Duty Hand Soap, Working Man’s Face Wash, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Cannon Balm Tactical Lip Protectant and an 8-in-1 STIHL Screwdriver/Flashlight tool. In addition; all Duke Cannon products are made in the USA and will come in an old military ammo can to make your dad feel like the man he is.

Golf and Grooming Supply Gift Set:

Duke Cannon Supply Co. has the golfers covered this Father’s Day. Give your dad the ability to hit the golf course smelling like a man should. This gift pack includes two Big Ass Bricks of Soap, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Cannon Balm Lip Protectant, 3-count of Callaway Warbird Golf Balls (with Duke Cannon Logo) and a steel bottle opener. All items are made in the USA and come packaged in an old military ammo can that would make your dad the talk of the country club.

The Dapper Dad Sack:

Your dad knows what it means to be a man, so why would he limit himself on his grooming game? Help your dad keep his cool this summer with the Duke Cannon Dapper Dad Sack. This kit comes in a rustic burlap sack and includes two Big Ass Bricks of soap, Heavy Duty hand soap, Superior Grade shaving cream, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm and Cannon Balm Tactical Lip Protectant. Do your dad a solid and provide him with the gift of grooming this year – your mom will thank you later.

The Un-Droppable Shower Soap Set

Your dad already has a stocked bar in the basement, a golf set that your neighbors are envious of and a man-cave your mom can’t keep him out of. Time to shake things up this year by giving your dad the gift of grooming. Duke Cannon Supply Co. has the perfect gift to help keep your dad smelling like a man should. Not your grandfather’s soap on a rope, the Un-Droppable Shower Soap kit comes with a tactical soap scrubber, (1) Big Ass Brick of soap and (1) Heavy

Three Ways To Enjoy World Whiskey Day

This Saturday is World Whiskey Day. To celebrate we are sharing some fantastic recipes. One is from Bay Area mixologist Eric Grenier. He created The Cooper’s Cocktail. It has a classic feel. He also created the Meltwater Effect, boasting a strong, but sweet flavor profile; both made with easy-to-find ingredients for re-creating at home.

Another great way to celebrate this classic spirit is to enjoy it the same way the legendary Frank Sinatra did; two fingers of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, a splash of water and three cubes. Raise up a glass this World Whiskey Day and have your whisky “Frank’s Way.”

The Cooper’s Cocktail

2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select

.5 oz. Cynar

.5 oz. Coffee Liqueur

Ice: One large cube or ‘on the rocks’

Glassware: Rocks glass or Old Fashioned glass

Tools: Mixing Vessel, Barspoon, Hawthorne Strainer

Directions: Stir all ingredients in mixing vessel (about 20-30 seconds). Strain over ice. No garnish

The Meltwater Effect

2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack

1 oz. Sorel Liqueur

.75 oz. Amaro Ramazzotti

2 Dashes Orange bitters

Thin Lemon peel

Tools: Mixing Vessel, Barspoon, Hawthorne Strainer

Glassware: Rocks glass or Old Fashioned glass

Directions: Stir first four ingredients in mixing glass filled with ice until properly chilled and diluted, about 20-30 seconds.  Strain into glassware and garnish with lemon peel.

Frank’s Way

2 fingers Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select

1 splash Water

3 Ice Cubes

Directions: Serve over ice in a rocks glass.

MTN Dew Looks To Hoop It Up This Summer

Coming this summer to a city near you is the Dew NBA 3X. If you are lucky enough to be near a city for one of the tournaments you will be able to check out the games. Mountain Dew and the NBA teamed up to create Dew NBA 3X, an elite 3×3 basketball competition tour that will make stops in six NBA markets between May and October, tipping off in Atlanta this Saturday, May 21. NBA players and legends, including Gary Payton and Dominique Wilkins, will also be on hand to interact with fans as they enjoy high-level 3×3 play, participate in exciting skills contests, listen to Atlanta’s biggest DJs and get a taste of Atlanta at local food trucks.

Beyond the above activities, fans can check out Dew’s #CourtsideCollection which includes:

On-site Gallery – Mountain Dew will create a pop-up gallery showcasing artwork created by local artists and fans that have been inspired by basketball and youth culture. Local artist, Joe King (@JOEKINGATL) will be on-hand to curate the gallery and illustrate around the artwork featured so that the gallery is constantly evolving during the tournament. Fans on-site will also be able to vote for their favorite artwork and take home limited-edition prints.

Court Design – Local artist, Greg Mike, was commissioned by Mountain Dew to design the courts at THE GULCH for the tournament. Greg’s design was inspired by and is unique to Atlanta. This art installation will remain after the tournament to create a lasting art piece for the Atlanta community to enjoy.

Dew NBA 3X is an elite 3×3 basketball competition infused with unique basketball lifestyle and entertainment elements. The inaugural U.S. tour will visit basketball fans in Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. The invite-only competition will tip off Saturday, May 21 in Atlanta and culminate on Sunday, October 23 in Los Angeles with the Dew NBA 3X National Finals. NBA 3X, the League’s global 3-on-3 platform is part of the NBA‘s ongoing commitment to growing and celebrating the game of basketball.

Plus NBA Legend and Hall of Famer, Gary Payton, serves as the Dew NBA 3X Ambassador and will make appearances at all six stops.

New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Lowers Concession Prices

We always think that once a pro sports team gets a new stadium it will mean more out of pocket expenses for us fans. Well thanks to the Atlanta Falcons they are flipping the script on that. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will offer food and beverage options developed to deliver what fans want – variety, speed of service, quality and value. The fan-first menu at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will include the most popular items priced as follows without compromising quality:

•$2 – Non-alcoholic beverage products with unlimited free refills (at freestanding refill stations)

•$2 – Dasani bottled water; hot dogs; pretzels; popcorn

•$3 – Peanuts; pizza; nachos; waffle fries

•$5 – 12 oz. domestic beer

Pretty cool right? I don’t think these prices have been around since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. (Kids, Google President Jimmy Carter’s term if you want to know that time era.) The menu and pricing model – which will allow a family of four to consume the typical game-day purchases for $28 or less – will be in effect for Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United games, as well as major events at Mercedes-Benz Stadium including the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, SEC Championship Game, the College Football National Championship (2018) and the NCAA Men’s Final Four slated for 2020. The pricing and product offerings will be the same for concerts, conventions and other special events booked at the stadium.

To improve speed and quality of service, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has partnered with its design team, construction partners and Levy Restaurants to create what will be an exceptional experience for fans, employing several new operational and design elements that include:

•More than 670 concession points-of-sale (65 percent more than our fans currently enjoy)

•Self-service soda refill stations away from the concession stands (to increase speed, shorten lines)

•Increased on-site kitchen and cooking capacity to ensure freshness, quality and speed of service

•Whole-dollar pricing for ease and efficiency

It looks like Atlanta Falcons fans will get a stadium upgrade without the new stadium prices. I hope this will be a continuing trend when teams get a new stadium.