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What’s Pouring: Castle & Key readying Batch #1, Dos Primos Tequila & Bell’s Oberon

Castle & Key Distillery Releases First Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
Since Restoring the Iconic Old Taylor Distillery in 2014

Over four years in the making, Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, KY, is proud to announce the launch of its Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Batch #1, the first-ever bourbon to be released by the Castle & Key team since restoring the Old Taylor Distillery in 2014.

Batch #1 will be available starting on March 26 at Castle & Key Distillery for $50 and will be followed by the release of Batch #2, which will be available in early May. Both batches will be sold throughout the states of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

“We’re thrilled to announce the release of Castle & Key’s first bourbon,” says Will Arvin, Co-Founder and Owner of Castle & Key Distillery. “We believe this debut stays true to our commitment of reimagining Kentucky spirits by identifying the best barrels for production each year based on quality, not consistency of flavor.”

Photo courtesy of Castle & Key.

Thomas Rhett and Jeff Worn’s Dos Primos Tequila Company
partners with The Nature Conservancy

The Dos Primos Tequila Company – founded by country-music superstar Thomas Rhett and his cousin, Jeff Worn – is partnering with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to support land-restoration and water-conservation efforts in Mexico. The company has pledged $50,000 to TNC for its conservation work in the Tehuacán Valley area in Mexico. The valley is located southeast of Jalisco, Mexico, where Dos Primos Blanco Tequila and the recently launched Dos Primos Reposado Tequila are produced.

The Tehuacán Valley is the most biologically diverse arid region in North America and is home to a remarkable 70% of the world´s plant families, including wild agaves, “cousins” of the tequila and mezcalero agaves. The Valley served as one of the world’s ancient cradles of civilization, the earliest irrigation place in Mesoamerica, and one of the oldest in the New World. There, the agricultural communities employ age-old water and soil retention management techniques. For its natural and cultural richness, it has been designated by UNESCO as Natural World Heritage Site.

In order to protect this heritage and help improve the livelihoods of local communities through climate resiliency, Dos Primos is supporting TNC’s work to help conserve and restore this land by integrating sustainable agroforestry systems and replenishing adjacent streams and bodies of water, increasing the availability of fresh water by millions of gallons each year for nature and people.

From March through August, 2022, consumers can scan a special QR code where Dos Primos Tequila is sold to learn more about the project or to make a donation to TNC. The Dos Primos website and the TNC website also will feature information and donation links.

Reach for the sun: Bell’s Oberon is back

The highly anticipated return of Bell’s Oberon Ale is almost here, officially kicked off its 2022 season on Monday, March 21.

After spending the past two years celebrating virtually and at a distance, beer fans are more than ready for this annual holiday, signaling the end of winter, whether Mother Nature always agrees or not. Midnight tappings will offer those first sips of summer launching a week-long celebration at bars, restaurants, and retailers across the country.

“This may be a long-standing Bell’s tradition, but it also showcases an incredible amount of hard work,” said Carrie K. Yunker, Bell’s Executive Vice President. “There are so many across this state that benefit from our fans’ shared passion for this beer. To see this state come alive after a long, dreary winter, it’s truly inspiring and uplifting to see.”

Second only to Bell’s year-round Two Hearted IPA in sales, Oberon offers a highly drinkable 5.8% ABV. A classic summer beer, it’s perfect for the backyard, while cheering on your favorite team or just about any summer pastime.

Bell’s American Wheat Ale will be available in all its regular packaging options (draft, bottles and, cans) through August across Bell’s distribution footprint except in Arizona and Florida where Oberon is enjoyed year-round. New for this year will be the addition of 19.2 cans; look for that limited offering in June.

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