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Bringing new life to the legendary role of “Kurt Sloane” made famous by Jean-Claude Van Damme in the 80’s action film Kickboxer, Hollywood’s most in-demand stuntman Alain Moussi makes his unbelievable transition from stuntman to leading man in Kickboxer: Retaliation.
Supporting actors include Jean-Claude Van Damme himself, boxing icon Mike Tyson, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson “The Mountain” from HBO’s Game of Thrones, as well as Christopher Lambert from Highlander.
Known for his jaw-dropping high-kicks, killer precision and natural charm, Alain has been fighting his way through the entertainment industry where he has quickly risen as the quintessential stuntman and fight choreographer. With over 25 years of experience in martial arts and 30+ films to his credits, Alain has become the go-to expert to choreograph Hollywood’s blockbuster action fight scenes.
Born in Africa, Alain and his family spent the first two years of his life between Libreville, and the Ivory Coast before moving to Ottawa, Canada. Growing up, Alain was very active with sports and discovered Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 7, but it wasn’t until he discovered the classic film Bloodsport starring Jean-Claude Van Damme that his passion was realized. After that, Alain made it his life goal to be able to do what Jean-Clade did in the movies and become a famed martial artist, and he remarkably just reprised the role played by the very person who he so idolized.
When Alain is not acting, choreographing fights, falling out of buildings, or running his martial arts school, he enjoys spending time with his wife Janie and daughter Annabelle at their home in Canada, and of course having a drink in his hot tub!
Chillin’ with Alain Moussi
Photo by Bobby Quillard
Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.
Right now I have Kickboxer 2: Retaliation which was released in January and am currently in
prep for Kickboxer 3: Armageddon which is shooting in early 2018.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
I love going out to restaurants, having drinks in a lounge, going to the movies or to simply chill at home either watching Netflix or having a drink in the hot tub.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
To me variety is the spice of life haha! I’ll do pub style beer and appetizers or class it up to a Michelin star restaurant with some wine paring. French, Italian, Brazilian, Lebanese … I like it all!
Chillin’ with Alain Moussi
Photo by Bobby Quillard
What types of dishes do you usually order?
It’s always different, but when I’m in a pub I’m a big fan of chicken nachos. I’m also a huge fan of steak so I love steak houses. If I’m in a fancy restaurant, I love doing a chef’s blind menu with wine pairing.
Do you cook?
I enjoy cooking but I only do the simple stuff: pasta, steak, chicken, and I do a mean dill salmon. My wife Janie is the chef in the house; she’s brilliant even if she’s so modest about it.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I just love a smooth Belgian white or a tasty IPA. I really enjoy wine pairing so it really depends on what I’m eating. I do usually lean towards a nice full-bodied red like a California Cab. When I’m out in a lounge or club I’m a vodka soda kind of guy.
Chillin’ with Alain Moussi
Photo by Bobby Quillard
Do you prepare drinks at home?
All the time.
Do you own a home bar?
What is it stocked with?
Beer, wine, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Cîroc and more.
Chillin’ with Alain Moussi
Photo by Bobby Quillard
What is your favorite drink/cocktail?
I love a good Mojito!
Have you ever been a bartender?
I worked the bar sometimes when I worked as a banquet server at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.
3 Badge Beverage Corporation has introduced an Unoaked Chardonnay to their successful Plungerhead brand.
The new Plungerhead Unoaked Chardonnay is sourced from top vineyards in California’s Lodi winegrowing region.
“Adding an Unoaked Chardonnay to Plungerhead seemed like a natural fit. Plungerhead wines have always been wines of unique character, which is one of the reasons they are so beloved. Unoaked Chardonnay is not widely available and this wine is a great expression of Chardonnay’s wonderful fruit character.”
– August Sebastiani, President of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation
Plungerhead Unoaked Chardonnay
The Plungerhead 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay ($14) was sourced from Lodi, following an ideal growing season of hot days and cool nights. Grapes were harvested earlier than usual and, after going through fermentation, were cold stabilized in stainless steel with no oak influences. The Plungerhead Unoaked Chardonnay is being released this spring for national distribution.
3 Badge Beverage Corporation is based in Sonoma, California, and was founded in 2009 by August Sebastiani. The company offers a diverse collection of everyday luxury wines, and its mission is to over-deliver on quality and value. In addition to Plungerhead, the company also makes Leese-Fitch, Gehricke, Moobuzz, Cedar + Salmon, and The White Knight. 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is located at 32 Patten Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Storytelling is at the heart of cocktailing and with CHILLED’s next installment of Mixing With NOLET’S Silver Gin, we again tap into the CHILLED 100 influencer network to connect the past and the present but with an eye to the future.
The mixology community has embraced gin cocktails as the Wave of the Future and NOLET’S Silver Gin embodies a spirit that’s capable of producing legendary drinks.
In the 1st of a 5 part series, one of Chicago’s budding mixologists and a proud member of the CHILLED 100, lets loose with an original cocktail that typifies the California lifestyle – wine and spirits in harmony. This kind of localized mixing is perfect for a singular spirit like NOLET’S Silver Gin.
Mixing with Nolet’s Gin
NOLET’S Silver Gin is near and dear to my heart and my cocktail strives to showcase the product’s signature botanicals of Turkish Rose, Peach and Raspberry. The name of the drink is Magnificent (Chamo) Mile, riffing on the famed heart of Chicago’s downtown. I began with the classic Gimlet model then morphed it into an herbaceous play on a New York Sour, the chamomile and the Cabernet bringing out the brighter and bolder flavors in the gin. When I learned that NOLET’S US office was in Southern California, I decided that the marriage of an international spirit with a California wine was a winning combination.
Magnificent (Chamo) Mile
Magnificent (Chamo) Mile
By Emily de Kanter
1 1/2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 oz. Chamomile Simple Syrup*
1 oz. Full-Bodied Red Wine, Like a Cabernet Sauvignon
*Chamomile Simple Syrup
Combine equal parts sugar and wáter over low heat and infuse with an equal amount of chamomile tea. For example for one cup of sugar and wáter, use 1 tea bag. As the mixture increases in volume add more tea, e.g. 4 cups requires 5 tea bags. Simmer for 20 minutes, keeping tea bags in to cool for 30 minutes.
Preparation: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice, then float with a full-bodied red wine.
Meet Emily deKanter
Chilled 100 Member, Chicago
Emily deKanter is the beverage Director for Point and Feather, a gin-focused dart bar in the heart of trendy River North in Chicago. She represents the Mezcales de Leyenda and Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal for the city.
Tecate® is bringing back its popular boxing promotion, inviting fans to gather for every fight and decide who will run the ring, Tecate in hand.
With the bell having rung, it’s time once again to “Claim Your Corner” during a retail promotion running in April and May, 2018, leading up to the potential championship boxing rematch between the #1 fighter in the world, “Golden Boy” Canelo Alvarez, and his opponent, the quickly rising, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The on- and off-premise promotion captures all the excitement of the ultimate showdown as it engages boxing fans and beer drinkers nationwide.
“Passion for boxing comes together with passion for Tecate to make this a truly unique and exciting program for the retailers who support it and the consumers who participate. With Mexican Imports growing 11.4% during the promotion period, and interest among our consumers at peak levels, the expectation and anticipation is sky high!”
– Gustavo Guerra, Tecate Brand Manager at Heineken USA
The promotion is designed to generate consideration and engagement among the primary Tecate consumer, Hispanic beer drinkers. Hispanics overspend against boxing events; they spend an average of 3.7 hours watching the fights; are two times more likely to view a boxing event; and are three times more likely to purchase a Pay per View event.
Tecate continues its longstanding support for boxing and its most exciting, high profile bouts between the world’s most renowned fighters. The viewership and attention these fights attract, and the brand’s association with the sport, have had a tremendous impact on consumer engagement and Tecate sales.
“The fights and the passionate fans who support them, have expanded share of voice, trial and awareness. We expect this year’s promotion to be even more successful than the great results we delivered in 2017. Over the past five years, boxing within the Hispanic segment has grown at a CAGR of +3.9% and Tecate is in the ring with this exciting trend. With high-reach social media and impactful on- and off-premise activation, ‘Claim Your Corner’ covers all corners.”
– Gustavo Guerra
“Claim Your Corner” is a fully integrated marketing program that works at multiple levels to drive consumer engagement and retail sales. Fight thematic POS will be used to secure in-store displays and to drive awareness and participation in a text-to-win sweepstakes offering consumers a chance to win one of 5,000 PPV codes and a trip to see the May 5th Canelo vs. Golovkin bout live. In-store sampling will drive consumer trial and cross-merchandising will drive sales for the At-Home viewing occasion.
In addition, beer and PPV savings will be offered through MIRs and IRCs where legal. On-premise, Tecate will host bar takeovers with all things red and blue. From corner-specific swag to dual-sided coasters, consumers can show their pride and passion by representing their color. Digital and social media with posts from Tecate and Golden Boy Canelo will share exclusive content to drive engagement and anticipation. The proprietary Bold Punch app will deliver the latest boxing info, exclusive videos, fighters’ bios and stats, and tips on how to watch the upcoming fight.
A Transatlantic Collaboration: Irish Whiskey Finished in American Rye Barrels.
Prizefight, a new Irish whiskey from the creator of Hendrick’s Gin, Steven Grasse and Irish spirits innovator Flor Prendergast, officially launches in the New York and Boston markets.
Available in select bars and retailers in New York (Grand Army, Sunday in Brooklyn, Duke’s Liquor Box, and more), Boston (Café ArtScience, Lion’s Tail and more) and nationally through online retailer Warehouse Wines & Spirits, the transatlantic collaboration features whiskey from Ireland, finished in rye barrels from America. To bring the new brand to life, the two industry mavericks formed Pugilist Spirits to launch Prizefight Irish Whiskey, distilled in West Cork, Ireland and aged in rye barrels sourced by Grasse’s own experimental spirits lab, Tamworth Distilling in the U.S.
Prizefight Irish Whiskey
Prizefight Irish Whiskey is a fresh, clean spirit with fruit and floral notes that gets a hint of spice from the rye cask finish. A blend of 10-year-old malt and 4-year-aged grain whiskeys, Prizefight gets its unique profile from a six month stint in American rye casks – setting the brand apart from traditional Irish whiskeys. The result is an incredibly complex blend: a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns.
Inspired by the Irish-American connection, the brand tells the incredible stories of the Irish who came to America and became the greatest fighters of their day. Each bottle commemorates the boxing legends who came with nothing and fought for everything. The bottle’s label immortalizes the fight between John Morrissey and Yankee Sullivan, which took place at Boston Corners, New York, on October 12, 1853. Two of the most famous Irish-born fighters of their day, both Morrissey and Sullivan ended up in New York, making their names in barroom brawls as well as well-publicized fights like this one, with over five thousand spectators.
Soft-launched on the East Coast at the end of last year, with limited availability in bars and retailers, Prizefight Irish Whiskey is now available throughout the New York and Boston area in association with the brand’s official launch in March, 2018. Prizefight Irish Whiskey is also widely available in Dublin, Ireland and will begin distribution in the Netherlands later in March.
The Westin New York at Times Square’s Bar Lands Bottle #20 in Limited Release of 299 Crystal Lalique Bottles Worldwide.
Patrón en Lalique, Series 2; the name itself is fabulous and aptly fitting for the exquisite crystal encasing the incredibly rare tequila found within. The Westin New York at Times Square’s Foundry Bar is now serving the hard-to-come by top-of-the-top shelf tequila. There were only 299 bottles produced and now served worldwide; this being one of only a dozen bottles across New York State.
Before getting to the tasteful tequila within, the bottle is as easy on the eyes as this spirit is going down. The crystal encasement is made by Lalique, founded by renowned French glassmaker and jeweler René Lalique. The company is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. Each bottle was handmade and individually numbered at Lalique’s glass factory in Wingen-Sur-Moder, in Alscae, France. Foundry Bar is in proud possession of Patrón en Lalique, Series 2 bottle #20.
Patrón en Lalique, Series 2
Sharing center stage as the co-star of this two-fold experience for the eyes and the palate is the tequila, which uses the highest-quality 100% weber blue agave. It is then matured for seven years in a combination of American oak, French oak and sherry barrels. The culmination of this process results in an exceptionally complex extra añjeo that strikes the ideal balance between fruit, agave and oak aromas.
Foundry Bar is no stranger to fine spirits; less than a year ago they began serving bottle #299 of the 710 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon that was produced. Only 11 barrels were gracefully aged for a quarter century to create this spirt. Much like Patrón en Lalique, Series 2, this rare vintage is just a small fraction of what typical Pappy Van Winkle stocks look like. The decision to create such a limited supply is quite purposeful to have a once-in-a-lifetime offering, which has already sold out.
Patrón en Lalique, Series 2 tequila has the Foundry’s best bourbon beat when it comes to pricing; a half-ounce pour is $215, while a full ounce goes for $340 (Pappy’s was $175 and $315 respectively). Those who are looking for a heavy-handed pour will spend $450 for 1.5 ounces.
Patrón en Lalique, Series 2 will be available at Foundry Bar while supplies last. For more information, visit WestinNY.com/Dining.
Coppercraft Distillery, the award-winning artisan spirits distiller based in Holland, MI, announced that it will launch its first ready-to-drink canned cocktail this spring, 2018.
Coppercraft’s canned Gin & Tonic, created and mixed by hand with Coppercraft’s award-winning gin, is the first canned cocktail launch from a distillery in Michigan.
Nationally, canned cocktails are a fast-emerging trend in the beverage industry, designed to give consumers the taste of an expertly mixed drink from the convenience of home. While several national retailers have come out with similar products, many are malt beverages as opposed to actual cocktails. Coppercraft’s canned cocktail is created from real spirits, distilled from grain.
“Quality craft cocktails are incredibly difficult to make in a portable manner, and this is important as we consider today’s active consumer. Our fans want to experience our award-winning spirits in new and more convenient ways. Our ready-to-drink canned cocktails deliver the same level of quality and first-class drinking experience that our consumers expect from a freshly prepared Gin & Tonic, but without having to go to a bar or mix it themselves.”
– Brandon Joldersma, General Manager of Coppercraft
Coppercraft Canned Gin & Tonic
The Gin & Tonic, at 10 percent ABV, will be packaged in a four-pack of 12-ounce cans. The cocktails will be available at independently-owned stores in Grand Rapids and on the Lakeshore, beginning in March, 2018.
Every Coppercraft spirit has its own qualitative and stylistic distinction. The Coppercraft Gin is comprised of 13 botanicals, foraged and found, its hints of juniper are balanced with coriander, orange, cinnamon and lemon.
Coppercraft will follow the Gin & Tonic launch with additional varieties of canned cocktails to be available later in 2018.
In an exciting evolution of its “Most Interesting Man” campaign, Dos Equis® is out to prove that “interesting” is not limited to just one man; everyone can be interesante. The Keep it Interesante campaign aims to drive home the creative edge the brand is known for, while helping fans bring their irreverent stories to life in a way that makes their stories even more entertaining. The campaign kicks off in March with TV commercials and will be brought to life across social media, digital activations, retail, OOH, and at some of the country’s biggest events and cultural moments throughout the summer.
Dos Equis Keep It Interesante 30s Commercial - YouTube
“It’s been happening since the dawn of storytelling: people using a little creative license to keep friends entertained. At Dos Equis, we’ve been keeping it interesante since the days Cro-Magnons walked the earth. Now, we’re asking Homo sapiens to crank up their interesting by telling a better version of the truth, adding that extra something to take their stories from dull to dazzling, whether it’s in an Instagram post or a tale told over an ice-cold Dos with friends.”
– Quinn Kilbury, Senior Brand Director, Dos Equis
Dos Equis Keep It Interesante Moon Commercial - YouTube
Keep it Interesante launches at an opportune time for Mexican Imports and Dos Equis. Mexican Imports continue to show strong growth in all channels, Dos Equis delivers 16% greater dollar lift than total beer category when on display, and Dos Equis shoppers are more affluent with 20% higher income versus the average beer shopper. Fully integrated on- and off-premise activation engages shoppers with occasion POS, a custom augmented reality experience, impactful retail theater, sampling events, channel partnerships, and rebate offers (where legal).
Wherever there are good times, the only beer that takes boring stories and turns them into interesante ones is Dos Equis. With the objective of driving Dos Equis volume, increasing share of cans during summer outdoor occasions, and recruiting new drinkers, retailers will see an unprecedented level of support for the new campaign to boost sales and profits.
Leading U.S. wine importer Palm Bay International has announced the arrival of Roscato Dark and Roscato Smooth, marking the first still entries for Roscato, makers of America’s #1 sweet red wine.*
Roscato Dark and Roscato Smooth join in the tremendous success of the brand’s popular range of delicately sweet, gently effervescent wines from northern Italy, offering the consumer two complementary styles of still red blend wines that meet the continued demand for this ever growing category.
Made from a proprietary blend of native Trentino red grapes, Roscato Dark is rich and bold, delivering a well-balanced palate with soft tannins and flavors of blackberries with hints of chocolate. Roscato Smooth, also produced from native Trentino red grapes, is marked by a velvety silkiness on the palate and flavors of cherries with undertones of vanilla.
Roscato Dark and Roscato Smooth feature corresponding, premium packaging that incorporate Roscato’s iconic star symbol, while further reinforcing the quality and character of each individual wine. Both will be available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $12.99, beginning April 1st, 2018.
Melissa Hanesworth appointed to Corby’s Executive Committee.
Corby Spirit and Wine Limited (“Corby”) has announced that effective March 1, 2018, Melissa Hanesworth is appointed Vice-President, production, reporting to Patrick O’Driscoll, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby. Ms. Hanesworth was also concurrently appointed as Vice President, North American Manufacturing by Pernod Ricard North America. She succeeded Jim Stanski in both roles, who retired on February 28th, 2018 after 24 years with the Pernod Ricard Group, and with whom she worked closely over the last two years.
With over 16 years at the Pernod Ricard Group, Corby’s majority shareholder, Ms. Hanesworth will bring extensive experience in manufacturing leadership to Corby and its production requirements. She most recently held the position of Managing Director, Operations at Pernod Ricard USA, Inc.’s production facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas, which annually blends and bottles over five million cases of spirits, including Malibu rum and Kahlúa liqueur. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard in 2001, Ms. Hanesworth held other leadership positions in finance and accounting. She earned her B.Sc. degree at Arkansas State University, and her MBA degree at Louisiana State University.
In her new role, Ms. Hanesworth will take on responsibility for the historic Hiram Walker & Sons distillery and bottling facility in Windsor, Ontario, while continuing to lead the Fort Smith production facility. Corby manages the Windsor production facility for Pernod Ricard S.A. under the terms of certain agreements. Pernod Ricard indirectly owns in excess of 50% of the issued and outstanding Voting Class A Common Shares of Corby and is considered to be Corby’s ultimate parent.
“Melissa has a wealth of experience in operations leadership, and I am confident that she will bring our manufacturing strategy to new heights in Canada and across the border. I am delighted to welcome such a strong leader to Corby and look forward to the diversity of ideas and thinking that she will bring to the executive team.”
– Patrick O’Driscoll, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby