Bourbon Charity Announces “Private Barrel” Online Fundraiser  to Generate Funds for the Struggling Hospitality Industry

Bourbon Charity Announces “Private Barrel” Online Fundraiser to Generate Funds for the Struggling Hospitality Industry

Chandler, AZ (April 29, 2020) – Bourbon Charity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, today launched an online charitable private whiskey barrel fundraiser to benefit key organizations within the hospitality industry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, including the James Beard Foundation, United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) and local restaurants and retail stores in its home state of Arizona.

Those interested in supporting the organization can visit to secure their bottle(s) from among two super-premium offerings:

  • Beginning April 29
    • Rossville Union® Straight Rye Whiskey ,a bottled-in-bond (100-proof) release aged for four-seven years from MGP; 198 bottles at $49.99 each
  • Beginning May 15
    • Barrell Craft Spirits TN Whiskey aged for 14 years (private barrel selection); 88 bottles at $89.99 each

Participants will have the opportunity to select from among four Arizona retail and restaurant locations to place their order for online delivery or curbside pickup: Phoenix City Grille (Phoenix), All American Modern Sports Grill (Scottsdale), Batch Café and Bar (Tucson), Liquor Express (Tempe), and Gilbert Convenience Market (Gilbert). $15 per bottle sold will be given to both the James Beard Foundation and the USBG.

Founded in 2019 when his “Pops” was diagnosed with prostate cancer,  Brandon Hunt donated his bourbon collection to start the organization. In one year’s time, Bourbon Charity has enlisted 2,000+ supporters whose passion for combining charity with bourbon to #drinkforachange has raised more than $200,000 for a variety of charitable causes, including: Prostate Cancer Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Dare to Care, and charity: water. All donations are tax deductible.

“I’ve always felt the desire to give back and to help others, especially in light of my Pops’ diagnosis,” said Brandon Hunt, Founder, Bourbon Charity. “During these challenging and uncertain times as the hospitality industry struggles, our passionate and likeminded bourbon community is dedicated to making a difference.”

The online fundraising model has served the organization well, especially given the current state of the world and social distancing. In addition to barrel picks, Bourbon Charity hosts several online fundraising events throughout the year, featuring rare and allocated whiskey, such as Pappy Van Winkle, Eagle Rare, Weller, Sazerac, George T. Stagg and more.

The organization’s next big event is The Ultimate Bourbon Giveaway on Father’s Day. Tickets are now available online through June 18, 2020 in the following denominations: $10 (25 tickets), $25 (150 tickets), or $50 (500 tickets). Each ticket affords participants a chance to win any giveaway. The drawing will take place on Father’s Day, June 21, 2020.

Join the Bourbon Hood

Another way to get involved with the organization is to join the Bourbon Hood, a passionate community of monthly givers that help to ensure that every public dollar donated in the organization’s online fundraisers help the supported charities. Bourbon Hood members receive ticket entries in each fundraiser as well as exclusive merchandise and discounts. For more information, visit

For more information about Bourbon Charity and to donate, visit Follow Bourbon Charity on Facebook at and Instagram @bourboncharity

About Bourbon Charity

Bourbon Charity is a nonprofit organization of more than 2,000 supporters and growing that raise money for charity. Core supported charities include: Prostate Cancer Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Dare to Care, and charity: water. Bourbon Charity is registered as a 501(c)(3) as Brandon’s Bourbon dba Bourbon Charity and a tax exempt organization.

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Still Austin Whiskey Co. Expects to Produce More Than 100,000 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Expects to Produce More Than 100,000 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer

Distillery’s Tasting Room Will Also Make Free Bottled Hand Sanitizer Available for Local Residents Beginning Saturday, April 11

Austin, TX (April 11, 2020) – Still Austin Whiskey Co., the homegrown grain-to-glass distillery, will produce more than 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer over the next several months. Through a partnership with the City of Austin and Travis County COVID-19 emergency response, Still Austin will provide bulk hand sanitizer to those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus pandemic, at no cost. In addition, Still Austin Whiskey is supplying hand sanitizer to hospital systems and other healthcare providers who are caring for COVID patients as well as businesses and non-profits supplying essential services.

The distillery will also begin making 6.6oz bottled hand sanitizer available to local residents via its Tasting Room, located in South Austin at 440 East Saint Elmo, Building F, starting at noon on Saturday, April 11. Orders can also be placed at in advance and collected via curbside pickup. The sanitizer will be provided free of charge. A $4 suggested donation will help to cover costs and 100% of funds collected will support further production. Limit two bottles per person.

Still Austin, which continues to produce its signature bourbon whiskey and rye gin, has also been making large batches of hand sanitizer over the past three weeks. This became possible when the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized production of ethanol-based hand sanitizers by permitted distillers. Still Austin has to date provided 415 gallons of sanitizer to the City of Austin and local governments, and 900 gallons for essential businesses. Additional batches will be allocated to hospitals, cancer centers, local firefighters, police and public health officials and EMS services, nursing care facilities and other high risk groups within underprivileged areas.

“We’re pleased to provide hand sanitizer for all the local heroes on the frontlines fighting this virus to ensure their safety while keeping the rest of us safe,” said Chris Seals, CEO of Still Austin. “In the coming days, we’ll continue to work closely with the City of Austin to and Travis County Emergency Response for Covid-19 to provide support for the greater Austin community however we can.”

Still Austin also recently started supplying high proof ethanol to local Austin pharmacies, which will use it to produce hand sanitizer and augment local supply for their patients and customers.

Still Austin’s hand sanitizer meets all FDA requirements to ensure consumer safety. That includes using only USP-quality alcohol and following guidelines for FDA formulation and for pharmacies (USP).

For more information, visit Follow Still Austin on Facebook at, Twitter @StillATX and Instagram @Still_ATX

 About Still Austin Whiskey Co.

Founded in 2015 by three Austin families, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a true grain-to-glass Distillery, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. All spirits are hand crafted using grains grown by Texas farmers. Still Austin’s collection of spirits includes Still Austin’s High Rye Bourbon Whiskey and Still Rye Gin. Still Austin places a high value on sustainability, with a focus on cutting carbon emissions through local sourcing, increasing the biodiversity of our region through heritage grains, returning spent grains to local ranchers to feed their animals, and operating a distillery that is designed for energy efficiency and water conservation. At this time, the distillery is only open for bottle sales. Curbside pickup is available Mon-Sat from 12-6pm.

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Grain & Barrel Spirits Launches New Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Grain & Barrel Spirits Launches New Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

100% Distilled, Aged & Bottled in KY

BARDSTOWN, Ky.(April 7, 2020) Grain & Barrel Spirits’(“G&B”) has released Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey in select markets, “The Famous Old Brand’s” first Rye in more than 70 years. The introduction follows the fall 2019 launch of the brand’s anchor expression, a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The reintroduction of a straight rye whiskey signals a return to pre-prohibition times when the classic spirit was more prevalent, while also honoring the brand’s history and heritage.

Made in partnership with the Bardstown Bourbon Company as part of its collaborative distilling program, the new Straight Rye Whiskey was 100% distilled, aged, and bottled in the Bluegrass State. It’s a beautifully balanced non-chill filtered 95% rye whiskey, which features a caramel color with a hue of dark orange. The nose reveals a tremendous complexity of spices including pepper and cinnamon, with a hint of dryness and slight overtones of citrus and oak. A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel is complemented by vanilla and butterscotch, followed by a long, slow peppery finish with a hint of sweet honey. At 90 proof (45% ABV), there is a slight, welcome heat. Like the new KY Straight Bourbon, the KY Straight Rye is bottled in a Prohibition-era Chicken Cock replica apothecary-style bottle.

“The number one question I’m asked since resurrecting Chicken Cock Whiskey is, where can I find it?” said Matti Anttila, founder of Grain & Barrel Spirits. “In the beginning, we were limited geographically by liquid so we were forced to allocate to a small group of select markets. Now, several years into the comeback, we’re able to broaden our distribution with our two top quality, everyday expressions – first, our Kentucky Straight Bourbon and now our Kentucky Straight Rye. Both of these will be the cornerstones of the brand as it rolls out nationally throughout 2020.”

Established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky (10 years before Jack Daniels), Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey at The Cotton Club, one of Prohibition’s most legendary speakeasies. Known as “The Famous Old Brand” and “The Whiskey in a Tin Can,” Chicken Cock was smuggled into the Club in sealed tin cans, then ceremoniously opened table-side. After Prohibition, the brand enjoyed a resurgent couple of decades before a distillery fire just after World War II put it out of business. In 2012, Matti Anttila rediscovered the brand and set out to resurrect it to its Prohibition-era glory. Master Distiller Gregg Snyder was enlisted to provide the knowledge and experience needed to help achieve that goal. Snyder’s résumé includes distilling, cooperage, and executive positions with Brown-Forman, Austin Nichols, as well as board positions with the Associated Cooperage Industries of America, Kentucky Distillers’ Association, and others.

Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is now available for the suggested retail price of $69.99 per 750ml bottle online and in the following markets: FL, IL, KS, KY, MO, NY, OK, SC, and TN, with broader national distribution to follow shortly.

About Grain & Barrel Spirits

Founded in 2012 by Matti Anttila, Grain & Barrel Spirits is an award-winning craft spirits company at home in the Southeast with production and sales partners around the world. The company was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list, coming in within the top 25% of America’s fastest-growing, independently owned businesses. In addition to pre-Prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, wholly owned brands include Dixie Southern Vodka, the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast, and The Endless Summer Spirits CompanyPlease visit and follow on Instagram @chickencockwhiskey and Facebook

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