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North Carolina based Graybeard Distillery, maker of award-winning rice-based Bedlam Vodka, has teamed with media industry leader iHeartMedia to establish the Bedlam Vodka Sound Stages at iHeartRadio’s 96.9 The Kat, Channel 96.1 and 1065 The End studio in Charlotte, N.C. and G105, 95x and B93.9’s studio in Raleigh.
Private venues reserved for exclusive artist performances, VIP concert series and invite-only sessions by emerging names in music, the Bedlam Vodka Sound Stage will host its first act August 14 at iHeartRadio’s studio in Raleigh when international recording sensation Jorge Blanco takes the stage in a concert for contest winners and guests of G105.
“Partnering with iHeartMedia to develop the Bedlam Vodka Sound Stages is an amazing opportunity to promote our passion for music, which is a constant throughout our distilling process,” a spokesperson for the distillery says. “This chance to bring artists to the Triangle and Charlotte areas enables us to share that passion for music and the iHeartRadio local affiliate stations allowing contest winners the opportunity to attend aligns with our brand’s inclusive nature.”
Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history. No matter where you go on earth, there is a local bootleg liquor, whether it’s white lightning, chang’aa, or hjemmebrent.
In Moonshine: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press), Kevin R. Kosar tells the colorful and, at times, blinding history of moonshine, which features a crazy cast of crusading lawmen, clever tinkerers, sly smugglers, ruthless gangsters, pontificating poets, mountain men, beleaguered day-laborers and foolhardy frat boys.
As mega-multinationals continue to acquire American craft breweries, the Brewers Association (BA) has created a seal designating which beers are still produced by independents.
The seal features the silhouette of a beer bottle turned upside down, which, the BA says, “captures the spirit with which craft brewers have upended beer,” and the words “Brewers Association Certified Independent Craft.”
The seal is available for use free of charge by any of the more than 5,300 small and independent American craft brewers that have a valid TTB Brewer’s Notice, meet the BA’s craft brewer definition, and sign a license agreement. It is available to both member and non-member breweries of the BA.