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“Me, Hennessy and you” is still a famous line we unfortunately even use in 2020. But what if “Hennessy” was replaced with your very own South Florida black-owned liquor company name?
During this year’s quarantine, I know many people made lists of black businesses to support, but don’t forget to add the “feel-good drink brands” to your list. Now, you might be asking how can we even find black-owned liquor companies? Don’t worry– we got you. Here are five black-owned liquor companies right here in South Florida. Don’t forget when you purchase a bottle to say who brought you there, Hy-Lo News Miami! Most importantly drink responsibly at the age of 21 and up.
Duke & Dame Whiskey
Duke and Dame Whiskey is a multi-award winning, 100% natural, salted caramel flavored whiskey. They set out to create a premium craft whiskey with robust salted caramel flavor and just the right amount of sweetness – a whiskey sophisticated enough to be sipped neat, yet playful enough to be enjoyed as a shot or in a cocktail. This is a whiskey that could be enjoyed by whiskey enthusiasts and newcomers alike, as well as those who may not have enjoyed whiskey in the past. Duke & Dame Salted Caramel Flavored Whiskey is proudly distilled and bottled in South Florida and is now available at select liquor stores, bars, and restaurants across Florida, Michigan, and New York. To learn more, visit them at http://dukeanddame.com/ or follow them on Instagram at @dukeanddamewhiskey.
VG Vodka can be found all throughout South Florida at some of your favorite restaurants, bars, and liquor retailers, including Total Wine, Crown Wine & Spirits. With more than 150 locations carrying their brand, you can snag a bottle for $19.99/750 ml and $28.99/1.75ml at one of their retail locations. Check out their website for a full list of distributors, tastings, and upcoming events at www.victorgeorgevodka.com
Toast Distillers, Inc. is a Florida-based spirits conglomerate, known best for its ultra-premium vodka, Toast™, headquartered in Miami, Florida. The company was founded in 2013 by Dieuveny “DJ” Jean Louis. The Company includes the Miami Distilling Company, a wholly-owned distillery where Toast Distillers produces all of its products which include: Toast Vodka™, Amazing Brands™, Voka Vodka, & TMDC Gin™. Toast Distillers is also a contract manufacturer for MIAMI CLUB RUM™, Pitbull’s VOLI VODKA™, and E11EVEN VODKA™. To learn more, visit https://www.toastdistillers.com/, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Timothy and Whitney Stephenson both former US Navy veterans now residing in Miami, took to the wonderful things the “Magic City” has to offer. Timothy recognized that Miami is a plethora of many tropical and Caribbean traditions which incited him to bring Phoenacolada (Pineapple & Coconut Flavored Vodka) to the market as the first official Phoenix Spiritz brand vodka. The Premium Flavored Vodka is corn-based, distilled 6 times, filtered 6 times, and made in the USA. Phoenix Phoenacolada vodka can be enjoyed in cocktails, on the rocks, or straight. Their Master Tasters have deemed Phoenix Phoenacolada as smooth and sophisticated to bring you the essence and experience of Miami wherever you are. To learn more, visit https://www.phoenixspiritz.com/, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Owner Bernard Small grew up in Miami, Fl, in the mid-80s, which was a rough time for many inner-city kids during that time. He founded Balt Vodka in 2019 and dreamed of making a premium Vodka that would challenge the mold of what a good Vodka is supposed to be! Smalls designed the bottle after his deceased friends; it represents their honorable transition into the afterlife. He created many memories with these men and built many principles that he lives by today. We are honorable men! We live honorable, love honorable, and drink honorably! To learn more, visit www.baltvodka.com/.
Are there more Black-Owned Liquor brands we should feature? If so, to be added to our list, email Tyler Frater at TylerFrater53@Gmail.Com.
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