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WhistlePig Launches Dank January

WhistlePig Launches Dank January

by David Klemt

WhistlePig Dank Dank & Dry Old Fashioned Cocktail

You’ve heard of Dry January but WhistlePig Whiskey wants to usher in Dank January, and they’re giving back to bartenders to make it happen.

The craft whiskey producer, a finalist in the second annual Liquor Awards for Sustainable Producer of the Year, has released a head-turning new alcohol-free expression.

Already sold out at the time of publication, the limited edition Dank & Dry Old Fashioned promises a unique drinking experience. Luckily, we secured our Hot Box Bundle (information below) prior to this terpene-supercharged bottle selling out.

This eccentric bottle features reverse-distilled WhistlePig Piggyback Rye, which becomes Rye Non-Whiskey. WhistlePig blended the alcohol-free non-whiskey with barrel-aged maple syrup. Of course, that in and of itself would make for a fantastic bottled craft cocktail. However, its another ingredient that really stands out.

WhistlePig added what they’re calling Old Fashioned Terpenes to the non-whiskey and syrup. These terpenes were cultivated from cannabis that had been grown in whiskey barrels. To create the Old Fashioned Terpenes, the terpenes from the barrel-grown cannabis were isolated by Satori Premium Cannabis, a producer located in Vermont.

Before anyone rushes to any conclusions, no, Dank & Dry won’t get you high. Terpenes are aromatic compounds, not psychoactive. So, this limited edition bottled cocktail won’t get you drunk, high, or otherwise buzzed.

What it will do, I suspect, is deliver a truly unique flavor experience. I’ll report back with my thoughts after it arrives and I get to sit with it for a bit.

This bottle is also helping bartenders as 100-percent of Dank & Dry proceeds are set to go to Turning Tables. With any luck, WhistlePig will be inspired to bring this bottle back for every Dry (or Dank) January going forward.

Dank January is the New Dry January with WhistlePig’s Non-Alc, Terpene Maple Old Fashioned

World’s First Dank & Dry Cocktail Puff-Puff-Passes 100% of Proceeds to Bartenders

SHOREHAM, Vt.–WhistlePig Whiskey, the leader in independent craft whiskey, is highjacking Dry January with a Limited Edition Dank & Dry Old Fashioned Cocktail. Known for pushing the boundaries of whiskey making to craft the world’s best and most interesting whiskeys, WhistlePig is elevating the non-alcoholic cocktail experience with the addition of non-psychoactive cannabis terpenes to its signature Barrel Aged Maple Old Fashioned recipe. 100% of the proceeds of this Dank January Limited Edition will benefit the bartending community.

Crafted with 100% Rye Non-Whiskey, Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup and Vermont Cannabis Terpenes, the new terps non-alc is a salad bowl of superior ingredients never-before-seen in a non-alcoholic Old Fashioned. WhistlePig’s reverse distilled PiggyBack Rye ‘Non-Whiskey’ is balanced with Barrel-Aged Maple and locally sourced Old Fashioned Terpenes for a chronic non-alc cocktail experience. The non-psychoactive terpenes were cultivated from cannabis grown in whiskey barrels, and isolated by Satori Premium Cannabis in the Green Mountain State.

“At the intersection of non-alc and cannabis trends, terpenes offer a new frontier for flavor that we couldn’t resist experimenting with,” said Meghan Ireland, WhistlePig Head Blender. “The results are fire, with terpenes adding aromas and mouthfeel that are often missing from non-alc innovation. Whether you’re still walking the hog, enjoying the electric lettuce, or abstaining altogether, WhistlePig fans do not have to miss out on a great tasting Old Fashioned this January.”

WhistlePig’s Dank & Dry Old Fashioned Cocktail is available as both a ‘One Hitter’ (single 750ml bottle) for $49.99 MSRP or in the ‘Hot Box Bundle’ with the addition of a pig-shaped cocktail smoker and ‘dime baggie’ of cocktail smoking chips for $64.20 MSRP. Each bottle is presented in a Reefer Madness inspired gift box emblazoned with WhistlePig’s original logo (since retired) with the pig wielding a left-hoof-cigarette.

As a toke-n of thanks for bartenders who work their tails off during the holiday season only to be left high and dry in January, WhistlePig is puff-puff-passing 100% of Dank & Dry Old Fashioned proceeds to bartenders through Turning Tables, a New Orleans based non-profit whose vision is to cultivate leadership, create real opportunity and change the face of hospitality by establishing a model and standard for equitable access for the Black & Brown hospitality community of New Orleans.

WhistlePig Dank & Dry Old Fashioned is available online while supplies last.

To learn more about WhistlePig Whiskey, visit whistlepigwhiskey.com. You can also check out WhistlePig Whiskey on Facebook, X and Instagram.

About WhistlePig Whiskey

Located off the grid on a 500-acre Vermont farm, WhistlePig Whiskey is crafted by a new generation of whiskey distillers and blenders driven to reinvent and unlock the flavor of Rye whiskey. Through their rebellious pursuit of experimenting and pushing boundaries in the industry, WhistlePig has become the leading independent craft whiskey brand for innovation. WhistlePig is committed to becoming the best whiskey on and for the planet, starting with its locally sourced ingredients and sustainable supply chain and distilling process. For more information, head to whistlepigwhiskey.com.

About Turning Tables

Turning Tables was launched in 2019 by industry leaders and mentors who found a thirst for community and opportunity among Black and Brown hospitality professionals looking to take their careers to the next level. The Turning Tables 12-week intensive program connects each cohort of individuals with a foundation in spirits, cocktail and wine knowledge with access to career pathways within the three tier system, restaurant and bar management, trade advocacy, marketing, and hospitality leadership. Their process is both experiential and classroom-oriented. They partner with employers, brands and like-minded individuals who recognize pervasive racism and inequity in the industry and want to join them in challenging it.

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WSWA Presents Cannabis Regulation Plan

WSWA Presents Cannabis Regulation Plan to Congress

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Drink with cannabis leaf artwork on top

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America are making their support for federal adult-use cannabis legalization and regulation known.

In summary, the WSWA is urging Congress to treat cannabis in a similar manner to alcohol. Impressively, the organization is doing more than just imploring members of Congress to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis.

Rather, the WSWA is showing their commitment by doing much heavy lifting. Click here and you’ll find the WSWA Principles for Comprehensive Federal Legalization and Oversight of the Adultuse Cannabis Supply Chain. This is a comprehensive document that serves as a framework for the federal government to take action.

“The time has come for Congress to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis at the federal level,” says Francis Creighton, CEO and president of the WSWA. “The success of our alcohol regulatory system offers a proven model for cannabis regulation, one that will promote public health and safety as well as a fair and competitive marketplace.”

Why Does the WSWA Care About Cannabis?

It’s clear when reading the WSWA letter to Congress and the organization’s framework document that they anticipate this question.

In a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the WSWA lays out precisely why they’re addressing federal legalization and regulation:

I am writing to you today to announce that we at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) believe the time has come for Congress to legalize and regulate adultuse cannabis at the federal level.

We have reached this position because the current conflict between state and federal law is not only causing adverse consequences for consumers and nonconsumers of cannabis but will also have longterm public health and safety costs that are too great to ignore. Twentyone states and the District of Columbia representing roughly half the U.S. population have already legalized adultuse cannabis, yet the markets in these states remain illegal under federal legislation. This conflict undermines the rule of law and weakens public health and safety, while leaving states unsupported in their efforts to create safe, regulated markets and eliminate dangerous blackmarket activity.”

What Does the WSWA Want?

Essentially, the WSWA wants the US government to apply the same principles of federal beverage alcohol regulation to adult-use cannabis:

  • Award permits to cannabis producers, testing facilities, importers, and distributors;
  • approve and regulate cannabis products;
  • collect federal excise tax efficiently and effectively; and
  • implement effective public safety measures.

To that last point, the WSWA calls for the development of “a reliable standard for all types of impaired driving, similar to blood alcohol concentration.” In other words, a BAC equivalency for cannabis.

Of course, I don’t think I’m coming to any groundbreaking conclusion in assuming the organization foresees financial benefits. Alcohol importers and distributors, for example, know how to maneuver through the red tape of federal regulation already. And they’re well positioned to apply for permits, should they be allowed to handle both alcohol and cannabis.

This is an interesting development, one that many will support. The WSWA makes a compelling point. Additionally, providing framework is a wise strategic move.

However, we’re in highly partisan, politically charged times. There’s no reason yet to assume Congress will take up federal legalization and regulation any time soon.

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Nevada Mulling Cannabis Lounges

Nevada Mulling Cannabis Lounges

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Pink alarm clock that reads 4:20

Nevada, Las Vegas in particular, has long been at the forefront of hospitality and guest experiences.

This includes cannabis tourism.

Two new bills seek to make public cannabis consumption legal in the Silver State.

Current Cannabis Consumption Laws

Contrary to popular belief, it’s illegal to consume cannabis in public in Nevada. Many tourists, however, seem to believe the opposite is true.

This isn’t new to Las Vegas locals; there are still people who think anything goes in Sin City. There are still people who think brothels and prostitution are legal in Las Vegas, after all. Why would weed not be subject to rumor and innuendo?

The reality of recerational cannabis consumption in Nevada—so this includes Las Vegas—is as follows:

  • A person must consume cannabis on private property. The property owner must grant permission.
  • It’s illegal for the driver or passenger(s) in a moving vehicle to consume cannabis.
  • It’s illegal to operate a moving vehicle under the influence of cannabis.
  • Adults 21 years and older may legally possess up to one ounce (28 grams) of cannabis edibles, flower, or topicals, as well as 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrates.
  • Adults 21 years and older may purchase cannabis from licensed retailers or a Nevada dispensary. Nobody may purchase more than one ounce of cannabis at a time.

Currently, there is one lounge in Nevada in which a person may legally consume cannabis. The NuWu Cannabis Tasting Room sits on Paiute tribal land.

Current Cannabis Bills

Nevada Assemblyman Steve Yeager’s new bill, Assembly Bill 341, seeks to legalize cannabis consumption lounges.

The introduction of this bill makes sense given that Assemblyman Yeager is a member of the Growth and Infrastructure Committee.

Nevada’s recreational cannabis revenue is certainly growing each year:

  • 2017 Tax Revenue: $70 million
  • 2018 Tax Revenue: $74.7 million
  • 2019 Tax Revenue: $99.18 million
  • 2020 Tax Revenue: $105.18 million

If AB341 passes, dispensaries and other license holders would be able to apply for a license to operate as a “social use” venue.

Another bill, AB322, would allow for the sale and consumption of cannabis at “certain events.” In other words, festival operators could apply for such a license, as an example.


Nevada has been seen as the possible “Amsterdam of America” since states began legalizing recreational cannabis in earnest.

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom sees the situation in a grander scale, particularly for Las Vegas.

“I think we’re ready to really blow the doors off this thing,” says Segerblom. “If we do soon, we can be the marijuana capital of the world.”

“The Marijuana Capital of the World.” When Nevada goes in, they go all in.

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