G-Eazy named partner and co‑creative director of Stillhouse

June 27, 2017

Stillhouse Spirits Co Brad Beckerman G-Eazy
Brad Beckerman and G-Eazy (Photo by R. Bernard/335MM)

The following is a Stillhouse press release:

When hustle recognizes hustle, great things are possible. Stillhouse, the breakout spirits company best known for its award-winning clear American whiskey, announced today that Oakland-bred multi-platinum rapper and producer Gerald “G-Eazy” Gillum has been named Partner and Co‑Creative Director alongside CEO & Founder Brad Beckerman.

This year both creators are burning brighter than ever: Stillhouse with its one-of-a-kind daring red, stainless steel can that goes where glass can’t, and G-Eazy, style icon at the helm of hip-hop and pop music, and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” honorees, with his recently announced new album titled “The Beautiful & Damned” on the way this fall. “Spirits companies had approached me with endorsement deals but that was just money,” said G-Eazy. “I kept running into Stillhouse everywhere and fell in love with the brand not to mention its smooth whiskey. I wanted to partner with Brad because he has this infectious energy and passion for the brand he’s continuing to grow. We hit it off quick with an instant shared vision and love for Stillhouse.”

Given Brad and G-Eazy’s mutual enthusiasm for whiskey, respect for each other’s hustle mentality, and love for Johnny Cash (whose audacity and unapologetic artistry has deeply inspired them), Beckerman knew partnering was the right decision: “We had an instant bond – in my gut I knew that G would make an amazing partner and contributor to Stillhouse because of his drive, creativity and meticulousness. Stillhouse blends nostalgia and heritage with just the right amount of irreverence and G pushes the envelope to elevate that further.” The fast friendship led G-Eazy to invest in Stillhouse, which marks the rapper’s first spirits venture and closes a significant round of funding for the company.

Beyond a love of whiskey, the duo is respected for their business acumen and willingness to take risks. As a college graduate from Loyola University G-Eazy applies his marketing expertise to his art, ensuring every event is a curated experience providing exclusive meet & greet packages and fan activations. In addition to his merchandise available for purchase at regional shows across the US, he has extended his efforts to global pop-up shops that also feature special brand collaborations. Beckerman, a serial entrepreneur and former Chief Creative Officer at Live Nation, brings to the table his business savvy, keen eye for branding and depth of experience in spirits, music, fashion, sports and entertainment.

First on deck: G-Eazy will help to open the Louisiana market, which is home to the musician’s alma mater. This market expansion is a reflection of accelerated demand and continued growth for the young powerhouse whiskey brand. G-Eazy shared, “I’m honored and excited to represent my second home and old stomping grounds. Can’t wait for NOLA to see what we have coming!”

 

Jim Beam Bourbon enters legacy partnership with Chicago Cubs

January 12, 2017

Jim Beam and Chicago Cubs
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Cubs)

Jim Beam Bourbon and the Chicago Cubs have signed a multi-year legacy partnership beginning in 2017.  Under the deal, the Cubs have named Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, as the official spirits partner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. According to a press release from the Chicago Cubs, the exclusive distilled spirits sponsorship will feature multiple brands from Beam Suntory including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Effen Vodka and Hornitos Premium Tequila. Maker’s Mark has launched a Chicago Cubs-themed, limited-edition bottle offered in stores throughout the Chicagoland area. Jim Beam will release a Chicago Cubs co-branded offering by springtime.

As part of the partnership, Jim Beam will have long-term naming rights to the new first base club at Wrigley Field, as well as a new left field bar concept at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. The upper deck patio at Wrigley Field will feature a Jim Beam theme for two seasons leading up to the space’s transition to an upper level club. The existing Hornitos Hacienda, which was named in 2015, will remain in the left field bleachers. The deal also includes in-game signage behind home plate and on the Wrigley Field video board; fixed signage along the third base wall; presenting sponsorship of several promotional giveaways throughout the season; and other digital and hospitality activations at Wrigley Field and Sloan Park.