We got in cahoots with local, independent distillery and revel-rousers Few Spirits (out of Evanston, IL) to create an exclusive small-batch bourbon in honor of our 21st - and legal drinking year - birthday. Bloodshot's Small Batch Bourbon is a blend curated by Few Spirits founder/master distiller Paul Hletko and the Bloodshot Records staff, with similar sweetness and spice as the award-winning Few Bourbon Whiskey but a more herbaceous quality. Only about 500 bottles will be available, distributed in select stores and bars in Chicago (with a release party at Few distillery on July 25th! Music! Booze! Food! Merrymaking!), as well as other national markets including Seattle, Nashville, New York City, and more to be announced. The bottles feature a Bloodshot-themed label and are hand-numbered.
"The idea for Bloodshot Records began over drinks with notes on bar napkins," says Bloodshot co-founder/owner Nan Warshaw. "21 years later, intimate and unfiltered music still tastes good with small-batch bourbon. We’re delighted to be working with Few Spirits, which, like Bloodshot, is homegrown, independent, and carries a DIY-spirited aesthetic. And it’s delicious."
The collaboration is especially appropriate for Hletko, who played in a moderately successful Chicago band and even ran a guitar effects pedal company before founding Few. "We've been huge fans of Bloodshot from almost day one, and it’s been really fun to collaborate with them on this project," he says says. "Music and whiskey go together rather well, and with a 21st birthday, what could be better?”
Marking the release of the special whiskey blend, there will be an all-ages outdoor party held at the Few distillery (918 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL) on Saturday, July 25, featuring live music, Few craft cocktails, food trucks, and the first sale of the limited-run spirit. Doors open at 2PM and Bloodshot acts Bobby Bare Jr., Banditos, and Devil In A Woodpile will perform. Admission is $10, and advance tickets can be purchased HERE.
Bloodshot's Small Batch Bourbon has a suggested retail price of $49.99.
For more information, photos and interview opportunities with Bloodshot or Few, please contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Few Spirits
Based in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb that was once an international headquarters for the temperance movement, Few Spirits is a craft distillery making whiskies and gins from locally grown grains and other ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, including Cascade hops grown in master distiller Paul Hletko’s own backyard. Few Rye Whiskey was named Whisky Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of the Year in 2013, and its Bourbon Whiskey and Barrel Gin were both awarded gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute. For more information about Few and its award-winning spirits, visit fewspirits.com.