Celebrities and purveyors of premium spirits share a common bond—as in, they both tend to strive for perfection. So, when an internationally known movie or music star decides to lend their name (and often ideas) to a brand of booze, you best believe they’re pouring their heart and soul into a quality product.
Or at least we all hope. Backed with the resources do the job right, most celebrity-created liquor, beer, and wine can definitely be classified as “the good stuff.” Here is a list of celebs, some recent and others more recent, who have dabbled in the adult beverage industry.
901 Tequila (Justin Timberlake)
Tequila has been a hot celebrity industry for years thanks to Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo. (In fact, Patron was co-founded by hair stylist John Paul DeJoria of John Paul Mitchell fame.) Going on four years strong, Justin Timberlake's 901 Tequila, the newly crowned President of Pop’s ode to Memphis, has been dubbed by the crooner as “the moment when evening ends and your night begins.” Is that supposed to be a riddle?
Crystal Head Vodka (Dan Aykroyd)
Don’t let the really cool bottle fool you: Dan Aykroyd’s now iconic vodka is more than just a marketing gimmick. The quadruple-distilled and seven times filtered process makes for a delightfully smooth product, which has skyrocketed in sales faster than the likes of Grey Goose and Belvedere. The signature skull wasn’t beloved by all though. In 2010, Aykroyd’s native Ontario condemned the booze, claiming the bottle was offensive. An outage ensued, and the ban was lifted a year later. (Lighten up, Ontario!) [pagebreak]
Dreaming Trees Wine (Dave Matthews)
It’s tough to find anything more chill than music festival monolith Dave Matthews and his Dreaming Tree wine collection. The collection, which now includes a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, a red blend called Crush, and a white blend deemed Everyday, was released in 2011. That same year the Dave Man took a break from touring after 20 straight hacky-sack-filled summers. Bonus: Each cork is inscribed with different DMB song lyrics.
Mansinthe (Marilyn Manson)
What do you get when you mix Marilyn Manson with absinthe? Mansinthe, of course. Unbeknownst to many, absinthe wasn’t legalized in the U.S. until 2007, when a nearly 100-year ban was lifted. It was also in 2007 when Manson started slinging some of the purest wormwood this side of Switzerland (where absinthe originated).
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (Wil Wheaton)
A microbrew prided in beer-geekdom, this imperial stout is the brainchild of Stone Brewing Co. CEO Greg Koch, fark.com creator Drew Curtis, and last, but not least, actor, blogger, and self-described “über-geek champion” Wil Wheaton. (For some, Wil will always be known as Gordie from Stand by Me.) With a whopping 13% ABV, this strong brew is highlighted by plenty of hops, pecans, and, of course, 100% Wil Wheaton wheat. [pagebreak]
2012 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie)
Leave it to the culture monster that is Brangelina to go the very specific route, slapping their names on this Provencal rose. The wine, released this past spring, is produced on the vineyards at Chateau Miraval, the couple’s estate in the south of France. Curious about the product’s success? The first 6,000 bottles sold out within five hours. (At a respectable $23.95 a pop!)
A good pun is always a crowd pleaser, much like Hanson’s 1997 pop hit “MMMBop.” That year, none of the brothers were of legal drinking age, but fast-forward 16 years and they’re making their very own pale ale named, you guessed it, Mmmhops. The brew will be released this fall, and all merchandise proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross disaster relief fund to assist tornado victims in Hanson’s home state of Oklahoma. God bless those boys.
Dogfish Head American Beauty (The Grateful Dead)
If you’re thirsting for more musically inspired pale ale, look no further than Dogfish Head’s heavily hyped American Beauty, named after the classic 1970 album by the Grateful Dead. The Imperial Pale Ale, awaiting its October 2013 release, is highlighted by the ingredient to end all hippy-inspired microbrew ingredients–granola. The result: a beer that blends flavors of honey, grains, oats, and fruit.
REMIX (DJ Pauly D)
Apologies in advance. It was practically inevitable that a Jersey Shore cast member would get involved in the pre-mixed cocktail business. Enter Remix, a vodka-based beverage from DJ Pauly D that is RTD (ready-to-drink). With essential flavor components like “Yeah Yumberry” and “Strawberry Holla-peno,” Remix is the perfect way to start a night that could later end with some drunken smushing…or a fistfight over late-night cheese fries.
Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum (Kenny Chesney)
Leave it to country star Kenny Chesney to go all Caribbean with a collection of high-end rum. This year, the one-time Mr. Renee Zellweger launched a trio that includes white, coconut, and spiced rum. Chesney decided to take his new venture on the road, featuring Blue Chair Bay on his 42-stop No Shoes Nation Tour. Getting more than a million of your fans tipsy off your rum before swooning them with your music. Well played, Mr. Chesney.