Pelican Harbor Light Wins Bronze in London at the 2017 IWSC

London, UK – July 26, 2017

Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five new lines of premium spirits, took on the world’s finest spirits producers in the ring at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – and won. The company will sport six new medals in all, five for excellence in a double-blind tasting competition and one for outstanding packaging.

Crooked Fox Bourbon Whiskey and XIII Kings Vodka each won Silver Outstanding medals while Pelican Harbor Dark Rum, Pelican Harbor Light Rum, and Andrew John’s Gin took home Bronze medals in their categories. Pelican Harbor Light Rum was also awarded the Packaging Bronze for its crowd-pleasing sunset bottle design.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition is widely recognized by both industry and consumers as the world’s premiere spirits competition. The 2017 IWSC welcomed thousands of entries from over 80 countries and required nearly 400 expert judges to evaluate each in a double-blind tasting. With six shiny new metals, Southern Champion premium spirits continue their winning streak with judges and consumers alike.

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Pelican Harbor Rum Takes Silver at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

ORLANDO, FL – April 20, 2017. Southern Champion takes 3 silvers at the 74th Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition (WSWA). Pelican Harbor Rum and BuzzBallz Blueberry Blitz took silvers in this year’s competition. Closet Freak White wine competed for the first time and came out with a silver medal. To read more about this year’s WSWA events and awards, visit

Pelican Harbor Rum Featured at the Kosher Food & Wine Experience

New York, NY – February 13, 2017. The Kosher Food & Wine Experience was held in New York City on February 13. This event featured famous chefs sharing recipes as well as wine and spirit tastings. Southern Champion’s award winning Pelican Harbor Rum and Pelican Harbor Black Rum were among the spirits featured at the event. Both received rave reviews. To read more please visit the Kosher Mom’s blog “KFWE ’17 – An Experience To Remember!”.

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 BCD Presents: A Holiday Charity Affair

Austin, TX—November 26, 2016.  BCD stands for Brad, Chelsea and Danny, the voices of prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis and the local YMCA respectively. As a Texas-based company, BuzzBallz and Southern Champion are always honored to be asked to participate in events with local charities. The event was held at a lake house in Austin, TX and raised awareness and donations for local charities.

Merrilee Kick is a Winning Woman

Palm Springs, CA – November 2016. Merrilee Kick, finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Southwest Region, is announced as an award recipient for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2016. Kick flew out to Palm Springs, California to attend the Strategic Growth Forum™ – the country’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. [Retrieved from]


Merrilee Kick with Debra Von Storch

Kick and the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2016 join the ranks of the nation’s top business leaders to attend seminars, investor meetings, discuss business ventures, and network with stars such as Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. BuzzBallz, a household name, is excited to introduce their new line of premium spirits under Southern Champion and give everyone a Kick in their cocktail.

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