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The Buzz on Southern Champion

The Buzz on Southern Champion

IMG_0843Dallas, TX – July 18, 2016.  The Texas Packaging Store Association held their convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas on Sunday, July 17, 2016. BuzzBallz were as colorful as ever and drew a big crowd to sample their pre-mixed, ready-to-drink cocktails. Packaging stores and distributors alike were excited by the design, the whopping 20% alcohol by volume and the great taste.

 

The Southern Champion line of spirits attracted a crowd as consumers tasted XIII Kings Vodka, Andrew John’s Gin, Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Pelican Harbor Rum, and Pelican Harbor Black Rum. Another exciting attraction was the introduction of the white blend wine, Closet Freak. Attendees were visibly excited by the diverse, but creative design and labeling of the new products, but that paled in comparison to the reviews received on taste and flavor.

 

IMG_0845BuzzBallz are currently sold in 38 states and are constantly expanding since their debut in 2009. Southern Champion launched their liquor line of five in April, and the products hit the market in May. As of July, Southern Champion spirits are currently being distributed in 5 states: Texas, Montana, West Virginia, Michigan, and California with more states to be added in August. Closet Freak wine was bottled several weeks before the event and hit the ground running with distribution in California.

The convention was buzzing with activity as numerous beer, wine, and spirits were in attendance to show their best to Texas distributors and store owners. Enthusiasts came from all over the great state of Texas to sample the best, and we are proud to say BuzzBallz, Southern Champion, and Closet Freak were confirmed to be among the best. As a small company that began just a few years ago, the Dallas-based operation is thankful for support and positive feedback from their customers and distributors as they continue to grow and shape the alcohol industry.

Molly Pattillo, Marketing Manager

Buzzballz and Southern Champion LLC.

(972) 242-3777

Molly.pattillo@southern-champion.com

Dallas, TX – July 18, 2016.  The Texas Packaging Store Association held their convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas on Sunday, July 17, 2016. BuzzBallz were as colorful as ever and drew a big crowd to sample their pre-mixed, ready-to-drink cocktails. Packaging stores and distributors alike were excited... Read More

Southern Champion Spirits to be Distributed in Montana

Southern Champion Spirits to be Distributed in Montana

Helena, MT – July 1, 2016.  Southern Champion, the maker of an exciting portfolio of spirits, will be distributed by the Montana Liquor Control Division through Southern Glazers. This is an exciting time for Southern Champion’s owner Merrilee Kick as Helena, Montana is her childhood hometown.

Even though the spirit lines are relatively new to the market, they have already received medals at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Seattle International Spirits Awards and Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Southern Champion takes pride in each of their brands which include XIII Kings Vodka, Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Pelican Harbor Rum, Pelican Harbor Black Rum, and Andrew John’s Gin. Each brand’s uniqueness is reflected through their unsurpassed quality and flavor, and the extraordinary style of bottles and labels. Montanans will soon be able to enjoy some of the finest spirits on the market!

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Helena, MT - July 1, 2016.  Southern Champion, the maker of an exciting portfolio of spirits, will be distributed by the Montana Liquor Control Division through Southern Glazers. This is an exciting time for Southern Champion’s owner Merrilee Kick as Helena, Montana is her childhood hometown. Even though the spirit lines... Read More

Southern Champion, Victorious at 2016 Seattle International Spirits Awards

Southern Champion, Victorious at 2016 Seattle International Spirits Awards

SEATTLE, WA – May 14, 2016

Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five new lines of premium spirits, continue their winning streak across the West Coast at the Seattle International Spirits Awards. Altogether the company brought home seven medals from the single-blind tasting competition.

Pelican Harbor Rum took the esteemed Double Gold while Pelican Harbor Black Rum and XIII Kings Vodka followed close behind with Gold. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey also won a Silver. BuzzBallz cocktails won a gold with their creamy Choc Tease flavor and Silver for new fan pleaser Ginger Mule. Their classically tropical flavor Lotta Colada also won a Bronze.

The 2016 Seattle International Spirits Awards, hosted by TasteNW, is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most comprehensive distilled spirits and liqueurs award program. The competition consists of local, regional, national and international artisan, craft and popular distilled products and liqueurs from around the world. The two-day event solidifies Southern Champion’s line of award winning spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails as they continue to win over judges across the Northwest!

SEATTLE, WA – May 14, 2016 Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five new lines of premium spirits, continue their winning streak across the West Coast at the Seattle International Spirits Awards. Altogether the company brought home seven medals from the single-blind tasting competition. Pelican Harbor Rum took the esteemed... Read More

Southern Champion Rocks 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

Southern Champion Rocks 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 11, 2016

Southern Champion kicks off the contest season strong at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Only a month after the company’s award winning success at the 73rd Annual WSWA Convention and Exposition, the Texas based company proved once again that it is a force to be reckoned with; placing in various categories for its new line of spirits as well as their ready-to-drink products, BuzzBallz and BuzzBallz Shooterz.

Hosted in Los Angeles, California, the competition boasts seven decades of awarding medals to the best wines around the globe. Due to its success, the competition opened up to all spirits and mixers in 2010 and has been making its way to becoming one of most prestigious judging shows in the world. [Retrieved from http://www.laspiritscomp.com]

Pelican Harbor Rum and Andrew John’s Gin took Gold medals in the tasting portion of the competition while XIII Kings Vodka and Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey were awarded Silver. Crooked Fox also won Silver in packaging design against international rivals in the illustration category.

BuzzBallz’ ready-to-drink cocktails are no stranger to tasting competitions and brought home four medals from Los Angeles this time around. Pineapple Passions’ sweet summer vibes won Silver while fan favorite Ginger Mule took Bronze. The line of ready-to-drink shots, BuzzBallz Shooterz, also won Silver for its delicately sweet Chocolate Caramel Cake and Bronze for its tangy, spicy Jalapeño Lime.

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition proved to be a success for Southern Champion’s spirits line and their ready-to-drink BuzzBallz cocktails and Shooterz. Judges, world-renown journalists, pub and bar owners and distillers weighed in, deeming the company as deserving of international bragging rights. The awards are only a preview of the momentum the company will have this competition season; it is going to be an amazing year!

 

Visit http://www.laspiritscomp.com for more details.

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 11, 2016 Southern Champion kicks off the contest season strong at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Only a month after the company’s award winning success at the 73rd Annual WSWA Convention and Exposition, the Texas based company proved once again that it is a... Read More

Entire Southern Champion Portfolio Medals at the 73rd Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

Entire Southern Champion Portfolio Medals at the 73rd Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

LAS VEGAS, NV – April 28, 2016. Southern Champion breaks ground at the 73rd Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition (WSWA). Hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event doubled as a launching platform and networking super hub for Southern Champion’s brand new line of spirits. Southern Champion also supported their long time WSWA veteran brand of ready-to-drink cocktails, BuzzBallz and BuzzBallz Shooterz.

 

The Spirits Tasting Competition, sponsored by The Tasting Panel magazine and The SOMM Journal is one of the highlights of the WSWA Convention and Exposition. [Retrieved from http://www.wswaconvention.org] Southern Champion swept the competition with their spirits and ready-to-drink submissions, winning a total of 10 medals in various categories.

 

Every line of spirit in the Southern Champion portfolio received a medal, a groundbreaking achievement for their first official competition. Pelican Harbor Rum took Double Gold for its sensationally smooth and refreshing taste, while Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey and XIII Kings Vodka took Gold. Pelican Harbor Black Rum and Andrew John’s Gin did not go unrewarded, bringing home silvers for their modern tastes and interpretations of classic spirits.

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BuzzBallz is no stranger to the WSWA competition. The ready-to-drink cocktails have been attending and competing in the WSWA Convention and Exposition since the year 2012. 2016 proved itself to be another award winning year for the product. Creamy fan favorite, Choc Tease, was awarded Double Gold and Best of Show, the highest award available in each category. Peachballz and Pumpkin Pie Eater were both awarded Silver, alongside BuzzBallz’ newest brainchild BuzzBallz Shooterz Chocolate Caramel Cake, a premixed shot with an ingenious bottle design that includes a party perfect shot glass.

 

The Southern Champion crew walked among the stars during the three-day long convention brushing shoulders with attending celebrities Christie Brinkley, Channing Tatum, and Aron Ralston. The WSWA Convention and Exposition offers opportunities for distributors in the industry to discover new and exciting beverage products, shake hands with existing partners and seek out services to enhance internal operations. All in all, the 73rd Annual WSWA proved to be the perfect arena for Southern Champion to kick off its first official competition and solidified the foundation BuzzBallz paved for them years before.

 

Visit www.wswaconvention.org for more details.

 

 

 

LAS VEGAS, NV - April 28, 2016. Southern Champion breaks ground at the 73rd Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition (WSWA). Hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event doubled as a launching platform and networking super hub for Southern Champion’s brand new line of spirits. Southern Champion also... Read More