WhistlePig, a cult favourite whiskey out of Vermont, continues to place its distinctive stamp on Dry January by creating a terpene-based cocktail that leans into two tendencies directly—the explosion of nonalcoholic drinks and the American hashish increase.
The model has dubbed its 2024 effort “Dank January,” saying it goals to excessivejack the month-long temperance problem with “a salad bowl of superior substances” for a “persistent” booze-free expertise. Honest warning: extra stoner puns forward.
The limited-edition cocktail—a model of the traditional quaint—dropped on New 12 months’s Day with a “one hitter,” a single 750-milliliter bottle, and a “sizzling field bundle,” which added a pig-shaped cocktail smoker and a “dime bag” of smoking chips.
The preliminary run bought out in 4 days, and WhistlePig has determined to launch one other batch, probably accessible by subsequent week, in accordance with Eliza McClure, vp of selling, who mentioned execs have been “blown away” by the response.
“It’s the quickest sellout we’ve had” for a Dry January stunt, she mentioned. “And there was a whole lot of demand for our earlier restricted editions.”
WhistlePig’s new product, although co-opting hashish slang and imagery, comprises no THC, is non-psychoactive and is absolutely authorized nationwide. Its cheeky packaging borrows closely from Reefer Insanity, that includes a classic model of name mascot Winston the pig, who is likely to be smoking a blunt, or it might be a cigar—it’s open to interpretation.
The model is concentrating on followers who’re drawn to the craft origins of its flagship whiskeys, with the limited-run NA product reflecting its small-batch strategy and nodding to curated weed strains, McClure mentioned. The terpenes for the quaint cocktail, created with associate Satori Premium Hashish, come from hashish cultivated in whiskey barrels.
The booze-free quaint may additionally enchantment to the Cali sober, a time period for many who swap out booze for weed, which McClure cited as a consider creating the actual mix. She famous a 2023 report from CivicScience that discovered 21% of Dry January members changed alcohol with hashish, a quantity that jumped to 34% for the 21- to 24-year-old demo.
The combination of weed and drinks is turning into extra mainstream, through bespoke invite-only eating experiences and media publicity like TV cooking reveals.
“We’ve seen within the bar house that mixologists are taking part in with terpenes and derivatives,” McClure informed Adweek. “And we all know how a lot curiosity there may be in hashish” as legalization continues to unfold throughout the nation.