Author: Jon Winter

Bogart’s gin awarded prestigious gold medal

ROK Stars Bogart’s Gin rated ‘exceptional’ and awarded 93 points by Tastings.com The highly prestigious Tastings.com, powered by the Beverage Testing Institute, was founded in 1981 to provide independent, fair and impartial wine, beer and spirits reviews for consumers. Recognised globally as the benchmark of awards in the beverage industry, Chicago-based Tastings.com conduct blind-tasting reviews. Rated as ‘exceptional’ the independent panel of experts at Tastings.com drawn from retailers, restaurateurs, drinks writers and buyers, awarded Bogart’s Gin 93 points and commented on its “clear color, citrusy aromas of lemon and lime zest, turkish delight, sumac, and fragrant orchid with a round, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sarsaparilla, horehound, and celery finish. A rich, weighty, martini-worthy gin with exotic root flavors.” Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars said “We set out to create a world-class gin, in association with the Humphrey Bogart Estate, to honour the great man so we are delighted to have Bogart’s Gin recognised with this prestigious blind-tasting award.” https://www.tastings.com/Spirits-Review/Bogarts-Gin-England-90-Proof-03-01-2018.aspx


ABK Beer Wins 2 More Gold Medals in Blind-Tasting Competitions

STARS ABK BEER COMPANY BOLDLY CLAIMS TO BREW THE BEST BEER IN THE WORLD ABK Hell Beer rated ‘exceptional’ by Tastings.com and awarded 93 points as the Best Munich Helles. ABK Edel Beer rated  ‘Gold’ and ‘Love It’ at the New York International Beer Competition Tastings.com and the New York International Beer Competition are two of the most globally recognized benchmark awards in the beverage industry with both competitions involving blind tasting panels consisting of a mix of qualified trade buyers, restaurateurs, cicerones, sommeliers, retail beer buyers, distributors, and importers. “We are probably the oldest beer company in the world and now probably the best beer company in the world.” Said Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars. Rated as ‘exceptional’ the independent panel of experts at Tastings.com awarded ABK Hell ‘Das Blaue’  93 points and commented the beer is “Minutely hazy light gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon marmalade on raisin toast, thyme honey on an onion roll, lemon Italian ice, and candied apple peel with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long wafers with lemon cream, nut brittle, bibb lettuce, and clay finish. A fruity and expressive, lemony Helles that begs for another sip.” https://www.tastings.com/Beer-Review/ABK-Hell-Das-Blaue-Germany-03-02-2018.aspx Rated Gold “Love it” by the New York International Beer Competition ABK Edel ‘Spezial Beer’was noted as having “A pale straw color with golden hints and a velvety white frothy head, which reduces gently to some light lacing. To the nose, Edel is mostly hops mixed with a biscuit sweetness and a freshly baked bread aroma with a hint of some sweet apples and pears. On the tongue, you’ll notice the slightly toasted malts and light floral hops which start with light biscuit malts, before a sweetness, to form a buttery bitter finish. Easily drinkable. Crisp and refreshing.” https://www.nyibeercompetition.com/index.php/2018-winners/


ROK Stars Announce ABK Beer Awarded 7 Medals by the DLG

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products and environmental technologies development company founded by John Paul DeJoria and Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its portfolio of ABK Bavarian Beers have been awarded a further 7 medals, including 3 Gold Medals, by the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Society). The DLG, founded in 1885, has over 25,000 members and is the leading organisation in Germany promoting technical and scientific progress and excellence in agriculture, food and beverages. ROK Stars acquired the historic 700-year-old Aktienbrauerei in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria in May 2013 and has since re-designed and re-packaged a range of beers for international export under the brand ‘ABK – Since 1308’. In 2017, exports accounted for 30% of all beer brewed at ABK. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars said, “We are enormously proud that our ABK craft beers continue to be recognised and rewarded for their outstanding quality and taste by such respected authorities such as the DLG, the European Beer Star Award and the World Beer Championships, as such awards are key to the global growth of our historic beer brand.” With an award-winning drinks portfolio which includes ABK Bavarian Beer and Bogart Spirits, ROKiT Drinks has a mandate to ‘Build the Mega-Brands of Tomorrow, Today.’ More information at www.rokstars.com and www.dlg.org


ROK Stars announce unique ABK Beer Tap Handle wins Design Awards at the World Beer Championships

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer goods and environmental technologies company founded by John Paul DeJoria and Jonathan Kendrick has announced its beer tap handle, designed in-house, has won awards at the 2017 World Beer Championships. Jonathan Kendrick, chairman of ROK Stars commented “Having already been awarded Gold Medals for our beers, it’s great that our unique beer tap handle, designed in-house by our Creative Director Chris Morris, has also been recognised at the World Beer Championships because, while it’s vital to offer outstanding beers, it’s equally important to draw the attention of beer lovers to them. Our beer tap handle does that very well indeed.” ABK Beer, part of ROKiT Drinks which includes Bogart’s Spirits, has been continuously brewed in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, since 1308 and is now exported globally. More information at: www.abkbeer.com and www.tastings.com   


ROK Stars announce Mikeska Distributing as new Texas distributor for ABK Beer

ABK Beer now available in 16 States ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products and environmental technologies development company co-founded by John Paul DeJoria and Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ROKiT Drinks division has expanded its US footprint of ABK Bavarian Beer into Texas through agreement with Mikeska Distributing, effective immediately Mikeska is a family-owned distributor who carefully curate the brands they take on, allowing them to remain loyal to a small number of outstanding brewers who produce the highest quality beer in the industry. As the distribution of ABK expands throughout the US, new beer styles and packaging have been added to the ABK portfolio including draft beer in recyclable kegs and bottled four packs. These new offerings have joined the ABK flagship beer styles of Hell, Edel and Rose in bottled four packs and six packs. ABK Beers, brewed in the historic 700-year-old brewery in Kaufbeuren, Germany, are amongst the most decorated of beers, having been awarded multiple gold medals from the World Beer Cup and the European Beer Star Awards amongst others. “We are thrilled to be working with Mikeska Distributing as Texas is a key market for the continued growth of the ABK brand across the US.” Stated Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars. “Now available in 16 states, we will continue to grow the distribution of our entire drinks portfolio over the coming months.” For more information, please visit www.rokitdrinks.com and www.mikeskadist.com


ROK Stars announce ABK Beers have been awarded First Place in 2 categories at the Great International Beer, Cider, Mead and Sake Competition

ABK’s Hell and Edel beers each win First Place in blind-tasting competition ROK Stars PLC, the consumer and environmental products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ABK Hell and Edel beers have been awarded First Place in their respective beer categories at the highly prestigious 21st annual GIBCC held in Bridgeport, Connecticut on the 11th November. A total of 835 beers, ciders, meads and sakes from across the U.S. and from around the world entered the competition which was judged by 120 professionals from all three tiers of the beer, cider, mead and sake industries, as well as food and drinks journalists, in a blind tasting format where the judges knew only the style and subcategory of each entry. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick said “We’re delighted that ABK beer continues to win awards for its outstanding quality and to win blind-tasting competitions makes the awards all the more special. ABK has been brewing world-class beers in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, since 1308 and we are very proud to add these awards to our roster of gold medals awarded to us by the European Beer Star competition and the World Beer Championships, amongst many others.” More information at www.gibcc.com and www.rokitdrinks.com


ROK Stars announce its ABK Brewery extends beer supply agreement to AGCO Fendt GmbH for a further 2 years

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer and environmental products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ABK brewery has extended its existing 12 year supply agreement of Fendt-labelled beer by a further 2 years. Located in Marktoberdorf, some 10km south of Kaufbeuren, AGCO Fendt GmbH is a leading manufacturer of a full line of tractors, combine harvesters and balers. Fendt was founded in 1937 by Xaver Fendt and purchased by AGCO in 1997. Under the agreement, which began in 2005, ABK will continue to brew a range of its award-winning beers bearing the famous Fendt logo for at least a further 2 years. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick said “It’s fantastic to be brewing our beer for such a globally well respected manufacturer as Fendt and we’re delighted to be extending our long-standing supply agreement with them.”


ROK Stars showcase ABK Beer at San Francisco Symphony’s Oktoberfest

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer and environmental products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced a hugely successful evening for its ABK Bavarian Beer at the inaugural San Francisco Symphony’s Oktoberfest 2017. Thousands of steins of ABK Beer were raised in delight at the inaugural Oktoberfest held in the Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday 3rd October as celebrated conductor Christian Reif lead the San Francisco Symphony in a program featuring Bavarian waltzes and polkas, rollicking opera choruses, sing-alongs, and other traditional folk favorites with a classical twist. With tickets costing between $175.00 and $500.00 each, the evening was a complete success and proceeds from the Oktoberfest celebration will go on to benefit the Symphony’s myriad artistic, community, and education programs. Widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the U.S., the San Francisco Symphony played its first concert on December 8, 1911. The San Francisco Symphony has grown in stature and acclaim under a succession of distinguished music directors since then and now presents more than 220 concerts annually. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick said “It is fantastic to see our award-winning ABK Beer, which has been brewed in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, for more than 700 years, being enjoyed at Oktoberfest events outside Germany for the first time in our long history as, in addition to this highly prestigious San Francisco Symphony event, ABK Beer is also the exclusive Bavarian beer at 50 Oktoberfest evenings across England throughout October.”


ROK Stars announce ABK Beer wins 2 Gold Medals at the European Beer Star Awards 2017

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ABK Bavarian Beer, part of ROKiT Drinks, has won a further 2 Gold Medals and a Bronze Medal at the highly prestigious European Beer Star Awards 2017. The European Beer Star Awards is widely regarded as the most important blind-tasting beer competition in the world involving an expert jury sampling more than 2,100 beers from 46 countries. ABK was awarded a Gold Medal for its Leichtes Helles beer, a Gold Medal for its Buronator beer and a Bronze Medal for its Kellerbier. ROK Stars acquired the majority interest in the historic 700 year old AktienBrauerei Kaufbeuren, Bavaria in May 2013 and has since re-designed and re-packaged a range of beers for international export under the brand ‘ABK Beer – Since 1308’. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars said “We are hugely proud that our beers, created under the expert guidance of our Brew Master Herr Bernd Trick, continue to be recognised and rewarded year after year for their outstanding quality and taste. For ABK Beer to regularly succeed in blind-tasting competitions such as the European Beer Star Awards is key to the on-going global distribution of our beers which, for the first time since the brewery was founded in 1308, are now available in new markets such as the UK, Italy, Spain, China and the United States.” With a growing drinks portfolio which, in addition to ABK Beer, includes Bogart’s Gin, Bogart’s Vodka and Bogart’s Rum, ROKiT Drinks was created with a mandate to ‘build the mega-brands of tomorrow, today’. More information at www.rokitdrinks.com and www.rokstars.com and www.abkbeer.com


ROK Stars Announce Agreement with UrbanDaddy for Online Sales of Bogart Spirits in the US

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ROKiT Drinks division has reached an agreement with upscale media company UrbanDaddy for the online sale of Bogart’s Gin, Vodka and Rum. UrbanDaddy, an innovator in the digital lifestyle space, is the exclusive U.S. launch partner for online sales of Bogart Spirits (http://bogartspirits.com), a premium line of small-batch craft spirits inspired by iconic Hollywood leading man and Rat Pack founder Humphrey Bogart. This unique collaboration offers spirit enthusiasts the opportunity to be the very first to enjoy Bogart’s Gin, Vodka and Rum through purchase on UrbanDaddy’s luxury e-commerce channel Perks http://perks.urbandaddy.com/national/promotions/wired-for-wine-bogart-0817.html Bogart Spirits is a partnership between the Humphrey Bogart Estate and Patron Tequila co-founder John Paul DeJoria’s ROKiT Drinks. Produced at ROK’s craft distillery in California, Bogart Spirits pay tribute to a true American icon by offering a premium line of spirits that match Bogart’s legendary character and timeless sophistication. Each bottle features Bogart’s image, one of his great quotes and his signature engraved in the glass. UrbanDaddy Perks carries a highly curated selection of exclusive merchandise and experiences from top brands within the spirit, tech, style and travel verticals for a discerning audience of millennial consumers looking for the latest and greatest ways to invest their attention and time.