Bong Vodka - Art Meets Liquor for Cultural Exchange
If you ask us, it's never a bad thing when booze helps push the boundaries of art. Don't believe us? Just look at Jackson Pollock, Ernest Hemingway and now, Bong Vodka. Bong Vodka is the latest entry in the art-meets-booze world, a designer vodka from Holland that brings new meaning to the term "dutch treat."
Recently approved for sale in the US, the controversial liquor has won government approval and will be landing in Florida in November. Rumors are already flying about a blowout planned in Miami's South Beach to celebrate the arrival of the vodka in December, and there's also talk of a series of events that will include national acts as well as up-and-coming artists and musicians. You can expect to see the vodka get a wider release in selected states in January 2006.
We checked out their website, bongvodka.com which doesn't seem to be quite finished yet, but even without a site offering more information they stand out because of the bottling. It doesn't look like your typical hard liquor container, but it is evocative...let's just say, even if they don't capture their modern hipster market, every stoner in the land is going to want to get their hands on a bottle.
Plus, they have a great profile on MySpace that shows they're anything but a bunch of stuffed shirts. Check out the blurb:
"Hi, I'm a designer vodka envisioned by a group of contemporary artists to fuse together a new wave of progressive fashion and designer attitude with an age-old Dutch product of exceptional quality. My artisanal formula has been handed down through five generations of master distillers and produced through a 150-year manual process, rich with traditional standards and superior craftsmanship. I'm here to unite those various lifestyles together in spirit, by way of expressionism and appreciation for ultramodern music, art, and culture. Won't you join me?"
Plus, in the "Who I'd Like to Meet" section, they add, "I'm a silky smooth sophisticated artisan from Holland, seeking ultramodern hipsters with great taste... for cultural exchange." We're pretty sure we're not ultramodern hipsters here at Liquor Snob, but that makes us want to meet a bottle in the darkened corner of our favorite bar.
Check out the full Bong Vodka MySpace profile to become friends online, and don't forget to keep your eye peeled in your local liquor store so you can meet in person and do a little vodka tasting of your own.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 19, 2005 12:00 AM