Clyde May’s Whiskey Wins Gold Medal at Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

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Clyde May, a World War II veteran, took to moonshining to help support his family. Today, his legendary whiskey launches new packaging.

Clyde May's Whiskey

“Clyde May was a true American hero who risked the law in order to provide for his family. He had a reputation for honesty, integrity and producing the finest whiskey in the area."

Spirit Acquisitions Inc., an independent spirits supplier, announced today that its Clyde May’s Whiskey brand was awarded a Gold Medal at the recent Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America convention.

Clyde May’s Whiskey is an American spirit that captures the spirit of a real American. Clyde May, a World War II veteran, returned home to Alabama to farm his land and raise his family. Though Clyde reared eight children, his farming endeavors were not as successful. He turned to the illegal trade of whiskey-making, or “branch-farming” as he liked to call it, to help supplement his income. May sold much of his whiskey unaged, right from the still, but some he put down in barrels. He spent a large portion of his life perfecting the art of small batch whiskey-making and continued to experiment with different methods until he finally developed what came to be known as “Mr. Clyde’s Special Reserve.”

In 2002, Mr. May’s son, Kenny May, produced the first legal batch of his father’s whiskey and called it Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey. Distribution was limited initially to Alabama and in 2004 Mr. May’s whiskey became the state’s official state spirit. In 2009, the brand was purchased by Spirit Acquisitions Inc. and recently new capital was injected into the company in order to develop the brand and expand its distribution network.

Patrick McGeeney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Acquisitions Inc., said: “We are proud to relaunch this legendary brand. Clyde May was a true American hero who risked the law in order to provide for his family. He had a reputation for honesty, integrity and producing the finest whiskey in the area. We intend to stay true to Mr. May’s values and bring his whiskey back to life.”

Among the changes made by Spirit Acquisitions is new packaging. More emphasis has been placed on Clyde May’s name and the new look features a heavy, round glass bottle with a distinctive black and gold label. One thing that hasn’t changed is the recipe. “It was very important to us to stay true to Mr. Clyde’s recipe” said McGeeney. “The brand has a loyal following and, as evidenced by its recent Gold Medal at WSWA, it has an award-winning flavor.”

Spirit Acquisitions has hired Forrest Phillips, a seasoned industry veteran, as its National Sales Manager. Commenting on the recent convention, Phillips said: “We had a very successful WSWA with an extraordinary response from distributors. We plan to expand the brand’s distribution footprint to 20 markets in the next 12 months.”

More about Clyde May’s Whiskey
Clyde May’s Whiskey, named after the legendary Alabama moonshiner, is made using a mash bill consisting of corn, rye and malted barley. It is then aged in new caramel-charred white oak barrels creating an intricately crafted spirit meant to be sipped and savored. Spirit Acquisitions Inc. plans to roll out the new package nationwide in the next 18 months. Clyde May’s Whiskey is 42.5% ABV, SRP $29.99. Clyde May. A real man. A legendary whiskey. .

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