March 21, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- For the past 26 years, the Early Times Mint Julep has proudly served as the "Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®." In celebration of this, Early Times Kentucky Whisky continues its tradition with the release of the 2013 commemorative Kentucky Derby bottle.
Available beginning in
, the one-liter pre-mix bottle will be available in limited quantities throughout
the United States
for a suggested retail price of
The artwork on this year's Kentucky Derby 139® bottle features renowned equine artist Celeste Susany from
Saratoga Springs, NY
, whose paintings have graced the Early Times bottles for many years. Entitled "The Derby Dance," this year's painting depicts the up and down, back and forth "dance" horses and jockeys engage in during the race.
Shown around the bottle are horses painted at different heights, depicting the feeling of flight. The front of the bottle features a horse galloping high in the air towards the finish line. The jockey is shown on the number four horse wearing red and yellow silks with a yellow saddle cloth. The historic Twin Spires stand majestically in the background.
"The Early Times Mint Julep bottle has truly become a collectible among art, horseracing, and whisky fans," said
, brand manager for Early Times Kentucky Whisky.
"We are proud to once again feature Celeste's art work on this year's bottle. We know it will be a must-have for Derby parties as the perfect way to serve a delicious mint julep in less than ten seconds."
During this year's Kentucky Derby week, more than 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are expected to be served at Churchill Downs®. Over the past 26 years, more than 2.5 million Early Times Mint Juleps have been served between Kentucky Oaks® and Derby Days at Churchill Downs. This year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands will take place
Saturday, May 4, 2013
About the Artist:
Celeste Susany was born in eastern
in 1952. She spent a large portion of her life around horses in
, Hollywood Park, and
Del Mar, California
. She received her degree from the
Art Center College of Design
. Susany received recognition as a top American artist in the book Racing in Art, by
, published in 1990. She produced artwork in 1989, 1990, and 1996 for the Kentucky Derby.
About Early Times Kentucky Whisky:
Early Times Mint Julep, 30% ABV, is the "Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby" made at the Brown-Forman Distillery in
. Early Times Kentucky Whisky is one of the fine spirits produced and marketed by Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF-B), a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality consumer products, including
's, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka,
, el Jimador Tequila, Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Old Forester, and Korbel California Champagnes. Early Times reminds you to drink responsibly. For more information on Early Times Kentucky Whisky visit
About Churchill Downs®
Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in
, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on
May 4, 2013
and its 2013 Spring Meet is scheduled for
April 27-June 30
. The track has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.ChurchillDowns.com.Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.
The best TIMES are enjoyed responsibly.
Early Times Mint Julep, 30% ALC/VOL (60 PROOF) 1.0LPrepared and Bottled by Early Times Distillery Company,
.©2013 EARLY TIMES is a registered trademark
SOURCE Early Times