If you’re famous and you have the money to back it up, it seems like you can do pretty much anything with it. Celebrity chefs put out their own signature sauces or cutlery, musicians create headphones or perfume, and actors design their own clothing. But the most valuable product a celebrity can put out is, of course, booze. Let’s take a look at a few celebrity alcoholic beverages you may not have heard about before.
9 Hansen (Beer)
“Mmmhops” is a fairly clever riff on the band’s popular 1997 single, and though they are still touring all these years later, it looks like their very own Pale Ale will give the brothers another revenue stream with which to fund the fashioning of their long, glorious hair – if they so choose to grow it out again.
8 Tool Vocalist, Maynard Keenan (Wine)
When he’s not belting out cryptic lyrics for his band Tool (or side projects A Perfect Circle and Puscifer), Maynard Keenan cultivates grown-up grape juice for his company Caduceus Cellars, a winery in the Verde Valley of Arizona.
7 Iron Maiden (Beer)
Iron Maiden has been around for decades, storming the world with their progressive metal musicianship and showmanship. Now, they’ve taken the name of one of their most popular songs and turned it into a beer called “Trooper.” This golden citrusy ale is available across the globe via special order.
6 Dan Aykroyd (Vodka)
Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka is shaped sort of like the crystal skull from the latest Indiana Jones film, but instead of being filled with alien technology, it’s filled with vodka. It’s quadruple-distilled, filtered seven times and has won numerous awards – and it’s in a goddamn skull.
5 Marilyn Manson (Absinthe)
“Mansinthe,” Manson’s Swiss-made absinthe, launched in 2007 and won a gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition the following year. Honestly, what other type of booze could MM possibly make besides absinthe?
4 Dave Matthews (Wine)
Dreaming Tree Wines’ Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blend “Crush” were released nationwide in 2011. One of the company’s biggest promotional advantages (besides having the singer of DMB at the helm) is that they use bottles that are 50% lighter than average with recycled paper for labels and corks that are not only sustainably grown, but also have DMB lyrics on them.
3 Donald Trump (Vodka)
Released under Donald Trump’s name, the gold bottle design says luxury all over with the words “Success Distilled” on the packaging, and yet, the product itself was known for not being able to reach its own hype. This was among Donald Trump’s many failures that did not even put a dent into his $3B plus net worth.
2 Willie Nelson (Bourbon)
Willie Nelson’s small-batch Old Whiskey River Bourbon is an aged, Kentucky-bred booze that’s made just how Willie’s pot-addled persona likes it: smooth, sweet and mellow.
1 Danny Devito (Liqueur)
DD’s lemon-flavored liqueur is made from the zest of lemons in Sorrento, Italy, and clocks in at a whopping (for a fruity liqueur) 30% ABV. I’ll try to disassociate Mr. DeVito with his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia character, Frank Reynolds, because I feel like any type of booze Frank invests in would be flavored primarily with roofies and alley trash.