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A Sad Day

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A Sad Day.

Sidney Frank, the man who created arguably the best vodka on earth, Grey Goose – has passed away. He was 86 years old.

Grey Goose is the only vodka that the girlfriend and I will buy to make our favorite of martini flavors – the Vodka Gimlet. Grey Goose started the ultra-high-end vodka craze a mere 9 years ago, when he was 77. Since then, high-end vodka’s have sprung up all over the place to compete.

But vodka wasn’t this man’s only game. He was a billionaire booze baron, who played a role in the popularization of numerous liquors that you’ve heard of including Jägermeister – my college roommate’s drink of choice during the four year haze that was my university education. (Mine was beer, but if I tell you what kind, you’ll never respect me again.)

Anyway, this isn’t something that you’d come across in your daily news troll, but as I’m getting more into the business of booze, news like this passes my way, so I figured I’d share it. Forbes has a worthy obituary, chronicling this man’s booze-based career since the late 1940’s. An impressive career no doubt, and a man that most of you have to thank for at least one or two drinks that may have met your lips.

Thanks for everything Sidney, especially the Grey Goose. I’ll be sure to give a nod as I sip on a Grey Goose gimlet this weekend.

(Update – another good Forbes article on Sidney Frank.)


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