Interview with Nolan Carroll a Pro Football Player and Yolo Rum Investor

“Uncle” Phil and WIGNZ talk with Nolan Alexander Carroll II who is a former professional football player, entrepreneur and a Yolo Rum investor

Playing career

Nolan Carroll had a scholarship offer from Colorado University but started his college career as wide receiver, before transitioning to defensive back, in Maryland.  Drafted in 5th round by Miami in 2010. Nolan played four years in Miami before signing with Philadelphia for 2014 season, and then finished his career in Dallas as a Cowboy. Nolan Carroll scored on defensive TD on a pick 6 at home on Monday Night against NY Giants and Eli Manning.  Played 3 years in Philadelphia before signing with Dallas in 2017

Personal

Born on January 18, 1987 in Green Cove Springs, Florida.  Played soccer and football in high school at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs.  Broke leg in second game of senior season in high school missed the rest of the year.  His mother, Jennifer, is a former Lieutenant Governor of Florida and a former United States Navy lieutenant commander. His father, Nolan Carroll, was a Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force.

In 2014 he started the Nolan Carroll Foundation  a program that supports (STEM) Science Technology Engineering and Math educational opportunities, job skill training and to promote and encourage physical activities for underprivileged and at-risk youths.  The mission of the Foundation is intended to broaden the horizons and increase opportunities for underprivileged and at-risk youths. Providing students a potential opportunity break the cycle of poverty, achieve their greatness and help improve their quality of life.

 

Events:  Charity Golf this past March, 2019 at Eagle Landing Golf Course Orange Park, FL.

 

Business Ventures

In addition to being a Yolo Rum investor he also owns Doob 3D Printing with location in Miami and an app called YooTroo that connects businesses with potential consumers by paying them to watch their ads.

Rum Love from Redman

The award winning Yolo Rum gets some #RumLove from Redman. He gave a shout out to our team of investors for the success that our Democracy Powered rum has had.

Yolo Rum is a Denver based company with Panamanian Rum blended and distilled in Panama by Don Pancho Fernandez. Yolo Rum is a Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Award Winning Rum.

Yolo Rum is the Official Rum of Arise Music Festival 2019

Yolo Rum is the Official Rum of Arise Music Festival 2019

Yolo Rum official rum of Arise Music Festival 2019

The Arise Music Festival takes place on August 2 – 4, 2019 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. Three days of music, art, yoga, camping, and community.

The time is nearly upon us as the Arise Music Festival takes over the Sunrise Ranch in beautiful Loveland, Colorado on August 2nd through August 4th, as the valley is transformed into a festival wonderland experience!  Arise Music Festival is a musically diverse, independent, family run event featuring 7 stages of live music, yoga, workshops, theme camps, art gallery and installations, children’s village, speakers, films and camping on 100 beautiful mountain valley acres.  Recognizing festival attendees desire to experience a wide range of musical genres during their festival experience, Arise books acts all across the musical spectrum to make sure there is something for (almost) everyone. 

Interview with Arise Music Festival co-Founder and Producer Paul Bassis

Check out our 2019 Arise Music Festival Photo Gallery

You can expect to hear a great deal of variety during the three day festival with musical influences ranging from Electronic and Dance music, Bluegrass, Jam Bands, Rock and Roll, Reggae, Funk, Hip-Hop, World Fusion, Experimental, and much more.  The Arise Festival musical headliners for 2019 include Tipper, Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, SunSquabi, CloZee, Rising Appalachia, just to mention a few.  And while most attendees might look at the line-up of international headliners and see wide range of music that piques their interest, the Arise Festival strives to be something so much more than just a concert experience.

Arise Festival Loveland Colorado Sunrise Ranch

“Part Burning Man…Pure Colorado” — The Denver Post

Festival goers of Arise can expect to hear three days of amazing music performed by amazing people.  There is no doubt about that.  What Arise Festival attendees might not fully expect is a robust experience that touches on all of their senses through a series of workshops, classes and themed villages that aim to not only please your earbuds, but also uplift your mind, body, spirit and soul.  Throughout the festival grounds you will encounter villages like the Wisdom Village and the Healing Village with classes centered around a number of topics including philosophy, mindfulness, consciousness, breathing exercises, meditation, personal development, wellness and more.  Arise is also considered to be one of the top yoga festivals in the world.  There is even a Children’s Village for kids (or the kid in all of us), with art, face painting, slacklining, acro yoga, parkour and yes, even a kids dance party!  The festival is designed to be accessible, welcoming and affordable for families, as kids 12 and under our free.  Another important part of the Arise Festival ethos.    

Arise Music Festival Yoga class

Another fundamental aspect of the Arise Festival ideology is the organization’s commitment to “green” initiatives.  Not only does the Arise Festival plant a tree for every ticket sold, but the entire Arise community upholds forward-thinking standards to minimize the event’s environmental impact and promote sustainability.  All food vendors are required to use compostable bio-cups and flatware onsite.  Recycling and compost stations are strategically placed throughout the campgrounds and concert bowl.  And amazingly, water in single-use plastic bottles are not sold at ARISE.  Instead the festival offers free water on-site and encourages everyone to bring reusable, refillable water bottles!  The Festival is committed to hosting a clean, green, eco-conscious, leave no trace event, and adheres to the policy of leaving the campgrounds at Sunrise Ranch in better shape than they found it every year.

Arise Music Festival Art Installation

It’s easy to see why the Arise Festival is a perfect fit for Yolo Rum.  Many of the Arise community core values are in alignment with the ideology of the Yolo Rum brand.  Sustainability, eco-conscious, responsibility, independence, a grassroots community, a commitment to quality, enjoying the journey, and life’s balance of prudence and excellence.  The event is filled to the brim with good music, good people, and good times, with an emphasis on enjoying the experience responsibly.  This uplifting celebration encourages the exploration of human potential in a safe and constructive environment.  Not only are you there to enjoy that moment, and to be present, but there is also a seed planted within you to take that love and positivity and to share it with others.  The organizers of the Arise Festival don’t want to beat you over the head with messaging, but there are a handful of prevalent themes that surface when thinking and talking about the Arise Festival.  Community, gathering together to make friends, sharing and exchanging ideas, spirituality, consciousness, self improvement, being present, and putting a smile on the next person’s face.  Because we must all do our part to make the planet a better place than how we found it.  You only live once, live your best life!

Slightly Stoopid at Arise Music FestivalArise Music Festival StageStick Figure at Arise Music Festival

Arise Music Festival 2019 Headliners:

Tipper – British composer and producer specializing in electronic music that ranges from ambient, through trip hop, to nu skool breaks. Noted for scratching his own sounds over his music, creating a live element of turntablism.

Beats Antique – Experimental world fusion and electronic music group formed in 2007.  Noted for their mix of different genres as well as their live shows, which mix samples and heavy percussion with Tribal Fusion dance and performance art. They aim for a show anyone can enjoy, a circus that feeds the spirit.

Railroad Earth – Formed in New Jersey in 2001, they don’t want to classify their music as one genre but they could accurately be described as heavily bluegrass-influenced.  The band’s music combines elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, Celtic and other Americana influences.  They are recognized as “carrying on the tradition of improvisational, genre-spanning music laid forth by the Grateful Dead.”

Leftover Salmon – Formed in 1989 in Boulder, Colorado, the band is a pioneer of the modern jamband scene.  Leftover Salmon has been at the forefront since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band.

Sunsquabi – Also hailing from Colorado, Sunsquabi is a three-piece live electronic experience where jam bands and electronic dance music intersect with rhythm-driven funk.  This cosmic wonderland is a melting pot of a variety of musical genres.

CloZee – Based simultaneously in Toulouse, France and on stages across the world, CloZee performs and produces under the broad structure of electronic and bass music.  While her musical influence is informed by sound the world over, Clozee finds her best fit in World Bass’ corner.

Rising Appalachia – As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create their signature folk, soul and world music sound. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Past headliners of the Arise Festival include Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Thievery Corporation, Atmosphere, Ziggy Marley, Jurrasic 5, The Polish Ambassador, Michael Franti, Emancipator.

Yolo Podcast Interview with Arise Festival Co-Founder and Producer Paul Bassis

For this episode of the Yolo Podcast, we were lucky enough to catch up with the Arise Festival Co-Founder and Producer, Paul Bassis. In the interview we talk about the festival and some of the highlights of this year’s programming as well as memories from the previous 6 years of the event. What makes Arise Festival unique and creates the sense of community surrounding the festival, the attendees, and the Arise team. And we talk about why it’s important to them to partner up with other local independant brands with similar core values.

 

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2018 Magical Moments

Yolo Investors Webinar #006

Phil Guerin the founder of Yolo Rum and J. WIGNZ the owner of Yolo Rum host a webinar with the investors who purchased shares of Yolo Rum to provide an update about the brand and our direction.

Winner of 27 International Awards. Yolo Rum is Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Delicious.

Yolo Rum Awarded Two Medals at 2019 Proof Awards

Yolo Rum Awarded Two Medals at 2019 Proof Awards

2019 Proof Awards Gold Silver Yolo Rum

Yolo Rum recently took part in the inaugural Proof (Pr%f) Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.  More than 30 spirit industry leaders and upwards of 500 spirits brands participated in the event during a two-day blind-tasting point-rating competition held at the Tivoli Village in the west part of Las Vegas on June 16-18, 2019.  Yolo Rum was awarded with two medals in the competition, with Yolo Rum Gold winning a gold medal and Yolo Rum Silver winning a silver medal.  2019 Proof Awards winners are featured in the July 2019 issue of Food & Beverage Magazine.  The recent awards now brings the medal count to 27 in international competition.

The awards competition was open to spirits brands, domestic and international, with nearly 100 categories to enter.  All spirits were rated on a proprietary 100-point system crowning medals to those who scored 70 points or above. (Bronze: 70 – 79 (Daily Drinker); Silver: 80-89 (Praise); Gold: 90-95 (Highly Recommended); Double Gold: 96-99 (Superlative) and Century Award: 100 Points-A Perfect Score (Highest Honor, Unparalleled, Peerless.)

The idea behind the PR%F Awards was to create an avenue to introduce spirits brands to key decision makers in the liquor industry, and therefore, all 2019 Proof Awards judges were mainstream liquor buyers, distributors, and industry leaders with buying decision capability.  Our judges hailed from 11 different states and hospitality arenas – Delta Sky Clubs/Delta Airlines, Young’s Market Company, The Sugar Factory, Hard Rock International, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Spec’s, Breakthru Beverage Group, Good Spirits Distribution, BevStrat, Inc., Liquid Distributors-GA, Burke Distribution, RLED, LLC, Caesars Palace, Boyd Gaming, Sheraton, ARK 1521, The Strat Casino Hotel & Tower, Downtown Project-DTP, Alicart Restaurant Group (Carmine’s Italian, Virgil’s BBQ), Giordano’s Pizza-Corporate and Marque Media.

All spirits were evaluated in NEAT, the official judging glass, scientifically designed to deliver the best aromas for evaluation and enjoyment.

Distilling Excellence into Rum Making with Yolo

Jessica Guerin, Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez, Phil Guerin

It’s our mission to set the new standard for what you expect from a glass of rum.

Is Rum Love enough? At Yolo, the answer is yes. From our unique origin story to a mission that sets us apart from every other rum brand out there, Yolo is poised to set a new standard of excellence when it comes to premium rum.

Mission Possible: Making the Best Rum in the World

Inspired by a love affair with the culture and tastes of the Caribbean, the seeds of what would become Yolo Rum were planted over the course of more than three dozen trips taken by our CEO and founder, Phil Guerin and his wife Jessica. Armed with the perfect name but lacking the right partners to make his dream of bringing the rich flavors of premium rum to world, Guerin turned to his wife, a successful marketing executive with deep connections to the key players in Central America that Yolo would need to succeed.

One of the players was Maestros Roneros and “master rum blender,” Francisco Jose Fernandez Perez, also known as “Don Pancho” Fernandez. A Cuban native, Don Pancho has dedicated more than 50 years to developing his knowledge of rum. In addition to studying under Ramon Fernandez Corrales, Don Pancho also graduated with degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology. After graduating, Fernandez worked for many decades as the “Minister of Rum” for Fidel Castro, where he spearheaded research and development for Cuban rum brands. As such, Don Pancho’s knowledge and input were fundamental to the growth, development, and maturity of the Cuban rum industry during the 1970s and since.

Like Guerin, Don Pancho’s love of rum has led him on a rich journey that includes shaping and elevating the standard of what the rum industry could (and should) aspire to be. “[I wanted to create] a spirit that could compare to a fine scotch or whiskey,” Guerin said. “I explained [to Don Pancho] how popular those dark spirits are in America and that for people to understand [how dynamic premium rum is], it really has to come across with the smokiness of the American charred white oak. The tannins from these barrels provide a lot of the butterscotch and vanilla flavors that come across in American whiskey.”

After meeting Fernandez and sharing his vision for a premium blend that would wake Americans up to the premium experience that could be delivered by the right rum, Guerin and the team went to work. More than one year of research and development later and award-winning Yolo Rum was born. “Yolo is born from love in so many different ways…I truly believe it is the standard by which all rum should be held,” Guerin said. “[Yolo] is a proprietary blend. It’s our blend, nobody has this blend, nobody has this profile and that’s why we’re able to go out and win these awards; because there’s nothing like our rum out there,” he said. After finding the perfect balance of flavors, alcohol content, and experience, it was a matter of building a community to help spread the rum love.

Taking a Democratic Approach to Brand Building

At Yolo Rum, our passion for rum and one-of-a-kind experiences is based on so much more than club culture. That’s why, in June 2018 Yolo took the revolutionary step of inviting our supporters to become our investors. In a move that even the world’s largest liquor brands are mimicking, Yolo has turned its biggest advocates into its biggest assets by democratizing our ownership. Now with more than 1,100 brand ambassadors turned investors, the independent Yolo spirit is positioning itself to successfully compete in a market that is dominated by corporate conglomerates.

Live the Life You Want with Yolo Rum

Already the winner of more than a twenty international awards Yolo Rum is launching in new states and markets across the country. Find out how you can add a bit of Yolo to your life by subscribing to our newsletter or ordering your bottle online today!

Don Pancho Fernandez and Yolo Rum Featured on Liquor.com

Yolo Rum Ronero Don Pancho Fernandez

The intrigue surrounding the legend of Don Pancho continues to grow.

Don Pancho Fernandez is a man of few words, and he would prefer to let his rum do the talking.  This living legend of the rum world was recently profiled along with Yolo Rum CEO Philip Guerin on one of the most authoritative and visited websites in the liquor industry, Liquor.com.  In the article, Philip provides insight to article author Nickolaus Hines as they detail the journey that led to working with one of the most highly sought-after rum blenders in the world.

Follow the link to see the full feature on Don Pancho and Yolo Rum on Liquor.com

Yolo Rum Featured in Denver Life Magazine 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Check out the ultimate 2018 Denver holiday gift guide to satisfy anyone on your shopping list.

Each year the fine folks over at Denver Life Magazine scour the local Colorado landscape for fun and local gift ideas for the holiday season.  This year’s edition featured none other than Yolo Rum, as well as many other local favorites including New Belgium BrewingInfinite Monkey Theorem, Distillery 291, Denver Beer Co. and more.

Here are more than 50 clever ideas for gifts— all of them (well, almost all) with Colorado ties.

Follow the link to view the full 2018 Denver Life Magazine Holiday Gift Guide.

Yolo Rum 'Relaunch' a Success in Colorado

Yolo Rum just relaunched its award winning brand in the Colorado market with huge success. In just 30 days Yolo Rum gained over 200 new accounts with more than 300 cases placed throughout state.  With the help of our distribution company New Age Beverage, we are in more locations in the Mile High City than ever before. So if you have been looking for Yolo Rum now is your chance to go out and, GET SOME!

Check out our locations page and use our Yolocator to find Yolo Rum at a store or restaurant near you, who are now proudly selling and serving our 23 time international award winning rum.
You Only Live Once. Cheers!

Yolo Rum Wins Gold and Bronze Medals at 2018 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

2019 New York World Wine Spirits Competition Awards Yolo Rum

Yolo Rum Gold won another gold medal at the 2018 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition while Yolo Rum Silver received a bronze medal. The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are considered the “Triple Crown” of contests of their kind.

The event marks the first time that NYWSC fell under the umbrella of The Tasting Alliance. The new group was formed when Anthony Dias Blue’s respected San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) acquired full ownership of the NYWSC.

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