Nappy Roots Is Developing a Craft Beer & Travel Reality Show and Launching Two New Brews

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,633) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    GRAMMY-nominated musical group also developing a travel & craft beer reality TV program

    Atlanta, Ga. (April, 2018) - After more than 20 years in the public eye, GRAMMY-nominated Nappy Roots is expanding beyond music into projects that include craft beer and television production with ’40Akerz & a Brew.’ The alternative Southern rap group has been nominated for two GRAMMY Awards and is best known for hit singles such as Good Day, Po Folks and Awnaw.

    The band began experimenting with their home brewery, Atlantucky, which fermented their passion for micro brewing. In 2017, the group introduced two craft beers at Atlanta-based Monday Night Brewing. The limited-edition brews were so successful; they were inspired to expand on the opportunity.

    In May, the band is launching two new craft beers:

    Watermelon, Chiquen & Gritz at Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Ky. (May 2) – A golden ale with watermelon and will be packaged and sold in 16oz can format.

    The Humdinger at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, Ga. (May 18) – Simply put, it is a mash-up of the best of Atlanta and the best of Kentucky. This Imperial Rye Stout is aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels and steeped Ugandan vanilla beans in the mix. The result is a 12% roasty, dark beer with spicy and earthy undertones, but with a classic sweetness thanks to the vanilla and Bourbon.

    “It’s unusual for a hip-hop group to pursue opportunities in the craft beer business, but it’s our passion and a great way for our followers to more deeply connect with the Nappy Roots brand,” said Fish Scales, Nappy Roots co-founder. “We’ve been developing taste profiles at our own microbrew and are pumped to share two of our favorites with the public.”

    Front Porch Pale Ale was the group’s first foray into the craft beer market with a partnership with MondayNight Brewing in 2017. The Front Porch Pale Ale reflects a name and taste profile designed to appeal to their rural America band fans. Nappy Roots, the brand and the band, are primed to connect sponsors and partners to millions of these small-town consumers. In fact, the band’s hit from 2017, Superstar, is the official song of NASCAR’s 2018 advertising campaign.

    The group is in the initial stages of developing a reality show that will follow the band as they visit craft breweries in markets they perform. Their packaged brand extension of the reality show ’40Akerz & a Brew’ and all efforts revolving around craft beer and concert travel includes, but is not limited to:
    • Show advertising
    • TV Show or Concert product placement
    • Branding on Beer packaging (if product aligned)
    • Nappy Roots merchandise inclusion
    • Social postings and recognition in social media advertising
    • Integration in the Nappy Roots weekly podcast
    • Celebrity signings and appearances
    • VIP gatherings with top customers, corporate parties and corporate shows
    • Limited Musical performances
    The Nappy Roots has been a best-selling hip-hop group since 2002. They were nominated for the 2003 American Music Award (AMA) for Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Hip-Hop/R&B and the AMA for Favorite New Artist – Hip-Hop/R&B, as well as a Soul Train Award. In 2011, they were nominated for Album of the Year by SEA for “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Today Nappy Roots tours 150 days annually, owns a Nappy Roots clothing line, reaches thousands of social followers and more. Nappy Roots is the new southern culture classic ‘to be reckoned with.’ The band’s most recent album, Another 40 Akerz, was released in 2017.

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  2. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,737) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Golden ale with watermelon actually sounds food friendly.
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  3. jasonmason

    jasonmason Devotee (497) Oct 6, 2004 California
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    Reading the selection below makes me think that this is far more a branding/marketing "craft beer" exercise than anything else.

  4. Nappyscales

    Nappyscales Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2015 Georgia

    Not at all. We have history in the beer community. We also homebrew.
  5. meefmoff

    meefmoff Devotee (493) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    This seems like a pretty brilliant idea, especially since I know from some friends who tour that the downtime in cities can otherwise get pretty boring. Plus, as alluded to in the OP, the show sounds like a great way for breweries to potentially reach an underserved market.

    Best of luck!
  6. meefmoff

    meefmoff Devotee (493) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    All that ancillary stuff is, perhaps unfortunately, par for the course for touring bands these days, so mixing it in with something you already enjoy is arguably a way to make it all less mercenary and more rewarding.
  7. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,633) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    And you're also on BeerAdvocate. :beers:
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  8. MightyTrustKrusher

    MightyTrustKrusher Initiate (80) Nov 5, 2014 New Jersey

    Worked for Run the Jewels, so why not?
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