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We’re now officially in the second half of February. Who else feels like they’re already tired of February? There are those who would argue that it is the very worst month. Not sure I’d go that far, but this is definitely right about the time I start feeling so sick of the cold and gray days of winter and ready for some true signs of spring. We survived the Polar Vortex, but now our colleagues in the Northwest have been buried under three feet of snow and living without power, and our hometown Weston/Kansas City area got so much snow today that the distillery closed early to make sure everyone could get home safely.

Here’s my recommendation for how to survive the cold weekend ahead: Make yourself a nice warm drink with a healthy hit of Five Farms, grab the blankets and find a place to get cozy, and dive into a good book. I have the perfect recommendation: The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. It’s a thriller-esque book set in the Alaska wilderness, highlighting both the beauty of Alaska and the forbidding nature of living off the land there. Trust me on this one. You won’t be able to put it down.

Speaking of Alaska, wanted to share some news from Molly and Shelly about the Five Farms push there. After a soft launch in November, they are taking the state by storm! Five Farms is currently in 28 accounts in the state, an amazing accomplishment at a time of year when it can be hard to get to many towns. The Brown Jug chain brought it into all of its stores in December with 6-case displays and were completely sold out by the holidays! Other stores in Alaska carrying Five Farms include Gold Rush Liquor and Country Liquor.