By Micah Hanks
Don’t let the rather suggestive name fool you: when it comes to getting “high,” Jeremiah Weed Kentucky bourbon literally means high in the sky.
Jeremiah Weed provides a 100 proof bourbon, as well as its own variations on the popular pre-mixed sweet tea vodka and vodka-lemonade. As reported recently at the Buzztab website, according to distribution company Diageo the liquor is sold close to many military bases; hence it also happens to have become a favorite among men in service. Though its proximity to military installations might have something to do with the affinity that has developed, probing a bit deeper leads us to another notion as to the origins of this love affair with the innocuous bottled spirit.
The story behind this (according to recent legend, at least) seems to have to do with a song written and performed as an ode to the bottle of choice among “Dos Gringos,” a fighter pilot band whose raunchy lyrics are peppered not only with references to the bourbon itself, but to a variety of military vehicles and other operations, touting lyrics such as, “if you drive the Eagle then you drink it all for show, and if you drive the Hog then you’ve got to drink it slow.”
To listen to “Jeremiah Weed” by Dos Gringos, follow this link (but be warned, the song does include some explicit lyrics):