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We believe that El Hempe is one of the first ready-to-drink (RTD) sparkling tequila cocktails that feature the aromatic terpenes of cannabis. Our THC and CBD-free drinks combine the herbaceous terpenes of cannabis with the smooth, crisp taste of sparkling tequila to create a delicious beverage that bridges the cannabis and cocktail worlds. El Hempe comes in three delicious flavors that anyone can enjoy any time of the year.

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El Hempe

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REASONS TO INVEST

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We feel our unique beverages are positioned to capitalize on the growing ready-to-drink cocktail, tequila, and cannabis markets. The RTD cocktail market is estimated to surpass $2.17 billion by 2028, the tequila industry is estimated to grow to $24.19 billion by 2031, and cannabis sales in the U.S. were expected to reach approximately $21.6 billion in 2021.

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El Hempe is one of the first companies to use botanical aromatic terpenes as an ingredient in their cocktails while maintaining a low-calorie and carb ratio that anyone can enjoy.

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El Hempe is spearheaded by a stalwart team of spirits and cannabis industry veterans that are dedicated to our goal of expanding El Hempe nationwide.

Overview


A poly-hyphenated drink for poly-hyphenated people



El Hempe has been curated to be a challenger brand - going against the status quo of the booming ready-to-drink cocktail market. After two years of R&D, El Hempe was born featuring the essential oils extracted from cannabis plants, terpenes.


Our team has extensive background in the cannabis industry, which has helped us understand that El Hempe has created a bridge between the spirits industry and the cannabis industry by using aromatic terpenes that replicate flavors and aromas of cannabis.


These lemony, floral oils merged with the grassy notes of tequila produce a wholly delicious and unique beverage - an interesting mix.

The Problem & Our solution


Many liquor companies see cannabis as a means to lose market share; We see it as an opportunity to make a great-tasting beverage and to create an opportunity for liquor companies*



The RTD cocktail market is saturated with seltzers, many of which we feel are seasonal, have similar taste profiles, and are typically branded toward a stereotypical consumer. El Hempe challenges these conventions by incorporating terpenes into El Hempe beverages. We believe we are one of the first companies to bridge the gap between the spirit and cannabis worlds. 


Our current products are offered in three delicious flavors: Lemon Lime, Mixed Berry, and Hibiscus. Not to mention, our tequila is 100% traditional and authentic sourced from one of the most respected distilleries in Mexico - Familia Orendain in Tequila, Jalisco.



We didn’t just inject terpenes into our beverages, we also injected attitude. El Hempe is for the raw and the real; we’re a forward-thinking brand born from generations of traditional Mexican craft Tequila makers but bred in the streets of “East Los” where anyone from any culture or orientation can enjoy our amazing taste. El Hempe must be experienced to understand it. We’re anti-claw. We’re un-truly!


the market & Our Traction


We’ve secured distribution in three states and are critically acclaimed around the nation


Cannabis sales in the U.S. were expected to reach $21.6 Billion in 2021, with cannabis beverage sales comprising around $210 Million of that total (source). El Hempe beverages do not contain any THC or CBD; however, we feel our products resonate with cannabis-curious consumers through the gentle terpene aromas. Furthermore, we’ve seen the total volume sales of spirit-based RTD cocktails increase by 226% from 2016 to 2021 (source), while hard seltzers led growth at 142% and spirits-based cocktails grew to 115% between 2019 and the first half of 2021 (source, source). Pre-mixed cocktails and spirits-based seltzers accounted for just over $1 Billion in off-premise sales over the 52 weeks ending November 28, 2021 (source). 


El Hempe aims to take advantage of the huge market opportunities across the RTD cocktails, tequila, and cannabis industries. We are one of the first companies to use botanical aromatic terpenes, while also maintaining low-calorie, carb, and sugar counts. As these verticals continue to grow, we believe our distinctive approach to sparkling tequila primes us to disrupt these booming markets.


Unlike many of our competitors that typically offer cocktail beverages that are malt or wine-based, El Hempe is strictly tequila based providing a great-tasting, gentle aromatic beverage, without the bitter alcohol taste.


Don't just take our word for it though - we are proud to have won both silver and gold in our category at the Denver International Spirits Competition, and won silver and bronze awards, in tequila, at the 2022 San Diego Spirits Festival. 


 


We have secured distribution in California, Nevada, and Oregon, and are in the process of locking down distributors in Hawaii, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas. Equally as important, El Hempe has been approved for sale at Total Wine and Spirits.

Why Invest


We are aiming to capitalize on the explosive growth of the ready-to-drink, tequila, and cannabis markets


We created El Hempe because we saw an opportunity to introduce a unique drink into the RTD cocktail market. El Hempe challenges tradition the same way our team members and customers have. 



Because El Hempe combines the massive markets of RTD cocktails, tequila, and cannabis (source, source, source), we believe El Hempe speaks to a wide range of consumers, not only positioning us to stand out on shelves but across these market industries.


We are dedicated to our mission of providing future-forward beverages to consumers who want to take an active role in shaping the new world. 


Let's prove that we can push the boundaries of ready-to-drink cocktails and embrace our originality. Invest in El Hempe today!

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ABOUT

HEADQUARTERS

11565 S.W. 67th Avenue
Portland, OR 97223
VALUATION

$10.8M

We believe that El Hempe is one of the first ready-to-drink (RTD) sparkling tequila cocktails that feature the aromatic terpenes of cannabis. Our THC and CBD-free drinks combine the herbaceous terpenes of cannabis with the smooth, crisp taste of sparkling tequila to create a delicious beverage that bridges the cannabis and cocktail worlds. El Hempe comes in three delicious flavors that anyone can enjoy any time of the year.

TEAM

Anthony J. Bash
Anthony J. Bash
Director, Chief Executive Officer, President

An internationally recognized marketing expert, Mr. Bash has successfully created brands & new products for existing companies, staffed entire organizations, re-tooled businesses, and has been a part of two teams that have raised more than $700 million dollars.

After Nike sales, he became the founding vice president of marketing at Avia Athletic Footwear. He was responsible for creating the brand & sales strategies that grew the company to 120 million dollars in sales in its first 4 years.

Six years as VP of marketing at Pepsi corporate, Bash managed national ad agencies, created new product launches, managed media/media buys, excelled at co-op advertising, and managed brand teams.

At NEXTLINK Interactive, a Craig McCaw company, Mr. Bash served as the VP of Marketing where he created a marketplace for interactive voice in the national marketplace. The company today is XO Communications.

Mr. Bash created Braintank, a local company that created Web sites for international companies. In its first year Braintank merged with e-Media, one of the largest companies streaming video and audio on the Internet. As senior vice president of marketing and general manager for the West Coast, he managed all marketing and communications efforts and was a part of the team that raised $40 million dollars.

Mr. Bash was the CMO for CypherEdge Technologies, a mobile technology company based in Bellevue, WA from 2005 to 2008. CypherEdge primarily creates new methods for creating cellular and wi-fi marketing campaigns for large consumer product companies.

(2008-2009), Tony assisted a Portland based ad agency as the SVP of Marketing and Business Development for Pop Art; www.popart.com, one of the country’s largest interactive agencies.

Brent Adam

Brent Adam

CFO

Accounting / finance professional with experience ranging from public accounting to start ups to public traded companies.

Charles E. Harrell

Charles E. Harrell

Director, Chief Legal Officer, Secretary

Mr. Harrell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and is the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Company. In his role as Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Harrell is responsible for overseeing the Company’s national legal affairs, including regulatory compliance, securities regulation, intellectual property, contract negotiations and corporate governance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Harrell was the General Counsel and Secretary for Form Factory, Inc., and Mr. Harrell oversaw all of the legal and regulatory aspects of Form Factory’s $160 million dollar merger with Acreage Holdings in April 2019.

Joseph R. Ragazzo

Joseph R. Ragazzo

Director, Chief Revenue Officer

Senior leader with extensive beverage alcohol experience. with a leading Fortune 500 spirits company. Has successfully created and launched numerous new products. Specialize in building optimal route to market strategies and product/people management.

Efrain Romo

Efrain Romo

Chief Marketing Officer

Being naturally curious and interested in the well being of others are what define Efraín’s career. Three decades in Marketing and Sales with a goal to provide organizations profitable investment for the brand and the neighborhoods. As CMO for a digital start-up, he positioned the company to $85MM in just 7 months. Prior to that, he created a strong community outreach investment that generated 150% in return while helping high school throughout several states. Efrain has a diverse, and eclectic, professional career in Sales Promotion, Brand Building, Business Development, Public Relations and Community Outreach.

Justin Hale

Justin Hale

Chief Operations Officer

Justin Hale brings 12 years of global supply chain and logistics experience to El Hempe Spirits. His experience and leadership have been focused on implementing efficient, driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and cost-saving measures. Prior to joining El Hempe, Justin managed importing of Asian and European lumber products at Northwest Hardwoods and USA wheat exports with Mitsu USA. Justin attended Portland State University, where is focused on Finance and International Business.

TERMS

El Hempe
Overview
PRICE PER SHARE
$2.67
DEADLINE
Feb 16, 2023
VALUATION
$10.8M
AMOUNT RAISED
$68,583.34
Breakdown
MIN INVESTMENT
$237.63
MAX INVESTMENT
$1,234,992.48
MIN NUMBER OF SHARES OFFERED
3,745
OFFERING TYPE
Equity
ASSET TYPE
COMMON
SHARES OFFERED
Common Stock
MAX NUMBER OF SHARES OFFERED
462,544

Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares


Company

:

El Hempe Spirits, Inc.

Corporate Address

:

11565 S.W. 67th Avenue, Portland, OR 97223

Offering Minimum

:

$9,999.15

Offering Maximum

:

$1,234,992.48

Minimum Investment Amount

(per investor)

:

$237.63











Terms


Offering Type

:

Equity

Security Name

:

Common Stock

Minimum Number of Shares Offered

:

3,745

Maximum Number of Shares Offered

:

462,544

Price per Share

:

$2.67

Pre-Money Valuation

:

$10,804,024.17











*Maximum number of shares offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See Bonus info below.

Amount Based Bonus

Tier 1 - $1,000 – Invest $1,000+ and receive a hat, a 4 pack of product, and stickers/misc swag

Tier 2 - $5,000 – Invest $5,000+ and receive a two (2) 4 packs (flavor TBD by El Hempe and all the above

Tier 3 - $10,000 – Invest $10,000+ and receive a 4 pack of each flavor and a call with CEO, Tony Bash.

Time Based Bonus

Friends and Family Early Bird Perks

Invest Within The First 24 Hours and Receive 15% Bonus Shares.

Super Early Bird Perks

Invest Within The Next 72 hours and Receive 10% Bonus Shares.

Early Bird Bonus Perks

Invest Within The Next 7 days and Receive 5% Bonus Shares.

*In order to receive perks from an investment, one must submit a single investment in the same offering that meets the minimum perk requirement. Bonus shares from perks will not be granted if an investor submits multiple investments that, when combined, meet the perk requirement. All perks occur when the offering is completed.

The 10% StartEngine Owners' Bonus

El Hempe Spirits, Inc.will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by investors that are eligible for the StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. OWNer's bonus.

This means eligible StartEngine shareholders will receive a 10% bonus for any shares they purchase in this offering. For example, if you buy 100 shares of Common Stock at $2.67/ share, you will receive 110 shares of Common Stock, meaning you'll own 110 shares for $267. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid during the investor's eligibility period. Investors eligible for this bonus will also have priority if they are on a waitlist to invest and the company surpasses its maximum funding goal. They will have the first opportunity to invest should room in the offering become available if prior investments are canceled or fail.

Investors will receive the highest single bonus they are eligible for among the bonuses based on the amount invested and the time of offering elapsed (if any). Eligible investors will also receive the Owner’s Bonus, in addition to the aforementioned bonus.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments. Any expense labeled “Travel and Entertainment”. Inter company debt or back payments.

ALL UPDATES

01.24.23

EL HEMPE SIGNS ON WITH BADGER LIQUOR FOR WISCONSIN DISTRIBUTION


01.23.23

El Hempe Terpene-Infused Tequila Cocktails Signs on with Badger Liquor for Wisconsin Distribution

01.17.23

EL HEMPE TERPENE-INFUSED TEQUILA COCKTAILS CONTINUE THEIR EXPANSION INTO NEVADA

EL HEMPE - El Hempe Spirits Llc Trademark Registration

 

 

Contact:          John McIsaac

                        503-481-9621 (West Coast)

                        john@mcisaacpr.com

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  

EL HEMPE TERPENE-INFUSED TEQUILA COCKTAILS CONTINUE THEIR EXPANSION INTO NEVADA

 

After Successfully Launching in California and Oregon, the Edgy Tequila Beverage Brand

Signed on in September with Las Vegas-Based Pemberton Distribution

 

Las Vegas, NV – Dec. 13, 2022 – Fast-growing terpene-infused tequila cocktail brand El Hempe confirmed a successful expansion into the Nevada market, through Las Vegas-based Pemberton Distribution, according to El Hempe CEO Tony Bash.

 

“After establishing a stronghold in California and Oregon, two of the nation’s most cannabis-loving states, it would seem only natural to expand into Nevada,” Bash said. “Pemberton’s focus on boutique, artisan brands make them a great fit for El Hempe’s unapologetically rebellious nature.”

 

El Hempe, which was developed to be the bridge between cannabis and spirits, employs botanical terpenes to replicate the nose of cannabis without THC in its tequila beverages. The company will offer Nevada tequila lovers three different alcoholic seltzers:

 

  • Lemon & Lime OG Kush, a refreshing tequila seltzer with a noticeably stony aroma; 5% APV, 100 calories
  • Mixed Berry OG Kush, a bubbly berry seltzer with the smell of a fresh bong hit; 5% APV, 100 calories
  • Hibiscus Durban Poison, a sparkling cocktail with a tropical, hibiscus flavor and exotic cannabis nose; 8% APV, 150 calories

 

"We are excited to have El Hempe as part of our portfolio,” Pemberton Distribution CEO Jeremy Wilkinson said. “It is an extremely strong brand in the RTD category, not only because it is a sparkling tequila with amazing flavor notes, but it also includes a little something extra that is reminiscent of cannabis. The Nevada market is already in love with El Hempe."

 

All El Hempe products are sold in four-packs of 12-oz cans. El Hempe’s tequila supplier is Familia Orendain, Tequila, MX.

 

About El Hempe

The El Hempe brand is helmed by Tony Bash, former CEO of cannabis copacker Form Factory and longtime VP for LiDestri Food & Drink. Former Brown Forman and LiDestri senior executive Joe Ragazzo serves as Chief Revenue Officer, and LA-based Efrain Romo, who was instrumental in launching the wildly popular Cazadores Tequila brand, is Chief Marketing Officer.

 

El Hempe terpene-infused cocktails are available throughout California and Oregon, and recently in Nevada, where tequila and cannabis are particularly popular. The company will announce further expansion throughout 2022 and 2023.

 

About Pemberton Distribution

Born in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, we are proud to partner with top restaurants, bars and retail establishments that cater to those who know their drink. The curated Pemberton collection spans over 60 brands, and many of them are world-renowned leaders in their craft. We never push something we don’t love and we say no to many brands because of this. Our mission is to serve our clients and supply them beverages that make for an unforgettable experience—one that leaves Vegas and inspires an even greater appreciation for fine wines and spirits.


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Members get an extra 10% shares in addition to rewards below!

REWARDS

Multiple investments in an offering cannot be combined to qualify for a larger campaign perk. Get rewarded for investing more into El Hempe.

$237.00

StartEngine Owner’s Bonus

This offering is eligible for the StartEngine Owner’s 10% Bonus program. For details on this program, please see the Offering Summary section below.

$1,000.00

Tier 1 - $1,000+

Invest $1,000+ and receive a hat, a 4 pack of product, and stickers/misc swag

$5,000.00

Tier 2 - $5,000+

Invest $5,000+ and receive a two (2) 4 packs (flavor TBD by El Hempe and all the above

$10,000.00

Tier 3 - $10,000+

Invest $10,000+ and receive a 4 pack of each flavor and a call with CEO, Tony Bash.

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