Today, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and The Block Distilling Co. release a new collaborative bourbon aptly named The Night Sweats Straight Bourbon. To benefit The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation, a portion of all bottle sales will fund community and nonprofit organizations that address issues of racial, social and economic justice.

Earlier this year, The Block Distilling Co. formed a partnership with The Marigold Project and debuted a variation on their most popular cocktail – the whiskey sour – to begin directing funds to the foundation. Seeing the success from the cocktail, owners Kraig, Michelle and Kameron Weaver started conversations with Kari Nott, Executive Director of The Marigold Project, on ways to grow their impact together. Considerations about creating a signature bourbon with the band emerged, presenting a mutually beneficial opportunity for the distillery and the foundation.

“We are proud to be working with our friends at The Block Distilling Co. to bring this bourbon to you,” says Rateliff. “Not only do they support family farmers with their sourcing practices, but they are also good neighbors here in Denver and passionate advocates for social justice.”

Rateliff started The Marigold Project in late 2017. The foundation supports non-profit organizations focused on solving issues of racial, social and economic justice.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with The Block - a local, family-run business that honors family farmers with their supply chain and pays attention to how they show up for their community. A good bourbon offers us opportunities to come together and solve what needs solved,” furthers Nott.

The bourbon is made from yellow, blue, and red corn, millet, and malted barley. 70% of the grain is coming from The Block’s dedicated acreage on a Missouri family farm where they are directly involved in the farming practices, the grain varietals, and the storage techniques. The whiskey is open top fermented, double distilled, and aged for a minimum of two years on charred American white oak barrels. The corn adds an expected sweetness with peppery complexity coming from the red corn, sweet tortilla notes from the blue corn, and balanced by the sweetness from the malted barley. The 36-month air seasoned barrels contribute complex sweetness far beyond the vanilla heavy commonplace and into dark honey and caramel. Bottled at 47.5% ABV it can be sipped neat, but it can also take a cube without being too watered down.

“The Block knows that a good drink can bring people together. As The Block moved out of our beginning stages of the business, we sought ways to use the brand and the spirits to support causes that we believe in,” explains Kraig Weaver, head distiller and co-owner. “Nathaniel is an incredible example of an artist using his platform to progress his values. That is why we couldn’t be more ecstatic to work with TMP. Having that evolve into a collaborative spirit with the band that aids in funding those values is a true honor.”

The pre-sale for The Night Sweats Straight Bourbon will begin on Saturday, September 18 at 11:00 am. Only 700 of the 1,000 750-ml bottles will be released during the pre-sale. Bottles are limited to 2 bottles per person and will be $82 each. All remaining bottles will be available for sale and pre-sale pickup on Friday, October 30. The bourbon will also be available at Rateliff’s new classic dive bar, the Skylark Lounge. For each bottle sold, $10 of the proceeds will be designated for The Marigold Project. To learn more about the partnership and participate in the pre-sale, visit


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Meese (drums, percussion, keys), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keys), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success. Now certified Gold in the U.S., it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their sophomore album Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and included three singles which hit #1 at Triple A Radio. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ “Top Albums” chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Americana/Folk” chart, landed at #2 on their “Current Rock” chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Earlier this year, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was recorded in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows. On November 5, the group will release their third studio album The Future on Stax Records.


Since December 2017, The Block Distilling Co. has created superior spirits using high-quality raw ingredients, modern industrial equipment and a mixture of culinary and chemistry methods. The grain-to-bottle distillery and tasting room is located in Denver’s RiNo Art District and family-owned by Kraig, Michelle, and Kameron Weaver. The Block makes #everydamndrop in-house and offers a variety of spirits including vodka, seasonal gins, whiskey, bourbon, and a coffee liqueur featuring Novo Coffee. For spirit aficionados, the distillery offer a members-only bottle club – 225 Club - that releases limited edition bottles, early access to new spirits and provides special discounts and promotions. The distillery is located on the corner of 30th and Larimer at 2990 Larimer Street. More information can be found on the distillery’s website at or on Facebook and Instagram.


The Marigold Project supports community and nonprofit organizations working on issues of economic, racial and social justice. The Marigold Project believes that all people deserve to be treated with respect. In order to move forward together, The Marigold Project funds strategies that solve problems caused by income inequality, boost civic engagement, spark creativity, offer equitable access to growing and eating good food, and encourage gender and racial justice. Funds raised each year are granted to organizations that propel this mission forward.

For Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats please contact
Cami OpereLouis D’Adamio or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

For The Marigold Project, please contact Executive Director Kari Nott.

For The Block Distilling Co., please contact, Priya Shah , 319-759-9919