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Late Political Consultant Brian Sleet Honored With Limited Release Bourbon Fundraiser

Brian Sleet died in 2018. His friends at A&S Beverages in Chatham are selling a special-release bourbon in his honor, with half of the proceeds benefitting an Englewood charity.

Chatham's A & S Beverages is honoring late political consultant Brian Sleet with a special limited release bourbon, 1792.
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CHATHAM — Brian Sleet loved a good bourbon almost as much as he loved Chicago, and now a Chatham liquor store is honoring his memory through sales of a special limited-release batch.

Bottles of “1792: Bottled in Bond” have been flying off shelves since A&S Beverages, 308 E. 75th St., announced the sale last week, according to owner Ahmad “Eddie” Elkhatib.

The bourbon is Barton 1792 Distillery in Kentucky’s annual special release. A&S Beverages is using the release to raise money in Sleet’s honor. Half of the proceeds from sales will benefit Something Good in Englewood, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Englewood residents.

Brian Sleet

Elkhatib and his wife, Hanya, developed a close relationship with Sleet, who often stopped by the shop for tastings and conversation.

Sleet’s sudden death from a brain hemorrhage in December 2018 deeply affected the Elkhatibs. He was 41.

“We met when he was [Cook County State’s Attorney] Kim Foxx’s campaign manager,” Elkhatib said. “He was special, and one of our biggest supporters.”

Known for his political acumen, Sleet was one of the most sought-after consultants in the game. In addition to helping Foxx, he also helmed the campaigns of Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th) and Sophia King (4th).

“Brian was such a kind-hearted man. He walked slow but left a big footprint. He was always after the next big thing, but he was humble. A pure soul,” Hanya said.

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Brian Sleet

Elkhatb said friends and family of Sleet have been coming in to see the display and buy bottles for themselves.

“It has a complex taste,” said Elkhatib. “It’s sweet and oaky, with a smooth finish. It has notes of rye, corn, caramel and shortbread.”

“His family even took pictures by the barrel. They really love it,” he said.

Bottles are available for $39.99 each at both the 308 E. 75th St. location and the store at 5058 S. Halsted St.

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