Former child star Dylan Sprouse has a boozy new brewing gig in Brooklyn

This former child star is living the sweet life in Brooklyn.

Dylan Sprouse, 24, who rose to fame after starring alongside Adam Sandler in 1999’s “Big Daddy,” is now in the business of making mead. He’ll churn out the honey wine at his brewery, All-Wise Meadery, when it opens inside The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg this May.

“I’m certainly nervous,” Sprouse tells the Daily News of his first big business venture making and selling the alcoholic drink that’s created by fermenting honey with water and sometimes fruits and spices.

After sharing the “Big Daddy” role with his twin brother, Cole, the duo went on to split parts in several other films, before landing their own Disney show, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” which aired from 2005 – 2008, playing twin brothers who live in a hotel.

Sprouse’s new booze-based job strays far off-script compared to some of his previous show biz gigs. He and his bro also appeared in other Disney shows like Miley Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana,” Selena Gomez’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and Raven-Symone’s “That’s So Raven.”

He says he doesn’t keep in touch with celebs from his past, and that he put acting on the back burner when he moved from Los Angeles to New York seven years ago to attend New York University with Cole. Sprouse majored in video game design and graduated in 2015.

While most college kids were out buying cheap beer and liquor, this self-proclaimed “weirdo” was making mead discreetly in his dorm room.

“I started doing home brew stuff with my dad when I was younger,” Sprouse explains, of how he acquired the unusual hobby. “I sold almost all of it to my friends in the dorm. Back then it was $15 a bottle.”

His fellow Millennials may have only heard of the libation from watching “Game of Thrones,” but it dates back to about 7000-6500 B.C. — and it’s getting a renewed shelf life. Mead is the fastest growing segment of the alcohol industry, according to Michael Fairbrother, President of the American Mead Makers Association. Sales of the honey wine increased 130% from 2012 to 2013, according to the most recent report from the AMMA.

“Mead isn’t just something for the Renaissance fair,” Fairbrother says. “You can [pair] almost anything with it. It works with spicy foods, fruits, cheese plates — the sky’s the limit.

“It can taste like a white wine and get as rich as a Moscato.”

The buzzy drink typically takes two weeks to ferment and can be aged three months or longer for clarity.

His new meadery isn’t his first job working in the food and beverage world. Sprouse had a job as a host at Cafe Mud in the East Village and then Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he realized brewing was something he wanted to pursue full-time.

“It was actually a realization that I really liked doing this a lot. It’s my passion,” he says.

His mead will be manufactured in the 1,000-square-foot basement of All-Wise. Guests will be able to walk through and see the production process, then head up to the bar which Sprouse says will have a speakeasy vibe.

Sprouse is toying with serving interesting menu items like armadillo jerky and more standard plates like smoked fish and meats, cheese and fruit to pair with the mead.

There will be four traditional mead varieties ranging from 8 to 14% ABV available in bottles (around $25) and on tap ($6 to $7 per glass). Expect two different Show Meads, the most basic kind made with a honey and water base with notes of caramel and apple; Metheglin, a spiced and herbal flavor; and Melomel, made with fruits.

You might be able to watch the spectacle on TV too. Sprouse just filmed a pilot for a docuseries called “Mead in America,” which will chronicle the day-to-day of running a brewery with his business partners that aims to school viewers on mead.

Cole has no involvement in the brewery, and is currently living in Vancouver and filming the upcoming teen drama “Riverdale,” set to premiere Jan. 26 on The CW.

Sprouse hasn’t ruled out returning to acting. He still has an agent and is working on a project with MTV, but says he’s been more selective with choosing characters.

“I’m interested in roles that are human, that have some sort of empathic quality,” Sprouse says. “A role I would not do: cool jock.

“That’s not something I’d be interested in doing. Scripts that make characters a two-sentence description, I’m not interested in.”

So for now, he’ll just play mead master.

Source: New York Daily News

Dylan Sprouse Is Open to Going Back to Acting

The last few years have been busy for Dylan Sprouse. Though he and his brother, Cole, had largely left acting behind when they moved from Los Angeles to New York to attend school at New York University, in a new interview with the Daily News, Dylan says he hasn’t ruled out returning to the screen.

Don’t get too excited just yet: Though the news is exciting, he has other things on his plate right now, so this is one big hypothetical. Since graduating from college, Dylan has been busy working on opening a meadery. Though it would be safe to assume his business ventures will be taking up most of his time for a while, he says he still has an agent, and is working on projects like the movie Dismissed, which premieres this year.

“I’m interested in roles that are human, that have some sort of empathic quality,” he said. “A role I would not do: cool jock… That’s not something I’d be interested in doing. Scripts that make characters a two-sentence description, I’m not interested in.”

Previously, he had said that he was “writing a few scripts” and we can only hope that he’s creating the very kinds of roles that he would be interested in portraying. As his brother Cole is gearing up to take on Jughead in Riverdale the future is also looking bright for Dylan. These two are still living the sweet life.

Source: Teen Vogue

Seventeen: American Eagle Just Gave You the Best Holiday Gift Ever

American Eagle Just Gave You the Best Holiday Gift Ever: Dylan and Cole Sprouse’s Beautiful Faces


Close your eyes and let me take you back to a simpler time. A time when your primary source of eye candy was The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. All your OG childhood crushes Dylan and Cole Sprouse had to do was flip that long, shaggy hair, and swoon: Your preteen heart was captured.

Flash forward to November 2016. The hottest twins in Hollywood have only gotten more attractive over the years. Now comes word that they’re participating in American Eagle’s #WeAllCan holiday campaign (aimed at fighting hunger), their cherub faces shining like beacons of hope and sexiness.

Enjoy. No rush.

How do Dylan and Cole make stern expressions so enticing? They look like two hot teaching assistants in a chem class, frowning at you as they scold, “Why you didn’t do the homework?” but their eyes cry out, Love me.

Source: Seventeen

Kent Osborne And Dylan Sprouse Will Be ‘Dismissed’

BoulderLight Pictures’ upcoming thriller Dismissed has its cast, adding Kent Osborne and Dylan Sprouse in the lead roles. The film tells the tale of an idealistic, straight-laced English teacher (Osborne) drawn down a nightmarish rabbit hole by an honor roll student (Sprouse) who will stop at nothing to get an A. Chris Bauer (True Blood) and Alycia Delmore (Humpday) also appear, with Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) rounding out the cast.

Dismissed is the first film to come out of Making Horror, Boulderlight’s and Making Film Limited’s financing partnership to produce three horror films. Directed by Benjamin Arfmann in his feature debut from a script by Brian McAuley, it’s being produced by J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules of BoulderLight Pictures, along with Sev Ohanian, and executive produced by Making Film Limited co-founder Pang Ho-cheung. Making Film is fully financing Dismissed, which will begin shooting this month. BoulderLight and Bravos Pictures Limited will handle worldwide sales.

BoulderLight’s latest projects include Contracted: Phase II, released last week through IFC; Dementia, another IFC release starring Gene Jones and Kristina Klebe; and Uncaged, a werewolf film for the digital age, released through Image Entertainment. BoulderLight is repped by Stutz Law Corp.

Sprouse is best known as one half of the Sprouse Brothers team who starred in the Disney Channel hit The Suite Life Of Zach And Cody and spinoff, The Suite Life On Deck. Dismissed marks his return to acting after he and his brother Cole earned degrees from NYU. He’s repped by WME and Principato Young.

Known primarily as a writer, Osborne won an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Short-Format Animated program category for his work on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and has been nominated for eight other primetime Emmys. He also is strongly associated with the Mumblecore movement, and most recently wrote and starred in the indie feature Uncle Kent 2, which won the Visions Audience Award at SXSW.

Source: Deadline