GSN Review: DRNXMYTH Cocktails

In need of a full bar? Hosting a virtual happy hour for your company? Tired of sugary and watered-down mixes? DRNXMYTH offers the ability to order as much as 1 bottle or a whole round of drinks delivered to your door, as well larger setups for corporate events. 

Created by working bartenders using fresh, cold-pressed juices sourced directly from farms in Southern California and without any artificial ingredients or preservatives, DRNXMYTH uses proprietary cocktail tech to deliver chilled, ready-to-drink cocktails. Each bottle equals two servings, making them perfect for sharing.

There are sixteen different drinks available for your event, making DRNXMYTH the largest portfolio of RTD cocktails under one umbrella. 

GSN received samples of the following cocktails created by bartenders from around the country for review:

Rum Punch crafted by Bad Birdy
Bourbon Sour crafted by Jason Yu
Ginger Drop crafted by Richard Allison
Eastside crafted by Saeed ‘Hawk’ House
Classic Margarita crafted by Charity K. Johnston

GSN’s Remarks: The fresh fruit flavor comes through immediately. After reviewing dozens of RTD’s, we can honestly say that DRNXMYTH has cornered the market on freshness. The bottle design is clever and adds a sense of elegance that adds to the experience. As any decent bartender knows, balance is key, and the cocktails we received are all excellent. We opted to pour ours over ice to create a little more softness as the drinks are quite citrus forward. Overall, each had a fresh brightness and balance that we enjoyed. The only oddity was the Rum Punch which had mint which seemed out of place. Overall, though, these are great cocktails for bachelorette parties, wedding receptions, corporate events or even an upscale backyard BBQ. Outside of going to a bar, these are the best ready to drink cocktails you will find on the market. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: DRNXMYTH

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GSN Review: ZIGNUM Mezcal

Rooted in Oaxaca, ZIGNUM is one of the leading Mezcals in Mexico and Mexican duty-free shops. Two ZIGNUM expressions, Reposado and Añejo have added complexity from oak aging beyond the minimum legal requirements. ZIGNUM Reposado is aged in American white oak for a minimum of 8 months, and ZIGNUM Añejo in a combination of French and American oak for a minimum of 18 months.

This year, ZIGNUM is debuting new packaging created by Quaker City Mercantile, best-known for creating Hendrick’s GinThe new ZIGNUM Joven and Reposado labels are inspired by the pre-Hispanic Oaxacan temples. Silver and gold embossing pops from the label’s rich black fabric, referencing the colors of the liquids and paying homage to the region’s heritage. On both labels, central roundels surround a spear hall-marked with an agave, referring to the ZIGNUM distillery’s leading edge in sustainability programs, such as being animal cruelty-free and pioneering agave nursery practices. Detailed geographic patterns flank a “doorway” device, leading to a dark entryway calling to mind the cool, dark, barrel-aging room at the distillery.

The Añejo label also includes the stepped shape, roundel, and metallic detail, which is rose gold in color and almost perfectly matches the liquid within. This label offers additional detail about the liquid itself, including the variety of agave used (Espadín), specifics on the barrel aging (French and American oak), and signature of the master distiller. All three bottles have wooden closures honoring the local tradition of hand-carved alebrijes. An elegant strip seal honors the distillery’s wastewater reclamation programs.

GSN’s Remarks: We had the opportunity to attend an online tasting and educational session with brand ambassador Carolta Montoya who walked us through the various processes and history behind the brand. It’s clear that ZIGNUM is looking for a broader market than many of the traditional mezcals can offer. Each iteration is exceptionally smooth with virtually no smoke, and a fresh and agave forward flavor profile. These are mezcals designed not only for sipping, but eve more so ,for mixing in cocktails. The Joven is the easiest to approach and has the most vegetal character. The Reposado has more character leaning towards caramel and toffee, while the Anejo offers notes of milk chocolate and young tobacco. All are excellent and a great introduction to this increasingly popular spirit. GSN Ratings: Joven A-, Reposado A-, Anjeo A

For more information go to: Zignum Mezcal


GSN Review: Magic Bullet Nutritional Detox

We’ve all been there. Out with friends or business associates, one drink leads to another, then tomorrow’s obligations hit you right between the eyeballs! Whether it’s work or play, no one wants to struggle through the next morning, wondering if they’ll ever recover from last night’s fun.

That’s what drove Joe & Didi Edwards to create Magic Bullet.  They knew that alcohol can be an integral part of life. They also knew that vitamins and electrolytes were the classic recovery band-aid, but the morning after was too late to prevent the nasty after-effects of a night of drinking. Their research led them to focus on Superfoods and Amino Acids because of the burden placed on our livers when we drink. These powerful nutritionals are known to not only support and fortify your liver, but also heal and repair it.

Armed with that research, they went about developing Magic Bullet.  Their goal was to create something that people would want to drink for its health benefits.  To align with their philosophy, it had to be great tasting, natural, stimulant free and use no artificial ingredients or chemical sweeteners.

Magic Bullet is an 8.4 oz nutritional recovery drink made from natural ingredients and designed to support healthy liver and kidney function. The proprietary mix of Milk Thistle Extract, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Lipoic Acid, Turmeric, Schisandra Berry, Grape Seed Extract and Yellow Dock Root is sweetened with zero calorie Stevia and only 40 Calories of organic Cane Sugar, for a balanced taste, without using High Fructose Corn Syrup.

GSN’s Remarks: This is a very easy to drink beverage that leans towards citrus in flavor. We had some chilled, some over ice and some added to cocktails to add a bit of flavor. Our favorite was pouring half a can over ice and sipping that between cocktails. We honestly don’t know if the health benefits worked, since we didn’t overindulge at the office. But, better safe than sorry. If anything, you may find yourself drinking less alcohol if you add Magic Bullet into your routine. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Drink Magic Bullet

GSN Event Roundup: Buellton’s Brew Fest @ Home

Every year the Buellton Brew Fest is one of the best beer centric events along the Central Coast of California. With Covid-19 regulations still happening, the Buellton Brew Fest came to you in 2021.

Hosted by Andres Nuño, from Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festivals and En Fuego Events, Andres has been hosting monthly Virtual Beer Festivals since May. Home to two craft breweries, Firestone Walker and Figueroa Mountain Brewing, and a host of wineries and spirit companies, Buellton is a place where visitors normally come from across the country to savor the region’s year-round sunshine and temperate climate.

This year’s ticket buyers received a variety 13-pack that includes craft beer, tequila, michelada, margaritas and more, from 13 different breweries and spirits companies. Viewers also were able to hear from the companies themselves as they walked you through each tasting and told us more about themselves. You can watch the video as it was shown on May 1st, below.

Brewery and alcohol companies included:
• Figueroa Mountain Brewing (Buellton)
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Buellton)
• Dorwood Distillery (Buellton)
• Ace Cider (Sebastapol)
• Belching Beaver (Oceanside)
• Calidad Beer (Santa Barbara)
• Cayman Jack Margarita (Chicago, IL)
• Cerveceria del Pueblo (Pasadena)
• Hard Frescos (San Francisco)
• SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo)
• SLO Cider (San Luis Obispo)
• Solvang Brewing (Solvang)
• Tio Rodrigo Michelada (San Luis Obispo)

GSN was sent a box of brews, a tasting glass, a baseball cap, a koozie, stickers, coasters, snacks and promo materials. It was great fun to pop open a brew and watch along to the video below. It made for an entertaining afternoon and was almost as good as being there in person. We really enjoyed the southern California style beers which were easily sessionable. It is clear that the various producers of beer, cider and spirits are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their. We recommend visiting Buellton and supporting the community while having fun!

For more information about how to have your products served at the next Buellton Brew Fest,  email
100% of the proceeds from the event benefited the Buellton Chamber of Commerce.
Future events include:
Buellton Brew Fest, May 7, 2022

GSN Review: Fire Dept. Vanilla Bean Bourbon Coffee

We were recently sent a bag of whole beans of a new blend from Fire Dept. Coffee, Vanilla Bean Bourbon. Fire Dept. Coffee is a veteran-owned business and certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), we’re dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee to people everywhere. Every order is freshly roasted in Rockford, Illinois, by a dedicated team of firefighters, first responders, and coffee connoisseurs.

GSN has previously reviewed several of Fire Dept.’s Spirited Coffees here.

GSN’s Thoughts: We really love this new coffee. The vanilla bean brings it over the top into an entirely dessert-like realm. The bourbon adds a flavorful kick. This just may be our new favorite morning beverage! Make sure to order a few bags since this is a limited edition for the time being. GSN Rating: A

To order go to: Fire Dept Coffee

You can also join the new Spirit-Infused Club here

GSN Spirited News: May the 4th Be With You Edition

San Diego, California-based Cutwater Spirits, part of the Anheuser-Busch portfolio, is launching Cutwater Mezcal, its first foray into the mezcal category. The new entry is distilled from 100% Cenizo Agave. To ensure long-term sustainability of the agave supply, Cutwater will plant five baby agave plants for each plant harvested and is establishing an on-premise nursery to cultivate agave plants from seed. The first bottling of Cutwater Mezcal, released earlier this month, is a limited run available at select retailers. It’s at 45% abv and retails for $50 a 750-ml.

French import Citadelle Gin is introducing Jardin d’Été as a permanent addition to the portfolio. The new expression, whose name translates as Summer Garden, is made with the same 19 botanicals used in Citadelle’s flagship gin plus melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest, and orange peel. The additions were inspired by a garden cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, wife of Citadelle founder Alexandre Gabriel, at Château de Bonbonnet, Citadelle’s base in southwest France. It is available now in the U.S., bottled at 41.5% abv and priced at $25 a 750-ml. Citadelle Gin is part of Maison Ferrand, which also produces Cognac Ferrand and Plantation Rum.

PaQui Tequila founder John Chappell has launched a new mezcal artesanal called Lejana y Sola. Made in Lachilà, Oaxaca from Espadin agave and wild Cuishe agave, Lejana y Sola retails at $60 a 750-ml. and is distributed in the New York, Florida, and California markets, with online availability reaching 40 states. The brand name translates to “Afar and Alone” and was inspired by the famous Federico Garcia Lorca poem, “Il Cancion del Jinete,” or “The Horseman’s Song.”

Prestige Beverage Group has introduced two new single malt Scotch whisky expressions from Tullibardine to the U.S. Tullibardine Artisan is a non-age-statement malt matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 40%. It will retail for around $30 a 750-ml. The second new release is Tullibardine 12-year-old, a 40% abv whisky matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels, retailing for $45. Both whiskies will be available in 20 states across the U.S.

High West is introducing a limited edition of its Rendezvous Rye, featuring artwork from American artist Ed Mell, who’s renowned for his Western landscapes. This limited edition kicks off High West’s transition of the distillery’s flagship whiskey to a seasonal release. This first seasonal edition retails at $70 a 750-ml. and will be available nationwide by the end of May.

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GSN Brews News: May the 4th Be With You Edition

Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company has launched Stratosphere IPA, the latest spring and summer seasonal for the craft brewer. The 6.4% abv ale is brewed with Nugget, Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, and Strata hops, and was originally brewed in February 2020 as a part of Ninkasi’s limited and small batch program. The beer is now available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles and 19.2-ounce cans in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Denver-based Prost Brewing Company has released AlpenBlume, a new craft hard seltzer. The 5% abv RTD is brewed with German wine yeast and has 100 calories per 12-ounce can. The new line comes in four flavors—Cucumber Lime, Ginger Peach, Strawberry Rose, and Lemon Elderberry—and is available throughout Colorado in mixed 12-packs. It is also available on draft at Prost’s Biergartens.

Philadelphia-based Charles Jacquin et Cie is targeting the fast-growing RTD market with Bartenders Trading Co. The new line is a revamp of the company’s Original Bartenders Cocktails and will launch with 10 releases including Sarita’s Margarita, Nina’s Pina Colada, and I’m Bananas Over You. All will be available in sizes ranging from 200-ml. to 1.75-liters, with the 750-ml. retailing at $11.

Canada’s Nude Beverages has expanded its line of hard iced teas into national distribution in the U.S. The 5% abv RTDs are made with vodka and decaffeinated black tea, and come in at 100 calories per serving. The teas are available in peach, lemon, and raspberry flavors and are not carbonated. Nude Hard Tea joins the company’s hard seltzer, which also comes in at 100 calories and 5% abv, and is available in lime, peach, mango, and raspberry lemon flavors.

Brooklyn, New York-based Threes Brewing is re-releasing its Yore Czech Pilsner. Inspired by the Svetlé Pivo brewing tradition, Yore Czech is only 3.9% abv. It was brewed with Czech-grown Saaz hops and Moravian floor-malted Czech pilsner malt and has notes of noble spice and wet hay, according to the company. It’s available now from Threes Brewing’s website, where a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans is priced at $16.

The Boston Beer Company has announced the latest expansion to Truly Hard Seltzer, set to hit shelves on May 10. The new extension—Truly Punch—comes in a mixed 12-pack of 12-ounce cans and adds four new flavors to the popular hard seltzer brand: Tropical, Fruit, Citrus, and Berry. The new punch-flavored varieties, like the rest of the Truly line, come in at 5% abv with 100 calories per serving and will be available across the U.S.

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GSN Review: Stranahan’s Original

Stranahan’s, the American single malt from Colorado’s first distillery since prohibition recently updated its original expression in celebration of the distillery’s 15th anniversary. 
Recognizable by new premium packaging, the new Stranahan’s Original boasts an older liquid – a blend of four-year, five-year, six-year and seven-year old American single malts, as a testament to the well-aged stock of whiskeys Stranahan’s has nurtured over the past 15 years. 
Since its first release 15 years ago, Stranahan’s has been  pioneering American single malts which can be seen through its annual Snowflake release (one of the rarest releases in American whiskey), the recent Mountain Angel 10 Year Old (the distillery’s oldest and rarest release to date) and core expressions like Sherry Cask and Blue Peak. The refresh of Stranahan’s Original in its core lineup honors this 15 year commitment.
GSN’s Remarks: Sweet and semi-maple entry with a lovely and light mouthfeel. As the flavor opens up, there is a journey of peppery brown bread and mild cinnamon. We like the overall new character of the blend, which has a full vista of bass notes, to perky mid-range and bright treble. Perfect served over a large rock, this also works wonders in classic bourbon cocktails. Try it in a Mint Julep, Old-Fashioned or Manhattan. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Stranahans

GSN Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2021 Edition

Heaven Hill Distillery recently announced the release of the spring 2021 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at eight years old. Comprised of barrels produced in spring of 2013, and bottled in spring of 2021, the seventh national release ushers in the latest addition to the series.

Bottled in an ornate decanter, the spring edition denotes a green label, consistent across all spring releases. As was the case for the past editions, this edition’s tax strip, which has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled. The Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond spring edition is the first 8-year-old of the nationally released series and features Bourbon pulled from three different rickhouses, on different floors, and two different production dates.

Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 63 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to a collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. 

GSN’s Remarks: Another winner from the Old Fitzgerald collection. This one has a fruit forward flavor of stewed peaches, apples and light prune. The aging is just right, creating a perfect balance between the sweet and the heat. This is a sipper that to our mind embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality. The finish is long and leaves you begging for just one more sip. Kudos to the master blender for this exquisite spirit. Very well done, and highly recommended. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distillery

GSN Review: Casa Mexico Tequila

Casa México recently unveiled a new logo and branding for its line of tequila. Casa México chose to partner with Savvy Studio, a design studio based in both New York City and Mexico City, to create a new brand identity. The design studio was chosen as it shares a similar U.S.-Mexico background as the Casa México brand and brings a deep understanding of Mexican culture and respect for its heritage. 

The new brand identity is a modern take on traditional Mexican aesthetics and was inspired by vintage labels, signage, and packaging from Mexico. The colors chosen were inspired by the hues of the tequila itself and the artwork was created by modernizing some ancient Mexican forms, typefaces, and figures. Additionally, the use of Mexican historical typefaces paired with Art Deco-styled patterns lends a totally unique, playful, and young look for the spirits. 

Casa México is a small-batch, premium tequila company founded by Mexican-American beverage industry pioneer Eric “Don Buccio” Buccio. Passionate tequila connoisseurs actor Mario Lopez and famed boxer Oscar De La Hoya joined Casa México as partners after being introduced to the tequila. As Mexican-Americans, Lopez and De La Hoya support the commitment to family tradition and further Buccio’s mission to celebrate their collective Mexican heritage through Casa México.

GSN’s Remarks: Lightly sweet, fresh agave forward flavor greets you upon the first sip. Really clean, and at the same time rich with vegetal coloration. The flavor has elements of mint, marshmallow, mild black pepper and slight oak. Really well done, and a great tequila for mixing, shots or enjoying with a meal. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Casa Mexico Tequila

GSN Alert: May 5th – Cinco de Mayo

Cinco_de_Mayo,_1901_posterMany people assume that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican equivalent of the United States’ Independence Day.  Not so.  That originally happened on September 16, 1810.  Instead, Cinco de Mayo took place on May 5th in 1862 and is a day of remembrance for a key battle that took place in Puebla, Mexico.  For both Mexico and the U.S., it was a day that is significant for two reasons.  1) It was the first time that the French had been defeated in any battle in over 50 years, and by an army half its size, and 2) it was the last time a European country tried to invade North America.

Regardless of your nationality, any holiday is always a good time to have a drink or two.  So, in that spirit, GSN is happy to share a few non-Margarita recipes with you to mark the day in style.

Created by Milagro Brand Ambassador Jaime Salas
1 ½ parts Milagro Reposado
½ part Ancho Reyes
½ part Crème de Cacao
½ part Manzanilla Sherry
1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Chill coupe glass with ice and water and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well chilled and diluted. Discard chilling ice from the coupe. Strain ingredients into chilled coupe. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a long piece of orange peel. Express the oil over the cocktail, rub the peel around the rim of the glass, and place atop the cocktail.

Berentzen Apple Guava Rita
1.5 ounces of Berentzen Apple
1 ounce tequila
3 ounces guava nectar
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
Garnish with lime wedge.  Salt or sugar rim to taste.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously.  Pour into margarita glass.  Garnish with lime wedge.

Thunder & Spice
Created by Thor Messer (The Rumpus Room, Milwaukee)
1 1/4 oz St. George California Agricole Rum
1 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
2/3 oz simple syrup
2/3 oz fresh lime juice
1 dash Bittercube Orange Bitters

Shake all ingredients well then double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Created by Blair Frodelius (Good Spirits News)
1.5 oz. Hangar One Chipotle Vodka
1.5 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
0.25 oz. Chartreuse Yellow
2 dashes Fee’s Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Add ingredients to mixing glass and shake with ice.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with dried red chipotle pepper lengthwise on bamboo spear and laid across top of the glass.

Created by Blair Frodelius (Good Spirits News)
1.5 oz Pama Liqueur
1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
0.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp simple syrup
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
0.5 oz Club soda

Mix all ingredients except club soda in ice filled shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top off with club soda.  Stir gently and serve.

GSN Spirited News: April 27th 2021 Edition

Pasote Tequila has debuted new packaging across its whole line of agave spirits. The new bottles feature the brand’s name on colored labels with Aztec gods and warriors—a black label for Blanco, red for Reposado, and orange for Añejo—as well as a new white band across the bottles’ stoppers. While the bottles and labels have changed the liquid inside remains the same and is still produced from 100% estate grown blue agave. Pasote’s Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo offerings retail for $49-$69, and its Extra-Añejo sells for around $190.

Austin, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery will release Laguna Madre on May 8. The new, limited-edition Texas straight Bourbon is the most ambitious expression Garrison Brothers has produced, the result of four years of aging in white oak barrels followed by four years in French-imported Limousin oak barrels. Only 2,000 bottles will be available nationwide. Each bottle is housed in a display case framed by a photo of its namesake Gulf Coast waters and hand-signed and numbered by master distiller Donnis Todd. Laguna Madre is at 50.5% abv and will retail for $300 a bottle at the distillery and in select outlets nationwide.

Austin, Texas-based Ballotin Whiskey’s latest release is Ballotin Chocolate Peanut Butter Whiskey Cream. Blending the brand’s barrel-aged whiskey with dairy cream, the release elaborates on Ballotin’s previous Chocolate Whiskey Cream and is a permanent addition to the lineup, which also includes Chocolate Mint, Caramel Turtle, and Bourbon Ball, among others. It’s at 17% abv and retails for a suggested $22 a 750-ml. Ballotin Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream is available now across Ballotin’s more than 30 state distribution area.

Jura Whisky has added a new 12-year-old expression to its U.S. portfolio of single malt Scotch expressions. The new offering first matures in ex-Bourbon casks before finishing in Oloroso Sherry casks. It joins Jura’s 12-year-old, Seven Wood, and 18-year-old expressions, and retails for around $50 a 750-ml.

Honkaku Spirits is debuting Takamine Whiskey in the U.S. market. Made at Japan’s Shinozaki Distillery, Takamine is an 8 year-old, 80-proof, 100% barley, koji-fermented whiskey. Koji (aspergillus oryzae) is a mold that grows on grains, breaking the starches into sugars which yeast can then convert into alcohol through fermentation. Koji has been used in Japan for more than 1,200 years to make sake as well as soy sauce, miso, shochu, and other familiar umami-laden Japanese products, according to the company. Aged in virgin American oak and ex-Bourbon casks, Takamine is rolling out now across 15 states, distributed by Winebow and retailing at $99 a 750-ml.

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GSN Brews News: April 27th 2021 Edition

Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company has entered the hard seltzer market with Victory Waves, a new release that marks the brewery’s 25th anniversary. Victory Waves comes in Lime, Mango, Mixed Berry, and Orange, each at 5% abv and with 100 calories per 12-ounce serving. The seltzers are rolling out this month in a 12-can variety pack throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.

New York City-based Craft+Carry has announced a sixth location, the company’s first outpost on the Upper West Side. The new location is on Amsterdam Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets, and features growler and crowler refills, plus a wide selection of local and craft beers in bottles and cans. To celebrate the grand opening, Craft+Carry collaborated with local brewer Finback to create Slice of Sunshine, a 6.5% abv IPA with blood orange, guava, and Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

Brooklyn, New York’s Sixpoint Brewery has announced Party Poppers, a new variety 12-pack of hard seltzers, marking the brewery’s entry into the popular category. All of Sixpoint’s seltzers come in at 5% abv and 100 calories per 12-ounce can and the pack features four flavors: Tiki Lemon Bar, Cucumber Lime Daybreak, Triple Berry Disco, and Passionfruit Orange Guava Punch. Sixpoint’s hard seltzer is set to roll out to the brand’s core northeast markets in May.

Guinness is launching its new Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer nationwide following a strong response to its limited rollout last month. Brewed using cold brew coffee extract and coffee flavors, the 4% abv offering is a permanent addition to the Guinness portfolio. Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer retails at $10 a four-pack of 14.9-ounce cans.

Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company is launching Truepenny Pilsner, a Belgian-style pilsner with a hint of wild beer flavor. It’s a specialty release that’s being distributed in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans. At 5.1% abv, the beer’s concept was developed through Allagash’s pilot program that allows any employee to submit a beer idea. Truepenny will be available throughout Allagash’s 18-state distribution footprint, which includes much of the eastern seaboard, as well as California and the Chicago area.

Rainier Beer, the historic Seattle brand that’s now owned by Pabst Brewing Co., is releasing a line of Rainier Seltzer. The new line extension will come in Huckleberry, Apple, and Lemon flavors, all at 4.6% abv. Rainier Seltzer will be sold in variety 12-packs of 12-ounce slim cans. Each can contains 90 calories, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of carbohydrates. Rainier Seltzer is now available in stores in Washington and Oregon.

Diageo has announced Guinness Salt & Lime Ale, the latest release from the company’s Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. The 5% abv brew is made with Key lime puree and salt sourced from the Chesapeake Bay. While this new release is a world apart from Guinness’ flagship stout, the beers share a yeast strain, according to the company. Guinness Salt & Lime Ale will be available for a limited time in select markets like Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $11.

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GSN Review: Deep Eddy Lime

Built on the foundation of the ten-time distilled Original Vodka, the bright, tart flavor of Deep Eddy Lime showcases real lime juice. Citrus is a large part of the success story of Deep Eddy, with Ruby Red building the grapefruit category and Lemon growing its respective category. Deep Eddy Lime now joins the portfolio as a natural fit amongst the expanding flavors.

Deep Eddy Vodka is an All-American, Austin-proud vibe, maintained to this day with the Austin-based brand headquarters, state-of-the-art distillery in Buda, and Deep Eddy Tasting Room in Dripping Springs. In addition to Lime, Deep Eddy Vodka’s portfolio includes Original Vodka, Orange, Peach, Lemon, Ruby Red, Cranberry and Sweet Tea.

GSN’s Remarks: A Gimlet in a bottle. Tart with enough sweetness to create balance. Served on the rocks or shaken with ice, this is ready to go, and quite tasty. We approve. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Deep Eddy Vodka