GSN Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2020 Edition

Heaven Hill recently launched a 9-year-old Spring 2020 release as the newest addition to their Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond portfolio. This latest release is the fifth in the series, and was distilled in 2011. The spring releases have a green label, and the fall releases sport a black label. There have been two red label releases only available at the distillery itself. As with all of these bourbons, this one is a limited edition. Pick one up to collect, and another to savor on special occasions.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2020 Edition (100 proof)
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown.
Aroma: As expected with a wheated bourbon, there is a soft bread-like nose here, with touches of orange peel, saddle leather, and the usual vanilla and caramel. Very moderate and easy going.
Taste: Really a dessert bourbon with a heavy and deep caramel character. There are a decent amount of baking spice notes here, too. Kind of intense holiday bread bomb. This needs a splash of water to open up and breathe.
Finish: For a bottled-in-bond, this is surprisingly smooth. Still, you’ll get some of that prickly heat from the oak char.
Overall: An approachable (and affordable) O.F. whiskey that will go down too smoothly.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distillery

GSN Review: Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2020-02 ‘Boston Batch’

The second release of the Booker’s Bourbon 2020 Collection is Booker’s Batch 2020-02 “Boston Batch.” This batch is named after the production site where Booker Noe first started his distilling career.

The distillery, now renamed the Booker Noe Distillery, is located in the small community of Boston, Kentucky, and was purchased by the James B. Beam Distilling Co. in the early 1950’s as a second distilling location to increase
production capability at the time. Because Boston was removed from the day-to-day of the flagship Clermont, KY distillery, Booker was able to experiment with whiskey a bit more and really learn about bourbon-making process.

Some may say this is where he found his love of experimentation. If you ever wanted to find Booker, Boston is where he’d be. That distillery was his life for more than 40 years. His wife always said that Boston was Booker’s first baby, and Fred was his second.

Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2020-02 ‘Boston Batch’ (126.5 proof)
Appearance: Medium copper.
Aroma: This is a very nutty nose, with a lot of baked desserts thrown in the mix. You can almost taste the sweetness.
Taste: As I expected, there are a lot of sweet baked good flavors going on. Sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, even a touch of maple syrup. With a decent amount of ice, these flavors soften and open up into a pleasant and less fiery burn.
Finish: Interestingly, the finish is quite long and ends on a somewhat peppery note. There is a note of tannins from the oak, and a slight bitter edge from the char. But, these offset the overall  sweet approach of this bourbon.
Overall: Another fine addition to the Booker’s Bourbon Batch portfolio. You won’t be disappointed.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Bookers Bourbon

GSN Spirited News: August 4th 2020 Edition

Angry Orchard, part of the Boston Beer portfolio, is collaborating with Hudson Valley, New York-based Spirits Lab on a new range of cider-infused cocktails. They include an Apple Cider Old Fashioned made with Spirits Lab’s Bull’s Head Bourbon, a Basque Sangria with vodka and peach and apricot liqueurs, and a Rose Lemonade Vodka. The cocktails will sell for $9 at Angry Orchard’s and Spirits Lab’s Hudson Valley locations.

Diageo has debuted the latest offshoot to the Smirnoff Ice family of flavored malt beverages, Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar. The 4.5% abv RTD is made without added sugar, instead using artificial sweeteners to come in at under 100 calories per 11.2-ounce bottle. The new offshoot is billed as offering the same sweet citrus flavor as the original Smirnoff Ice. Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar is now available nationwide in 6-packs of bottles for around $9.

Brown-Forman has announced a new single barrel bottling of Jack Daniel’s celebrating country musician Eric Church. The 47% abv whiskey is bottled from barrels selected by Church and packaged with a special edition black and gold embossed label. The barrels were selected with help from master distiller Jeff Arnett from the top floor of a warehouse on Coy Hill. Jack Daniel’s Eric Church Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey will roll out nationwide in August.

Abelha Organic Cachaça has launched in the U.S. Imported and distributed by MHW in New York and New Jersey, and Murphy in Connecticut, the brand is making its debut with two expressions, Prata and Ouro. Prata is a 40% abv offering rested for six months in open steel tanks after distillation. Ouro is the brand’s aged expression, bottled at 40% abv after maturing for three years in 65-gallon Garapeira (a variety of Brazilian ash) casks. Both releases are made without added sugar and are certified organic. The brand is a collaboration between the Responsible Trading Company and Fazenda Vaccaro Farm.

Carbonadi vodka, a luxury Italian spirit, is expanding its distribution footprint. The 40% abv vodka is distilled from organic wheat and filtered through black diamonds (carbonados), giving the brand its name and opaque black bottle. Founded by entrepreneur Ricky Miller III, Carbanado is minority-owned and currently available for $70 a 750-ml. in California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, and Florida with further expansion on the way.

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GSN Brews News: August 4th 2020 Edition

Ventura, California’s Flying Embers has announced a new hard seltzer brand made with probiotics, organic ingredients, and vitamin C. The new line will come in six flavors, each at 5% abv and 95 calories with zero sugars and carbs. The new seltzer is launching with two variety 6-packs that contain three flavors each. Botanicals: Fruit & Flora will have Black Cherry Rose, Clementine Hibiscus, and Passionfruit Elderflower. Tropicals: Sweet & Heat will have Watermelon Chili, Pineapple Cayenne, and Guava Jalapeño. The 6-packs will retail for around $12 across the brand’s 40-state distribution footprint.

Stone Brewing is adding Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager to its year-round lineup. The brew, which began as part of Stone’s Pilot Series, is a 4.7% abv lager with salt and lime added. It recently crossed 100,000 case equivalents and is rivaling Stone’s core IPA in some packaging formats in the Southern California market, according to the company. Stone is also rolling out a new Michelada mix ($10 a 32-ounce bottle) that will be sold alongside Buenaveza.

Colorado’s Lone Tree Brewing Company has launched Golden Berry Belgian-style ale. The 8% abv brew is made from a base Belgian Strong Ale with added blackberry and raspberry juice and puree. The beer is the latest in Lone Tree’s small batch can series. Golden Berry Ale is now available at the brewery’s taproom and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans in select locations throughout Colorado and Kansas.

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GSN Review: Snow Capped Cider Gold Rush

This summer, Colorado apple grower and cider producer Snow Capped Cider launched a new high-end cider offering named Snow Capped Cider Gold Rush made from cider-specific apples grown in 109-year old orchards

Snow Capped Cider, like many businesses, has experienced some challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thankfully, much of the work to done is outdoors and the facilities are not in a populated area of the Western Slope, so they have been able to keep their entire cider team intact. While the Tasting Room has been closed, the Snow Capped Cider team focused efforts on fermenting and canning along with learning Orchard work and helping with frost protection.

In addition, this was a difficult year for fruit growing due to the frost, and Snow Capped Cider’s parent orchards was one of the only large-scale growers with fruit this year. Since they specialize in high-altitude growing (their orchards are located at 6,130 feet), they are have an extremely high level of frost protection. This year, for example, they used 38,000 gallons of propane and 200 cords of wood per day to keep their fruit viable. The danger of hail still looms and the growers use hail netting as a preventative measure.

Says owner Kari Williams, “Cider apples are worth their weight in gold—they are some of the most sought-after apples with which to make proper cider, and they are not available to just anyone. We have been carefully cultivating our fruit for a century, and eight years ago added French and English cider-specific varietals for high-end cider. We’ve been testing and developing what works best in our terroir and elevation—we finally have mature enough apples to produce cider up to our high standards. These apples are not readily available to cider makers, and most orchards in the US do not grow them. If they do, it’s a small amount. The varietals are from France and England, are estate-grown and sourced from one location. Rare! Like gold!”

Snow Capped Cider Gold Rush (8% abv)
GSN’s Thoughts: This is quite tart and at the same time, quite sweet. It’s an interesting mix that reminds me of sour apple candies. But, there is also a soft flourish of vanilla, and a hefty and welcome boost of alcohol here, which makes this a perfect cider to pair with a meal. Quite a powerhouse of flavor, and well balanced. The carbonation too, is intensely tight and almost in the style of a Belgian ale. We approve.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Snow Capped Cider

GSN Alert: August 7th – International Beer Day

Beer is  one of the oldest drinks the world has ever known. International Beer Day gives fans worldwide just one more excuse to have a round on the first Friday in August. Beer has a reputation as the drink of choice for the ordinary working man or woman. When it’s served up cold and frothy or strong and we celebrate International Beer Day on the first Friday in August every year – August 7, 2020 –, when summer’s end begins to loom large. The start of another weekend beckons us to put aside our work, set aside differences, and come together to celebrate our shared love of beer.

Beer somehow manages to do what politicians have tried to do for centuries – unite people in a common cause for good. Our insatiable thirst for beer gives us reason to pause; to stop what we’re doing, sit down and converse with one another over a pint or two. The conversation may be pleasant or not, calm or animated, but somehow beer makes it possible to agree to disagree and still walk away friends. Plenty of us have no doubt solved many of the world’s problems over a few pints of beer.

Celebrating mankind’s common thirst for what is likely the world’s oldest and most beloved beverage is what International Beer Day is all about. Humans have been fascinated with beer since the first grains were accidentally discovered to have fermented, producing a bubbly aromatic product that someone dared to taste then drink, did not die but instead felt a lovely little buzz, smiled and said, “Wow.” Mankind has been obsessed ever since with perfecting beer recipes and brewing processes in pursuit of the next “Wow.”

Beer has been consumed by almost every culture throughout human history. The oldest evidence of man’s obsession with brewing beer dates back to ancient Babylonia and Mesopotamia. Archaeologists have unearthed recipes for beer that were written on clay tablets in 4300 B.C., and ceramic vessels from 3400 B.C. that are still sticky with beer residue. Everyone drank beer in ancient Egypt: pharaohs, peasants, priests, even children, as part of their everyday diet.

What may be the first song about beer, “Hymn to Ninkasi”—an ode to the Sumerian goddess of beer—dates back to 1800 B.C.  and includes a recipe for a beer brewed by female priestesses.

By the Middle Ages, Christian monks were brewing beers, and introduced the use of hops. Until then, beers were brewed with local additives like dates and olive oils to add flavor. Today’s beers continue to be brewed with hops, herbs, or fruits that add flavor. Macro, micro, or craft, the art of brewing beer today remains a craft that employs age-old techniques carefully perfected over centuries and millennium.

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GSN Review: VDKA 6100

The world’s first vodka made from whey, not grain, VDKA 6100 is produced from seasonal cow’s whey in Reporoa, near Lake Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand. The whey is fermented using a unique strain of yeast from Ireland that has been hand-cultivated in Reporoa for over 30 years. Distilled just three times and then filtered through carbon, before being blended with New Zealand natural spring water. VDKA 6100 is gluten free, sugar free, lactose free and free from chemical additives.

The brand’s founder, Julian Moss, also established a medical PPE company, called Blue Mirror, which has been crucial during this time of need. Blue Mirror supplies healthcare equipment such as gloves, N95 respirators, disposable surgical and protective masks and hand sanitizer.

VDKA 6100 (80 proof)
Appearance: Clear.
Aroma: Crisp, light and fresh with a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and almost creamy in mouthfeel. After a few seconds, things open up into a dry minerality. Altogether it has a medium body with a lot of water terroir and character.
Finish: Medium long with a slight bitter and peppery finish which cleanses the palate.
Overall: We really enjoyed this unusual spirit. Who knew that you could make vodka from whey? This is a fine sipping vodka that will also make for a dandy Kangaroo cocktail.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: VDKA 6100

GSN Review: Alizé Mango

Alizé has been around since 1984, and their lineup of ready-to-drink Passion Fruit liqueurs have been an easy pick for a sweet and fruity summertime beverage. Their new Mango liqueur, which is blended with premium French Vodka, is a welcome addition to their growing portfolio. With other flavors such as Peach, Apple, and Cranberry, Alizé offers its customers a wide variety of cocktail options. Whether you try it neat or mix it in a cocktail, this is a delightful drink served either way.

Alizé Mango (16% ABV)
Color: Bright orange, with a caramel undertone.
Nose: Strong mango scent with a touch of vanilla.
Taste/Finish: Rich, sweet and fruity much like a ripe mango, which blends nicely with the subtle notes of vanilla. A full-bodied and vibrant finish, with a hint of honey.
GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Kobrand Wine and Spirits

Review by Autumn Ellen Rose for GSN

GSN Spirited News: July 28th 2020 Edition

Portland, Oregon’s Freeland Spirits has launched Freeland Dry Gin, a new Navy Strength spirit. The 57% abv offering is juniper forward, and according to the company also has notes of mulling spices, green olives, citrus, and pine forest. To celebrate the launch, Freeland is selling $60 Martini kits from its tasting room and will host a virtual happy hour on Instagram at 5pm Pacific time on July 30. Freeland Dry Gin is rolling out now for around $35 in Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Florida, and New York.

Clase Azul Tequila is introducing a new high-end Gold expression. The new offering, limited to 6,000 bottles retailing at $300 each, is a blend of Clase Azul Plata and an eight-year-old extra añejo that was first aged in Bourbon barrels and then finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. It comes in a decanter that’s a combination of glass with high heat ceramic featuring a 24k gold trimming. The Clase Azul portfolio includes also includes Plata, Reposado, Añejo, Ultra Añejo, Mezcal, and La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur made with Tequila.

Memphis, Tennessee’s B.R. Distilling Company has added a new expression to its Blue Note Bourbon line: Juke Joint. The 46.5% abv whiskey is a non-age-statement expression and joins the company’s 9-year-old Blue Note Premium Small Batch Bourbon (bottled at 46.5% and distilled in Tennessee). Juke Joint is sourced from Kentucky and bottled by B.R. Distilling after at least three years. It’s now available in Tennessee for $30 a 750-ml. with wider distribution to follow.

Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based Boardroom Spirits has launched several new products. A new rum brand called Ship’s Cat is available in two varieties, White Rum (40% abv, $22 a 750-ml.) and Navy Strength (64% abv, $28). Boardroom American Dry Gin (44% abv, $27) and cinnamon honey whiskey Fire Bear (35% abv, $27) have also joined the lineup. Like many other distillers, Boardroom has expanded its online sales capabilities with delivery and curbside pickup options as well and has begun selling prepared cocktails such as Passion Fruit Rum and Elderberry Cucumber Cooler (both $38 a 750-ml.). The distillery runs on 100% renewable energy.

Puerto Rico’s Destilería Serrallés has expanded its Don Q family of rums with Reserva 7 Años. The 7-year-old spirit is bottled at 40% abv and blended from both column and pot still distilled rums aged in American oak. The release is packaged in Don Q’s new bottle design—created by U.K.-based Stranger and Stranger—that features an updated logo for the brand. Don Q Reserva 7 Años will be available in select retailers across the U.S. beginning in August, for a suggested price of $25 a 750-ml.

F!ve Cocktails, a line of canned cocktails with spirits plus four or fewer ingredients, is now available nationwide. The company was founded by CEO Felipe Szpigel and CFO Roberto Schuback, both former AB InBev executives from the brewing giant’s craft beer division and ZX Ventures, respectively. The line includes Moscow Mule (9% abv), Margarita (10% abv), Mojito (9% abv), Gin and Tonic (11% abv), Watermelon Vodka Soda (5.9% abv), and Paloma (9% abv). All are now available across the U.S. in 4-packs for around $10.

Johnnie Walker is introducing four new offerings coinciding with the brand’s 200th anniversary.The first is Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design, which features special packaging illustrating some of the key scenes in the brand’s history. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight is a new blend of whiskies from eight legendary distilleries that all existed in 1820, including some whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend is billed as a complex Scotch inspired by the flavors found in the Walker family’s grocery store during the 1860s, and a blend of whiskies from distilleries operating at that time. Finally, John Walker & Sons Bicentennial Blend includes whiskies from ghost distilleries such as Pittyvaich, Cambus, and the soon to be re-opened Port Ellen, all aged at least 28 years. The new expressions will launch in October.

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GSN Brews News: July 28th 2020 Edition

Fort Collins, Colorado’s Odell Brewing Company has announced Allkind Hard Kombucha, the latest offshoot from the company following the June launch of the OBC Wine Project’s canned wines. The brand will launch this fall in two flavors—Super Berry (6.6% abv) and Tropical Turmeric (6.5% abv)—and will be available across Odell’s 20-state distribution footprint. The kombucha is made with all natural ingredients and without added sweeteners. Allkind will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and in individual 16-ounce cans. One percent of gross sales will be donated to the 1% for the Planet environmental initiative.

Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has launched this year’s version of 120 Minute IPA with redesigned packaging. The beer comes in between 15%-18% abv and is hopped throughout the boil and whirlpool, before it is dry hopped. 120 Minute is now available in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles in new black packaging with gold accents that highlight the hop cone at the center. In addition, Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA has also received a refresh, with dark green packaging and a “clock-like contraption” to highlight the length of the hopping process.

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GSN Alert: July 27th – National Scotch Day

Observed each year on July 27, National Scotch Day celebrates the iconic whisky. In order to be considered scotch, this classy and distinctive spirit must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV or alcohol content of less than 94.8%. While most scotch is made with barley, water and yeast; other grains can be included.  All fermentation additives are excluded, per law. There are five distinct classifications of Scotch whisky including single malt scotch, single grain scotch, blended malt scotch, blended grain scotch and blended scotch. Scotch is often identified by the region where it was produced and each region has its own characteristics that influence taste. Despite scotch being made in Scotland,  you can enjoy the spirit anywhere. Kilt not required.

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GSN Spirited News: July 21st 2020 Edition

Tennessee’s Ole Smoky Distillery has launched a new line of canned cocktails, entering the market with four flavors. The 9% abv cocktails are available in Apple Pie Ginger, Blackberry Lemonade, Mountain ‘Rita, and Mountain Mule, and all are based on cocktails served at the distillery’s tasting room. Ole Smoky’s canned cocktails are now available throughout Tennessee in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Booker’s Bourbon, part of the Beam Suntory portfolio, has released its latest small-batch offering. Booker’s Boston Batch is named after the production site in Boston, Kentucky—now known as Booker Noe Distillery—where master distiller Booker Noe got his start in the industry. Retailing at $90 a 750-ml., the 126.5 proof Bourbon was aged for six years and three months and is rolling out nationally in small quantities.

Fallon, Nevada-based Frey Ranch Distillery is releasing the inaugural edition of its Straight Rye Whiskey. The expression has a mash bill of 100% winter cereal rye and is bottled-in-bond, meaning that, among other specifics, it has aged a minimum of four years and was bottled at 50% abv. Two batches are being released, with the first comprising 3,000 750-ml. bottles and the second only 2,400. Available now in Nevada, Frey Ranch Straight Rye Whiskey retails at $60 a 750-ml.

Dallas, Texas’ Scout & Cellar has launched Mixable, a new wine-based spirit alternative aimed at consumers looking for a lower alcohol alternative to traditional liquors. Mixable is made from a blend of fermented grape wine—based on white- and rosé-friendly varietals—with distilled neutral grape wine and comes in at roughly 20% abv. At its launch, the company recommends substituting Mixable in a Moscow Mule or a Paloma.

Middleburg, Virginia-based Colony Cocktails has launched with three signature cocktails: The Biarritz, The Tangier, and The Charleston. Inspired by a French 75, the Biarritz features lemon flavors and botanical notes similar to those found in gin. The Tangier, meanwhile, has elements of rosemary, cardamom, and grapefruit in its mix. Lastly, The Charleston includes lemongrass flavors with lemon undertones. All three cocktails are canned at 10%-11.5% abv, and are made with all-natural ingredients. Colony Cocktails are currently sold in five markets within Virginia, retailing at $17 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cocktails.

Lebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery has debuted the 2020 release of its Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The new whiskey is aged for seven years, then finished in French Armagnac barrels, and will retail at $100 a 750-ml when it hits shelves in September. Around 5,000 cases of the 101-proof Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon are being produced.

Impex Beverage has announced the U.S. launch of Milk & Honey Distillery’s spirits line, Israel’s first whisky distillery. The rollout includes three M&H labels—Classic Single Malt, Elements Sherry, and Levantine gin—and follows last year’s limited release of Milk & Honey Whisky In Bloom. All three spirits are bottled at 46% abv, with the Classic Single Malt matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-red wine casks, and Elements Sherry aging in ex-Bourbon, ex-Oloroso, and ex-PX Sherry casks.

Heaven Hill has announced a packaging refresh and ad campaign for Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. The new packaging modernizes the brand and replaces the old logo—a full pomegranate tree—with a closeup of pomegranates hanging from tree branches. The brand’s new campaign, Just Add Pama, will run in digital and social channels—plus point-of-sale material—and includes an updated brand website featuring cocktail ideas.

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GSN Brews News: July 21st 2020 Edition

Washington, D.C.-based Brau Brewing and Rio Grande, New Jersey-based Cape May Brewing Co. are reuniting to collaborate again on Rosé du Gosé. Produced using more than 700 pounds of strawberry and peach puree, the release is a 4% abv play on a kettle sour that combines gose-style brews with rosé flavor. Available now at Cape May’s tasting room, DC Brau will distribute it to select accounts in the District and surrounding area, as well as in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans through its website, selling for $10.

San Diego, California-based Thorn Brewing Co. is releasing Thorn Michelada. The canned drink is made with the brewer’s Barrio Lager mixed with tomato juice, hot sauce, clam juice, ponzu, lime juice, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper, clocking in at 4% abv. It was made with a focus on all-natural ingredients, eschewing MSG, corn syrup, and other additives. It’s available in stores throughout southern California, at Thorn’s tasting rooms, and for home delivery.

Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig has launched its line of lower sugar, lower calorie ciders in the U.S. Created in response to global health and wellness trends, the cider clocks in at 110 calories and is at 4.5% abv. The cider line-up is made with 100% European apples and includes strawberry lime, pear, wild berries, passionfruit, and mango raspberry varieties.

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Anheuser-Busch is launching Busch Light Apple as a line extension of its Busch Light brand. The first flavored release for the brand, it is a light lager made with apple flavors, available now in select states nationwide for a limited time. Busch Light Apple’s release will be supported by two television ads, titled Whispers of Busch Light Apple and Oh Yeah. It will retail in 12-, 24-, and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans.

New York City-based craft makgeolli brand Makku is expanding its distribution footprint. Makgeolli is a traditional Korean rice wine that dates back to the 10th century. Launched in 2019, Makku was created by entrepreneur Carol Pak, who previously served as entrepreneur-in-residence at A-B InBev’s innovation group ZX Ventures. Previously only available in New York City and Los Angeles, it now can be found at specialty food and beverage shops and Asian markets in San Francisco, San Diego, Nashville, and Chicago, and comes in three flavors: original, blueberry, and mango. It is at 6% abv and is available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Press Premium Alcohol Seltzer has debuted two new permanent flavors: Pineapple Basil and Lingonberry Elderflower. Both additions are made with all-natural ingredients, clock in at 110 calories, and are just 4% abv. Pineapple Basil and Lingonberry Elderflower will both be included in a new permanent variety pack set to launch later this year, which will also feature popular seasonal offerings, Pear Chamomile and Apple Cinnamon.

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GSN Alert: July 24th – National Tequila Day

July 24th means National Tequila Day, and National Tequila Day means twenty four consecutive hours, 1440 consecutive minutes, and 86,400 consecutive seconds of honoring good times had with your favorite liquor over salt & lime. Just enjoy those good times responsibly, don’t swig that beautiful blue agave elixir behind the wheel, and do read up on its storied history in Mexico, the broader American Southwest, and beyond.

Tequila’s precursor, a milky, frothy agave drink known as pulque, dates all the way back to Mesoamerican times circa 1000 B.C., when indigenous Mexican tribes would commonly harvest and ferment it. It wouldn’t be until 16th Century A.D., however, that the contemporary tequila we know and love would be first produced, around a territory of land that wouldn’t officially become known as Tequila until 1666.

That wouldn’t stop Spanish aristocrat Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle from opening the world’s first tequila factory 66 years prior in Jalisco, the Mexican state where the modern city of Tequila is located. It definitely wouldn’t stop Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo from founding the first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo in Tequila over a century later in 1795, birthing the world’s most successful tequila brand to this day.

The origins of Tequila are fairly well documented, but unfortunately, the history of National Tequila Day’s origins are a little murkier. Not much can be found on who originated the holiday, what originated the holiday, and why it takes place on the dates it does. Perhaps the originators imbibed a little too much on their own supply to remember. Regardless, common zeitgeist rules that National Tequila Day takes place on July 24th in the United States, and the Mexican Senate just ruled in 2018 that their own occurs on the third Saturday of every March.

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