GSN Review: The Wiseman Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky Owl recently announced the release of The Wiseman Bourbon, its first Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced and distilled by Kentucky Owl in collaboration with the Bardstown Bourbon Company, both located Bardstown, Kentucky. The product is a blend of Kentucky Owl 4-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, along with 5 ½-year and 8 ½-year-old Kentucky-sourced bourbons.

This is the first Kentucky Owl release under John Rhea, Kentucky Owl Master Blender. Rhea, who began in June 2021, previously served as Four Roses Distillery’s chief operating officer, where his responsibilities included quality control, maturation, evaluation and product blending. He was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2016 and served as chair of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association board of directors.

Originally founded by C.M. Dedman in 1879, the Kentucky Owl Bardstown distillery went dark during the Prohibition era and remained dormant until a descendent revived the brand in 2014. Since then, the company’s small batch releases have sold out quickly and received rave reviews. Stoli Group purchased Kentucky Owl in 2017. 

GSN’s Remarks: An easy going high rye content bourbon that is perfect for cocktails, shots or punches. The entry is bright, clean, smooth and laden with notes of caramel and light oak char. The body is light, but warm. At the tail end some cinnamon comes through. The art of the blender is apparent here, having to work with several different agings to achieve the desired effect. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Stoli Group

#TheWisemanBourbon

GSN Review: The Vice Orange of Semillon, “Brooklynites”, 2020

The Vice Wine, an all Napa Valley wine producer has released one of the few orange wines to come out of the “orange wine” appellation. Orange of Semillon, “Brooklynites”, 2020 is the name given to this wine produced from a small vineyard in Napa and picked in 2020 right before the wildfires and ensuing smoke tainted many of the vineyards.

Sometimes known as ‘skin-contact white wines,’ orange wines are made by macerating white grapes with their skins, thereby lending the wine an orange hue. With the skin contact, the wine becomes more nuanced and layered thanks to the tannins and phenols released from the skins. The Vice Wine’s Orange of Semillon was made by leaving the juice and skins in contact for 21 days in two concrete eggs, before removing the skins for the rest of the eight month fermentation using wild yeasts, much the way old world orange wines were made for hundreds of years.

Everything The Vice Wine does is by hand and the team members themselves are integral in every step of the winemaking process.

GSN’s Remarks: This is a very easy wine to drink. Smooth, mellow and somewhat tropical in character. we picked up notes of banana nut bread, baked green apple and apricot fruit tart. A very nice summery wine that is down to earth and reminiscent of a sunny day. Try this with some creamy cheeses and fresh fruit. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: The Vice Wine

#thevicewine

GSN Spirited News: October 19th 2021 Edition

Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits’ Redemption Whiskey has launched its latest limited release, a Bourbon whiskey finished in Cognac barrels. The new whiskey brings together Redemption and Maison Ferrand’s namesake Cognac by finishing the former’s high-rye Bourbon in the latter’s casks. After its initial maturation the whiskey spent a year in Ferrand Cognac casks before bottling at 49.5% abv. Redemption Cognac Cask Finish Whiskey is now available nationwide, while supplies last, for a suggested price of $70 a bottle.

Edrington’s The Macallan has kicked off a new series of limited edition whiskies with The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao. The collection will trace the brand’s trek toward sustainable packaging while showing off select whiskies from The Macallan’s library. This release was selected, as its name suggests, for its chocolate-forward flavor profile and was inspired by whisky maker Polly Logan’s work with Spanish pastry chef Jordi Roca and chocolatier Damian Allsop. The whisky’s box is 100% biodegradable and made from used cacao husks. It’s bottled at 44% abv and blends European and American Sherry-seasoned oak casks and is now available globally for a suggested price of $160.

Molson Coors has entered the spirits category with Five Trail Blended American whiskey. The 47.5% abv whiskey is blended from three Bourbons, including a four grain recipe and a 13-year-old Bourbon, along with a Colorado single malt. Molson Coors’ initial foray into brown spirits was made in a partnership with Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company. Five Trail is now available in Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, and New York for around $60 a bottle.

William Grant & Sons has launched The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 8, the final release in the Tun 1509 series. The 52.3% abv whisky was blended from 18 rare casks selected by malt master David Stewart and rested together for three months in the collection’s namesake Tun, or large oak vessel for marrying whiskies. Batch 8 is rolling out now in limited quantities across the U.S. for a suggested price of $410.

Louis XIII Cognac is introducing a new special edition aimed exclusively at upscale nightclubs. The luxury Cognac’s N°XIII edition is packaged in individually numbered red decanters with six red bespoke crystal glasses made by glassmaker Saint-Louis. Only 200 N°XIII editions were created, and they’re targeted to select nightclubs.

Tullamore Dew, part of the William Grant & Sons portfolio, has debuted Tully Chips, a new package of six 50-ml. bottles of the brand’s flagship Irish whiskey. The minis are packaged in a bag reminiscent, like the name suggests, of those used for potato chips. Tully Chips are now available in select retailers in Illinois, South Carolina, Texas, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., as well as through caskers.com in Florida and California.

Infinium Spirits is launching two new expressions under the Zaya rum brand, Cocobana (40% abv) and Alta Fuerza (57.5% abv), retailing at $30 and $40 respectively. Both are blends of aged rums, with Alta Fuerza, meaning “High Force,” being the overproof variant. Infinium vice president of marketing Marcel Durand cited the growth of “the premium, super premium, and ultra premium rum categories aided by the rising popularity of craft rum cocktails, as well as dedicated rum bars,” in announcing the launch.

Clase Azul Spirits is introducing a new multi-year Día de Muertos series of limited editions called Nuestros Recuerdos (“Our Memories”), which will feature one release per year from now through Fall of 2025. The first installment in the Nuestros Recuerdos series is a single-estate agave Tequila called Sabores (“flavors”). Inspired by the holiday’s gastronomical traditions, Sabores debuts today, with 5,000 decanters available worldwide, priced at $750 each. Future editions in the series will include offerings titled Aromas (“scents”), Colores (“colors”), Música (“music”), and Recuerdos (“memories”).

Dallas, Texas-based Oak & Eden has announced the latest releases in the Anthro series, the distillery’s collaborative releases made with musicians. The new collection, the Troubadour chapter, features five whiskies all available through the distillery’s website. The new collaborations are from John Paul White of the Civil Wars (a barrel proof four grain Bourbon finished with a charred American oak spire), Jamestown Revival (a barrel proof rye with a toasted French oak spire), Filmore (a 45% abv four grain Bourbon finished with toasted American oak and made with honey and coffee), Penny & Sparrow (a barrel proof Bourbon finished with an American oak spire), and Abraham Alexander (a 45% abv Bourbon finished with an American oak spire and infused with vanilla).

Ireland’s Waterford Whisky, founded by industry veteran Mark Reynier, has unveiled a new whisky called The Cuvée, which will become the distillery’s flagship offering. Retailing at $95 a 750-ml. and carrying an abv of 50%, The Cuvée was inspired by the great châteaux of Bordeaux and created via the winemaker’s art of assemblage. It includes 25 component whiskies, each distilled and matured from a single barley harvest of a single Irish farm. Waterford head distiller Ned Gahan separately assessed each whisky for its terroir-driven attributes, then blended them to create The Cuvée, which is bottled at natural color, is not chill filtered, and features a “terroir code” that links to details on the component whiskies and production.

The House of Suntory has announced the 2021 limited-edition bottling of Hibiki Harmony. The special bottling features flowers and flowing water across the 24 faces of the bottle, which represent the seasons according to the Japanese lunar calendar and pays tribute to the Ryusui-Hyakka (one-hundred flowers and flowing water). The whisky is bottled at 43% abv and will be available in limited quantities across the U.S. at a suggested price of $125 a 750-ml.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: October 19th 2021 Edition

Atlanta, Georgia-based Tip Top Proper Cocktails has expanded its RTD cocktail offerings with a line of “shaken” cocktails, complementing the brand’s original “stirred” lineup. The new releases—a Margarita (26% abv), a Bee’s Knees (26% abv), and a Daiquiri (24% abv)—are available in 100-ml. cans and double the brand’s portfolio, which originally consisted of an Old Fashioned (37% abv), Manhattan (31% abv), and a Negroni (28% abv). Tip Top’s cocktails are available in Georgia, Florida, New York, Colorado, South Carolina, and Texas as well as on Delta’s domestic flights and through the company’s website.

Pernod Ricard is extending Malibu rum with a new range called Cocktails in a Can. Available in Piña Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri expressions, the new cocktails are made with Caribbean rum and natural flavors. They’re rolling out nationwide in four-packs of 12-ounce cans and weigh in at 7% abv. 

Smirnoff is launching a new Poco Pico seltzer variety pack including four flavors, Mango Chili, Pineapple Jalapeno, Spicy Tamarind, and Spicy Margarita. Smirnoff’s Poco Pico Seltzer comes in a 12-pack of 12-ounce cans retailing at $16. 

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Shiner 1909 Heritage Lager

This autumn, the independent, family-owned makers of the iconic Shiner Bock, announced a new beer honoring their 112-year history. Shiner 1909 is a small-batch lager brewed with heritage ingredients celebrating the history, endurance, and Texas heritage of the Spoetzl Brewery.

Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed and bottled in Shiner, Texas at the same brewery founded in 1909 by a group of Czech and German settlers. In 1914, a Bavarian named Kosmos Spoetzl joined the Shiner brewery, finding success using his signature recipe, a combination of old-world Bavarian techniques and his own secret, innovative twist. Kosmos created a legacy with Shiner beers that became a cult classic in Texas and
beyond. Today, Shiner Bock is the #1 craft beer in Texas.

Inspired by the simple ingredients Shiner’s brewers used in 1909, their founding year, Shiner 1909 is crafted with Heritage 2-row barley, Noble hops, Shiner’s proprietary lager yeast and water from the same artesian well the founders discovered over a century ago. The result is a light-bodied lager with a toasty aroma, rich malt flavor and a crisp, refreshing finish.

“We’re so proud to launch Shiner 1909 in celebration of the brewery’s rich history. For 112 years, Shiner has brewed flavorful, refreshing and sessionable beers, becoming a favorite not only of Texans but of beer lovers nationwide. With this new release, we’re paying respect to our past while toasting to the future, and we’re making it available year-round so we’ll all be able to celebrate our birthday every day of the year,” says Matt Pechman, Spoetzl Brewing’s Head of Marketing.

GSN’s Remarks: This is a classic lager with a lot of body, flavor and a clean finish. It’s a welcome return to a traditional beer which doesn’t rely on bizarre gimmicks and flavor combinations. We approve, and look forward to this latest release being available 365 days a year. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Shiner

#shinerbeer

 

GSN Alert: October 21st – National Mezcal Day

Whether it be a connoisseur taking gentle sips or a tailgater doing shot after shot, most everyone is familiar with tequila. But some might not be as familiar with mezcal. While tequila is only made from the blue agave plant, mezcal is made from more than 30 varieties of agave. While tequila is distilled in copper pots, mezcal is distilled in clay pots after being cooked in a pit lined with lava rocks, wood and charcoal. Tequila often gives off a sweet taste, while mezcal offers a more smoky, savory flavor. Thirsty yet? In honor of mezcal, celebrate the spirit on National Mezcal Day on Oct. 21.

 

GSN Alert: October 20th – World Calvados Day

Avallen Calvados has partnered with UK-based Difford’s Guide and premium drinks distributor Mangrove UK to launch World Calvados Day. Taking place on Tuesday 20 October, the inaugural celebration of the French apple brandy will see the UK trade celebrate with special offers and specially created cocktails being served in bars around this date.

Registered as an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) in 1942, calvados is one of three world-renowed French brandies alongside cognac and armagnac. It must be produced using a choice of 300 apple varieties exclusively grown in the biodiverse orchards of Normandy. The apples are naturally fermented to make cider, then distilled and aged for a legal minimum of two years in French oak.

Avallen Calvados founders Stephanie Jordan and Tim Etherington-Judge entered the world of calvados in 2019 determined to revitalise the category. Since launching, their ‘planet-positive’ caldavos has been recognised with numerous accolades. They have also made it their mission to help bee populations, donating to the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust with each bottle sold and planting wildflowers.

Stephanie said: “Calvados is an important historical category and one which is gaining renewed interest, so it’s right it should have its own day. And what better time of year to celebrate French apple brandy than the busy harvest time, when the process of making delicious calvados kicks off with thanks to the bees for pollinating all the lovely blossoms in spring.

“Made using apples (and a few pears), water and time, this spirit celebrates biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and tastes amazing which is why at Avallen we want to champion the category and put care at the core of what we do.”

Simon Difford said: “One of the key base spirits, calvados appears in hundreds of cocktail recipes but until Avallen has not had a brand that champions its mixability. Indeed, most consumers would be hard-prressed to name a brand of calvados or a calvados cocktail. Hence, we’re delighted to be working with Stephanie and Tim to promote delicious calvados cocktails.”

Avallen is distributed in the UK by Mangrove UK. The company’s managing director, Nick Gillet, added: “It’s been impressive to see the determination with which the team at Avallen has worked to promote this category, which was previously looking a bit tired and jaded. They have sparked new interest in calvados and are leading the way in our industry in adopting and championing sustainable practices.”

20 October 2020 – Bethany Whymark

GSN Review: Scapegrace Black Gin

Scapegrace Black comes from New Zealand’s Scapegrace Distillery founded by brothers-in-law Mark Neal and Daniel McLaughlin in 2014. After years of trial and error, Scapegrace launched Scapegrace Black, a naturally black gin that changes color that sold out in New Zealand in one day. Finally, it is available stateside for the first time.

The key to Scapegrace Black is that it is naturally black, using no artificial colors or flavors – no gimmicks here. The master distiller and founders studied the nature of black and came up with a combination of botanicals, using sweet potato, aronia berry, pineapple, and saffron, as well as Butterfly pea flower sourced from Southeast Asia, to give Scapegrace Black it’s gorgeous noir hue and a flavor profile. The showstopper? When mixed with tonic and/or citrus, Scapegrace Black goes from noir to a light lavender.

“Scapegrace’s color change from black to purple occurs thanks to that butterfly pea flower in our botanical lineup,” says Master Distiller Anthony Lawry. “The petals of this flower contain a pigment called anthocyanin, which causes the color to shift when introduced to acidity like citrus. If you were to place lemon juice in a glass of butterfly pea flower tea, it would morph from deep blue to purple, finally to electric pink. In our case, it goes from jet black to lavender.”

From this small blue flower, a handful of other delicious botanicals, years of hard work, exacting science, the incredible distilling landscape of New Zealand and most importantly a sense of adventure, comes Scapegrace Black, an enchantress in a glass.

GSN’s Remarks: On the nose, there is more fruit than juniper, most prominently, pineapple. The saffron also plays a fairly important role here, and carries over in to the flavor as well. In the glass, yes, it is quite dark which lends a visual mystique. Playing around with different additions of juice, tonic, or syrups leads to a variety of violet tinged hues. But, of course as with any spirit, it is the flavor that matters the most. So, what does a black gin taste like? Exotic, fruity and lighter in botanicals than is customary. It’s somewhat light, slightly chalky, and with a sort of dark flavor akin to burnt sugar. But, these all work in sync to create a totally unique gin that pushes the boundaries of what a gin can be. We like it. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Scapegrace Distillery

GSN Review: Junipero Gin

As America’s first craft gin since Prohibition ended, Junipero Gin is celebrating 25 years of pioneering the premium craft gin category in the U.S.

Established in 1996, Junipero Gin is still made by hand in San Francisco by Hotaling & Co.’s Master Distiller, Bruce Joseph – a member of the original founding team responsible for developing the final Junipero liquid back in the mid-90’s. Referred to only as ‘The Water Committee,’ Joseph and his colleagues were assigned to a covert project commissioned by Anchor Distilling Company visionary and former owner, Fritz Maytag whose success in the craft beer industry inspired him to secretly explore the lost art of pot distilling gin and whiskey in the U.S.

Maytag and ‘The Water Committee’ spent more than two years “testing the waters” and tinkering with the botanical blend behind closed doors. In addition to experimenting with copper pot still distillation, they also removed the step of chill-filtering to create a crisper, bolder palate. By September 1996, the final recipe for Junipero Gin was born. A testament to the staying power of this groundbreaking craft gin, the Junipero production process and botanical blend remains unchanged since the brand’s inception. The 12 botanicals found in Junipero are juniper, coriander, cubeb, grains of paradise, lemon peel, orange peel, orris root, cassia bark, cardamom, bitter orange peel, aniseed, and angelica root.

“Junipero Gin exists today because Fritz Maytag and ‘The Water Committee’ dared to challenge the status quo,” said Dan Leese, President and CEO of Hotaling & Co., Junipero Gin owner and producer. “As we celebrate Junipero’s 25th Anniversary, we also celebrate other changemakers who break with convention to pursue an original path and we continue to proudly support forward-thinking organizations like In the Weeds and the Harvey Milk Foundation who advocate for positive change in our communities.”

GSN’s Remarks: This gins still rocks. Crisp, briskly juniper forward, and fulsome with texture and body, it’s no wonder that Junipero continues to set a benchmark for American gins after a quarter of a century. The nose is enticing, with citrus, herb and piney tones. The mouthfeel has a lovely softness and curious creaminess to the endeavor that settles in after a minute, leaving the palate refreshed and engaged.  And the flavor is perfection. Everything in balance and working like a fine tuned machine. This is a great, great gin for any cocktail from the dry Martini to a Gin Blossom and everything in between. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Junipero Gin

#juniperogin

GSN Review: Cutwater Bali Hai Pineapple Rum

Cutwater Spirits is a San Diego-based distillery known for its lineup of 19 canned cocktail classics made from its portfolio of bottled spirits that span nearly every category including tequila, vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and liqueur. Co-Founder and Master Distiller Yuseff Cherney began distilling as a side project under Ballast Point Brewing. He started canning cocktails because he wanted to make drinks he could enjoy while doing the things he likes to do (mostly fishing and hiking).

In 2017, Cutwater Spirits was established as a separate entity from the brewery and now operates from a 50,000 square foot distillery and production facility, which includes a 250-seat world-class tasting room offering lunch, dinner, cocktails, and tours. To date, Cutwater has earned over 1,000 awards across its portfolio of products and is currently distributed in 45 states.

GSN’s Remarks: A fruity, yet dry, flavored rum. The pineapple character doesn’t overwhelm, but at the same time it does not taste like fresh pineapple, but rather a “natural” flavoring. we were also chagrined to see that caramel color has been added. Still, an easy to drink spirit that adds a festive and tropical note to cocktails and “tiki” drinks. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Cutwater Spirits

#cutwaterspirits

GSN Alert: October 19th – International Gin & Tonic Day

b42086b2206396354f7173a543355bc0“85% of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N’N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme. The drinks themselves are not the same, and vary between the Sivolvian “chinanto/mnigs” which is ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature, and the Gagrakackan “tzjin-anthony-ks” which kills cows at a hundred paces; and in fact the one common factor between all of them, beyond the fact that the names sound the same, is that they were all invented and named before the worlds concerned made contact with any other worlds.” – Douglas Adams

Be that as it may, we here on planet Earth will be celebrating International Gin & Tonic Day this weekend.  Cheers!

Gin and Tonic
2 oz. London dry gin
Tonic water (from a fresh bottle)
1-2 ample wedges of lime
Plenty of cold ice cubes
Highball glass

Preparation
1) Chill the glass. You may want to fill it with ice, then empty it and refill, as some bartenders do with a martini glass.
2) Fill the glass with whole ice cubes. If you wish, take a wedge of lime and moisten the rim the glass with it.
3) Pour the gin over the ice, which should be cold enough that it crackles when the liquor hits it.
4) Fill glass almost to the top with tonic.
5) Squeeze one wedge of lime into the glass. Drop the squeezed lime into the drink as a garnish if you like; it’s not necessary, but can add a bit of extra flavor. (If you do, notes Dale DeGroff, make sure the peel has been washed.) Serve.

GSN Alert: October 16th – National Liqueur Day

liqueurs2There are more liqueurs out there than you may realize.  A few of them are crucial for classic cocktails (triple sec), many are liquid desserts (Irish creams), and a few are totally unique (coca leaf liqueur).  What exactly is a liqueur, you ask?  Basically take a distilled spirit, add some sugar, and voila.  But that’s only part of the picture.  Often, liqueurs are flavored with fruit, citrus rind, berries, herbs, spices, and particularly in the case of Chartreuse the liqueur takes on the color of the ingredients.

Here are some of the many liqueurs that GSN has reviewed over the past several years.  Everything from ancho chili liqueur to bacon liqueur.  As an added bonus, I’ve included a video by the inestimable Robert “DrinkBoy” Hess which will show you how you can use as many liqueurs as possible in a single classic cocktail .

1921 Tequila Cream Liqueur

300 Joules Cream Liqueurs

Agwa Coca Herbal Liqueur

Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur

Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

Berentzen Liqueurs

Berentzen Bushel & Barrel

The Bitter Truth Liqueurs

The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

Bols Foam

Caffe Borghetti

Charbay Nostalgie Black Walnut Liqueur

Cointreau

Cointreau Noir

Crave Liqueurs

Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur

Domaine de Canton

Galliano L’Autentico

Galliano Ristretto

Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur

Heering Coffee Liqueur

Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur

Hiram Walker Triple Sec

House Spirits Coffee Liqueur

Jaan Liqueur

Kahlua Coffee Cream

The King’s Ginger

Kringle Cream

Licor 43

Love Potion #9

Lovoka Caramel Liqueur

Mama Walker’s Liqueurs

Mandarine Napoleon

Mandarine XO Grande Reserve

Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal

Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur

Original Canton Delicate Ginger Liqueur

Patron XO Cafe Dark

Pierre Ferrand Ancienne Methode Dry Curaçao

Punzoné Lemoncino

Pür Likör Liqueurs

Root

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur

St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Liqueur

Xanté

GSN Cocktail with Jeptha Creed: The Boo-Berry Smash

Here’s an extra spooky cocktail just in time for Halloween made with Jeptha Creed Blueberry Vodka!

Boo-Berry Smash

Ingredients
2 oz Jeptha Creed Blueberry Vodka
1 oz blue curacao
1 oz sweet & sour syrup*
2 basil leaves
fresh blueberries

Instructions
Muddle basil leaves gently with the sweet & sour syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add blue curacao, blueberry vodka and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries on a cocktail pick.

* Sweet & Sour Syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

GSN Brews News: October 12th 2021 Edition

Vermont-based Woodchuck Hard Cider is bringing back several fan favorites of previous years in honor of its 30th anniversary. They include limited-edition Blueberry, Dark & Dry 802, and Barrel Select offerings, which will be available across the U.S. Other recent launches from Woodchuck include a 100 Calorie Variety Pack, including cans of Black Cherry, Cranberry Lime, Watermelon and Citrus flavors; as well as innovations like Mimosa, Sangria, Bubbly Rosé, and Pearsecco ciders.

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has added the Unity brand to its CBD beverage portfolio. Infused with 30mg of CBD as well as adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, and Ginkgo Biloba, each 14-ounce bottle has 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. Flavors include Blueberry Lavender, Strawberry Lemonade, Blood Orange Hibiscus, Elderflower Rose, Ginger Lemonade, and Blackberry Tea. Unity is currently in 1,500 stores after launching 18 months ago, and will now look to scale further through RNDC’s network.

Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery has introduced a new winter seasonal, Freezin’ Season Winter AleReplacing former seasonal brew K-9, Freezin’ Season is a 7.4% beer made with the English Ale yeast strain. Like all of Flying Dog’s labels, Freezin’ Season’s package features art from renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman. It will be sold in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and will start appearing on shelves by mid-October across Flying Dog’s footprint.

Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery has announced the return of two of its seasonal offerings: Death by Coconut Irish Porter and Ten Fidy Imperial StoutDeath by Coconut clocks in at 6.5% abv and is brewed with added coconut and chocolate. The other seasonal brew, Ten Fidy, is brewed with Munich and chocolate malt, roasted barley, and oats, and comes in at 10.5% abv. Both beers are now available across the U.S. in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily