GSN Brews News: March 2nd 2021 Edition

Milton, Delaware-based craft brewer Dogfish Head is launching a line of RTDs from its distilling operation. Dogfish Head Canned Cocktails are debuting with three flavors: Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda, Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade, and Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour, all at 7% abv. All three are made using Dogfish Head Distilling Co. spirits. The new offerings are rolling out now and will be available in 4-packs of 355-ml slim cans within Dogfish Head’s 37-state distribution area.

Brooklyn Brewery is launching Pulp Art Hazy IPA as the newest addition to its core lineup. At 6.5% abv, it was brewed with Citra, Strata, and Simcoe hops and features a Pop Art-inspired label and logo created by drinks design and branding agency Thirst. Pulp Art is the first hazy IPA in Brooklyn Brewery’s year-round stable. It’s rolling out this month across the company’s 30+ state distribution area in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, as well as in Brooklyn’s new IPA For All variety pack; a 6-pack will retail for $10. Additionally, the variety pack will be the exclusive home of another new release, Parktime IPA (5.7% abv).

San Diego, California-based Ballast Point is launching its first new additions since 2019 with two new labels—Big Gus and Wee Gus—joining the brewery’s year-round portfolio. Big Gus is a clear, dry IPA at 6.5% abv, while Wee Gus is a hoppy lager at 4.2% abv that was originally called Hop Soda due to its clearness and resemblance to tonic water. Both are available now in southern California and Arizona, with Wee Gus priced at $11 a 6-pack and Big Gus at $12.

Nellysford, Virginia’s Bold Rock is entering the lemonade hard seltzer market. Bold Rock Hard Lemonade Seltzer will launch in March in four flavors—Blackberry Lemonade, Blood Orange Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Lemonade—all at 5% abv and with 100 calories per 12-ounce can. Bold Rock Hard Lemonade Seltzer will roll out in 12-can variety packs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Washington DC.

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GSN Alert: 2021’s Love on Tap VIRTUAL Shore Craft Beer Celebration

Shore Craft Beer & OCDC invite you to participate in 2021’s Love on Tap VIRTUAL Shore Craft Beer Celebration! 
We will have exclusive content online to celebrate local craft beer. This content includes:
  • A video on the state of craft beer in Maryland – and nationally — by Kevin Atticks, the CEO of the Brewers Association of Maryland and Grow and Fortify.
  • A video discussion with the brewer at Heavy Seas.
  • A video discussion with Tom Knorr, founder and partner at EVO Craft Brewing.
  • A “Cooking with Craft Beer” lesson by the chef at Schooner’s using Backshore Brewing’s Jo Jo Starbuck beer.
  • A brewery tour and discussion with Eric Camper, brewery at Tall Tales Brewing in Parsonsburg
  • Another tour, this time hosted by Nate Todd, the head brewer at Backshore Brewing on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.
  • A tour of Crooked Hammock’s brewery in Rehoboth hosted by Steve and team.
IN ADDITION TO THIS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, YOU WILL ALSO GET ACCESS TO…
  • Some exciting videos produced for the Ocean City Film Festival.
  • An overview video about the breweries on the Eastern Shore.
Then, there will be a live craft beer/food pairing cook-off at the Princess Royale which we will broadcast LIVE on YouTube and Facebook.   Some of your favorite local breweries are competing to be the best from 2-3. Get ready to vote for your favorite on the Shore Craft Beer App – Please make sure to have this downloaded before the festival!
You don’t have to leave the comfort or safety of your home to enjoy this exclusive content the weekend of January 26-28, but if you WANT to, you can come to the Princess Royale on 91st Street and the ocean and pick up some of the specially curated beers to go, stay for one of their happy hours, the EVO tap takeover, or brunch.
Go to https://www.shorecraftbeerfest.com/love-on-tap.html for more information and to book your hotel package!

Buy your hotel packages at one of our featured hotels throughout Ocean City.  These hotels are offering different packages, from credits at their properties, to free breakfast, and much more.  Each hotel offers something different to guests wanting to isolate at the beach.

Please remember to bring your computers so you can access the restricted virtual content available to all participants.

Download the Shore Craft Beer App to get all events and notifications to help you negotiate the weekend.

IF YOU CAN’T COME TO OCEAN CITY FOR THIS VIRTUAL EVENT, you can buy a ticket to access our virtual content.  Every ticket over $10 will get a branded mask mailed to you.

GSN Alert: Discover Flagstaff Virtual Beer Month This February

Northern Arizona has always been THE place for hiking, biking, skiing, and sightseeing in breathtaking beauty. But the real adventure begins in the heart of the city. Flagstaff’s local breweries have something to please everyone’s craft beer palate, from distinctive IPAs and light-hearted Sessions to limited-edition brews and Kölsch-style ales.

So grab a passport and start exploring the wild creativity that has turned Flagstaff into Arizona’s Craft Brew City. Best of all, your journey ends with the treasure of a lasting trail memory: A special-edition commemorative nonic-style pint glass. Cheers!

FIND OUT MORE HERE

GSN Alert: January 24th – National Beer Can Day

National Beer Can Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on January 24, the day the first canned beer went on sale in 1935. On this date, Krueger Brewing Company’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale debuted in flat top tin cans manufactured by the American Can Company. After Krueger’s limited success, other big brewing companies followed. The sale of cans continued to grow, especially during World War II, when they could be easily stacked and shipped overseas to soldiers.

Today, bottles of beer outsell cans, but the increase of can sales is now faster than that of bottles, the Brewer’s Association reported last year. People are changing their perceptions of quality, taste and value when it comes to canned beer. Cans also allow for cool artwork over the entire package, instead of being confined to a label on the front of a bottle.

Excerpted from The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer: A Beer Lover’s Companion by Justin Kennedy. Copyright 2017 by Quintet. Published with permission from Harper Design and HarperCollins Publishers.

GSN Brews News: January 19th 2021 Edition

Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing has added Neverending Haze as the newest low-abv beer to join Stone’s year-round lineup. The 4% abv ale is brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops, and a yeast strain that produces citrus flavors. The brew is now available on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans across the U.S. Neverending Haze is the second beer from Stone’s Pilot Series to make the jump to year-round availability, following last year’s Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager.

Clackamas, Oregon’s Portland Cider Co. has launched Ciderade, a new sessionable and low calorie cider made from locally sourced apples with added sea salt for electrolytes. The brand will feature several releases each year with a lemon-lime flavored cider as its initial offering. The 4% abv cider comes in at fewer than 100 calories and has 3.5 grams of sugar. The lemon-lime release will be available through April and will be followed by a strawberry-flavored cider for the summer and an orange-flavored cider for the fall. The series will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, individual 19.2-ounce cans, and on draft in Oregon, Washington, and northern California.

Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing has introduced Haze of the Gods Double IPA as the latest release in its Strong Current Double IPA Series. Brewed with Strata and Mosaic hops, the newcomer is at 8.5% abv and will be available from now through April in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Haze of the Gods will be followed in the Strong Current series by Lazy Summer Haze Double IPA, an unfiltered brew that will be available from May through August.

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GSN Brews News: January 12th 2021 Edition

Skagit Valley, Washington-based Garden Path Fermentation is releasing its first 100% spontaneously fermented beer. Called The Spontaneous Ferment, it is a single year blend of three batches of coolship inoculated beers from winter 2018 (a coolship is a historic method for cooling a beer before adding yeast, commonly used today by brewers working with spontaneous fermentation). It’s at 6% abv, was bottled in May of last year, and is available now from Garden Path’s taproom and in retailers throughout the region. Garden Path was founded in 2016.

The Boston Beer Company has launched Truly Iced Tea Hard Seltzer, the latest extension to the popular seltzer brand. Like the original Truly lineup, the hard iced teas come in at 5% abv and 100 calories per serving. The new RTDs come in four flavors—lemon, raspberry, peach, and strawberry—and are made with iced tea and other flavorings. Truly Iced Tea is now available in variety 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and individual 16- and 24-ounce cans of the lemon flavor.

Costa Mesa, California’s Chihuahua Cerveza is now available in Oklahoma and Kansas, with the brewery announcing further expansions to follow throughout the first quarter of the year. This month, the brewery will add distribution in Arkansas and New Mexico, too, before adding Colorado, Alabama, and South Carolina over the next few months. Following the expansion, Chihuahua Cerveza will be available in 12 states across the southern United States.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, the newest addition to brand’s entry into the hard seltzer category. The 5% abv releases come in at 100 calories per 12-ounce serving and will initially launch in four flavors: peach, black cherry, strawberry, and original lemonade. The new releases are launching on January 18 nationwide. The launch will be accompanied by two new commercials—titled ‘Tire’ and ‘Family Jewelry’—that feature the new seltzer alongside drinkers commenting that it’s better than their grandmothers’ lemonade.

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GSN Brews News: January 5th 2021 Edition

Portland Cider Co. has released Bubbly Brut, billed as a Champagne-style sparkling cider. The small-batch cider is made from 100% Northwest apples, fermented separately with two different Champagne yeast strains on neutral French Oak, then blended. Bubbly Brut has 50% more carbonation than the cidery’s other products. It comes in at 6.9% abv with zero grams of sugar and is available in 19.2-ounce cans and on draft. Bubbly Brut is available now through February at Portland Cider Co.’s two Oregon taprooms and select retailers in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California.

Ventura, California-based Flying Embers has introduced Kombucha Bubbly Brut Nature. Billed as a Champagne-style hard kombucha, the new entry is fermented with real botanicals and Champagne yeast and aged in Chardonnay wine barrels. The 6.9% abv offering has no residual sugars or carbs and is packaged in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans. Flying Embers has three taprooms in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Boston, respectively, and its products are sold in 40 states.

Lawrence, Kansas-based Fields & Ivy brewery is launching Kansas Lager, brewed with 100% barley malt grown in Kansas. Launching through distributor Worldwide Wine and Spirits, the new entry is a Vienna-style lager and will roll out across the state in 12-ounce bottles. Fields & Ivy says it’s likely to be the first lager brewed with 100% Kansas-grown barley malt since 1890 or earlier. Founded in 2019, Fields & Ivy has a 20-barrel production brewhouse, dining room, and beer garden in Lawrence.

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GSN Brews News: December 29th 2020 Edition

Michigan-based Perrin Brewing has launched winter seasonal Coffee Latte Brown Ale. The 5.8% abv brew is made with Germack Coffee’s I-75 blend and includes milk sugar to lend creaminess to the blend. Coffee Latte Brown Ale is rolling out across Michigan in 6-packs and 15-packs of 12-ounce cans. Part of the Canarchy craft brewing collective, Perrin has annual production of 25,000 barrels.

Inglewood, California-based Three Weavers Brewing is launching seasonal offering The Messenger Sunny India Pale Ale. Clocking in at 7.3% abv, The Messenger combines locally grown yuzu and Buddha’s hand citron with Citra, El Dorado and Sabro hops. The seasonal brew is now available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans at Three Weavers’ Inglewood taproom for pickup and delivery, as well as at select California retailers. Three Weavers is part of the Canarchy craft brewing collective. Its core labels include Seafarer Kolsch, Sun Trap Session Sour Ale, Day Job Pale Ale, Deep Roots Amber Ale, Knotty Double IPA, and Juicy Expat Hazy IPA.

Austin, Texas-based Blue Norther hard seltzer has released a variety pack including its Wild Blackberry, Agave Lime and Prickly Pear flavors. The variety pack launch follows the company’s expansion into the four major Texas metropolitan markets of Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth and is available across top retailers like H-E-B, Total Wine & More, Whole Foods and Spec’s. An independent brewer founded by the Pittman family, Blue Norther launched earlier this year. The company is named for the fast-moving cold front that can blow through Texas.

Alaskan Brewing is launching Baltic Porter as part of its limited edition Pilot Series. The 9.8% abv brew is characterized by a blend of specialty malts, dark black cherries, brown sugar, and gourmet vanilla beans, and is finished on oak. Its name refers to the Russian period of Alaska history, with the copula of a Russian Orthodox church featured prominently on its label. Alaskan Baltic Porter will be on shelves in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select locations beginning in December and will be available for approximately three months.

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GSN Brews News: December 15th 2020 Edition

Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery and Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Waredaca Brewing Co. are releasing a collaboration called Watch Me Neigh Neigh Spiced Red Ale. Brewed in celebration of Waredaca’s fifth anniversary, the name is a reference to the equestrian history of Waredaca’s farm. It was brewed with cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and orange peels to capture the holiday season. The release is available now, for sale at Waredaca’s tasting room.

Baltimore, Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Company is releasing Hoppy Together, a sour ale, as the first in its quarterly release series for 2021. It was made with Mosaic, Azacca, and Simcoe hops as well as lactose. It is at 7.1% abv and will be released in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans beginning in January. Founded in 1996, DuClaw distributes to 19 states and Washington, D.C.

San Clemente, California’s Left Coast Brewing is releasing the fifth edition of its annual South County IPA. The beer is a collaboration between Left Coast and nearby Artifex Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing. It is a limited-edition West Coast-style IPA brewed with Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Nelson, and Amarillo hops with forward notes of blueberry and gooseberry. It is available in 4-packs and on tap at Left Coast’s locations in San Clemente and Irvine and on tap in select restaurants in the area.

Elk Rapids, Michigan-based Short’s Brewing has added its Lil’ Huma session IPA to its year-round lineup. Named in comparison to Short’s Huma Lupa Licious IPA, it debuted last summer in the brewery’s Refreshin’ Session variety pack at 4.5% abv and 95 calories. It will be the brewery’s first low-abv year-round offering. Lil’ Huma is currently available on draft and in 12-ounce cans, with 12-packs in market and 6-packs shipping now. It will replace Juicy Brut in the Short’s flagship line up.

Traverse City, Michigan-based North Peak Brewing Company is relaunching Berserker Imperial Stout after a multi-year hiatus. The 10.1% abv behemoth returns with a tweaked recipe and a Bourbon barrel aged variant. Its flavor profile includes cocoa, dark fruit, currants, and cinnamon. Berserker is available now in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for a limited time throughout Michigan. Bourbon Barrel Berserker will be available on tap at select locations this winter. North Peak Brewing is part of Northern United Brewing Company and distributes throughout the state, with limited distribution elsewhere.

Boston, Massachusetts’ Harpoon Brewery and Vermont’s WhistlePig have teamed up to create the Bock Hog, a new barrel-finished beer. The lager comes in at 9% abv, and is finished in the Spanish oak and South American Teakwood barrels used to mature WhistlePig’s the Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic. The limited release is now available in individual 22-ounce bottles and on draft at Harpoon’s breweries in Boston and Vermont.

Newport, Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits announced its first release of 2021. January 1 will be the debut of Colossal Claude, a new year-round Imperial IPA featuring a sea monster on the can. Brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Citra, and Strata hops, it’s at 8.2% abv and will join Batsquatch Hazy IPA in the brewer’s monster-themed lineup. It will be available nationwide in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, 19.2-ounce cans, and on draft. Colossal Claude and Batsquatch will face off in Rogue’s Monsters of IPA campaign this spring, with more details forthcoming next year.

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GSN Brews News: November 3rd 2020 Edition

St. Louis-based brewer Schlafly Beer has launched Wintery Haze, the latest seasonal from the brewery. The 6% abv ale is brewed with malt, oats, wheat, and Idaho 7, Strata, and Sabro hops to create a beer with a thick, opaque haze. Wintery Haze is now available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout the company’s 14-state distribution footprint and at the Schlafly brewpubs. Six-packs will retail for around $10 nationwide.

San Diego, California-based Ballast Point has announced a number of seasonal releases. First up is annual offering Victory at Sea, an imperial porter brewed with coffee and vanilla that clocks in at 10% abv, available now on draft in all Ballast Point taprooms and in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Starting this month the brewery is launching a monthly sour draft program at its Miramar, Little Italy, Home Brew Mart, Anaheim, and Long Beach locations. Kettle sour beer Sour Wench will anchor a lineup that will include flavored Sour Wench variations and a Foeder Sour, to be released when ready. On November 18, the same locations will release the first installment of Ale Nog, a cream ale brewed with nutmeg, lactose, and vanilla, served on nitro at 6.2% abv.

Anchor Brewing Company, based in San Francisco, is launching its 2020 Christmas Ale. This year marks the 46th installment of the limited-edition release and the first from recently appointed brewmaster Tom Riley. Originally brewed as a pale ale, this year’s version is a spiced brown ale clocking in at 7% abv, the highest in Christmas Ale history. The label for this year’s installment features the Three Graces—sequoia trees from the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Anchor Christmas Ale is available in gold foil 50.7-ounce magnums as well as 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles, now through January.

San Francisco, California-based 21st Amendment Brewery is releasing Hell or High Mango as a new autumn seasonal release. Brewed with real mangos, it’s a twist on summer seasonal Hell or High Watermelon. Hell or High Mango is a wheat beer bottled at 4.9% abv. Starting at $11 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans on Drizly, the release is available now throughout 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution area.

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GSN Review: Paulaner Pils

Paulaner USA, recently announced today that they are bringing back the classic German Pilsner, Paulaner Pils to the United States. Paulaner’s Bavarian brewers are particularly experienced in crafting classic Pilsner beers and are ready to fill the growing consumer demand for lighter, more refreshing products. Paulaner Pils is slated to hit the U.S. market November 2020 and will be available in 16.9 oz 4-pack cans. 

Steve Hauser, CEO of Paulaner USA adds, “At Paulaner, we enjoy catering to our consumers who know beer and appreciate our brand’s history. Since 1634, Paulaner has been dedicated to the art of brewing and we strictly follow the Reinheitsgebot, Germany’s beer purity law. To this day, we continue to stay true to our mastered brewing techniques and only use select, high-quality ingredients for the utmost taste and quality. Given this, we are delighted to bring back our beloved classic German Pilsner to our U.S. customers.”

GSN’s Thoughts: This is a low ABV brew particularly appealing for the cooler autumn weather. Light, refreshing and easily sessionable, the slight malty character adds more body and flavor than you will find in typical American style Pilsners. We also like the accessibility of a 4-pack of 16oz cans. It makes it easy to bring to a tailgate party or to a backyard bonfire. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Paulaner

GSN Review: Cincinnati’s Rebel Mettle Brewery

Last week, GSN received a surprise box of Crowlers from Rebel Mettle, one of the newer breweries which just opened in September, 2020. Already off to a great start, they have a family-friendly brewpub featuring a rotating selection of craft beers, live music and trivia nights. But, of course, it all comes down to the beer. How does it stack up in the virtual sea of brews available these days?

Here’s what we received:

STUBENTIGER (SESSION LAGER) 4.2% ABV • 16 IBU This was a perfect beer to pair with traditional German fare like pretzels, spaetzle, or a meat & cheese plate. Light, semi-malty and low in bitterness. We especially enjoyed the low ABV, which made drinking the entire 32oz an easy feat. We’d recommend starting with this brew and then moving on to…

METTLE MAYHEM (INDIA PALE LAGER) 5.0% ABV • 40 IBU A few years ago, lagers were kind of viewed as the joke of the beer world, but now they are recognized for their clean taste, smooth body and mild hops. So, it is only natural that brewers are beginning to experiment with hybrids. Enter, the IPL. We weren’t really sure what to expect with this one, but it knocked it out of the park. Really great and a borderline session beer that has just enough resin to let you know that they threw in some hops. This is a great one to pair with spicy warming foods like chili, Thai or Korean.

VOLUME (JUNIPER SCHWARZBIER) 8.5% ABV • 48 IBU With a supercharged ABV we were expecting the kind of beer that you’d be served in an 8oz tulip stem glass. However, this goes down easy and has a coffee/cocoa profile that is reminiscent of an after dinner dessert in a glass. This goes great with a creme brulee or ice cream at the end of a meal. Really a stellar brew.

Overall, these are all great and distinctly different beers, especially for this time of year when German style lagers fit right in with the transition between late summer and late autumn. We wish them luck with their new venture, and if you’re in the area, stop in and tell owner Mike Brown we said hello! Prosit!

For more information go to: Rebel Mettle Brewery

GSN Review: Hairless Dog Non-Alcoholic Beer

Alcohol consumption has surged during the pandemic with Nielsen reporting alcohol sales in stores increased 54% in late March compared to the same time last year, while online sales were up nearly 500% in April. However, a burgeoning “Sober Curious” cultural movement has begun to pick up steam among those who wish to be more intentional about how, when, and why they drink (52% of U.S. adults who drink alcohol are either trying now or have tried before to reduce their intake).

Hairless Dog Brewing Company is one of only a handful of breweries across the country that exclusively brews NA beer. Unlike category competitors who brew their NA beers with alcohol and then remove it during distillation, Hairless Dog invented an innovative brewing process in which alcohol is never introduced, making them the first 0.0% ABV craft NA beer in the county.

Co-founders Jeff Hollander and Paul Pirner established the company after both deciding to opt for a life free of alcohol and their desire to make an NA beer that people wanted to drink for what it was rather than what it wasn’t. Hairless Dog Brewing currently has four styles of craft beer available, all of which are 0.0% ABV, including an IPA, Citra Lager, Coffee Stout, and Black Ale – with more new flavors slated for release in early 2021.

Shipping to all 50 states, Hairless Dog’s mixed cases are the perfect COVID-friendly holiday gift for that family member, close friend, or indispensable coworker you want to treat (even if you can’t drink one with them).

Citra Lager: It has that familiar grainy NA profile on the nose, albeit with more hop character than most brands offer. The taste is slightly sour, but in no way does it detract from the flavor, which is pretty good. This is a refreshing summer-like beer that is perfect for hot days. GSN Rating: B

IPA: Quite tart (not what I would expect from an IPA), with less of a hop character than the Citra Lager. I’m not sure I’d consider this an IPA style at all, but more of a gose style. That being said, it works pretty well. The usual cereal character is the backbone of a NA beer, and that is what leaves a lasting impression. GSN Rating: C+

Coffee Stout: The coffee is apparent on the nose and at first sip as well. This has an instant coffee-like character that lasts for quite some time. But again, there is that slight sour tang on the palate which is odd. But, of the three we’ve tried so far, this is by far the most interesting and likable. A good autumnal brew. GSN Rating: B+

Black Ale: This seems like a darker version of the IPA. Slightly sour, little hop character, and a more roasted grain taste. It’s akin to a somewhat tart Porter ale. It does make a nice addition to an NA portfolio, especially for those looking for more body and flavor. GSN Rating: B-

For more information go to: Drink Hairless Dog

GSN Review: Medalla Light

Medalla Light has made its mark on the beer industry with rapid growth into the U.S. and success in the Northeastern corner of the states as well as in its first, Florida, the Sunshine State. The iconic beer completes a major milestone with its wide expansion into six new territories, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. in just a two-month period. The release of Puerto Rico’s top selling beer in Massachusetts solidifies Medalla Light as a competitive player in the brewing industry.

“We are thrilled to team up with Cervecera de Puerto Rico,” said Anthony Frasco, General Manager and VP at Quality Beverage in Chicopee. “When you have a brand that ignites the consumer, and can bring nostalgic memories, having consumers feel like they were back on a tropical island like Puerto Rico the way Medalla Light does, you know it’ll only be a matter of time before they become a national player in the industry.”

Cervecera’s portfolio includes Magna Premium Lager, Silver Key Light Beer, Del Oeste Artisan Beers and Malta India, a popular non-alcoholic malt-based soft drink in the Caribbean.

GSN’s Thoughts: This is a great beer for hot and humid weather. Very light in body, character and flavor, you can easily call this a session beer. GSN compared Medalla to other light beers from the US and Europe, and found that it held up well. Brewed in the lager style, this is a great entry level beer for the beginner, but also a classic way to celebrate Puerto Rican culture and pair with a platter of mofongo, empanadillas, pastelles or pollo guisado. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Medalla Light