GSN Brews News: July 27th 2021 Edition

Paso Robles, California’s Firestone Walker has launched Strata Hazy IPA, the latest single hop IPA from the brewery, available exclusively in the brand’s “Crafted Thru Hops” 12-pack. The new brew is made with its namesake hop and comes in at 5.6% abv. The new 12-pack also contains Mind Haze, Union Jack, and Luponic Distortion. “Crafted Thru Hops” is now available across the brewery’s U.S. distribution footprint as well as at Firestone Walker’s Venice, Paso Robles, and Buellton, California locations.

St. Petersburg, Florida-based BarBox has added two new flavors—Margarita and Gin Lemonade—to its portfolio of spirits-based RTD cocktails. The two new additions both come in 1.75-liter boxes, with each containing 14 servings. The Margarita is at 21% abv and BarBox’s Gin Lemonade is at 20% abv. Both retail for around $25 a box and are available in select markets across the U.S. and online. These releases bring BarBox’s portfolio to five entries, also including Negroni, Vodka Sour, and Cosmopolitan.

Tampa, Florida-based Cigar City Brewing is expanding its seltzer lineup with new limeade offerings. The company launched Cigar City Seltzer in January with a variety pack featuring four flavors: Florida Orange, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Meyer Lemonade, and Key Lime, all at 5% abv and 100 calories. They are now joined by Coconut Limeade, Mango Limeade, Cherry Limeade, and Peach Limeade, also all 5% abv and 100 calories. They will be available in a mixed 12-pack of 12-ounce cans beginning this fall across Cigar City’s national distribution footprint.

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GSN Brews News: July 20th 2021 Edition

Monaco Cocktails has added Tequila Sun Crush, the newest spirits-based RTD in the company’s portfolio. Like the other Monaco Cocktails, the newest addition is canned at 9% abv and is made with two shots of Tequila, orange liqueur, and orange flavoring. Tequila Sun Crush is now available across the U.S. in 12-ounce cans retail priced between $2.50 and $3. The new release joins Citrus Rush, Tequila Lime Crush, Blue Crush, Cranberry, and Mango Peach, among many other flavors, in the Monaco Cocktails portfolio.

California-based Twisted Roots hard cider is relaunching with new packaging. Formerly presented in capped 750-ml. bottles, the European-style cider, made with a blend of five apple varieties, will now be sold in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Its new logo displays a red, cross-sectioned apple on the tall black cans. Each can is at 6% abv and has 100 calories. Located in Carmel Valley, Twisted Roots is best known for Old Vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines.

Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing is partnering with Ojai, California-based kombucha producer Flying Embers on a new release. The two beverage makers collaborated on Oh, Hi!, a limited-edition session sour beer made by blending Flying Embers’ Original Essence Kombucha with sour beer produced by New Belgium and then finished with pixie tangerines and sage. Both companies support wildfire relief efforts and will together donate $10,000 to the Embers foundation to benefit the California Fire Foundation and other organizations. Oh, Hi! is at 6.5% abv and will be available in select premium retailers in California and Colorado.

Vermont-based Stowe Cider is expanding its non-alcoholic options with Fresh Squeeze. It’s an off-shoot of Fresh Press, Stowe’s apple cider and sparkling water RTD. Rather than apple cider, Fresh Squeeze is made with lemonade and sparkling water and is also at 0% abv. Available now in Stowe’s taproom and from its website, Fresh Squeeze will be available in Vermont retailers in the coming weeks, priced at $9 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.

Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing is releasing Head Out Hefeweizen to celebrate a summer spent outdoors exploring nature. The 4.8% abv wheat ale is made with white wheat malt and contains aromas of melon and flowers. As part of the beer’s outdoorsy message, Pelican is sponsoring a number of events for Trailkeepers of Oregon this summer to support the maintenance of coastal trails, including two of the organization’s new Volunteer Vacations in August. Head Out Hefe is available now in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and select Pelican variety 12-packs.

Atlanta, Georgia’s Sweetwater Brewing Company has launched 420 Imperial IPA, the first line extension for the brewery’s flagship label. The 9.1% abv ale is brewed with nine varieties of hops during the wet and dry hopping phases of production, and is available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 19.2-ounce cans as well as on draft across Sweetwater’s distribution footprint. The brewery has also launched a new limited-edition beer: 710 Hazy Double IPA. The 7.5% abv ale is part of the Dank Tank series of brews.

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GSN Review: Big Lake Brewing’s Summer Essentials Kit

Big Lake Brewing in Holland, Michigan wants you to enjoy all that summer has to offer, which is why they recently put together a summer essentials kit with four of their fan favorite beers.

Inspired by favorite summer activities in Michigan, they’ve perfected flavors that are sure to quench your summer cravings and lure you outdoors. Whether at Hollands annual Tulip Festival enjoying a bite to eat (Cotton Candy Haze IPA) or admiring Lake Michigan’s breathtaking landscape (Lake Haze IPA), Big Lake beers are sure to capture the blissful summertime moments unique to Michigan.

We received a gift pack containing the following: Cotton Candy Haze IPA, Lake Haze IPA, Blood Orange Haze IPA and Lemonade Beer.

GSN’s Remarks: The Cotton Candy Haze is remarkably like drinking liquid cotton candy, albeit hopped. It tends to the sweeter side, but rates a solid B+.

The Lake Haze is exactly what you’d expect, a hazy IPA with no surprises. We rate it a B+. 

The Blood Orange Haze has a fruity citrus aspect which works really well with the bitter hops. This was given an A-.

Lemonade Beer. Not a shandy, but a low calorie lemon flavored beer. Slightly tart, but mostly refreshing. Awarded a B.

For more information go to: Big Lake Brewing

GSN Review: Flying Embers’ Chocolate Reishi Stout Beer & Active Ales Lion’s Mane Lager

Known best for their excellent hard kombucha, Flying Embers has delivered Chocolate Reishi Stout Beer and Active Ales Lion’s Mane Lager just in time for summertime gatherings. 

Chocolate Reishi Stout Beer is an Irish style botanical brew with a superfood twist. Powered by Reishi mushrooms (known for improving energy and overall health) and adaptogens to help the body adapt to stress, the beer is combined with the added health properties of live probiotics and botanicals. Brewed with Barley Malt, it contains just 2 Carbs, 95 Calories, and is a low 4.5% ABV. GSN’s Remarks: This is one tasty brew. Notes of cocoa, with a rich boost of what can only be described as vegetal funk are perfectly balanced in a mellow, sessionable stout-like beer. We found ourselves going back again and again to this curious brew and although we might not deem it a stout in the traditional sense, it comes across as a chocolate something-or-other. Really, you have to try it for yourself, but we love beer and will be keeping it in our fridge as long as Flying Embers keeps making it. GSN Rating: A+

Active Ales Lion’s Mane Lager is brewed with organic ingredients, live probiotics, antioxidants and superfoods with 0 sugar, only 2 carbs , 85 Calories, and is an easy-going 4.2% ABV. GSN’s Remarks: This reminded us more of a mild sour ale than a lager, but it was still refreshing and tasty. No, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms, but there is a slight funkiness to this brew that adds character and body. If you’re looking for a “healthier” way to drink, this just may be the ticket for you. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Flying Embers

GSN Brews News: July 6th 2021 Edition

Atlanta, Georgia-based SweetWater Brewing is partnering with Broken Coast Cannabis to launch SweetWater Broken Coast BC Lager. The new release is at 5.5% abv and does not contain cannabis, but was inspired by some of the weed strains in Broken Coast’s portfolio. The lager is available in the U.S. on draft and will launch in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans on July 12. SweetWater is also launching 710 Double IPA this month along with Charlie’s Choice: A Conservation Ale, the latter benefitting the Atlanta Zoo.

San Diego, California-based Karl Strauss Brewing Company is launching All The Peels Fruited IPA, the latest in its collaboration series. This release is a collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio and was brewed with the peel and puree of blood oranges from California and Oregon along with Cascade, Crystal, Columbus, and Chinook hops. All The Peels launches on July 1 and will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans at all Karl Strauss brewpub locations and at select retailers in California and Arizona.

Hood River, Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing is debuting Lazy Summer Haze, the latest in their Strong Current Double IPA Series. It’s brewed with Sabro, Mosaic, and Ekuanot hops and comes out at 8.5% abv with notes of citrus, mango, and melon. Lazy Summer is fittingly available now through September when it will be replaced by Wreck the Halls for the holiday season. Full Sail has been brewing since 1987.

San Diego, California-based Cutwater Spirits is adding a Piña Colada to its line-up of ready-to-drink cocktails. The new release is made with the distillery’s Bali Hai Rum and coconut cream liqueur and is at 13% abv. It joins Cutwater’s more than 20 canned cocktails and the recently launched Vodka Transfusion. Cutwater Piña Colada is available now nationwide in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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GSN Brews News: June 15th 2021 Edition

San Diego, California-based Cutwater Spirits, part of the Anheuser-Busch portfolio, is launching a new canned cocktail in partnership with PGA golfer Harold Varner III. The new RTD is Cutwater Transfusion, made with Cutwater Vodka, ginger beer, and grape juice. Long associated with the 19th hole, Cutwater’s twist on the Transfusion is at 7% abv and will be available nationwide by the end of the month. 

Heineken USA has expanded the Dos Equis portfolio with Ranch Water hard seltzer, a new drink inspired by its namesake cocktail, popular in West Texas. The 4.5% abv RTD is lime-flavored and comes in at 90 calories per 12-ounce serving. It’s available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and individual 24-ounce cans in Texas and will expand to Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Nevada, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts in September.

Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Tröegs Independent Brewing has released this year’s edition of Nimble Giant, the brewery’s limited release double IPA. The 9% abv ale is brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe and Azacca hops, and the brewery says that it’s a tropical and citrusy beer balanced with Pilsner and Vienna malt. Nimble Giant is now available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans across Tröegs’ distribution footprint.

Queens, New York’s SingleCut Beersmiths has launched Notes, a new limited-edition IPA that pays tribute to the brewers’ love of music. The 7% abv ale is brewed with hops from the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, and comes in cans featuring basic guitar chords. In addition, the brewery has launched an augmented reality experience that will allow fans to virtually “play” their cans. Four packs—featuring G, D, C, and E minor chords—are now available in select retailers across New York and New Jersey for around $18. Special edition canisters of Notes are also available at SingleCut’s taprooms for $24.

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GSN Review: Hopworks Urban Brewery Cactus Attactus Sour & Ace of Hearts Imperial IIPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), the first B Corp brewery in the Pacific Northwest, has released the next beer in its fruited sour line, Cactus Attactus Prickly Pear Sour, alongside the latest Imperial IPA from its Ace Series, Ace of Hearts.

“This latest beer release is a super fun pair to try as sunnier days roll in,” said Matt Speckenbach, Head Brewer at Hopworks. “Cactus Attactus is a perfect summer drinker—and this year we added an extra hundred pounds of prickly pears to every batch to really let the fruit and its beautiful magenta color shine through.”

“Our newest imperial, Ace of Hearts, is particularly intriguing, blending two seemingly opposite ends of the IPA spectrum,” continued Speckenbach. “It drinks on the front end with a super fruity profile, but finishes on the back with classic, old-school IPA bitterness.”

Cactus Attactus Prickly Pear Sour 5.3% ABV. 3 IBU. GSN Says: A refreshing sessionable summer sour with a beautiful color in the glass. We appreciate the low ABV which is often missing from sour ales these days. Very drinkable. Very easy going. GSN Rating: A-

Ace of Hearts IIPA 8.9% ABV. 90 IBU. GSN says: A malt bomb that has just enough bitterness to let you know that its a double IPA. However, a little goes a long way. After half a can, our palate was fatigued. Overall, it’s an interesting experiment, but some of the prior releases in the playing card series were more likeable. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Hopworks Beer

GSN Brews News: June 8th 2021 Edition

San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery has launched Tasty Double IPA, the latest addition to the hop-forward line of beers produced by the brewery. This release is made with Calypso, El Dorado, Mosaic, Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Cashmere hops, and comes in at 8.5% abv. The beer is rolling out now in 6- and 12-packs across the brewery’s 33-state distribution footprint.

San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co. has launched a new line of canned cocktails using Luxardo’s bitters and aperitivos. The new venture is debuting with three releases—Sour Cherry Gin & Tonic, Bianco Spritz, and Aperitivo Spritz—all at 10% abv and available in 250-ml. cans. The new RTDs are now available in 4-packs for $20 at Whole Foods and Total Wine locations in California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Missouri, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana, Nevada, Washington, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana.

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GSN Brews News: May 11th 2021 Edition

On May 21, craft brewer Dogfish Head will open its outpost in Miami, Florida’s Wynwood neighborhood. In addition to serving as a brewery and performance space, Dogfish Head Miami will serve food, and will feature murals painted by local artists. When it opens, the space will pour four exclusive brews—Starpucker IPA (6.2%), Robot Mutiny hazy IPA (7.1%), Madam Roselle sour (5.2%), and Mas Hops Double IPA (10%)—in addition to other Dogfish Head beers.

GSN Review: Moon Boots IPA

21st Amendment Brewery advocates for the advancement of exceptionally talented women in partnership with the Pink Boots Society for the limited-edition release of Moon Boots IPA. Coinciding with the nationwide release of Moon Boots IPA in April 2021, 21st Amendment Brewery is funding three Certified Cicerone Level-Two Course & Exam Scholarships and one “Women In Leadership” Certificate Scholarship at eCornell University exclusively for Pink Boots Members to apply for.

Moon Boots IPA was designed and created by an all-woman team at 21st Amendment Brewery. The project was spearheaded by Sarah Swafford (National Sales Manager), who says, “21A has been incredibly supportive of Pink Boots Society for many years and has participated in several Pink Boots beers. Moon Boots IPA was initially a small batch beer that we called Pink Brüts! and was brewed at 21st Amendment’s downtown San Francisco brewpub for International Women’s Day (2019). We developed the recipe and concept using the Pink Boots hop blend. When it was released, it was so well received at the pub, taproom, and participating accounts we knew it would be a great candidate for one of our nationwide limited-edition releases.”

Swafford has a long time connection to Pink Boots Society. “When I moved to the Bay Area, I joined my local Pink Boots chapter to connect with other women in the industry. It was such a great opportunity to support and learn from other women who worked in all facets of the industry: brewers, bar owners, bartenders, beer buyers, lab, etc. I found that Pink Boots offered me a great community and friends while enhancing my beer education that’s led to me elevating my career.”

The otherworldly packaging artwork for Moon Boots IPA was commissioned by renowned Los Angeles-based animation artist Robin Eisenberg (Instagram). Her portfolio revolves around celebrating sexuality and the diversity of women. The packaging for Moon Boots IPA features the creators envisioned as otherworldly beings.

Moon Boots IPA is clean, crisp, and brewed with pilsner malts, toasted rice, and strawberries. Hopped with Citra Cryo, Azacca, and Mosaic hops, Moon Boots IPA blasts beer lovers to another planetary dimension with its soft aromatics and refreshing strawberry notes making this a beer for stargazers.

GSN’s Remarks: The strawberry comes through loud and clear, while the hop blend adds a bitter pineapple tang. Really interesting and refreshing. Not quite a sessionable beer, this brew will nonetheless prepare you for more brewed goodness. We also applaud the female focus in a typically male dominated industry. 21st Amendment shines a beacon of hope in these difficult times. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: 21st Amendment

GSN Brews News: May 11th 2021 Edition

Rochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling has introduced CanBee Cocktails. The inaugural release is a canned cocktail called Bee’s Knees, lightly carbonated and made with lemon, honey, and a small-batch gin base. CanBee was founded with a mission to support bee conservation and a portion of all sales will go to the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program. Bee’s Knees is at 8% abv and is available now at select retailers and online, where a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans retails for $15.

Jim Beam has debuted a new line of canned Highballs. The releases come in at 5% abv and are made with Bourbon and either seltzer or ginger ale. The RTDs come in individual 355-ml. cans for around $2.50 or in 4-packs for around $10. Both Jim Beam Original and Ginger Highballs are now available across the U.S.

Stowe, Vermont-based Von Trapp Brewing is releasing Radler Trail Bier, a grapefruit-infused lager. It’s a 3.9% abv session beer that’s low on calories but high on carbs, intended to accompany vigorous outdoor activity. It’s available now across Von Trapp’s 12-market distribution area, which includes Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Von Trapp Brewing is part of Trapp Family Lodge, a 2,600-acre resort founded in 2010 by the family that inspired The Sound of Music.

Dallas, Texas-based Deep Ellum Brewing is releasing Blind Pickle Hard Seltzer. The seltzer, crafted for pickle lovers, is part of a rotating seltzer series of limited release flavors that spun off from the brewery’s year-round Blind Lemon Hard Seltzer. Like other Deep Ellum products, Blind Pickle was brewed with cane sugar taking the place of malted barley in the mash. It’s at 5% abv and is available now throughout Texas for a limited time. 

Sapporo U.S.A. is launching Sapporo Pure, a new light beer. Targeting health-conscious consumers, the release is at 4% abv and contains 90 calories and 2.4g of carbs per 12-ounce slim can. Sapporo Pure will be rolling out to 17 states this month including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Taylor Fladgate has entered the RTD market with Chip Dry & Tonic, a white Port-based drink packaged in 250-ml. cans. The 5.5% abv cocktail will launch this summer in the U.S., the U.K., and Portugal in 4-packs that will retail for around $18. The cocktail, according to the company, features not only Fladgate’s white Port, but tonic water that’s specifically made for the Port house. 

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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 info@surfbeerfest.com
 
100% of the proceeds from the event benefited the Buellton Chamber of Commerce.
 
Future events include:
Buellton Brew Fest, May 7, 2022
 

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 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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