The 2021 GSN Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time once again to share our gift suggestions for the holidays! This year we have even more spirited suggestions for everyone on your list, whether they enjoy beer, cider, spirits, wine, or coffee, tea, or non-alcoholic beverages. Cheers!

BOXED SETS

Heritage Distilling Co. Spirits Advent Calendar The only US craft distillery produced Spirits Advent Calendar features 24 – 50ML bottles of HDC’s award winning spirits including vodkas, gins, whiskeys and rum. Starting December 1, countdown to Christmas by popping open the square for the day and seeing what is inside. Each calendar the products are randomly placed so you’ll be truly surprised and delighted each day of December.

Adagio Teas: Twelve Teas of Christmas This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving: our 12 Days of Christmas Gift Set! This jolly collection contains a selection of our most festive blends, one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas. The reusable tins line up to create a fun scene and can hang as ornaments until ready to be brewed. Each tin contains one single serving pouch of loose tea.

Drinks by the Dram: Tequila & Mezcal Collection If you’re struggling to pick out a cracking gift for an agave fan, we have something to help you. It’s the 12 Dram Tequila & Mezcal Collection! This beautiful box contains 12 different 30ml wax-sealed drams of tequila and mezcal from some excellent producers, sure to please even the most picky of agave lovers.

BEER CLUB

Brewvana Brews Less Traveled Beer Club Not only do you get some eclectic brews and cool local swag, but you also get to virtually hear from the brewmasters while you sample their wares. It doesn’t get any better than this, outside of taking a road trip. And a subscription is a lot less expensive than gas, tolls and lodging. 

 

BOOKS

The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails Compiled by world authority David Wondrich, with the assistance of a team of experts from around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails provides an authoritative, enlightening and entertaining overview of this third branch of the alcohol family.

Tiki Triangle Why another tiki book? Because this one puts recipes and history into a chronological perspective. Author Cristaldi shares some personal history with the culture before giving a brief and informative lesson on rum itself, along with some cocktails pre-1933, which is considered to be the birth year of the genre. 

CBD & VAPING

Precision Botanical CBD Precision Botanical products come from its own Oregon hemp farm and uses a commercial-level proprietary extraction of hemp oil that’s in the patent process. All products are third-party audited and certified for potency and purity.

Vessel Eclipse Vape Kit This is a beautifully made and classy set that is perfect for traveling or a day out. What we especially like is the compact and easy to carry case which is designed specifically for the three pieces. Vessel has been in business for nearly three years and have several smoking related products available.

CIDER LOVERS

Austin Eastciders Imperial Cider A quite dry, powerhouse of a cider. We like it. Fruity, almost rustic in flavor, and eminently quaffable. With such a high alcohol content, you’ll want to take your time with one to truly enjoy it. We especially like this one paired with a meal. Try this with a pork stew, or mushroom quiche. For a lighter table, craft a cheese board using aged cheddar, brie and camembert. 

 

COFFEE LOVERS

Fire Dept. Coffee Their signature spirit-infusion process expertly combines the flavors of bourbon, whiskey, rum, or tequila with the best coffee beans, ensuring you the perfect cup of infused coffee every time. Whether you’re sitting at your desk, dropping the kids at school, or looking for an afternoon pick me up, Fire Department Coffee’s Spirit Infused Coffee is the perfect choice.

 

LGTBQ+

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka Tom of Finland Organic Vodka is crafted in Finland from organically grown wheat, rye and arctic water. A percentage of profit from each bottle will be donated to the Tom of Finland Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Tom of Finland and Durk Dehner and dedicated to promoting tolerant attitudes towards sexuality and the preservation of erotic art. 

 

MIXERS

Juke Cordialities Jukes 1 is definitely more akin to a sweet white style wine, let’s say a Sauternes or perhaps a Riesling. Jukes 6 is still sweet, but has a fuller flavor of dark berries and fruits. It’s closest in style to a table red or even a Port. Both are well made, and we particularly like the fact that they can be diluted to your own chosen strength. We recommend these for anyone who is looking to cut back on their alcohol consumption, as well as those who are interested in a healthier and lower calorie alternative to fruit juices and sodas. 

Twisted Alchemy Cold Pressed Juice The juices have a fresh quality to them, and are miles above and beyond anything canned or even massed produced in plastic containers. We love the fact that these juices will last for several months (not days or weeks), thus cutting down on wasted from unusable product. Plus, they definitely save labor behind the bar.

RTD (Ready to drink) COCKTAILS

DRNXMYTH Cocktails After reviewing dozens of RTD’s, we can honestly say that DRNXMYTH has cornered the market on freshness. The bottle design is clever and adds a sense of elegance that adds to the experience. As any decent bartender knows, balance is key, and the cocktails we received are all excellent. Outside of going to a bar, these are the best ready to drink cocktails you will find on the market.

 

STOCKING STUFFER

Puffin Drinkware These are the coolest koozies we’ve ever seen. And they work! We especially like the handles which add a fun grip when toasting. We’ve only shown a few styles here, but there are many more to choose from. We recommend these as great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays. Especially since they are so affordable. 

 

WATER BOTTLES

Philips GoZero Hydration Bottle What we like about this new water bottle is that it is metal, has a rubber carrying handle, holds hot or cold liquids, has a smooth drinking rim, and best of all, it self sanitizes and purifies itself on a regular basis. We can actually taste the difference in the water afterwards. It seems purer, fresher and near to spring water. Really, this is everything we could ask for in a water bottle whether we’re behind the stick, at home, or in the great outdoors. 

 

WINE LOVERS

Ficklin Vineyards Old Vine Tinta Port This truly is a remarkable and delicious port. What makes it even more extraordinary is that it comes from old vine Portuguese varietals. A smooth, raisin-like character hits upon the entry, and then immediately opens up into a world of masterful oak aging. The body is fulsome, with a near viscous mouthfeel that is often lacking in ports. But, it’s the overall flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

GSN Review: Austin Eastciders Imperial Cider

In a market that has shown growth in lower alcohol cocktails and lower ABV, Austin Eastciders has bucked the trend by debuting a limited-edition Imperial Cider at an 8.3% ABV, well higher than its other offerings.  Austin Eastciders Imperial Cider is a limited offering that will be on shelves for a short time with one production run and once it runs out, it could be the last time the company puts this blend into cans.

“Our biggest community request is for a cider with higher alcohol content.  We were inspired by high-impact American ciders.” says Austin Eastciders’ Master Cider Maker Brittnay Perlo.  “Austin Eastciders Imperial Cider delivers a full-flavored cider blended with hazy unfiltered apple juice.”

GSN’s Remarks: A quite dry, powerhouse of a cider. We like it. Fruity, almost rustic in flavor, and eminently quaffable. With such a high alcohol content, you’ll want to take your time with one to truly enjoy it. We especially like this one paired with a meal. Try this with a pork stew, or mushroom quiche. For a lighter table, craft a cheese board using aged cheddar, brie and camembert. We applaud Austin Eastciders for pushing the envelope in this category, and hope that more cideries follow suit. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Austin Eastciders

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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.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Common Cider Company Variety 12 Pack

Common Cider grew out of founder Fran Toves’s dream to create a portfolio of ciders designed to pair beautifully with food while moving people to find common ground and celebrate the simple act of being human. In 2012, Fran shared her dream with the world at a homebrew competition in Reno, NV. Three ciders placed in the top 10, and the rest is history.

Their latest release is a variety 12 pack of three of their most popular flavors.

Blood Orange Tangerine: A beautiful orangey peach color in the glass with a tangerine nose. No head when poured. Flavors of tart apple, mild citrus and a hint of bitter orange zest on the finish. GSN Rating: B

Hibiscus Saison: Pale hazy pink color in the glass with a slight head. Floral scents, with apple and mild oakiness. There is a berry quality of jam as well. Refreshing and fruity. GSN Rating: A-

Pineapple Guava: Clear with a white medium head in the glass. The nose presents guava and mild apple. The pineapple seems to be lost. The flavor is more of green apple than either of the other fruits. I’m not sure where the pineapple and guava are hiding. Overall, it’s ok, but not what the label promises. GSN Rating: B-

For more information go to: Shop Common Cider

 

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 Recommends: Half Time Beverage

Craft beer and cider lovers who have been lamenting their lack of access to the country’s finest microbreweries can now have their favorite beverages delivered direct to their doors – even in the midst of a pandemic! Half Time Beverage is making that seemingly impossible wish a reality with a ready-to-ship assortment of its unrivaled selection of craft beers and ciders. 

The company also carries a lineup that includes gluten-free beer, mead, mini kegs, non-alcoholic beer, beer & cider gift baskets, gift packs, monthly clubs/subscriptions, hard seltzer, and malt. And for those who can’t decide, Half Time Beverage offers variety boxes that include IPAs, stouts, sours, Jooses and lagers as well as special holiday-themed boxes. Half Time Beverage delivers all these options direct to doorsteps across the United States. What’s more, all gift baskets, gift packs, and monthly clubs ship free. 

On top of the huge selection of craft beer, Half Time Beverage has become the go-to partner for event organizers in craft beer and has single handedly kept beer festivals alive during the pandemic. Virtual beer festival partners have included The Smithsonian Museum, Untappd, Hop Culture, Beer Advocate and others. 

Half Time Beverage also actively supports charitable causes including hospital support and Covid-19 relief and has given thousands of dollars in giveaways specifically for first-responders and front line workers. 

To learn more about how to have thousands of IPAs, lagers, porters, stouts, hefeweizens, pilsners, sours, cider and more delivered anywhere in the United States, visit Half Time Beverage online.

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.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: August 18th 2020 Edition

Jose Cuervo, the lead brand in the Proximo portfolio, is looking to get in on the action with the launch of Playamar Tequila Hard Seltzer. Made with Cuervo Tequila, the new RTDs are launching in lime and grapefruit flavors reminiscent of the Margarita and Paloma cocktails. Playamar is debuting in an initial six states this month, retailing at $12 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans. Each can of Playamar is at 4.5% abv, contains 90 calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs, and is free of gluten and artificial flavorings.

Michigan-based Blake’s Hard Cider is rolling out two new flavors, Caramel Apple and Apple Lantern. Blake’s Caramel Apple is billed as a dessert-like semi-sweet hard cider combining caramel sweetness with tart green apples, while Apple Lantern is marries apples with pumpkin and spice. Both are at 6.5% abv. Launching now, the two newcomers will be distributed across Blake’s 15-state footprint in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft.

Portland, Oregon-based Cascade Brewing is releasing two of its offerings in packaged formats for the first time. Both are from the brewery’s Northwest Sour Ales series and were previously only available on tap at its two locations in Portland. The first is Honey Ginger Lime, which is a sour rye ale aged in oak barrels and foudres for 10 months, at 6% abv. The second is Honeycot, a sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with apricots, at 7.1% abv. Both are now available in 12-ounce cans throughout the brewery’s distribution network.

Rochester, New York-based Seagram’s is launching a new flavor for Seagram’s Escapes Spiked. New flavor Blue Razberry joins Strawberry Blast, Jamaican Me Happy, Citrus Punch, and Crazy Colada in the line-for the 8% abv, flavored malt beverage brand, a spin-off of Seagram’s Escapes. It will hit shelves nationwide in 23.5-ounce single cans in September.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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 (6.9% 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 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.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: July 7th 2020 Edition

Portland, Oregon’s Cascade Brewing Company has launched Patio Paradise, a new sour ale. The 5.5% abv wheat ale is aged in oak for up to 10 months and infused with grapefruit zest, basil, coriander, and sea salt. The brew is available on draft and in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans at Cascade’s Portland locations as well as throughout its distribution footprint. The brewery has also announced a new series called Sour Slushies. The drinks are made from Cascade’s ales blended with fruit juice and served frozen. The Slushies launch on July 8 and will be available at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and through the brewery’s online store.

White Plains, New York-based Paulaner USA has launched Grapefruit Radler in the U.S. The 2.5% abv beer is a 50-50 blend of Paulaner’s München Lager and a grapefruit infusion. The beer is rolling out now in 4-packs of 16.9-ounce cans. It joins the rest of the Paulaner family of beers, including Hefe-Weizen, Oktoberfest Märzen, and Oktoberfest Bier, among others.

Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse has introduced Good Limes Roll, a new offering made with fresh-pressed Northwest apples and blended with key limes and organic blue agave nectar. The 5.6% abv cider is rolling out in 500-ml. bottles and kegs across Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and Arizona. 2 Towns’ core ciders include Brightcider, Pacific Pineapple, Easy Squeezy Raspberry Lemonade cider, and Prickly Pearadise prickly pear cider, among others.

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GSN Brews News: June 16th 2020 Edition

Armada, Michigan-based Blake’s Hard Cider has added three new releases to its Lite Cider line of products. The new releases—Mimosa, Strawberry-Kiwi, and Melon—come in at 5% abv and have 100 calories per serving, just like the brand’s original Lite Apple cider. Mimosa is available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and the other new flavors are available in a four-flavor variety 12-pack. All three new flavors are rolling out now to Blake’s 15-state distribution footprint.

Ninkasi Brewing is releasing new flavors for its Pacific Sparkling seltzer brand. The new flavors from the Eugene, Oregon-based craft player include Marionberry Lemon Twist and Sun-Kissed Grapefruit, which join Tangy Key Lime and Crisp Cucumber in variety 12-packs. The marionberry and grapefruit flavors are now also available in 19.2-ounce cans. Pacific Sparkling is distributed throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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GSN Brews News: April 14th 2020 Edition

Louisiana brewer Abita has entered the hard seltzer category with its latest release, Spring Loaded. The 5% abv seltzer will launch in two flavors, Watermelon and Splash Berry; both contain 2 grams of carbs and 100 calories thanks to the efficient fermentation of the drinks’ sugar base. The two flavors are available now in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans in Louisiana and will roll out to Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Texas in the near future. Abita is the 24th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Clackamas, Oregon’s Portland Cider Co. has released Ciderade, a new summer seasonal. The 4% abv cider is made with apples grown in the Pacific Northwest with added lemon and lime juice and sea salt. Ciderade will be distributed in 19.2-ounce cans and on draft throughout Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, and Northern California. It’s also available to-go from Portland Cider Co.’s taprooms.

Minneapolis-based Fulton Brewing has launched a new year-round entry, Chill City Chugger. The 4% abv golden lager is rolling out in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans (retailing at $12) and on draft, and joins Proper Porter, Standard Amber Lager, 300 Mosaic IPA, Lonely Blonde, and Hopstar Session IPA, among others, in Fulton’s year-round portfolio. Fulton’s distribution footprint includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Kansas.

Colorado craft player Lone Tree Brewing has launched three new beers in retailers across the state. First up is Lone Tree IPA, a 6.2% abv ale brewed with Centennial, Cascade, and Zythos hops. It’s the first flagship IPA from the brewery. The company has also released Castle Rock Pale Ale, a 5.6% abv beer brewed specifically to launch at the opening of a Whole Foods in Castle Rock, Colorado, and also available at Lone Tree’s tap room. Finally, the brewery has released Strawberry Kiwi Blonde Ale, a 5.2% abv summer seasonal that’s available in Colorado and Kansas.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: ANXO Ciders

ANXO District Kosher (6.9% ABV) Perhaps the only Kosher for Passover cider in the country. 100% Pennsylvania-grown Northern Spy apples fermented naturally in stainless tanks.
GSN’s Thoughts: Quite dry indeed. This is what I would term a brut cider. The apple flavor is slightly tart, but is toned down by some wood aging. This also adds a lovely, yet subtle caramel tone. The slightly higher than normal ABV adds some punch as well, making this an ideal cider to have over a meal. Perfect for the rest of Passover, this is also perfectly fitting for any celebration calling for a Kosher meal.
GSN Rating: A

ANXO Nevertheless (6.9% ABV) Vermont & Pennsylvania apples fermented by ANXO with native yeasts in stainless tanks.  Released in March to celebrate women cidermakers during Women’s History Month.  A portion of the proceeds to be donated to women’s health initiatives.
GSN’s Thoughts: Very similar in character to the District Kosher with a bit more of a yeast character. Tasty, dry and refreshingly tart.
GSN Rating: A

ANXO Rosé (6.9% ABV) Red-fleshed apples impart radiant color and red fruit notes in this apples only Rosé . Red cider is fermented by Snowdrift in Washington State and blended with GoldRush cider in DC.
GSN’s Thoughts: Slightly sweeter in character, but still dry and tangy. The color is lovely in the glass and adds a festive and spring-like note.
GSN Rating: A

To order ANXO Ciders online and have them delivered to your home go to: Anxo Cider