GSN Brews News: June 30th 2020 Edition

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Illinois-based Destihl Brewing is introducing a hard seltzer lineup this summer. The 5% abv seltzers will be packaged in 16-ounce cans in a variety 8-pack featuring four flavors: Agave Lime (made with agave nectar and lime peel), Lemon Ginger (ginger root and lemon peel), Piña Colada (pineapple and coconut purees), and Raspberry Lime (lime peel and raspberry puree). Destihl’s new hard seltzer range will hit some Illinois markets by late July, followed by shipments in August to the brewery’s entire distribution footprint of 37 states, plus Washington D.C.

Comstock Park, Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company has launched a new variety pack featuring its Clear Coast line of hard seltzer. The 12-pack features Strawberry Kiwi, Orange Passion, and Pineapple Papaya flavored seltzers, all at 5% abv and containing 100 calories per 12-ounce can. The variety 12-pack is now available at the Perrin Pub and in retail shops across Michigan.

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GSN Brews News: June 23rd 2020 Edition

Ventura, California-based Flying Embers has announced three new flavors of hard kombucha, part of what the company is calling the Flight Series. The new flavors are Blueberry Cassis (7% abv), Rhodiola Rose (7% abv), and Watermelon Basil (4.5% abv), which also has added sea salt. The new releases are available from the company’s taproom as well as throughout its distribution footprint in 16-ounce cans.

San Francisco-based 21st Amendment Brewery has debuted Soma, a new hard seltzer brand. Rolling out now across 21st Amendment’s 30-state footprint, Soma is at 4.8% abv and comes in Watermelon, Guava & Passion Fruit, Mango, and Black Cherry flavors, containing 100 calories a 12-ounce can.

Vermont-based Citizen Cider is launching a new range of hard seltzers. Citizen Seltzer is debuting in three varieties—Apple All Day, Ginger Love, and Lemon Spritz—across Citizen’s 14-state footprint. Made using only local ingredients from Vermont, the new offerings are at 5% abv and come in at 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugar a 16-ounce can. A mixed pack will join the launch starting next month. Citizen’s core cider range includes the traditional semi-dry Unified Press, ginger-infused The Dirty Mayor, dry-hopped The Lake Hopper, and dry ale-style Wit’s Up varieties.

Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery has launched Death by Affogato Porter. The 6.5% abv beer is brewed with chocolate malt, malted oats, vanilla, lactose, cacao nibs, and coffee sourced from Colorado’s Traction Coffee Roasters. Affogato is the second release in the Death by Porter series, following January’s Death by King Cake. The beer is now available across the U.S. in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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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 Spirited News: June 2nd 2020 Edition

Louisville, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits has launched a Private Release Whiskey SeriesEach batch in the series features a unique blend based around Barrell’s 18-year-old stocks of Kentucky whiskey, which were then finished in a secondary barrel or cask. Current selections include whiskies finished in Sauternes, Tokaji, Amaro, Port, Rum, Sherry, and Madeira barrels, among others. Each offering yields 150-180 750-ml. bottles, carrying a suggested retail of $109 apiece.

Wild Turkey has introduced Master’s Keep Bottled-in-Bond, a new limited edition offering. The 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey was aged in Wild Turkey’s Camp Nelson rickhouses and bottled at 50% abv. The new upscale entry is rolling out to select U.S. retailers in a supply of 14,400 750-ml. bottles (1,200 cases), retailing at $175 apiece.

Jack Daniel’s has debuted a line of whiskey-based canned cocktails. The new lineup includes Jack & Seltzer, Jack & Cola, and Jack, Honey & Lemonade offerings, all of which are made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. While the Jack & Cola and Jack, Honey & Lemonade cocktails are each canned at 7% abv, the 97-calorie Jack & Seltzer is at a slightly lower 5% abv. The new Jack Daniel’s Canned Cocktails are available across the U.S. at a retail price of $13 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.

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GSN Brews News: May 5th 2020 Edition

Seattle, Washington-based Pyramid Brewing has launched its latest seasonal, Subliminal State Hazy Pale AleThe 5.4% abv ale is brewed with a heavy dose of wheat in the grain bill, plus Denali, Citra, and Amarillo hops. The beer is available through the rest of the spring in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles and 22-ounce bottles throughout the brewery’s distribution footprint. Pyramid Brewing is a part of the FIFCO USA portfolio, along with Magic Hat and Genesee, among other brands.

Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery has announced its latest Can-O-Bliss IPA and a new lager, Slow ChillThe 7.2% hazy Can-O-Bliss ale is brewed with Strata, Eureka, Cashmere, Enigma, and Hallertau Blanc hops to create a citrusy, fruit-forward beer. Slow Chill is a Helles-style lager at 5% abv and is made with Pilsner and Vienna malt, plus Noble hops. The new Can-O-Bliss is available on draft, in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans, and in Oskar Blues’ CANundrum 15-pack. Slow Chill will be available from May 15 in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans.

High Noon hard seltzer, part of the E.&J. Gallo portfolio, is adding Lime and Peach flavors to its range this month. The High Noon flavors are available in 4-packs, 8-packs, and 12-packs, priced at $2.50 for single cans, $10 for 4-packs, $19 for 8-packs, and $28 for 12-packs. A variety 8-pack will be added in June.

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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.

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GSN Review: Pompette Hard Sparkling Water

Pompette, a premium line of hard sparkling waters is a new drinking option without all the calories, sugars or mixers. Inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, Pompette is a more sophisticated and convenient option within the hard seltzer category, which has experienced tremendous growth as health and wellness are prioritized in all elements of life. Available in Cucumber Lime, Rosé Hibiscus, Lemon Mint and Clementine Berry, each of the four flavors is naturally gluten-free, contain 5% alcohol by volume and 50 calories with two grams of sugar or less per eight ounce serving.

“We believe with Pompette, we bring a premium product packaged in a resealable 750ml glass format that the market has yet to experience” said Jeremy Smith, Pompette’s Founder.

Pompette Hard Sparkling Waters (5% ABV)

Cucumber Lime – Cucumber on the nose, while the lime flavor creates an entrance on the palate. After a few seconds, the cucumber kicks in with a refreshing and entirely un-soda like flavor. Very refreshing and a perfect spring or summer beverage at the end of the day. GSN Rating: B+

Rosé Hibiscus – A quite floral almost rose-like nose with a light Rosé wine flavor. A lingering flavor of rose petals seems out of place and not quite what I was hoping for. If this is your thing, you’ll love it. GSN Rating: C

Lemon Mint – A nice soft lemon nose with no detectible mint. In fact, the mint comes in after several seconds as a cooling effect. An excellent and quite refreshing flavor especially great for when you’re out in the sun. GSN Rating: B+

Clementine Berry – A fresh berry nose greets you in the glass. The clementine is more subtle even in flavor, but it gives a nice midrange to offset the high notes of the berry flavor. My only complaint is that the berry seems somewhat artificial in taste. Think of a berry flavored chewing gum. GSN Rating: C+

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GSN Brews News: January 28th 2020 Edition

E.&J. Gallo’s Barefoot Wine is jumping into the hard seltzer category. Barefoot Hard Seltzer will launch in four flavors—Pineapple & Passion Fruit, Cherry & Cranberry, Peach & Nectarine, and Strawberry & Guava—that are at 4% abv and contain only wine, seltzer water, and natural flavors. The move follows the success of 5.5% abv Barefoot Spritzers, which have boosted the franchise in recent years. Barefoot Hard Seltzer will begin rolling out nationally next month, retailing at $8 a 4-pack and $20 for a variety 12-pack.

Providence, Rhode Island-based Keel Vodka has entered the hard seltzer category with Keel Sparkling, a spirits-based RTD made with Keel’s calorie-reduced vodka. The 4%-abv canned vodka soda will launch in two flavors—lemon-lime and grapefruit—clocking in at 80 calories, zero carbs, and zero sugar per 12-ounce serving. Keel Sparkling is now available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Colorado for around $10 at retail. The company intends to launch in Florida, Texas, and Georgia in February with more states to follow through the year.

Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing has debuted its first certified organic beer. The new brew, Crosspath, is a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with Maine-grown oats, buckwheat, base malt, hops, and GrandyOats Granola. Crosspath is debuting in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft across the entirety of Allagash’s 17-state footprint beginning in March. Allagash is the 30th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing has debuted Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA. Named in honor of NASA space probes Viking 1 and Viking 2, the new brew blends Citra and Ella hops with Belgian Candi Sugar. The 8.5% abv Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA, which is the third beer produced at Stone’s Napa facility, is available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles, as well as in 22-ounce bottles. Stone is the ninth-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Seattle Cider is launching a grapefruit cider to its seasonal range. The 6.5% abv offering is fermented on grapefruit and white wine yeast and is rolling out in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, as well as in 1/6- and 1/2-barrel kegs. Seattle Cider is distributed in 15 states. Its seasonal portfolio also includes Spiced Peach, Pumpkin Spice, and Pineapple Agave ciders, while the year-round lineup encompasses Dry, Semi Sweet, Basil Mint, Berry Rosé, and Tangerine Turmeric offerings.

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