Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Founders Brewing has entered the hard seltzer market with Más Agave Premium hard seltzer. The 4.5% abv drinks are made with blue agave nectar, cane sugar, fruit juice, and sea salt. Starting out, the brand will come in three flavors—lime, strawberry, and grapefruit—and will be available in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Las Vegas beginning in October. The lime and strawberry flavors will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $10. Founders will also offer a 15-can variety pack for around $18 and draft servings of the lime seltzer.
Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing has teamed up with Modern Times culinary collective to create Wizards & Gargoyles, a new IPA. The 7% abv ale is made with Centennial, Cashmere, Citra, and Azacca hops plus two experimental hop varieties. The beer is blended with Modern Times’ blend of Ethiopia Dame Dabaye and Guatemala Huehuetenango coffees. Wizards & Gargoyles’ can art is inspired by 8-bit videos games from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The beer is now available across the U.S. in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft.
Sparkling water brand Sparkling Ice is expanding into beverage alcohol with a line of hard seltzers. Sparkling Ice Spiked Hard Seltzer is launching with the four flavors Cherry Lime Chiller, Ruby Fizz, Lemonade Refresher, and Strawberry Citrus Smash, all at 4% abv. Beginning this month, the line will be sold in variety 12-packs of 12-ounce slim cans in select markets nationwide that include Tampa, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; and Portland, Oregon, among others.
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