GSN Brews News: January 18th 2022 Edition

Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head is launching Where the Wild Hops Are, the first installment of 2022 in its Off-Centered Art Series of beers. Each year the series features label designs from a different artist and this year that role will be filled by Max Mah, a printmaker and illustrator based in Montana. Where the Wild Hops are is an unfiltered IPA brewed with four wild-derived hop varieties. Mahn’s packaging artwork depicts a box trap baited with a large hop amid an overgrown forest. The beer is at 6.5% and was blended with a small quantity of wild ale aged four years in French oak barrels. It’s available now nationwide in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. 

MPL Brands has expanded its Rancho La Gloria wine-based RTDs with AgaVida, a new agave-based RTD. The new line comes in four flavors—strawberry, mango, peach, and green apple—with all made from blue agave nectar and sweetened with agave syrup. The line comes in at 5% abv and 80 calories per serving. Rancho La Gloria AgaVida is now available at Walmart across the U.S., with wider distribution coming soon, for a suggested price of $13 a bottle. 

Merchant du Vin is debuting Rochefort Triple Extra, the first new beer from Rochefort since the 1950s, in the U.S. market. The 8.1% abv brew is billed as a reinterpretation of the Belgian tripel style, made with barley malt, wheat malt, hops, yeast, spices, and orange peel. It commemorates “Forte Bière Blonde Extra,” a similar beer brewed at Rochefort from 1920 to about 1923. Rochefort Triple Extra is available now in the eastern U.S. and will reach western markets in the next few weeks.

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GSN Brews News: November 2nd 2021 Edition

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Tattersall Distilling has added a Corpse Reviver #2 to its line of RTD cocktails. The new RTD, the sixth release in Tattersall’s cocktail portfolio, comes in at 30% abv and is made with the distillery’s own gin and absinthe. The new cocktail joins Cosmo Bianco, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Salty Dog and Bootlegger in the brand’s RTD range and is now available throughout Tattersall’s distribution footprint in 100-ml. bottles.

Southern Comfort, part of the Sazerac portfolio, has released a new Holiday Cocktail pack and an eggnog mixer ahead of the 2021 holiday season. The Holiday Cocktail pack ($25) features 24 50-ml. bottles split between the brand’s original release, its Black offshoot, and its 50% abv variant. The brand has also released two non-alcoholic eggnogs, meant to serve as a cocktail base or as a non-alcoholic drink. The eggnogs retail for $3 and come in Traditional and Vanilla Spice flavors. 

Beam Suntory’s Hornitos Tequila has expanded its line of spirits-based RTDs with a new pineapple-flavored canned cocktail. The 5% abv release has 112 calories per 12-ounce serving and comes in 4-packs of a 12-ounce cans retailing for around $12. The new pineapple flavor follows the RTDs’ launch in March with Lime and Mango seltzers.

Dogfish Head has augmented its lineup of ready-to-drink offerings with two new canned cocktails: Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush and Lemon & Lime Gin Crush (both 7% abv). Both are available nationally now in 4-packs of 355-ml. slim cans. The new entries join the existing Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade, Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda, and Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour in Dogfish Head’s canned cocktail range.

Ballast Point is releasing fall seasonal Pumpkin Down in 6-packs of 16-ounce cans. The seasonal brew begins with a base of Ballast Point’s Piper Down Scottish Ale, augmented with roasted pumpkin and spice. The 5.8% beer is debuting both in cans and on draft, and will be available at the company’s taprooms as well as Home Brew Mart and online for delivery throughout California.

Guinness has launched Gingerbread Stout, a new limited-release beer, from the Diageo brand’s Maryland-based Open Gate Brewery. The 6% abv stout is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Guinness Gingerbread Stout is available for a limited time in 6-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles throughout the mid-Atlantic region and at Open Gate.

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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 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 Brews News: September 22nd 2020 Edition

Washington, D.C.-based Atlas Brew Works has released Sunny Honey Saison. The new brew was made using honey harvested from Minnesota-based Bare Honey’s solar farms; these farms are unique in that they use pollinator-friendly plants as ground cover around the solar panels in an effort to support the bee population. Nonprofit Fresh Energy provided the honey. Sunny Honey Saison is available in 750-ml. bottles at Atlas Brew taprooms across D.C.

Richmond, Virginia-based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has partnered with convenience chain Sheetz on a watermelon wheat ale. Officially called Project Watt-Ahh-Melon Ring, it is available for a limited time exclusively at select Sheetz stores in Virginia and North Carolina. Its name derives from the fact that it was brewed using Sheetz watermelon gummy rings. It’s at 5.3% abv and retails for $8 a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans. Hardywood Park was founded in 2011 and distributes throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Raleigh Triangle area of North Carolina.

Newport, Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits is launching Pineapple Party Punch, a hazy Imperial IPA. Brewed with pineapple and toasted coconut in addition to a citrus-forward hop selection, it is at 8.4% abv and will be released next month on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans. Founded in 1988, Rogue distributes to all 50 states.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Wasatch Brewery is releasing Great Deceiver Imperial Pilsner. Named for Satan himself, the new brew is at 7% abv and brewed with German Noble Hops to impart floral notes onto a bready malt backing flavor. Great Deceiver launches this month across Wasatch’s 20-state distribution footprint in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. Founded in 1986, Wasatch is part of the Canarchy Collective of breweries.

Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company is reintroducing its Double Jack Double IPA. Originally launched in 2009 and discontinued in 2016, Double Jack is returning due to popular demand after a brief revival in a variety pack last year. The release is triple dry-hopped after four initial hop additions. At 9.5% abv, Double Jack is now available as a limited 6-pack of 12-ounce cans in all Firestone Walker markets.

Portland, Oregon-based Cascade Brewing is debuting new formats for two of its sour ales. Both Pistil Whipped (7.7% abv) and Sang Rouge (7.1% abv) are now available in 12-ounce cans for the first time. Pistil Whipped was originally brewed for the company’s Sour Flower Fest and features late infusions of saffron and chamomile. Sang Rouge was brewed from 2010 to 2015 and is a blend of sour red ales aged in red wine barrels. The new cans are available in singles or and 4-packs at Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House and Lodge locations in Oregon, and in limited distribution.

Rehoboth, Delaware-based Dogfish Head is launching Re-Gen-Ale in partnership with Indigo Agriculture. Releasing just in time for Climate Week, the brew was produced through the Indigo Carbon program, which provides growers with financial incentives to use techniques that store carbon in their soil. Dogfish Head will also purchase more than the amount of carbon credits needed to offset the production of Re-Gen-Ale. The release is available beginning this weekend on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, retailing for $17, at Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth location.

Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing Co. is launching a new year-round addition to its lineup. Cape Crasher IPA is a Pacific Northwest-style IPA at 6.8% abv inspired by Oregon’s rugged coastline and Shore Pine forests. It’s available now in 12-ounce bottles, 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, and on draft at Pelican’s brewpubs and other locations in Oregon. Founded in 1996, Pelican brews 40,000 barrels of beer annually and distributes to six states.

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GSN Brews News: June 9th 2020 Edition

Vermont-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids has introduced Little Sip IPA. Billed as a younger cousin to Lawson’s flagship Sip of Sunshine IPA, Little Sip is 6.2% abv brew with a similar hop-forward character to Sip of Sunshine, but with a slightly lower alcohol content. It’s rolling out in four-packs of 16-ounce cans in Vermont beginning June 29. The Lawson’s range also includes Knockout Blonde, Above the Clouds Golden Ale, Hopzilla Double IPA, and Scrag Mountain Pils, among others.

Dogfish Head is launching a new limited-edition lineup of 4-packs of 16-ounce cans. The first entry is called Covered In Nuggs, a 6.7% abv IPA, which is now available for curbside pickup at $16 a four-pack at its Dogfish emPourium location. Other forthcoming 16-ounce can releases will include Dogfish throwback brews like Chicory Stout, Indian Brown, and Raison D’Etre, as well as brewpub exclusives and collaboration beers. Meanwhile, the craft brewer plans to reopen its Brewings & Eats, Chesapeake & Maine, and Dogfish Inn locations on June 12.

Escondido, California-based Stone Brewing is releasing Stone Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse. The beer was inspired by comedian Johah Ray when he collaborated with the brewery and drew from his childhood in Hawaii, where he drank “POG Juice,” a blend of passion fruit, orange, and guava juice. It is at 4.7% abv and will hit retail shelves the week of July 25, available nationwide for a limited time in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, as well as 19.2-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles.

Tempe, Arizona craft brewer Four Peaks Brewing Co. has partnered with The Joy Bus on a new beer. The Joy Bus is a program founded by restaurateur Jennifer Carraway that delivers meals to homebound cancer patients. Together the two companies collaborated on The Joy Bus RAD IPA, a west coast-style IPA brewed with Rakau, Azacca, and Dr. Rudi hops. Available now throughout Arizona at independent grocery and liquor stores, it is at 6% abv and a percentage of every bottle, 6-pack, and keg sold will be donated to The Joy Bus. Four Peaks distributes throughout the Southwest and Hawaii.

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GSN Brews News: January 14th 2020 Edition

Boston Beer Company has expanded its Truly Hard Seltzer brand with four new lemonade-flavored offerings. The new releases, like the original flavors, are at 5% abv, 100 calories, and contain 1 gram of sugar a can; they’re available in mixed 12-packs of 12-ounce cans. Truly Lemonade comes in Original Lemonade, Black Cherry, Mango, and Strawberry, and is available across the U.S. In addition, the Truly Original Lemonade will be distributed in individual 16- and 24-ounce cans.

Holland, Michigan-based New Holland Brewing Company has announced the first 2020 release of its Dragon’s Milk Reserve. This iteration comes in at 12.5% abv and was aged for three months in Jamaican rum barrels before being finished on coconut, toasted hazelnut, and chocolate. The brew will launch at New Holland’s pubs in Holland and Grand Rapids on January 23 before rolling out across the brewery’s 42-state distribution footprint in February in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

Boulder, Colorado’s Avery Brewing will launch Sparkle, a new line of hard seltzer, beginning in February. The 5% abv seltzers will initially come in three flavors—cherry lime, grapefruit, and CranRaz—with 100 calories per serving and zero added sugar. The new gluten free line will be available in mixed 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and in 6-packs of individual flavors throughout Avery’s distribution footprint. Avery Brewing is part of the Mahou San Miguel family of brewers.

Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head is partnering with Belgian brewery Brouwerij Rodenbach to release Vibrant P’OceanThe 4.7% abv blended sour ale is the first beer on which Rodenbach has ever collaborated in its 200-year history. The brew has a ruby red hue and was created by blending a two-year, foeder-aged sour beer brewed by Rodenbach with a kettle sour made with elderberry, elderflower, and sliced lemons, among other additions, brewed by Dogfish Head. The resulting product will be available nationwide in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans near the end of the month. Dogfish Head was acquired by Boston Beer Co. for $300 million last year.

Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is launching a packaging revamp for its entire line of craft beers that modernizes the overall aesthetic but retains signature elements like the funky font on the brewery’s name. Dale’s Pale Ale, the brewery’s flagship beer, has not received a visual refresh in more than a decade. The new looks focus on bright colors and thematic differentiation, as in the case of Old Chub Scotch Ale’s new tartan patterned can. In addition to a psychedelic background, Can-O-Bliss is also being tweaked from Citrus IPA to Tropical IPA, made with Mosaic, Azacca, Galaxy, El Dorado, and Idaho 7 hops. Oskar Blues’ new look is rolling out now.

Portland, Oregon’s Cascade Brewing has launched Tropical Grasslands, a new sour ale and the company’s first sour packaged in cans. The 5% abv Gose-style beer is barrel-matured for up to 10 months and infused with orange zest, lemongrass, coriander, and sea salt before packing in 12-ounce cans. The brewery notes that, unlike its bottled sours, Tropical Grasslands is not meant for further conditioning and should be enjoyed fresh. It is now available in individual at Cascade’s Portland pubs with limited distribution of 4-packs of cans to follow in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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