GSN Brews News: February 22nd 2022 Edition

Diageo has expanded Crown Royal’s RTD portfolio with a new Whisky Lemonade. The limited time offering comes in at 7% abv and joins Whisky & Cola, Washington Apple, and Peach Tea in the brand’s RTD portfolio. In addition to releasing the new product, Crown Royal’s RTD portfolio is expanding to national distribution this month. All of Crown’s RTDs are available for a suggested price of $15 a 4-pack.

Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker has introduced Hopnosis IPA. The 6.7% abv brew’s hop profile includes varieties from New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on Mosaic Cryo Hops as well as Idaho 7 and Nelson. Mosaic Crypto Hops are made by collecting the concentrated lupulin from whole-leaf hops, which contains pure resins for bitterness and aromatic oils. The double dry-hopped Hopnosis is now rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets in 6-pack and 12-pack (12-ounce) cans, 19.2-ounce cans, and on draft.

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GSN Brews News: December 14th 2021 Edition

Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker is releasing a new brew from their R&D location, the Propagator, in Venice, California. The company’s latest experimental beer is a play on the pairing of chocolate chip cookies and milk, called Kookie Monster. At 8% abv, it’s a double milk stout brewed with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and brown sugar. It’s available at Firestone Walker’s three California locations and from the brewery’s website, where previous Propagator releases went for $20 a 4-pack.

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. revealed the final entry in its Mothership Series for the year. It’s a festive edition of previous Mothership release Blushing Padre called Blushing Claus. Like its progenitor Blushing Monk it’s a raspberry Belgian ale aged, like Blushing Padre, in Tequila barrels and finally finished with cranberries and orange zest to evoke holiday flavors. Blushing Claus is at 11.9% abv and, like previous Mothership releases, will be available only at Founders taproom locations beginning December 15, priced at $20 a 6-pack.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is bringing back its Irish Whiskey Cask beer for St. Patrick’s Day. First brewed a decade ago as a straight Scottish Stout, this year’s edition of Irish Whiskey Cask was formulated as a Scottish Oatmeal Stout for enhanced creaminess and mouthfeel. It’s at 6.1% abv and will be available in the U.S. next year.

San Luis Obispo, California-based SLO Brew is releasing Holidaze IPA. It’s a 7% abv India Pale Ale made with orange peel, Citra hops, and spruce tree tips for Christmas tree flavor. The limited edition release is available throughout California and at the SLO Brew tasting room in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans for $11. SLO Brew is the craft beer brand of SLO Brewing Co., which also produces Tio Rodrigo craft micheladas, Porch Pounder canned wine, and Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills craft whiskey.

Roust Corporation’s Russian Standard vodka has launched a new canned Moscow Mule cocktail, using the brand’s namesake vodka. The RTD comes in at 5.8% abv and is also made with ginger, lime, and mint. Russian Standard Moscow Mule is now available nationwide in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Baltimore, Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Company is releasing an escape from deepening fall chill with its latest. Its new beer is called Cloud Mango and features tropical flavors to put consumers in mind of balmier climes that include mango and coconut, along with subtler strains of vanilla and oak. At 7.1% abv, its label also features a QR code that, when scanned, directs to a Spotify playlist of beach tunes. Cloud Mango is billed as a sour and is available now on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select locations. DuClaw currently distributes to 24 states in the eastern half of the U.S.

Yobo Soju is launching a new line of soju RTDs. The canned cocktails will be sold under the Hunni Sparkling Soju name and will initially come in four flavors: Yuzu and Elderflower; Korean Pear, Perilla Leaf, and Lime; Peach and Chili Pepper; and Grape and Ginger. All are at 4% abv and contain approximately 100 calories a can. Accompanying the cans is Hunni K. Town, 16% abv versions of the same flavors in 750-ml. bottles meant for sipping or cocktail mixing. The RTDs are launching nationwide this month for $17 a 4-pack while the K. Town bottles launch early next year. Founded in 2015, Yobo Soju is produced in New York’s Finger Lakes region from Catawba grapes.

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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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