GSN Brews News: May 12th 2020 Edition

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based craft player Founders Brewing Co. has announced Marvelroast, the company’s latest taproom brew turned limited national release. The 10% abv Imperial Golden ale is brewed with coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and milk sugar. The ale was particularly popular at the company’s Detroit taproom before going into wider production. Marvelroast will be available nationally beginning in July in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles for around $10.

Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has debuted its latest IPA in the Voodoo Ranger series, 1985 Hazy IPA. The 6.7% ale is brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade hops with mango added to amp up the fruit flavors. The beer is latest in Voodoo Ranger’s rotating series of ales, which, according to the company, have grown into its fifth-largest label overall. Voodoo Ranger 1985 Hazy IPA is rolling out now across the U.S. in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft. New Belgium is the fourth-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Kansas City, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing Company has entered the hard seltzer category with Quirk Spiked and Sparkling. The 4.2% abv seltzers come in at 90 calories and will be available in three flavors: Strawberry, Lemon, & Basil; Blackberry Sage; and Pear Yuzu. The line will be available in select markets throughout the Midwest beginning in June. Boulevard is part of Duvel Moortgat, the fifth-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing Social Club Seltzer, a new brand of hard seltzers in classic cocktail flavors. Social Club is being distributed nationally in variety 12-packs and single-flavor 6-packs, with variants including an Old Fashioned, Sidecar, and Gimlet, all at 7% abv and with 150 calories a 12-ounce can. According to the company, “The alcohol comes from a cold-fermentation of sugar combined with purified water and cold-pressed fruits.” AB-InBev also markets hard seltzers under the Bon & Viv, Bud Light, and Natural Light brands.

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GSN Brews News: March 3rd 2020 Edition

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co. has announced that KBS, the brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, will now be available year-round. The 12% abv stout is brewed with coffee and chocolate and is blended from beers aged between nine and 15 months, according to brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. KBS will be available in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft throughout the U.S.—except for in Utah (on draft) and Mississippi (not at all)—beginning in March.

Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Tröegs Independent Brewing is releasing Haze Charmer Hazy Pale Ale, its first new year-round offering in four years. The brewery developed the hazy base through a combination of various malts, which they say helps retain hop oil in service of delivering bigger flavor without needing to load up the abv. Indeed, Haze Charmer is only 5.5% despite being brewed with Citra, Lotus, and El Dorado hops like many IPAs that often skew higher. Retailing for $11 a 6-pack, it’s now available in Pennsylvania and will expand distribution along the eastern seaboard by mid-March.

Pottsville, Pennsylvania’s D.G. Yuengling & Sons has announced the March launch of Flight by Yuengling, the brewery’s newest light beer. The 4.2% abv beer has 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs per 12-ounce serving. The company describes Flight as crisp and easy to drink. Initially, Flight will be available 12-ounce bottles across Yuengling’s 22-state footprint with a draft release coming in the second half of the year.

Boston, Massachusetts’ Harpoon Brewery has launched DragonWeisse, a new light take on a Berliner Weisse beer. The 4.6% abv beer is made from a wheat base with added dragon fruit, hibiscus, maca root, sea salt, and flaxseed. DragonWeisse is now available across the company’s distribution footprint on draft, and in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans and 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles for $9 and $10, respectively. Along with UFO, Harpoon is part of the Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company.

Golden Road Brewing founder Meg Gill and Anheuser-Busch InBev are launching a new organic hard seltzer label called Maha. Launching this month in 11 Western states, Maha is at 4.2% abv and 110 calories a 12-ounce can. It will debut with Raspberry, Tangerine Yuzu, and Black Cherry flavors, sold in variety 12-packs. The brand is made with organic fruit juice, cascara, cane sugar, and sea salt and includes a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The Maha brand plans to expand with other food and beverage product lines later in the year.

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GSN Brews News: February 18th 2020 Edition

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. has released Unraveled IPA, a juicy India Pale Ale that’s the latest addition to the Founders year-round lineup. The 6.6% abv beer was initially introduced as Mucho Lupu in Founders’ taprooms, and is made with hops and Lupulin powder as well as wheat and oats. The brew is now available in the company’s Grand Rapids taproom and will launch in Detroit next week. Unraveled IPA will be available nationwide in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft beginning mid-February. Last August, Spain’s Mahou-San Miguel purchased a controlling stake in Founders Brewing Co.

England’s Dunkertons Organic Cider has partnered with Winesellers Ltd. to bring cans of the cidery’s ‘Craft’ cider to the U.S. The 5% abv cider is certified organic and will be available in 4-packs of 330-ml. cans for a suggested retail price of $15. In addition to the newly canned ‘Craft’ offering, Winesellers will bring bottles of Black Fox Cider ($8), Dry Cider ($8), Breakwells Seedling Organic Cider ($9), and Organic Perry ($9) to the U.S. This year, the Herefordshire-based cidery is celebrating 40 years of production.

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