GSN Brews News: October 12th 2021 Edition

Vermont-based Woodchuck Hard Cider is bringing back several fan favorites of previous years in honor of its 30th anniversary. They include limited-edition Blueberry, Dark & Dry 802, and Barrel Select offerings, which will be available across the U.S. Other recent launches from Woodchuck include a 100 Calorie Variety Pack, including cans of Black Cherry, Cranberry Lime, Watermelon and Citrus flavors; as well as innovations like Mimosa, Sangria, Bubbly Rosé, and Pearsecco ciders.

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has added the Unity brand to its CBD beverage portfolio. Infused with 30mg of CBD as well as adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, and Ginkgo Biloba, each 14-ounce bottle has 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. Flavors include Blueberry Lavender, Strawberry Lemonade, Blood Orange Hibiscus, Elderflower Rose, Ginger Lemonade, and Blackberry Tea. Unity is currently in 1,500 stores after launching 18 months ago, and will now look to scale further through RNDC’s network.

Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery has introduced a new winter seasonal, Freezin’ Season Winter AleReplacing former seasonal brew K-9, Freezin’ Season is a 7.4% beer made with the English Ale yeast strain. Like all of Flying Dog’s labels, Freezin’ Season’s package features art from renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman. It will be sold in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and will start appearing on shelves by mid-October across Flying Dog’s footprint.

Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery has announced the return of two of its seasonal offerings: Death by Coconut Irish Porter and Ten Fidy Imperial StoutDeath by Coconut clocks in at 6.5% abv and is brewed with added coconut and chocolate. The other seasonal brew, Ten Fidy, is brewed with Munich and chocolate malt, roasted barley, and oats, and comes in at 10.5% abv. Both beers are now available across the U.S. in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft.

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GSN Brews News: September 8th 2020 Edition

Ventura, California-based Flying Embers hard kombucha is releasing three new offerings as part of its limited Flight Series. The newcomers include an unflavored Original Essence kombucha, which is at 7% abv and billed as drinking like a white wine, as well as Strawberry Lemongrass (7% abv) and Prickly Pear Heather (4.5% abv) expressions. Distributed to 40 states, Flying Embers also recently extended its range with a line of probiotic-infused hard seltzers.

Portland, Oregon-based Cascade Brewing has introduced Framboise Northwest, a new sour ale made with locally sourced raspberries. The 7.9% abv ale begins life as a blonde ale before aging for up to two years in wine barrels with added raspberries. The beer is now available for local pickup at Cascade’s Barrel House and The Lodge, as well as online. Beginning September 14, Framboise Northwest will be available in 500-ml. bottles and on draft throughout the brewery’s distribution footprint.

Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has launched its latest IPA variety pack, the Pack-o-Bliss. The 12-pack contains three 12-ounce cans each of Oskar Blues’ Can-o-Bliss Citra Double IPA, Can-o-Bliss Resinous IPA, Can-o-Bliss’ rotating seasonal IPA, and Pinner Session IPA. This releases marks Pinner’s return to the brewery’s portfolio after fans on social media requested the brew’s return. The new variety pack is now available in retailers across the U.S. In addition, Oskar Blues’ latest seasonal Can-o-Bliss IPA is also available on draft.

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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: 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 7th 2020 Edition

Oregon-based 2 Towns Ciderhouse has added a Clementine + Grapefruit expression to its SeekOut Hard Seltzer range. The newcomer is at 5% abv and has 100 calories a serving. It’s rolling out now to nine states throughout the West and Midwest in six-packs of cans as well as in 12-can variety packs with other SeekOut flavors like Pineapple + Passion Fruit, Cucumber + Juniper, Key Lime + Mint, and Raspberry + Meyer Lemon. 2 Towns produced approximately 100,000 cases of SeekOut from March through December of last year.

New Jersey’s Cape May Brewing Company has added Crushin’ It IPA to their summer offerings. The 8% abv ale is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca hops and orange juice, evoking the flavors of the Orange Crush cocktail. This is the first wide release for Crushin’ It; previously the beer was only available as a limited release from the brewery’s taproom. The beer is currently available at the Cape May Brewing Boutique in growlers to go and will be available in cans throughout the state beginning on April 8.

AB-InBev’s Hoegaarden has launched a new limited edition offering paying tribute to Washington, D.C.’s blooming cherry blossoms. Hoegaarden Cherry Blossom comes in at 5.6% abv and is a wheat beer infused with botanicals making for a tart and slightly sweet springtime brew. The beer is exclusive to Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and is now available in 4-packs of 16-ounce bottles. Hoegaarden Cherry Blossom retails for around $10 a 4-pack.

Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has kicked off its 2020 lineup of barrel-aged beers and launched the first member of the class to retailers across the U.S. The first release is All Monde, a 12.5% abv Imperial stout aged for nine months in ex-Bourbon barrels before infusing (via circulator) with almonds and vanilla. The brew is rolling out now across the U.S. in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans for a limited time. Three more barrel-aged beers will follow in the 2020 series throughout the year.

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Summit Brewing is introducing a new summer seasonal, Cabin Crusher Kölsch-Style Ale with Lime. The 4.8% abv brew includes Northern Brewer, Loral, and Lemon Drop hops and is brewed with Kölsch yeast. It’s available now in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans, and 16-ounce cans. It will also be available on draft at select locations looking ahead. Summit’s distribution territory includes Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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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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