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Posts from the ‘Hard Seltzer’ Category

1
Jun

Review: SpikedSeltzer Indian River Grapefruit

SpikedSeltzer Indian River Grapefruit is one of four hard seltzer flavors created in 2012 by Nick Shields in his Westport CT garage.  Partnering with Dave Holmes the two launched SpikedSeltzer in 2013 creating the Hard Seltzer product category.  Indian River Grapefruit is named for the Indian River Citrus District, a narrow strip of land on the East Coast of Florida stretching about 200 miles from Daytona Beach to West Palm Beach.  75% of Florida’s grapefruit crop is grown here.  SpikedSeltzer Indian River Grapefruit is made from purified water and natural ingredients.  Natural flavors are then infused. Read more »

22
May

Review: SpikedSeltzer West Indies Lime

SpikedSeltzer West Indies Lime is one of four hard seltzer flavors first produced in five gallon batches in founder Nick Shields garage.  Nick’s Great Great Grandfather was Rudolph Haffenreffer who founded Haffenreffer Brewery in 1870.  Now owned by Anhueser Busch the other SpikedSeltzer flavors include Velencia Orange, Cape Cod Cranberry, and Indian River Grapefruit.  West Indies Limes are also known as Mexican limes and Key limes.  Spiked Seltzer West Indies Lime is made exclusively from purified water and natural ingredients.  Natural lime flavor derived from cold pressed citrus essence is then infused. Read more »

10
May

Review: SpikedSeltzer Cape Cod Cranberry

SpikedSeltzer Cape Cod Cranberry is one of four hard seltzer flavors first created in 2012 by Nick Shields who began formulating five gallon batches out of his garage in Westport Ct.  When SpikedSeltzer was released in 2013 the Hard Seltzer category was launched.  Since then at least five other brands have followed with their own hard seltzer.  While SpikedSeltzer was the worlds first hard seltzer, distribution has been limited.  That is about to end.  September 2016 Anheuser Busch took a break from acquiring craft breweries, and acquired Boathouse Beverages, the parent company of SpikedSeltzer.  SpikedSeltzer is made exclusively from purified water and natural ingredients.  The fresh flavors infused are derived from cold pressed citrus essence from a variety of flavors.    Read more »

26
Apr

Review: SpikedSeltzer Valencia Orange

SpikedSeltzer Valencia Orange is one of four hard seltzer flavors that were first created in 2012 by Nick Shields who began formulating five gallon batches out of his garage in Westport CT.  Nick and his longtime friend and business partner Dave Holmes brought SpikedSeltzer to market in 2013, creating the Hard Seltzer category.  SpikedSeltzer Valencia Orange is made from purified water, cold fermented dextrose, crystalline fructose, and natural orange flavor infused and derived from cold pressed citrus essence.  The other SpikedSeltzer flavors include Cape Cod Cranberry, Indian River Grapefruit, and West Indies Lime.  In September 2016 Anheuser Busch acquired Boathouse Beverages the parent company of SpikedSeltzer.  SpikedSeltzer has been contract brewed by North American Breweries and Blues City Brewery, and distribution has been limited, but production is gradually shifting to the Baldwinsville Brewery in New York and SpikedSeltzer will soon be available Nationwide. Read more »

16
Mar

Review: Henrys Hard Sparkling Lemon Lime

Henrys Hard Sparkling Lemon Lime was just released.  If you are thinking this sounds like another hard seltzer, you would be right.  After creating four hard soda flavors, MillerCoors has moved on to introduce two hard seltzers.  While their Passion Fruit flavor showed a little originality, Lemon Lime is more of a safe bet, as there are already four lime or lemon lime hard seltzers on store shelves today.  Those include Truly Spiked and Sparkling Colima Lime, White Claw Natural Lime, Nauti Seltzer Lemon Lime, and Spiked Seltzer West Indies Lime.  With sugar sweetened soft drink sales falling flat, and flavored sparkling water sales bubbling over, it’s no surprised so many brewers are now in this space.  Henrys Hard Sparkling Lemon Lime is brewed as a malt beverage with natural flavors added. Read more »

14
Mar

Review: Henrys Hard Sparkling Passion Fruit

Henrys Hard Sparkling Passion Fruit is one of two hard sparkling water flavors just released by MillerCoors.  The other flavor is Lemon Lime.  By my count this is the seventh hard seltzer brand.  Miller Coors is no stranger to creating malt beverages, as they already have a successful line of Hard Soda, Hard Cider, Hard Iced Tea, Hard Apple Ale, and oh yes they do a pretty good job brewing beer too.  They are not alone, as this is the same path others including Anheuser Busch, Boston Beer Company, Smirnoff, and Mark Anthony Brands, the makers of Mikes Hard Lemonade have taken.  For those not familiar with passion fruit it is most commonly used as a fruit juice or jam.  The Passion fruit is native to South America from Brazil to Argentina and it is currently grown in Florida and California.  If you have been to Hawaii you may know passion fruit as lilikoi.  Henrys Hard Sparkling Passion Fruit is made with natural flavors and it weighs in at 93 calories. Read more »

6
Mar

Review: Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Cranberry Lime Seltzer is one of three hard seltzer flavors they launched the line with November 2016.  The other flavors include Watermelon, and Orange Mango.  The classic Cape Cod cocktail, made with vodka and cranberry juice, and garnished with a lime slice may be the inspiration for this seltzer.  This is not Smirnoff’s first cranberry lime flavored malt beverage.  At one time they produced Smirnoff Ice Cranberry Lime Splash.  Smirnoff Cranberry Lime is brewed as a premium malt beverage.  Natural fruit flavors are infused with no sugar or artificial sweeteners added. Read more »

18
Feb

Review: Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Orange Mango Seltzer

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Orange Mango Seltzer is one of three hard seltzer flavors they launched the line with November 2016.  The other flavors include Watermelon, and Cranberry Lime.  With at least 6 other companies already brewing spiked seltzer, Smirnoff may be a little late to the party, but with a very popular line of malt beverages already on the market, finding shelf space in liquors store won’t be an issue.  The three flavors they have created also aren’t repeating the same hard seltzer flavors already on the market.  Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Orange Mango Seltzer is brewed as a premium malt beverage.  Natural fruit flavors are infused with no sugar or artificial sweeteners added. Read more »

12
Feb

Review: Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Watermelon Seltzer

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Watermelon Seltzer is one of three hard seltzers Smirnoff launched November 2016.  Hard seltzer has attracted a lot of attention from the big boys of the malt beverage world in 2016.  Boston Beer Company the makers of Sam Adams Beer, Coney Island Hard Soda, and Angry Orchard Hard Cider launching Truly Spiked Sparkling.  Mark Anthony Brands the maker of Mikes Hard introduced White Claw Hard Seltzer.  Anheuser Busch also acquired the Spiked Seltzer brand.  Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Watermelon Seltzer is brewed as a premium malt beverage with natural fruit flavors infused.  No sugar or artificial sweeteners are added, and it is crafted to remove gluten.  Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Watermelon Seltzer is sold in 6 packs of 12 ounce cans, and it is also available as part of their 12 pack variety pack.  Read more »

4
Oct

Review: Truly Spiked and Sparkling Sicilian Blood Orange

truly-spiked-and-sparkling-blood-orange-copyTruly Spiked and Sparkling Sicilian Blood Orange was just released.  It is one of 4 hard seltzer flavors made by this division of the Boston Beer Company.  Their other flavors include the previously reviewed Colima Lime, Pomegranate, and Grapefruit and Pomelo.  This is the company that also produces Samuel Adams Beer, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea, and Coney Island Hard Soda.  These guys know how to have fun.  Hard Seltzer is a relatively new product category but it is growing fast and with the recent acquisition of Boathouse Beverage, the makers of Spiked Seltzer by Anheuser Busch, things are sure to heat up.  The Mark Anthony Group, the makers of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, also recently launched White Claw Hard Seltzer.  Truly Sicilian Blood Orange is made with filtered water, alcohol made from cane sugar, citric acid and Mandarina hops. Read more »