Two new beers now available from Great Lakes Brewing, a craft beer brewer new to our area. Click the links below to find out more about these refreshing new libations.
With new libation options like alcoholic root beer popping up everyday, it was just a matter of time before someone decided to make some refreshing soda pop. Hot on the heels of the beverage revolution comes Henry’s hard soda. It comes in Orange or Ginger Ale and either choice will keep you cool while you’re getting your summer started.
Try one of our brand new beer variety’s from Foothills Brewing, from Winston-Salem, NC. They have year round favorites such as Hoppyum IPA & People’s Porter as well as seasonals such as Sexual Chocolate to keep you interested. From the graphics to the intriguing names, this is a brand that stands out.
The concept of hard root beer isn’t a new one. It was hugely popular in the 18th century and as trends tend to be cyclical, it was just a matter of time before someone tried to bring it back. That someone was Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer. With a spiced vanilla taste that perfectly mimics traditional root beer and a 5.9 % alcohol content that’s nearly undetectable, it’s easy to understand it’s quick cult following. Some even speculate, because if it’s popularity, it will generate yet another category in adult beverages much like teas and ciders that have steadily gained ground since their reintroduction to retail. Boston Beer, a pioneer in “malternatives”such as Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea, is gearing up to launch it’s own version of hard root beer.
This stuff is so popular, no one can keep it on the shelves. And now it’s coming to Martinsburg. Who’s ready to test the hype? I know I am.
Redd’s Green Apple Ale is a brilliant, light-golden beer that serves up a dose of green apple flavor with an exceptional balance of crisp and tart. At five percent alcohol by volume, the beer boasts a clean, slightly dry, yet smooth finish that complements the fun and unexpected personality of the Redd’s Apple Ale brand.
Launching nationally this month, Smith & Forge is a hard cider fermented in the tradition of days gone by. With a rich amber color, 6% alcohol by volume (ABV), a distinct, not-too-sweet taste and a fantastically crisp finish, Smith & Forge is built to refresh.
“There was a time when more hard cider was consumed in America than beer. Now hard cider is exploding again, but the sweetness of many current ciders can be a turn off to beer drinkers, and some of them are looking instead to spirits and crafts for variety,” said David Kroll, MillerCoors vice president of insights and innovation. “Smith & Forge is a strong, just-sweet-enough hard cider that encourages guys to discover — or rediscover — the world of hard cider.”
The Smith & Forge packaging features a black, bold orange, and antique white design and a distinctive blacksmith’s hammer icon that delivers a timeless message of a past era – an homage to simpler times when toughness and hard work were celebrated values.
“Once upon a time, barrel-chested men proudly drank tankards of hard cider,” continued Kroll. “Smith & Forge is honoring those times by bringing back the sturdy side of hard cider.”
MillerCoors will support Smith & Forge with a national marketing campaign kicking off in March and includes multi-channel activations with media partners such as ESPN, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Thrillist and SB Nation.
Smith & Forge Hard Cider is available in 16-ounce single-serve and 4-pack cans as well as 12-pack 12-ounce cans.
For more information about this hard cider, visit www.SmithandForgeHardCider.com or Facebook.com/SmithandForgeHardCider and follow @SmithandForge on Twitter.