Hard Seltzers Are Sizzlin'

August 2020
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the Breweries

Light and refreshing, these hot sellers are also low on calories

Truly Wild Berry Hard Seltzer
Boston, MA, $16, 12-can variety pack

Boston Beer Company, one of the country’s biggest craft brewers, offers many products, like Samuel Adams beer, Angry Orchard Hard Cider and Twisted Tea. Now Truly outsells them all! Starting with just three flavors, they now boast 13 choices for a light, crisp, clean and refreshing taste at 5% alcohol and 100 calories. Wild Berry is the most popular flavor.

White Claw Ruby Grapefruit Hard Seltzer
Chicago, IL, $15, 12-can variety pack

White Claw has been described as “spiked sparkling water,” since it is made from a blend of seltzer water, a gluten-free alcohol base and fruit flavors. It debuted in 2016, and last year accounted for more than half of all hard seltzer sales. White Claw comes in nine flavors, with Black Cherry and Ruby Grapefruit the top sellers. 5% alcohol and just 100 calories.

Vizzy Black Cherry Lime Hard Seltzer
Chicago, IL, $15, 12-can variety pack

Introduced last December by Molson Coors, this hard seltzer says on the label “With Antioxidant Vitamin C from Superfruit Acerola,” which is a cherry-like fruit high in vitamin C. (A 12 ounce can contains 19% of what you should have daily.) The flavor combos are unique, like Blueberry Pomegranate, and the Black Cherry Lime is one of the most popular. Fresh and spritzy, alcohol is 5% and 100 calories.

Henry’s Blueberry Lemon Hard Sparkling Water
Golden, CO, $15, 12-can variety pack

Henry’s Blueberry Lemon offering has a subtle blueberry flavor, with a hint of lemon and a sparkly taste. Another low alcoholat 4.2% and only 88 calories, it comes in two variety packs, Fruit Passion and Tropical, with easy sippin’ flavor combinations. Named after Henry Weinhard, founder of the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company and now a subsidiary of Molson Coors Beverage Company.

Bon & Viv Pear Elderflower Spiked Seltzer
St. Louis, MO, $13, 12- can variety pack

Launched in 2013 as one of the first spiked seltzers, the company was bought by Anheuser-Busch in 2016 and repackaged as Bon Viv, as in Bon Vivant. Alcohol was reduced to 4.5%, and calories down to 90 per 12 ounce can. Standout flavors are Clementine Hibiscus and Pear Elderflower. The name comes from Bonnie & Vivian, the fictional mermaids who founded the company.

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