Not long ago, we delved into the world of hard seltzers, asking important questions, such as why we’re obsessed with the bubbly, alcoholic refreshments. Now that our fascination with seltzers has solidified, we’re on the lookout for newcomers, especially with summer coming up.
Unsurprisingly, a few new brands and releases are hitting the shelves this summer. So, try these latest releases if you’re ready to go above and beyond White Claw Summer.
Part Time Rangers is not your ordinary seltzer brand. Yes, their cans are low in sugar and you’ll find flavours such as gin and raspberry, and tropical vodka with passionfruit, but unlike other seltzer brands, this beverage protects our environment. A portion of the proceeds is donated towards animal conservation initiatives across the globe. They are determined to create a community of ‘part time rangers’, who act as a force for change while living their everyday lives. Since launching three years ago, the brand has donated over $160,000 to wildlife conservation and continues to lead the conversation on conservation. You can find Part Time Rangers in BWS, Dan Murphy’s, and other major bottle shops in Australia.
Roseberry-based, Frenchies Brewery has launched a seltzer and we have a feeling it’s going to be a summer hit. Inspired by the Italian coastline, yet brewed for an iconic Australian summer, this aperitivo seltzer combines the best of the orange-hued cocktail, with the ease of a canned seltzer. Offering flavours of bitter-sweet citrus, it features 25 all-natural, locally sourced spices, fruits and botanicals, and has undergone a refined brewing process and triple filtration. The result is a light, bright and refreshing 4% ABV sparkling beverage. You can find Aperitivo Seltzer on tap or buy four packs and cases online here.
Melbourne’s Deeds Brewing has launched a refreshing hard seltzer range, perfect for warm rooftop nights and cool Sunday kick-on. They’re made in Australia and contain only 82 calories, each, with zero sugar and no additives. They’re also gluten-free, so everyone can participate in seltzer summer. Find them in three flavours, including passionfruit, strawberry and lemon-lime. Find Skyline at the Deeds Taproom in Glen Iris, as well as independent bottle shops and selected Coles Liquorland.
Australia is the first country outside North America to launch White Claw Surge, the amped-up version of a White Claw. So what’s the difference? Surge has an ABV of 6.5%. In comparison to White Claw’s 4.5% ABV, you can taste the difference. It has the same great, refreshing taste with a hint of natural fruit flavour, so it’s perfect for throwing in the esky this summer for beach days and picnics. You can get Surge in a blood orange or blackberry flavour. Although, here’s to hoping they will come out with more flavours soon. White Claw Surge will be available nationwide from November 14 at bottle stores and bars. A 4-pack will cost $30.
This 100% Aussie-owned seltzer brand is new to the market and already turning heads. Unlike other seltzers, MODE clocks in at 5% ABV, making it 1.3 standard drinks. Sign us up! It’s a low-calorie, low-sugar, vegan, and gluten-free seltzer that everyone can enjoy. You can get four flavours: mango and pomegranate, Tasmanian pepper berry, ginger and lime, Davidson plum and forest berry, and a refreshing yuzu, cucumber, and basil seltzer. Although, the names are much more fun. Think Frankie’s Sunset Dress, Salt Brushed Skin, and No More Elevator Music. The can designs are innovative and on-trend. You won’t want to hide these cans in the esky. Display them on the table. In terms of price, it’s reasonable at $75 for a case of 12. It’s actually one of the more affordable options on the market. Click here for stockist.
TV Chef Hayden Quinn has launched a hard seltzer, along with a host of other celebrities, including DJs Paul Fisher, Tigerlily and Brooke Evers and professional surfers Laura Enever and Nikki Van Dijk. Hard FIZZ is a bubbly canned, post-mix seltzer that’s perfect for picnics, boat days, and those highly anticipated beach days. There are only 77 calories per can and a range of classic flavours, including orange and mango, watermelon and berry, passionfruit and guava, and Quinn’s favourite, lychee and apple. There is also a new Pina Colada flavour on shelves. Find Hard FIZZ in most bars and bottle shops around the country, including Dan Murphy’s.
Pineapple White Claw
White Claw fans, get ready. Pineapple White Claw is hitting the shelves in October. Made with sparkling water, triple distilled spirit and a hint of natural pineapple flavour, White Claw Pineapple tantalises the senses. The pineapple flavour is now available at bottle shops and coastal bars across Australia. The flavour is limited-edition, so get in quick.
Saintly, an Australian made and owned hard seltzer, graced us with its presence in 2020 and we’ve all been obsessed ever since. The new cocktail inspired range is a revitalising new take on everyone’s favourite cocktails, including a ginger mule, grapefruit margarita, mojito, and passionfruit martini. Check out the range here.
Topo Chico is Coca-Cola’s first step in the hard seltzer market. This hard seltzer is inspired by Topo Chico mineral water, a brand with a rich heritage that began in Monterey, Mexico. You can get your hands on three unique, refreshing, and exotic flavours, including Tangy Lemon Lime, Pineapple Twist, and Strawberry Guava.
Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches, Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzer is about as close to summer in a can as you’re going to get. Unlike other seltzers on the market, mostly vodka or brewed like a beer, Sunny Eddy is Australia’s first gin-based hard seltzer. It uses triple-distilled Australian gin made with juniper and native lemon myrtle. It pairs perfectly with three approachable, crisp, natural flavours, including lime and cucumber, crisp pink apple, and blood orange and grapefruit. Pick a can up from Dan Murphy’s.
Australia’s most awarded hard seltzer, FELLR has announced they’re releasing not one, but two brand new flavours to their core range this September, with the launch of their new Pineapple & Coconut and Mango FELLR’s. FELLR’s Pineapple & Coconut and Mango flavours are a true nod to Australian summers, with the quintessential tastes transporting you to the beach on a hot day with a fruit bowl in hand. Pick up the new cans online here.
FELLR Cocktail Seltzer Range
Australia’s favourite independent hard seltzer company FELLR has released a Cocktail Seltzer range. After a hugely successful launch at this year’s GABS Craft Beer Festival and an overwhelming number of requests, FELLR canned their Australia-first innovation with the release of Watermelon Margarita. The cocktail seltzer will be available nationwide through Boozebud, First Choice Liquor stores and select independents from Friday, 8 October, with Passionfruit Martini available in stores as the weather warms up.
Infused with 100% natural flavours, Splash Vodka contains zero sugar or artificial sweeteners, and at less than 80 calories per can, it’s ideal for those watching their waistline. With fresh fruit notes alongside a clean spritz undertone, Splash Vodka combines the bubbly taste with full-body aromas for a refreshing drink on the go. For the first time, you can find the Splash cans in Dan Murphy’s across the country.
Melbourne’s Bodriggy Brewing Co. launched a new seltzer brand, dubbed Iggy. Currently available in two flavours: White Peach and Cherry, as well as Passionfruit, Pineapple and Mango, both seltzers are made with fresh fruits, boasting refreshing flavours perfect for a summer’s day. The quirky can feature unique 90s mosaic and motif designs by artist Mathis Burmeister. Iggy is a proud homage to the inner north lifestyle to be enjoyed in reverie: It’s No Biggy With An Iggy. Buy online here.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
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