The August forecast is in: Sweltering with a side of seltzer. Canned and casual, hard seltzer is a refreshing, low-ABV, low-sugar drink – and a shoo-in to become your new favorite summer sipper. Try these locally made renditions from some of Missouri’s best breweries.
4 Hands Brewing Co.
4 Hands Brewing Co. is now trying its hand at hard seltzer. Its Contact High Seltzer is crisp and drinkable. Low-calorie, low-carb and gluten-free, it’s the perfect companion for guilt-free summer lounging. Available in 16-ounce cans at the St. Louis taproom as well as local grocery stores, pick up the citrusy tangerine flavor along with a few limited-release flavors such as pineapple, passionfruit and blueberry lemonade if possible. 4handsbrewery.com
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Much to the delight of its fans, this summer Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. presented its latest creation: Urban Seltzer. The lime and salt hard seltzer is similar to a Margarita without the tequila, while the passionfruit and Citra hops has a berry-forward flavor and floral notes. The variety packs come with six cans of each flavor – available in most grocery stores in the St. Louis area. urbanchestnut.com
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Boulevard Brewing Co. is proud of its quirks – its Quirk Spiked & Sparkling seltzers, that is. Made with clean, all-natural ingredients, including real fruit juice, the hard seltzer comes in three flavors: blackberry-sage, pear-yuzu and strawberry, lemon and basil. Each with 4.2 percent ABV and less than 90 calories a can, you can drink freely. Grab Quirk at markets and grocery stores throughout Missouri and Kansas, among other Midwest states, this summer. boulevard.com
Mother’s Brewing Co.
Haven’t you heard? Mother knows best, and Mother’s Brewing Co. believes hard seltzer is your ticket to the best summer of sipping yet. The Springfield, Missouri, brewery recently released Ready, independently brewed hard seltzer. Available in six packs of either cherry limeade or blackberry-lemon, Ready is light and bubbly, packing a flavor punch and only 5 percent ABV. mothersbrewing.com