Friday November 12 2021 - #collabeeration #Whistlepig #lawsonsFinest #BostonBeer #Pepsico #MtnDew #Cider #Ciderfacts #CiderCulture

Today is I’m drinking a Free Spirit DIPA by Green Empire Brewing

A collaBEERation is out now - Lawsons Finest Liquids has just released Maple Brown Ale! It was brewed in collaboration with Whistle Pig of Shoreham, VT. It’s made with Vermont maple syrup from Purinton Maple Farm of Huntington, VT, and aged in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey barrels. It's in their Retail Store and Taproom right now and distribution soon

Another interesting collab, though one I’m less likely to drink - Boston Beer’s “Green Rebel Brewing Company” has teamed up with PepsiCo to release Hard Mountain Dew in Baja Blast and Watermelon flavors. It’s got zero sugar, 5% ABV, and 100 calories per 12 ounces. It will be available in 12-ounce and 24-ounce cans - no word yet on a release date, but is it fair to say it’s too soon?

Some interesting facts I learned about Cider… Cider is federally regulated as wine and, thanks to the Wine industry ciders have the right to sell direct-to-consumer. Also, Ciders under 7% ABV are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and face less labeling and packaging restrictions than ciders over 7% ABV, which are regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Cider over 7% ABV can’t use vintage dating to delineate the impact of the season on an apple’s harvest and resulting cider. And, the last one, Ciders made with any non-apple/non-pear fruits are regulated as fruit wine - which has a whole different set of regulations. Get the full story on

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