Great Divide White Water Ruby Red
Crisp grapefruit slice on the nose with a real fruit quality segues into a very light sip with immaculately balanced grapefruit flavor. Smooth despite the lack of sugar (2g carbs), invisible alcohol content, perfectly clear, bone dry, convincing natural fruit flavor, perfectly balanced, and no distracting fermentation remnants—it’s exactly what we’re looking for in this type of beverage.
Loc: Denver, Colorado
Boulevard Quirk Strawberry, Lemon & Basil
An endearing and nostalgic strawberry-lemon-candy nose transitions to a sip that reads as sweet without actually being sweet (3g carbs)—a decadent magic act. It’s crisp with gorgeously stacked lemon and strawberry flavor notes off the top, grounded by a mixologist-approved touch of basil, for a surprisingly nuanced take on hard seltzer.
Loc: Kansas City, Missouri
Itz Spritz Elderflower Citrus
More canned cocktail than hard seltzer, it’s not a low-calorie play by any stretch, but the striking flavor captures a compelling natural brightness and polished, integrated, sweet/tart citrus note. “Layered” and “nuanced” aren’t terms typically associated with hard seltzer, but Itz Spritz offers sophisticated and confident yet accessible flavors sure to please discerning palates and everyday drinkers alike.
Loc: Memphis, Tennessee
Untitled Art Florida Seltzer
While much of the seltzer-brewing world is pressed in a race to the bottom line, we’ve patiently watched for a quality argument with a commensurate craft price point. At $17 retail for a six, Florida Seltzer is truly twice the price of the competition, but the subtle yet vivid real-fruit nose claws back an advantage for team craft. With all of the pleasure of guava nectar and prickly pear in a tight and clean (but opaque and juicy) package, it’s refined yet energetic in the best of ways.
Loc: Madison, Wisconsin