Boulevard Brewing Co. is releasing something completely different in April, and it’s not beer at all. Meet Fling Craft Cocktails.
For decades now, Boulevard has been brewing beer in Kansas City, Missouri. Needless to say, it’s been going quite well. However, as of late, the craft beverage industry has seen the rise of other flavored malt beverages, hard ciders, and hard seltzers. As President Jeff Krum puts it, this little brewing diversion has taken a life of its own.
“While we’ll always remain first and foremost a craft brewer, sometimes you just want something different. We have the facilities and the equipment and the talent to make all kinds of interesting and delicious beverages, and we’re excited by the opportunity to give consumers more choices, to go where they go. Plus, we’re having more fun than is probably legal.” – Jeff Krum, President, Boulevard Brewing Co.
Each ready to drink cocktail in a can features all natural ingredients, and are touted as low in carbohydrates and calories. Four cocktails will be a part of the program:
Blood Orange Vodka Soda – A combination of 360 Vodka, soda water & blood orange
Cucumber Lime Gin & Tonic – Builders Botanical Gin, tonic, and fresh lime & cucumber
Mai Tai – Lime, Orange, Almond, & spices to complement Virgin Islands Rum
Margarita – Mean Mule American Agave neutral spirit, lime, & salt.
Fling Craft Cocktails will launch on March 28th, corresponding to the Kansas City Royals Opening Day. Regional distribution will follow in April, with national distribution to occur throughout the rest of the year.
Fling Blood Orange Vodka Soda
Fling Mai Tai
Fling Gin & Tonic
Boulevard Tequila Barrel Lime Gose was a hit last year on draft. In 2018 the brewery bottled the release for the first time, and now in 2019 – cans.
In mid-2016, Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing acquired freshly emptied tequila barrels. After a style debate on what would go into the wood the brewery settled on a German-style gose.
Aged with fresh limes, Boulevard Tequila Barrel Lime Gose smells of oak and vanilla. According to Boulevard:
Pouring deep golden in color, Tequila Barrel Lime Gose presents aromas of oak, vanilla and caramelized banana with bright lime character transitioning to subtle tequila notes and coconut.
Boulevard Tequila Barrel Lime Gose is available in 12-ounce cans and draft across the brewery’s entire distribution footprint starting in February 2019.
5.9% ABV, 15 IBUs
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Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic IPA is the newest year-round release by the Kansas City, Missouri based brewery.
The brewery’s year-round hoppy offerings include Heavy Lifting and Single Wide IPA, but nothing as juicy as Space Camper. Expect some of the usual “dank” suspects in this IPA, like Eukanot, El Dorado, and Galaxy.
…aromas of juicy mango, peach and pineapple, plus flavors of fresh citrus, stone fruit and watermelon.
Besides the reward of a tasty IPA, Boulevard has made a web-based Space Camper video game to celebrate the launch. Beat level 8 and you can enter a contest to win beer prize packs and possibly a Nintendo Switch.
Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic IPA is available in 12-ounce can and draft, year-round starting in late January 2019.
Hops: Eukanot, Galaxy, El Dorado
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Debut: Late January 2019
5.9% ABV, 50 IBUs