You're not imagining it: hard seltzer is the drink of the summer (and probably well into next summer). But which sparkly sip should you be reaching for during happy hour, nights out, or any time you want a low-calorie lift?
Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water from Oskar Blues Brewery, and there are plenty of reasons why.
An impressive pedigree
The new boozy sparkling water comes from the grand daddy of craft beer. Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft-beer-in-a-can apocalypse with its hand-canned flagship brew, Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas.
It's almost...good for you?
Gluten-free. Only 100 calories. Zero grams sugar. One gram of carbs. Five percent alcohol. Wild Basin is crystal clear, just like the clean, pristine waters it's made from. Lively carbonation punctuates contemporary flavor profiles like jammy, sun-kissed black raspberry, tropical lemon agave hibiscus, refreshing cucumber peach, smooth melon basil, and classic lime. Look for a new mix pack of flavors later this year, focusing on unique, juicy berry-forward flavor combinations.
No syrup here
Unlike some other hard seltzers that can taste of chemicals or come off as syrupy sweet, Wild Basin has only a hint of sweetness and a clean, fresh finish without any lingering aftertaste.
Good for the planet
At the heart of Wild Basin's identity is a reverence for the outdoors that connects back to its Rocky Mountain origin, so a percentage of sales goes toward river and ocean clean-up efforts led by Can'd Aid, with over $100,000 donated so far.
In a sea of black and white cans, look for the fun, bold, bright colors of Wild Basin. The cans depict a mountain scene similar to what can be viewed from Wild Basin, 8,500 feet above sea level in Rocky Mountain National Park. The mountains are reflected in the water at their feet — the same water that flows through Wild Basin via Colorado's majestic St. Vrain River, and ends up in every can of Wild Basin.