Bud Light Moving to the Seltzer World
Amanda Wen
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Hard Seltzer went from cutting edge to overly common quick, with nearly every brand in the booze business cranking out their own iteration. In the years since that first White Claw Summer, the industry has been tasked with a new challenge: keeping the trend fresh. Truly tried its hand at a seltzer lemonade, White Claw tapped into spiked tea, and now Bud Light Seltzer has hard soda.

Seltzer-soda hybrid with the boldness of a five-pop and a clean bubbly water finish was unveiled by the business. It is a new twist on hard seltzer and a refreshing change in the ready-to-drink liquor category. It was difficult to ignore the question of whether the drugged Coke was any good (sorry, I have been watching and just Like That). As a result, I followed the advice of each competent author. For the greater good of the press, I drank heavily while at work.

As a typical Midwestern girl who enjoys Diet Coke, I was nervous about the prospect of drinking a drunken beverage during the taste test. One by one, I opened all four varieties, each of which has 5% ABV, just 100 calories, zero sugar, and drank them. Will a global push for sustainability lead to more alternative packaging options? How consolidation in the wine industry affect locally will owned and operated vineyards and wineries? Hard seltzer certainly dominated 2021, in part thanks to creative flavor releases. Will this trend further transcend into the spirits category? In addition, speaking of hard seltzer, what is the future of the widely popular category as it continues to grow, with few signs of fizzling out?

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