As the RTD boom continues, craft beer pioneer Dogfish Head has announced the launch of Dogfish Head Canned Cocktails.
The initial lineup features Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda, Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade and Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour. Each recipe contains Dogfish Head Distilling Co.’s house-made spirits combined with all-natural ingredients, the company says.
All three RTDs are 7% ABV, and come in 4-packs of 355-ml. slim cans.
Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda begins with Dogfish Head Distilling Co.’s vodka distilled with blueberries. It is then macerated with sweetened balsamic and red wine vinegar to create a blueberry shrub vodka and is blended with soda water.
Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade features Dogfish Head Distilling Co. vodka distilled with honeyberries, macerated with strawberries and blended with a house-made lemonade.
Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour takes whiskey distilled with tart cherries and bergamot oranges, and blends it with a house-made sour mix.
“A lot of folks don’t realize it, but Dogfish Head has been distilling spirits for about two decades, and we actually released our first ready-to-drink bottled cocktail back in 2017,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and brewer.
“Just like our award-winning spirits, our Canned Cocktails were born from blissfully inefficient recipes, the overactive imaginations of our uber talented co-workers, and a distinct distilling process centered around innovation and boundless creativity. While our spirits have been available to those throughout the Mid-Atlantic for some time, our Canned Cocktails are the first opportunity for off-centered people nationwide to drink in and explore the goodness that is Dogfish Head Distilling Co.”
This news comes as the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. reports that the RTD category grew 39.1%, or $137 million, to $489 million last year in U.S. sales.