Champion Brewing Company Launches Low-Calorie Electric Light

Champion Brewing Company (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that it will kick off summer 2021 with the late June release of Electric Light, a low-calorie/low-carb Session Ale,

Specifically formulated to serve as a recovery beer for Champion Brewing’s Charlottesville run club, Electric Light is a Light Fruit Beer featuring additions of Azacca hops, passion fruit purée, and “replenishing” Himalayan sea salt. Coming in at just 98 calories, 5g of carbs and 3.6% ABV, Electric Light “goes down so easy that you’ll want to have the next one cold and ready to follow.”

“A huge part of our fan base was interested in a low-calorie, low-ABV beer. So, we listened, and created Electric Light, a simple, delicious beer with low carbs and one gram of protein.”

– Clay Cooper, Director of Sales at Champion Brewing Company

Electric Light hit Champion’s downtown taproom and Champion Grill on June 18 and is scheduled to enter distribution in the near future. You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Virginia and throughout the rest of Champion’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Electric Light from Champion Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; launching late June 2021
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 3.6%
IBUs – 5
Calories – 98
Carbs – 5g
Featured Hops – Azacca
Added Ingredients – Passion fruit purée & Himalayan sea salt
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia & DC

Schlafly Beer Revamps Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack with Three New IPAs

Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hoptic Visions, a Mixed 12-pack of IPAs, in late March/early April 2021.

Since keeping things fresh is a requirement in the world of IPAs, Schlafly is updating its 2021 Hoptic Visions Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles to include its incredibly popular sessionable IPA and the following three brand new IPAs:

  • India Pale Ale – Schlafly’s sessionable IPA is a classic hop-forward, golden-hazed beer that features notes of citrus and tropical flavors. ABV – 5%
  • Hazy Grapefruit IPA – This juicy IPA adds pounds of real fruit for an added complexity. Schlafly amplifies the grapefruit with complementing Cascade and Simcoe hops. ABV – 5%
  • Low Cal IPA – Clocking in at 110 calories, the new Low Cal IPA sways to the lighter side but is still packed with juicy hop flavor. ABV – 4%
  • West Coast IPA – A throwback IPA that sparked the love of hops, Schlafly’s West Coast IPA packs a bitter citrus and pine punch. ABV – 6%

“With Hoptic Visions, you can see how the style of IPAs has changed over the years. We are even introducing our first take on a low-calorie beer with Low Cal IPA. Our year-round IPA has quickly grown to be one of the top performing beers in Schlafly’s portfolio. At only 5% ABV with juicy flavor and slight haze, it’s an easy drinking take on the style. In addition, the Hazy Grapefruit IPA is a new beer for this year and West Coast IPA is another exclusive offering brewed as an ode to the IPA style that started it all – both are exclusive to the pack.”

– Stephen Hale, Schlafly’s Founding Brewer

The Hoptic Visions Mixed Pack is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused retailers located in Missouri and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Great Divide Brewing Co. Launches 99 Calorie Fastpack IPA

Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it is getting into the low-calorie beer game by introducing Fastpack IPA, a new Year-Round offering, in March 2021.

Crafted with “the outdoor enthusiast in mind,” Fastpack IPA is a Session India Pale Ale that boasts a “generous addition of Cashmere hops – alongside Simcoe and Chinook,” Coming in at just 99 calories and 4% ABV, Fastpack IPA “offers a fruit cocktail of citrus, peach and other stone fruits with lively hints of white wine.”

“With Fastpack, we wanted to address a gap in our portfolio while also appealing to an emerging segment of beer drinkers,” said Sales & Marketing Director, Kirk Simpson. “However, we knew this beer had to meet the high bar we’ve set for Great Divide hop-forward offerings such as Hazy IPA, Car Camper Hazy Pale Ale and Titan IPA. Fastpack IPA is an India Pale Ale first and foremost. That it also happens to be low-cal and low-ABV speaks to the ingenuity of our brewing team.”

“Session and low-cal beers have always had a bit of a stigma against them,” explained Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau. “They typically can be watery or have a very thin mouthfeel. By changing the base of the recipe to include some more protein heavy malts, it has allowed us to find a middle ground of maintaining a full mouthfeel while keeping the calories and carbs down. At the end of the day, we made a low-cal IPA that drinks like a normal IPA, just with fewer calories and less guilt!”

Fastpack IPA debuted in early March 2021 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located in Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Fastpack IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2021
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – 99
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Simcoe & Chinook
Fun Fact – “Fastpack IPA draws its name from the activity that combines long-distance trail running and ultralight backpacking. The packaging is eye-catching, capturing a fastpacker in mid-adventure.”
Suggested Pairings – “Grilled lamb burger; thai green curry; roasted zucchini & pesto; cabot sharp cheddar; carrot cake”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

New Realm Brewing Company adds beLOW Hazy IPA to Year-Round Lineup

New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that beLOW Hazy IPA, the brewery’s first low-carb and Hazy IPA, will join its Year-Round lineup in March 2021.

Developed to capture the “lighter side of IPA” at New Realm Brewing Company, beLOW is a sessionable Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “anchored by one of the company’s favorite hop combinations and a meticulously engineered brewing process.” Coming in at just 4% ABV, 20 IBUs, 99 calories and 4.2g of carbs, the “light, crisp and refreshing” beLOW “is the perfect balance of bright citrusy notes, drinkability and low-carb profile.”

“This beer is something special”, said Bob Powers, Co-Founder and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of New Realm Brewing. “It’s citrusy, refreshing, and has the hop character that IPA lovers crave, with less than half the calories. beLOW was brewed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients and doesn’t make a consumer compromise taste, quality, or their healthy, active lifestyle like some beers.”

“We created beLOW with some of my favorite hop varieties which lend a light, citrusy flavor profile that impresses the palate. The process of brewing a low-carb, low-calorie beer is very unique and challenging. In most beers there is a residual sweetness in the final product, and carbs come with that rich sweetness. With beLOW, we use exogenous enzymes to break down the complex sugars in the wort which leaves the beer with a drier finish and significantly less carbs than your standard IPA, without sacrificing any flavor,” said Brewmaster and Co-Founder Mitch Steele.

beLOW Hazy IPA will debut on March 2 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Virginia. Prost!

Vital Information for beLOW Hazy IPA from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 20
Calories – 99
Carbs – 4.2 grams
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Virginia

Short’s Brewing Co. Goes Year-Round with Lil’ Huma Low-Cal IPA

Short’s Brewing Company (Elk Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Lil’ Huma, a low-calorie, low-carb Session IPA, will join the brewery’s Flagship lineup in early December 2020.

Originally introduced over the summer as a part of Short’s Brewing Company’s Refreshin’ Session Variety Pack, Lil’ Huma is a Session India Pale Ale that boasts “massive flavors, made in the likeness of its hop- and malt-packed big brother, Huma Lupa Licious.” Coming in at only 95 calories, 4 carbs, and 4.5% ABV, Lil’ Huma greets “your nose . . . with a huge citrus and pine hop profile that leads perfectly into a full-bodied yet quaffable mouthfeel, rounded out by a lil’ balance of malt sweetness, finishing with an affable bitterness.”

“IPA development has been a huge part of our brewery’s DNA since day one. We’ve tested many versions of session IPA as Seasonal and Specialty drops and dozens of Pub only releases. Lil’ Huma is our first year-round offering for a low cal/carb/abv IPA.
“Just as it’s big brother Huma Lupa Licious was the beer that built Short’s Brewing Company, I’m soooo excited for Lil’ Huma to be the next generation of micro brewing’s evolution. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my fair share of Huma Lupa Licious, but Lil’ Huma has brought more flexibility to my beer drinking career. I’m busier than ever so a full strength IPA doesn’t make as many afternoon or weeknight appearances as it used to! But that’s no longer the case now Lil’ Huma is here. Liquid lunchers rejoice—a daily dose of Lil’ Huma is a dream come true.”
– Joe Short, Founder of Short’s Brewing Co.

Lil’ Huma is rolling out now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. 12 oz. bottles are expected to hit in early 2021 and “18 packs are rumored for summer 2021.” You can expect to find this Year-Round offering available at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Short’s Brewing Company’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Lil’ Huma from Short’s Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching December 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 53
Calories – 95
Carbs – 4 g
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Stone Brewing Introduces Low-Calorie Features & Benefits IPA

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Stone Features & Benefits IPA, a low-calorie option produced from the brewery’s Pilot Series, in November 2020.

Here to prove preconceived notions concerning low-calorie beers wrong, Features & Benefits is an “insanely flavorful, hop-forward” Session India Pale Ale that somehow has only 2.9 grams of carbs, less than 100 calories and is gluten-reduced. Coming in at a ridiculously easy-drinking 4% ABV, Features & Benefits IPA “brings all of the above together with the hop-driven boldness you’d expect from a Stone beer. Now, you can have both the features and the benefits.”

Features & Benefits IPA is available now in Southern California and is scheduled to enter full distribution by the end of November 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Stone’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Features & Benefits IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited/Pilot Series; launching November 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – Less than 100 calories
Carbs – 2.9 grams
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Vic Secret, Azacca & Mosaic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Heavy Seas Beer Schedules Curbside Can Release of City Sipper Low Cal IPA

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for City Sipper, a low-calorie IPA, during the weekend of September 25, 2020.

What proved to be “a true test of [the Heavy Seas brewing team’s] ability to employ non-traditional brewing techniques and ingredients to create a truly enjoyable, flavorful experience,” City Sipper is a Session India Pale Ale brewed with “malted and flaked oats, torrified and malted wheat, Sabro, Citra, and Simcoe Cryo Lupulin Powder hops, along with just the right amount of fresh Key Lime Juice.” Coming in at just 4% ABV, City Sipper is a “hazy, aromatic crusher” that “has all the flavor of your favorite IPA, without the high calorie count—so you can keep sipping all day!”

“Sometimes you want all of the flavor of an IPA, without the hefty calories,” says Heavy Seas Associate Brand Manager, Amanda Zivkovic. “City Sipper is for the person that wants a lighter option but doesn’t want to compromise the flavor of their beer in the process. It’s juicy, sessionable, and at 4.0% ABV and 95 calories, you can’t beat it!”

City Sipper – packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will be available for curbside pickup at Heavy Seas Beer from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27. City Sipper is a brewery exclusive Limited Release that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for City Sipper from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; September 25, 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – 95
Featured Grains – Malted & flaked oats, torrified & malted wheat
Featured Hops – Sabro, Citra & Simcoe Cryo Lupulin Powder
Added Ingredients – Key lime juice

Fun Fact – “The City Sipper label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Chris Gipple, of Nightshift Creative, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 24 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Chris in 2020.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Cigar City Brewing Introduces Jai Low IPA as Newest Year-Round

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Jai Low IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in early September 2020.

Developed to be the lower ABV, lower calorie sibling to Cigar City Brewing’s beloved Jai Alai IPA, Jai Low is a Session India Pale Ale that is “tropical and bright with a full palate of flavor and a potency designed with moderation in mind.” Clocking in at just 4% ABV and 120 calories per 12 oz. serving, Jai Low IPA possesses “all the qualities found in the finest IPAs, including citrus aromas and flavors, bread-like maltiness and a moderate, snappy bitterness . . ., making this beer a deceptively tempered addition to Cigar City Brewing’s line-up of hop-forward creations.”

Jai Low IPA is rolling out now and will be available Year-Round in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find Jai Low IPA at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Jai Low IPA from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching early September 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 35
Calories – 120 (per 12 oz. serving)
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer-finder/

Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. Introduces Low-Calorie Smallmouth IPA

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company (Hawley, Pennsylvania) has officially released Smallmouth IPA as the brewery’s first-ever lo-cal option.

Named after the Smallmouth bass prized and “sought by anglers all over North America,” Smallmouth IPA is a Session India Pale Ale “bursting with flavors of citrus and berry.” Weighing in at 4.4% ABV and 102 calories per 12 oz. serving, Smallmouth IPA is “a fresh alternative to higher alcohol options and meets the growing demand of today’s consumer who seeks quality refreshment and flavor, all in a lower calorie beer.”

“We spent a lot of time listening to our customers about the types of beers they’d most like us to brew, and we’re thrilled to offer this latest option to them,” said Becky Ryman, owner of Wallenpaupack Brewing Company. “More importantly, we had to get the liquid right and I’m thrilled with the outcome, which I know our customers will love. Our brewing team, led by Logan Ackerly, delivered a delicious beer that offers exceptional quality, flavor and refreshment, while remaining low in calories.”

Smallmouth IPA officially released at Wallenpaupack Brewing Company in early July 2020 and will be available from batch to batch as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Specialty Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at the brewery and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in the areas where Wallenpaupack self-distributes in Pennsylvania. Prost!

Vital Information for Smallmouth IPA from Wallenpaupack Brewing Company

Release – Specialty; July 2020
Style – Session/Low Calorie India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.4%
Calories – 102 (per 12 oz. serving)

Carbs – 3 grams (per 12 oz. serving)
Fun Fact – “The new can features a new look for the 3-year old brewery, illustrated with exceptional detail by local artist Jen Borror of Hoot Design Studio in York, Pennsylvania.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Pennsylvania

Ska Brewing Introduces Low-Calorie Aggrolite IPA

Ska Brewing (Durango, Colorado) has officially announced that it will launch Aggrolite IPA, a new low-calorie, low-carb option, throughout its distribution footprint in June 2020.

Brewed in collaboration with The Aggrolites, one of Ska Brewing’s favorite bands, Aggrolite is a calorie-conscious India Pale Ale that gains “slight citrus and pine notes from the use of Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria, and El Dorado hops.” Coming in at just 4.2% ABV, 99 calories and 4g of carbohydrates per 12 oz. serving, Aggrolite IPA is a “delicious sidekick for athletes and adventurists” and “pairs well bike rides, boating, and bikinis.”

Aggrolite IPA is rolling out now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans. You can expect to find this new low-calorie offering at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Colorado and throughout the rest of Ska Brewing’s 13-state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Aggrolite IPA from Ska Brewing

Release – Unknown; launching June 2020
Style – Session/Low-Calorie India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.2%
Calories – 99 (per 12 oz. serving)
Carbs – 4 grams (per 12 oz. serving)
Featured Hops – Cascade, Mandarina Bavaria & El Dorado
Fun Fact – “Aggrolite IPA is a collaboration with one of Ska’s favorite bands, The Aggrolites, who played at the brewery’s 24th anniversary invitational in 2019. The Aggrolites started as a compilation of two bands, one reggae and one ska in genre, that came together in Los Angeles in 2002 to create the soul and funk-inspired ‘dirty reggae music’ that they’re known for.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://skabrewing.com/where-to-find-ska/