Rogue Ales Introduces Côtes du Rogue Sour Blonde Ale

cotes_du_rogue_sour_blonde_moc_up_trimmed_top-175x595Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Côtes du Rogue Sour Blonde, the brewery’s first-ever mixed culture, barrel-aged sour, in May 2020.

Arriving as the first release in Rogue’s new “series of limited, foeder-aged, sour beers to get your taste buds tingling,” Côtes du Rogue is a mixed culture Sour Blonde Ale that is “tart, with hints of oak, lemon, vanilla and apricot.” Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Côtes du Rogue is “smooth, bright and extremely satisfying.”

“Innovation and creating new, unique products are at the forefront of everything we do,” states Rogue President, Dharma Tamm. “We’ve really wanted to create more traditional sour beers so last year we invested in three foeders and have made our Rogue Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery the official Rogue souring house. We are thrilled to introduce Côtes du Rogue as our first barrel-aged sour beer and can’t wait to continue experimenting with this popular style.”

 

“Côtes du Rogue was a beer years in the making. It all started several years ago, when we caught a wild yeast strain from the open air of the Yaquina Bay,” says Danny Connors, Rogue Innovation Brewer. “We cultivated the strain, along with 5 common varieties in 16 barrels, selecting and blending the best of them to form our house mixed culture. With this unique culture we’ve created a series of limited, foeder-aged, sour beers to get your taste buds tingling and Côtes du Rogue is the first in that series.”

Côtes du Rogue Sour Blonde is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles (only 350 cases available in the world) and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Côtes du Rogue Sour Blonde from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; May 2020
Style – Sour Blonde Ale
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 5
Case Count – 350 cases available in the world
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Converts Distillery into Hand Sanitizer Production Facility

RogueSpiritsLogoRogue Spirits (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has begun production of Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer to provide local emergency response and public safety officials with much needed hand sanitizer during the public health crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Produced to “keep those servicing the community safe and healthy so that they can protect the rest of the country” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rogue’s Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer is made with “80% ethanol, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide and distilled water.” This initiative at Rogue Spirits was made possible due to “the Food and Drug Administration [changing] their guidelines on March 18 to give distilleries permission to start making hand sanitizer for distribution as long as they were abiding by the formula outlined by the World Health Organization.”  At this time, Rogue has already donated its Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer – packaged in 375ml, 4 oz. and 16 oz. bottles – to “fire departments from Newport, Toledo, Waldport, Yachats, Depoe Bay, and Lincoln City, police services, county offices, local ambulance services and Life Flight.”

“There’s a massive shortage of so many life-saving supplies right now and we wanted to do something to help,” adds Brian Pribyl, Head Distiller of Rogue Ales & Spirits. “As a distillery, we make alcohol every day, so a hand sanitizer was an obvious way to help. It’s been amazing to watch the entire distilling community come together during this crisis. We can’t make gowns, gloves or medical equipment but we can keep a steady supply of alcohol flowing. If we can supply a hand sanitizer to the front-line of this pandemic, even if that means one less thing they have to worry about sourcing, we’re calling that a win.”

 

“What’s really great about our hand sanitizer initiative is that it came about as an employee passion project and their dream became a reality thanks to a collaborative team effort,” adds Jack Waibel, Vice President of Production at Rogue Ales & Spirits. “Since day one we have been dedicated to giving back to our community and are so honored to be able to step up and help in this time of need.”

Rogue’s Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer is currently available to first responders in Oregon’s Lincoln County and the distillery is “working to make it available throughout the nation to businesses and consumers to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” Prost!

 

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Rogue Ales Introduces Shavasana Imperial Granola Blonde Ale as Newest Seasonal

22-ounce-bottle-templatedotcom_trimmed_top-175x585Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch Shavasana, an Imperial Granola Blonde Ale, as its newest Seasonal offering in March 2020.

Inspired by the “relaxation pose often performed at the end of a yoga class to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit,” Shavasana is an Imperial Blonde Ale “brewed with granola, coconut and sweet oats that features delicious, subtle spice flavors.”  Coming in at a tranquil 8% ABV and 13 IBUs, Shavasana is meant to be a “a cool-down beer, one to savor with a friend after an intense workout or a stressful day.”

“Life is a balancing act and we’re all about honoring that balance,” says Rogue President, Dharma Tamm. “So we brewed a beer to do just that. Shavasana is the relaxation pose often performed at the end of a yoga class to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Just as Shavasana helps you relax and restore after the twists and turns of a yoga class, Shavasana Granola Blonde Ale can help you relax and restore after the twists and turns of life.”

Shavasana is scheduled to debut in March and will hang around through June 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Shavasana from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Experimental Ales Series; March – June 2020
Style – Imperial Blonde Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 13
Malts – 2-row & Naked Oats
Hops – Crystal
Yeast – Pacman
Added Ingredients – Granola, coconut, tea & honey
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Rogue Ales Celebrates its Hometown with Seasonal Release of Newport Nights IIPA & Newport Daze Pale Ale

Newport_Daze_Single_CanRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will honor its home on the Oregon Coast by introducing two new Seasonal Releases during the first quarter of 2020: Newport Nights in February and Newport Daze in March.

Here to kickoff Rogue’s 2020 Hop Head Trio series of rotating IPAs, Newport Nights is an Imperial West Coast-style India Pale Ale featuring El Dorado hops. Coming in at 9.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, Newport Nights “opens with aromas of mango, papaya and tangerine followed by a burst of pine and grapefruit, ultimately delivering a monstrous hop punch that is surprisingly smooth.”

“Rogue Headquarters has been on the Oregon Coast for over 30 years and our home in Newport is a huge part of who we are,” says Rogue President, Dharma Tamm. “A big piece of life in Newport are the infamous Newport Nights. There is nothing quite like them, from craft beer and the freshest seafood to bonfires on the beach followed by late-night karaoke. This bold beer is dedicated to those unforgettable nights having fun on the 101.” 

Soon to drop as the brewery’s newest “Sessionable 6-Pack” and the “lighter counterpart” to Newport Nights, Newport Daze is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale that offers “aromas of pineapple and stone fruit, while featuring tangerine and peach with a slightly sweet and refreshing finish.”  Newport Daze weighs in at a light and refreshing 5.5% ABV and 35 IBUs.

“The morning after a Newport Night, when we’re not busy brewing beer, we would ideally like to hit the beach for some rest and relaxation,” adds Tamm. “Newport Daze Hazy Pale Ale is a sessionable day sipper for those lazy mornings with mouth-watering tropical flavors from new world hops.”

Newport Nights – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – is rolling out now with plans to hang around through May while Newport Daze – available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft – is scheduled to launch in March and last into June.  Once fully released, you can expect to find these two new Seasonal offerings at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Newport Nights from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Hop Head Trio Series; February – May 2020
Style –  West Coast-style Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.8% 
IBUs – 60
Malts – 2-row, Pilsner, Munich & Malted Wheat
Hops – El Dorado, Mosaic, Citra & hop extract
Yeast – Pacman
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Newport Daze from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Sessionable 6-Pack Series; March – June 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 35
Malts – 2-row, Rolled Oats & White Wheat
Hops – Sabro & El Dorado
Yeast – Imperial Juice
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Rogue Ales & Spirits Releases 2020 Batch of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout & Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey

RogueLogoRedRogue Ales & Spirits (Newport, Oregon), the only farmer-brewer-distiller-cooper in the world, has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of this year’s Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout and Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey in February 2020.

Established in 2015 when Rogue “acquired vintage French WWII-era coopering equipment and built a barreling facility,” Rolling Thunder Barrel Works is a barrel making operation anchored by longtime employee Nate Linquist who was “tapped to be Rogue’s first cooper and spent six months apprenticing, learning the ancient art of barrel making.”  Working exclusively with Oregon Oak, Linquist “assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, heads, hoops again, cauterizes, sands and brands each barrel, one at a time, all by hand.”  Once completed, these barrels go on to serve as aging vessels for a selection of Rogue’s handcrafted beers and spirits.

“With our culture of relentless curiosity comes the desire to create, innovate and do things differently,” says Bliss Dake, Vice President of Marketing. “At Rogue we come up with some wild ideas and then we make them happen. We are makers with a ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude and are always asking ‘What If?’. This ‘What If’ mentality pushed us to experiment and ultimately create something special with the Rolling Thunder family.”

Representative of “the culmination of all things DIY from Rogue,” Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout 2020 is a meticulously crafted Imperial Stout that “was aged for 9 months in one of these handmade Rolling Thunder Barrel Works barrels previously used to age Rogue’s Dead Guy Whiskey.”  This treatment allows the Imperial Stout’s “rich, viscous notes of chocolate and coffee [to combine] with the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon Oak.”  Weighing in at 13.6% ABV, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout “can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for years.”

Taking the Rolling Thunder Barrel Works program “one step further,” Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is an American Single Malt Whiskey “that was distilled at Rogue’s distillery then aged in barrels built at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works cooperage that had already aged Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout, which was brewed at Rogue’s brewery.”  This full circle approach lends the whiskey “prominent notes of chocolate that complement the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon Oak.”  Coming in at 97.5 PROOF, Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is “big, bold and a true one-of-a-kind whiskey that bridges the gap between Single Malt and Bourbon.”

Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout and Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey are both scheduled to release in February 2020 and will only be available as long as supplies last.  Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout will be available in 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution network.  Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey will be available in 750ml bottles at select liquor retailers located in areas that normally see offerings from Rogue Spirits.  Prost!

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Nate Linquist, Rolling Thunder Barrel Works Cooper at Rogue Ales & Spirits, charring a barrel. Photo Credit: Rogue Ales & Spirits

 

 

Rogue Ales Launches Dreamland Lager to Benefit Dreamland Skateparks

Dreamland_Lager_12oz_Can_SingleRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the release of Dreamland Lager, a new Year-Round offering brewed in partnership with Dreamland Skateparks to benefit skateparks across the country.

Born from “a dream to renovate [Rogue’s] hometown skatepark in Newport, Oregon to give [their] community a safe and clean place to skate,” Dreamland Lager is a “refreshing classic American lager with a subtle sweetness in the finish, married with a touch of spice and earthiness from the Sterling hops.”  A portion of the proceeds raised from the sale of Dreamland Lager “will help fund skateparks all over the world.”

The dream behind Dreamland Lager has already become realized as “Phase 2 renovations of the Newport Skatepark have been completed, which include finishing the 2,000 square foot perimeter, adding new skateable features and laying concrete for a safer ride.”  That dream will continue to grow and make an impact as “Rogue and Dreamland plan to refurbish skateparks across the country.”

“For the last 31 years it has been our privilege to lift up our friends and neighbors by giving back wherever and whenever we could,” says Dharma Tamm, Rogue President. “A few years ago, we learned of the dire state of the Newport Skatepark and made it our goal to improve the park. How do you fund an important cause like this? Beer’s always a good place to start, so we launched Dreamland American Lager – a beer to benefit skateparks in our community and beyond.”

 

“This partnership couldn’t be a more perfect fit,” says Mark Scott, Owner Dreamland Skateparks. “We are both makers from Oregon with a DIY ethos. We started by fixing the Newport Skatepark to give the community a safe and clean place to skate, but our efforts aren’t stopping. Together we can do more, and we are so thankful and proud of this collaboration between Dreamland and Rogue.”

Dreamland Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dreamland Lager from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round; launching January 2020
Style – American Lager
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 14
Malts – Synergy Pils & DextraPils Malts; Corn Flakes
Hops – Rogue Farms Grown Sterling Hops
Yeast – Imperial Pilgrimage
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Tasting Notes: Coast Haste Imperial Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

RogueCoastHastePourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we track down a new fresh hop experience by getting into a few cans of Coast Haste Imperial Hazy India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Introduced back in September to take full advantage of the “bountiful time” that is the hop harvest, Coast Haste is an Imperial Hazy India Pale Ale “made with hops that are harvested on the Rogue Farm and quickly transported, while still wet, 71 miles to be brewed in Newport on the Oregon Coast.” These incredibly fresh hops ensure that Coast Haste (8.6% ABV, 51 IBUs) is jam-packed with “bold tropical, citrus notes.”

Coast Haste is available now and is scheduled to hang around through January 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution territory.

With all that background data now out of the way, let’s quickly move on to get our fresh hop fix over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Coast Haste Imperial Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

Appearance: Coast Haste pours a deep, vibrant orange in color (similar to if you mixed mango and orange juice) and is capped with a little over a finger of thick, creamy foam.  The beer is quite hazy . . . like fully embraces the ways of the haze and is completely opaque.  When held to direct light, the color holds and only picks up a slight tinge of added vibrancy.  Head retention is decent, falling to a chunky ring that draws intricate webs of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma:  An unmistakable fresh hop presence greets the nose with that indescribable green/fresh hop aroma that is laced with big citrus and floral notes.  The hop character then goes super fruity with notes of peach, mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit.  All of this is carried by a subtle undercurrent of spicy pine.

Taste:  This brew is all sorts of tropical out of the gate with big notes of mango, papaya, mixed berries, passion fruit, pineapple and grapefruit.  Tangerine, orange and lime then brings some citrus brightness to the mix while pine adds a nice little bite.  Although it is not as “green” as some fresh hop offerings in flavor, it still leaves a really gorgeous floral fresh hop note behind to linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:  On the heavier side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, this Hazy IPA is wonderfully smooth and has a pleasant creamy weight to it.  Not too sweet and minimally bitter, this beer actually dries out and cleans up nice and quick.  The 8.6% ABV does supply a touch of heat in the throat, but it is definitely appropriate for a Double IPA.  The aftertaste is a mix of floral hops, papaya, mango and pine.

Final Thoughts:  There seems to be a trend within the trend of Hazy/Juicy IPAs where those craft beer lovers who are devoted to the haze tend to avoid larger craft breweries when they attempt to tackle this wildly popular style.  They claim that these breweries just cannot pull off the haze like you find in the small batch can releases coming out of New England.  Although we too have noticed that some bigger breweries struggle a bit in this arena, Coast Haste is here to prove that a big player in the craft brewing industry like Rogue can absolutely nail the style.

Coast Haste has the look and all the big, juicy flavor and aroma you expect from a Hazy IPA, and then it gets bonus points for incorporating all the goodness that comes along with fresh hops.  It possesses all you could want from such a mashup.  So much so, it is actually memorable, and I cannot say that too often when it comes to the Hazy IPAs being pumped out on a regular basis by those hyped small batch breweries.  Coast Haste is a standout brew and, if you enjoy the haze, you are selling yourself short if you avoid it just because a big-name craft brewery has its logo on the can.  Be sure to check it out while you still have the chance.  Prost!

Rogue Ales Releases 2019 Edition of Santa’s Private Reserve

Santa's_2019_22oz_BottleRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that the 2019 vintage of Santa’s Private Reserve Strong Ale will be coming to town in November.

Released each Holiday Season with a new gift added to the recipe each year, the 2019 Santa’s Private Reserve is a Strong Ale uniquely brewed with candy cap mushrooms – “a highly-prized, edible, maple-flavored fungi.” If you happen to be unfamiliar with this magical ingredient, candy cap mushrooms “are one of the only sweet mushroom varieties and are commonly used in breads, cakes and custards.”  Coming in at 8.1% ABV, Santa’s Private Reserve features “a deep maple flavor and aroma,” honey notes from the chosen malts, and “a touch of citrus from Rogue Farms grown Cascade hops.”

“Santa recently paid us a visit at our Newport, Oregon headquarters and brought along freshly foraged candy cap mushrooms,” said Rogue Innovation Brewer Michael King. “We, being curious, decided to try our hand at a mushroom beer. The result: a deliciously sweet, strong ale that is certain to bring the holiday cheer.”

 

“People say that Santa Claus loves milk and cookies, but we heard from Santa himself that after tasting Santa’s Private Reserve, he is actually a bigger fan of beer and cookies,” adds King. “Santa told us that this festive beer hits the spot during his busiest time of year.” 

This year’s batch of Santa’s Private Reserve is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Santa’s Private Reserve (2019) from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Strong Ale
ABV – 8.1% 
IBUs – 20
Malts – 2 Row, Munich, Brumalt, C-40 & DextraPils 
Hops –  Rogue Farms Grown Cascade 
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Added Ingredients – Belgian Candi Sugar & Candy Cap Mushrooms
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales Doubles Down on Cherry Beers with Debut of Cherry Choctabulous & Double Time Cherry Lime

Double_Time_Cherry_Lime_Single_Can_16ozRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch two new cherry-themed beers – Cherry Choctabulous Milk Stout and Double Time Cherry Lime Imperial Berliner Weisse – in November 2019.

Here to put an added cherry (or two) on top of its 2019 Release Calendar, Rogue Ales is introducing these two new Limited Release offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

Cherry Choctabulous

Cherry Choctabulous, a new addition to Rogue’s seasonal line-up, drinks like a cherry cordial in a bottle. This rich and creamy stout opens with a luscious cherry aroma and flavor that quickly gives way to indulgent and satisfying notes of dark chocolate.

“Cherry and chocolate are the star ingredients in this rich milk stout that we made for sharing during the holidays,” says Rogue Vice President of Marketing Bliss Dake. “This delicious stout tastes like candy in a bottle and is the ideal treat for sipping on a cold winter night.”

Double Time Cherry Lime

Double Time Cherry Lime, an imperial Berliner Weisse juiced up with cherry and lime, is a light-bodied brew that packs a big punch. This beer offers a delicate balance of sweet cherries and tart lime for easy sipping during the busy season. The sour base sets the stage for the tart and sweet cherry notes to play off the citrus from the lime.

“Double Time Cherry Lime pushes the boundaries of beer,” says Rogue Brewmaster Joel Shields. “It mixes two unique styles for a naturally sour yet still sweet taste. This surprisingly refreshing and fruity beer will brighten up the cold and dreary winter days.”

Cherry Choctabulous and Double Time Cherry Lime are scheduled to debut in November 2019 with plans to hang around for a limited time. Cherry Choctabulous will have availability in 22 oz. bottles and on draft while Double Time Cherry Lime will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find both of these new offerings at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cherry Choctabulous from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Limited; November 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 8.4%
IBUs – 30
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Double Time Cherry Lime from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Imperial Berliner Weisse
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 14
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Tasting Notes – Spirits Edition: Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz from Rogue Spirits

RogueCucumberPour2For this special edition of Tastings Notes, we get acquainted with the new line of Sparkling Craft Cocktails from Rogue Spirits (Newport, Oregon) by getting into a can of Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz.

Crafted to “embody the spirit of the DIY ethos of mixology”, Rogue’s new selection of gluten-free Sparkling Craft Cocktails are made “with award-winning Rogue Spirits and 100% natural ingredients.”  Coming in at just 7.5% ABV, each Sparkling Craft Cocktail “delivers a sophisticated, yet refreshing experience with bona fide craft cocktail credentials.”

This new line launched back in August with the following three offerings (descriptions sourced directly from Rogue’s press release):

  • Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz – Inspired by cucumbers grown on Rogue Farms, Rogue Spirits Gin forms the base of this cocktail while the cucumber and lime provide a farm-fresh citrus balance.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda – Inspired by the cranberries that grow on the Oregon coast, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while the cranberry, elderflower and lime add a refreshing tartness.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – Inspired by a favorite at the Rogue Pub in Newport, Oregon, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while ginger and lime provide a refreshing balance of citrus and spice.  ABV – 7.5%

All three Sparkling Craft Cocktails listed above are currently available in 4-packs of 12 oz. slim cans at select retailers located in Florida, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Michigan only.  Nationwide availability is scheduled to begin in January 2020.

With all of that background information now out of the way, what do you say we crack open a cold one . . . er, cocktail and get into these Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz from Rogue Spirits

Appearance: Poured over ice into a highball glass, this Sparkling Craft Cocktail is a foggy, icy white in color and builds a 1/2 finger of spritzy bubbles that dissipates almost immediately.  Despite its cloudy appearance, you can still see a steady carbonation presence bubbling away within. It basically looks like a mix between a cocktail made with soda or tonic and a hard seltzer.

Aroma:  The aromatics are pretty subtle overall, but you can immediately pick up on an incredibly clean note of fresh cucumber.  Juniper and a mix of nondescript botanicals then surface to hint at the presence of gin.  The profile closes with the soft minerality of quality sparkling water.

Taste: That gin note blooms a bit more here to offer soft tones of juniper, citrus peel, coriander, and various other botanicals, This sets the stage nicely for a refreshing note that can only be described as slices of cucumber dressed with fresh squeezed lime.  Everything wraps up in the finish with a wash of sparkling water.  All of these notes may be light, but they still somehow remain distinct and absolutely present.

Mouthfeel:  Light in body with a bright carbonation presence, this Sparkling Craft Cocktail is wonderfully easy drinking.  None of the flavors are aggressive or dominating on the palate. Everything is just nice and balanced against a backdrop of very clean sparkling water.  The 7.5% ABV is nearly undetectable, further adding to this offering’s high level of refreshment and drinkability.  The aftertaste is just a soft whisper of fresh cucumber.

Final Thoughts:  Just like its appearance, the overall experience provided by Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz falls somewhere between a hand-crafted cocktail and one of those hard seltzers that are so popular right now (yes, we have dabbled in the dark art that is hard seltzer).  With that said, this Sparkling Craft Cocktail quickly sets itself apart from those often-artificial tasting hard seltzers by showcasing nothing but good ole natural ingredients.  The cucumber and lime notes combine with the gentle gin character to create a genuine cocktail experience that reads similarly to a bit of Hendrick’s Gin topped off with a heavy pour of high-end sparkling water.

All in all, Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz has quite a bit going for it:

  • It is filled with fresh and natural flavors and aromas
  • It is ridiculously easy drinking
  • It is wildly refreshing
  • AND it conveniently scratches that cocktail itch with just a pull of the tab on a can

It is a truly unique and delicious offering, and – if you are at all a fan of cucumber and/or gin – we highly recommend that you give it a try whenever Rogue Spirits’ Sparkling Craft Cocktails hit your area.  Prost!