7 New High-ABV Beer and Alcohol Selections

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Heineken USA debuted new Tecate Titanium earlier this year. The 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) beer was created specifically for the convenience-store channel to capitalize on a growing demand for high-alcohol beers, the supplier says.

The new brew enters a market segment in which total 6.5% or higher ABV products are growing by 10%, while single cans are up by nearly 12%, according to data provided by White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken.

“Our core target, Hispanic c-store shoppers, are currently underserved by existing high-ABV options,” said Belen Pamukoff, Tecate brand director.

The gap in the market is to the extent that “most of the high ABV options are nonbeers, inferior beers or hoppy craft beers,” Pamukoff said.

In response, Tecate Titanium “provides an opportunity to further expand the fast-growing Mexican category with a unique high ABV option … a superior liquid (available) at a competitive price point in a segment our shopper target is familiar with.”

Heineken USA isn’t alone in its recent embrace of ABV drinks. Read on for more about Tecate Titanium and six other 6.5% or higher beers, spirits or flavored malt beverages rolling out recently.

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1. Bom Bom

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In June 2018, Bom Bom Brands unveiled Fully Baked, a creamy blend of chocolate chip cookie and brownie flavors with premium Caribbean rum and hemp milk. It joins Bom Bom’s existing flavors of Coco Mochanut and Nilli Vanilli. Calling Fully Baked the first alcohol product made with hemp milk, Bom Bom Brands says the drink contains 14.2% ABV and is available in 750-mL sizes for an SRP range of $19.99 to $21.99.

Photograph courtesy of Bom Bom Brands

2. BuzzTall

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Southern Champion’s lineup of premixed, ready-to-drink adult beverages expanded in October with BuzzTallz Lime ‘Rita, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Lotta Colada, Chocolate Tease, Stiff Lemonade and Horchata flavors. The cocktails are blended with all-natural juices and premium alcohol. The 13% ABV drinks are packaged in 375-mL plastic cans and sold in single units and four-packs.

Photograph courtesy of Southern Champion

3. X by Kinky

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Prestige Beverage Group’s X by Kinky is a line of flavored malt beverages available in three flavors: Juiced Up, Slammin’ and Bangin’. The drinks are packaged in 16- and 23.5-ounce cans with an ABV of 10%.

Photograph courtesy of Prestige Beverage Group

4. Tecate Titanium

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Heineken USA’s Tecate Titanium is available exclusively in single-serve 24-ounce cans. Launched in February, the new beer (7.5% ABV) delivers a bold, refreshing taste with a distinct aroma and flavor, the result of a tireless brewing process that creates a higher alcohol content and refreshing drinkability, the company said. The launch is being supported by radio, digital and social-media campaigns in Tecate’s top markets, as well as high-impact merchandising materials and consumer sampling.

Photograph courtesy of Heineken USA

5. Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery added to its Brewer’s Pride series in September with Shiner Fresh Hop IPA at 6.8% ABV. The drink emits aromatic hints of apricot and peach with subtle grassy, citrusy notes, according to the brewer. The limited-edition beer is made using premium Amarillo hops harvested at the Crosby Hop Farm in Oregon.

Photograph courtesy of Spoetzl Brewery

6. Guinness

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Last fall, Guinness partnered with fellow Diageo brand Bulleit to develop the first Guinness barrel-aged beer brewed from its Baltimore brewery. Featuring full-bodied notes of bittersweet chocolate and aged fruits, Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels contains an ABV of 10%, according to the company. The beer is available in four-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles. The beer spent eight months aging in Bulleit Bourbon barrels to add an oaky richness and complexity, the brewer says.

Photograph courtesy of Diageo

7. Pyramid

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In October, Pyramid Brewing unveiled Yeah Baby! Cryo-Hops IPA. Featuring tropical and citrus flavors and a smooth, tangerine-hued malt profile, the hop-forward IPA at 6.5% ABV relies on liquid nitrogen to lower the temperature of hops during processing, the brewer says. Cryo-Hops originate from Yakima Chief in the Pacific Northwest, made from the concentrated lupulin of whole-leaf hops.

Photograph courtesy of Pyramid Brewing