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Hard seltzer a first for brew-your-own sector in Kamloops

BA Brewmaster has added the clear beverage to its roster of beer, cider and wine

As BA Brewmaster approaches its 30-year anniversary next year, staff put their heads together and came up with their own in-house-created hard seltzer recipe — a first for Kamloops.

The new product has introduced people to a new option for a ferment-on-premise drink.

With batch brewing of beer, cider and wine, BA Brewmaster has responded to a growing trend seen in consumers’ choices for a clear, refreshing taste.

Tonic and soda-based drinks with hard liquor and added flavours have been around for years, but until now have not been available to ferment-on-premise for Kamloopsians.

“We came up with a recipe that was going to ferment out really cleanly so there’s no aftertaste,” said BA Brewmaster’s Shannon Rex, a second-generation brewer.

“It’s really beautiful, clear in colour and sparkling when it’s carbonated.”

With three flavours to begin with — pink grapefruit, blackberry and lime — the carbonated hard settlers are ready within two weeks of pitching the yeast.

The seltzer batches produce 23 litres, equivalent to 65 cans, with a three-month shelf life.

Compared to other products currently on the market, Rex said, it is actually a fermented sugar that ferments out to less than one per cent residual sugar, made possible by using a high quality yeast.

“For somebody who is watching their calories, their sugar intake, the flavourings we add have no additional sugar in them, as well, so you can enjoy them without being concerned that you’re messing around with your macros,” Rex said.