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Taste Test: Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher

Calories? Zero. Carbs? Zero. ABV? ZERO.

While this might seem unusual for a Lagunitas product, it’s the truth! Lagunitas’ newest experiment, Hoppy Refresher, is an IPA-inspired, sparkling beverage, sans alcohol. The brewery took everything they know about hops and created this unique beverage to provide hop lovers with a non-alcoholic alternative that gives them the flavors they crave, minus the alcohol.

Our team here at Draught Lines was able to try this intriguing, new drink, and we all agree… Hoppy Refresher is great!

Lagunitas  utilizes “Citra, Equinox and Centennial hops, as well as some natural flavors and a pinch of brewer’s yeast to biotransform-ate the hops to just the right flavor.” The combination of these hops gives this sparkling refreshment a heavy blend of citrus and fruit flavors, with lighter notes of pepper and some floral qualities mixed in. Overall, it has a deliciously classic hop flavor profile, which delivers a pleasant taste that never feels overwhelming.

“Try Hoppy Refresher on its own for a beer-like tasting experience (without the alcohol, of course), or mix it with your favorite spirit to add a hoppy zing to your cocktail game,” Lagunitas Brewmaster Jeremy Marshall says. “Think of it like a club soda… with soul. Lots of soul.”

At first, it might seem odd to experience the aromas and flavors associated with beer, while drinking a non-alc sparkling beverage, but Hoppy Refresher is tasty, refreshing, unique, flavorful… and  definitely worth a try.

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