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Cider & Artisan Beverages offered at the Hyper Local Brewfest

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On June 9th and 10th The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will be hosting it’s 6th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest. So you are probably thinking, “I can’t drink beer!”. I know!! The Briefest is not only about beer. Over the years it has grown to include a number of cider and artisan beverage companies and this year there are quite a few gluten free beverages available at the Fest for you to try!
 
This year there will be an abundance of cider at the festival, which just so happens to be one of my favorite drinks. From cider to cold brew, there is plenty for the non-gluten drinkers to sample. 
 
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Green Bee hand crafted beverages are made with real ingredients, real flavor and the natural sweetness of honey.  Green Bee beverages harness the power of local bees to offer a healthier alternative to mass produced beverages (this soda but healthier). 

Say Hello To The Green Bee Way:

  • Only use fresh squeezed juices and real ingredients.
  • Ingredient lists are short and clean.
  • You will never find refined sugars. Just pure honey.
  • Made without chemicals and preservatives.

I love that I can drink soda that tastes real and doesn’t make me feel bad after drinking it. The flavors are strong – in a good way – and so fresh tasting! Green Bee Craft Beverages can be found in natural food stores, fine restaurants, leading supermarkets, gourmet shops and fine pubs, including Boston-area Whole Foods, Cambridge Naturals, Allandale Farm, and Luke’s Lobster restaurants. Green Bee Craft Beverages is handcrafted and bottled in Brunswick, Maine.

Prospect Ciderworks was founded in 2015 as Harvard Cider Company, located out in Harvard, Massachusetts. One of the founders, Mark Finnegan, grew up in the area which has a plethora of orchards–fairly common for Central Mass. The idea at the start was to do something different and to push the boundaries of craft cider while still using and showcasing local apples, and in the first full year of business they launched three flagship ciders as well as a summer seasonal. The drive of their ciders is to experiment with new flavor profiles that haven’t typically been used in traditional cider-making.  

Last fall, Prospect Ciderworks moved to a 6,500 sqft facility just south of the South End in Newmarket Square. With the move they decided to change the name to respect the fresh start: Prospect Ciderworks is an homage both to Prospect Hill in Harvard, which has a beautiful view of the Nashua River Valley, and to the street that the three founders first lived on in high school. Prospect Ciderworks will be on shelves come the end of May-early June.

DrinkMaple was founded by two dedicated triathletes in May 2014, DRINKmaple Organic Maple Water is a premium, plant-based hydration beverage containing one single ingredient: maple sap. Boasting 46 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, antioxidants and prebiotics, the functional beverage is naturally low in calories and sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, organic, Kosher and non-GMO, as well as being naturally subtly sweet and refreshing with a hint of maple. DrinkMaple is available all over Boston including, Whole Foods, CVS, Wegmans, Stop & Shop.

Other gluten free beverages to look out for at the festival:

Commonwealth Coffee Co.‘s craft cold brew coffee is micro-roasted, micro-brewed, and fairly traded specialty coffee from the best coffee farmers in the world.

ParTea Infuse the Booze is made in Somerville, MA. Their infusers are made up of of dried fruits, herbs, and spices packed into paper tea bags. Add any spirit of 80 proof or higher and get delicious results. Each kit comes with flavor-specific recommendations, and you can have fun experimenting!

Stowe Cider is handcrafted and made in small batches from local apples in Stowe, VT.

Artifact Cider is a brewery based in Everett, MA that crafts ciders of distinction from the superb apples of New England. Unfortunately they don’t have a tasting room but you can find their ciders at various locations in and around Boston!

Lookout Farm Cider is a true craft cidery. They use modern fermentation and traditional aging techniques to produce a uniquely refreshing hard cider since 1651. Lookout Farm is located in South Natick, MA, and is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the U.S.

Bantam Cider is a modern, craft cider made locally in Massachusetts from fresh pressed apples and all natural ingredients. The brewery is located in Somerville, MA.

A handful of beer vendors also have gluten-free beer, but I am currently not 100% sure as to what flavors will make an appearance at the festival.

There are a whopping three unlimited sampling sessions over two days. To purchase tickets, click here

Time & Dates:

  • Session 1 – Friday, June 9th  (6:30 – 9:30 PM) 
  • Session 2 – Saturday, June 10th  (3:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Session 3 – Saturday, June 10th  (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

The event will be held at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. Tickets are $48.00  for general admission and $89.00 for a pair. The Brewfest will gather nearly one thousand local craft brew fans to celebrate together with dozens of vendors over two days, and three sessions, of unlimited drink samples, food, and fun!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for my review and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Detox Water

Detox Water is not a raw juice and it’s not another flavored water. It’s the best of both combined to create a refreshing and all natural organic aloe water.

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Considered a miracle plant by the ancient Egyptians, Aloe Vera is a potent natural antioxidant known for its many health benefits to help detoxify and cleanse the body internally and externally. 

Aloe Vera contains 20 minerals to detoxify the body of metabolic wastes and 19 amino acids to fight inflammation and bacteria, it also has strong scavenging activity in terms of getting rid of toxins internally from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and colon.

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The ACTIValoe® in each bottle of Detox Water contains the power of aloe vera’s naturally-occurring polysaccharides, which are long chains of sugar molecules, clinically proven to support immune function, healthy digestion, nutrient absorption and youthful-looking skin (improvement in skin elasticity).

The patented technology allows Detox Water to isolate the most effective polysaccharides within the plant and maintain batch-to-batch consistency of ACTIValoe® gel flakes in every bottle of Detox Water. Batch-to-batch consistency is the key to delivering optimal benefits at all times. Detox Water is your healthy hydration alternative that not only quenches thirst, tastes delicious, but also delivers the plethora of health benefits associated with drinking the most premium aloe in the world.

Detox Water is available in 3 refreshing flavors: Pinamint (Pineapple and Mint), Mangaloe (Mango), and Original (Lychee and White Grape)

Feel great and not guilty. Detox Water is 15 calories per serving and the most rejuvenating, refreshing aloe vera water paired with organic and natural flavors. Detox Water contains no artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Detox Water is also vegan, organic, Kosher, gluten free, non-GMO and locally grown in Texas and Mexico.

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Aloe Vera water is able to provide healthy hydration from the best of what nature has to offer. Packed with electrolytes and only 4 grams of sugar, it is a better choice for a post-workout drink. Or replace your sports/electrolyte drink during your workout with Detox Water for a satisfying and hydrating healthy alternative.

Detox Water can be found in retail locations across the country. Click here to find a retail location near you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Lori’s Original Lemonade Unique and Innovative Flavors

Lemonade is one of the oldest beverages in the world dating all the way back to ancient Egypt 1000 AD. It hasn’t seen much change, if any, since it’s inception centuries ago. Thankfully, Lori’s Original Lemonade has taken a sweet and unexpected twist on this classic beverage with their 3 unconventional, yet delicious flavors: Lavender Lemonade, Ginger Lemonade, and Lemongrass Lite Lemonade.

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Lori’s Original Lemonade‘s Chief Believer/Founder Lori Volk created her signature drink, Lavender Lemonade, years ago for her children’s lemonade stand in Ojai, CA. Fast forward to her young children heading off to college years later, Lori needed to find a way to combat the rising costs of tuition. Lori decided to bottle this signature recipe and officially launched Lori’s Original Lemonade in February 2011. Lori’s Original Lemonade has since grown to include Ginger Lemonade and Lemongrass Lite Lemonade.

With lemonade seeing a surge in the beverage industry in the last six or seven years, Lori’s Original Lemonade has taken this classic drink to a whole new level.

The Lavender lemonade is infused with lavender and is a refreshing and light drink with the scent and light taste of lavender.

The Lite Lemongrass is made with fresh organic lemon juice, a dash of organic stevia and a splash of lemongrass to brighten it up! This refreshing concoction features only 9g of sugar per serving and about 1/3 of the calories of our other flavors.

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I enjoyed the natural and soothing taste of the Ginger Lemonade. All three have a strong flavor and aroma and are light and refreshing. 

Lori’s Original Lemonade announced last month that they will soon be launching two new flavors, Wild Strawberry and Lemon Love. And I cannot wait to try them!

For a beverage that’s been around for centuries, there’s nothing old or boring about Lori’s Original Lemonade. Each flavor is certified organic and can be purchased online or found in select retailers throughout California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Kansas, Oklahoma and Alaska. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Lemonade

Belvoir Fruit Farms make naturally delicious Cordials, Pressés and Fruit Crushes at their home in the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside.

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Mary Manners, the wife of founder Lord John Manners, started making cordials in her kitchen in the seventies by infusing the elderflowers and pressing the fruit grown on their family farm. Since then, Belvoir has carried on the same method of infusion: pressing and cooking of fresh flowers, fruits and spices, which are then blended with local spring water to make their delicious drinks. Never compromising on quality and choosing only the best ingredients, everything that goes into their drinks is real and natural with nothing artificial at all.

The heady floral taste of soft rose petals blends beautifully with the delicate scent of Elderflowers to form a deliciously perfumed sparkling drink. Pink and perfect, this drink will quench your thirst! 

Belvoir Elderflower Lemonades come in a variety of organic flavors in glass bottles that are beautiful and perfect for health conscious drinkers. Made with 100% natural ingredients, the lemonades are also non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and contain no preservatives, no sweeteners or artificial colors.

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The Elderflower and Rose Lemonade can is a great addition to champagne or Prosecco creating an instant crowd pleasing cocktail; perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration. You can also create an afternoon refresher, by adding a little water and a twist of lime making for a healthy substitute for a sugary, carbonated beverage! Belvoir lemonades add a refreshing and effervescent element to any cocktail or drink.

As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the the sweet, fresh aromas of Elderflower and Rose. It is light ans slightly sweet, not too sugary. I tried to savor every sip and wish I had a bigger bottle!

Belvoir Fruit Farms beverages are available in restaurants, cafés, supermarkets, specialty grocery stores and boutique hotels in more than 25 countries across the globe. You can also purchase it on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Q Drinks – Gluten Free sodas and carbonated mixers

Most cocktail sodas are lousy. Designed from unpronounceable ingredients by multinational corporations, sweetened beyond recognition with high fructose corn syrup, and packaged in generic containers, the typical cocktail soda is an afterthought that adds nothing to the drinking experience.new_homepage

Q Drinks makes sodas — clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverages that enhance the finest spirits and stand proudly on their own. Using only the best ingredients — organic agave from the Mexican countryside, quinine from the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, ginger from the fields of Southeast Asia, and salt from the Himalayas. Spectacular on their own and good enough for anything you want to mix them with!

I love that Q soda’s have less sugar than traditional sodas and are therefore less sweet.The flavors are pronounced – ginger beer tasted like ginger, grapefruit soda tasted like grapefruit. Most sodas taste sugary and artificial with a very sweet taste of flavor. Q sodas are definitely different.  

Q Drinks tonic water, ginger beer, and other flavors are carried by many restaurants, bars, and retailers including Whole Foods, Safeway, HEB, and Amazon.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.
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Green Root Tea Organic Detox Tea

Green Root Detox Tea is an all-natural and organic Green Tea Blend that boosts your energy and elevates your mood without any artificial ingredients. This product is available as both a 14-Day and a 28-Day Cleanse.

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Looking to lose weight? Drink just one of tea cup in the morning and afternoon for a curbed appetite, natural energy boost, and a slimmer stomach. Green Root Detox Tea contains only natural, beneficial ingredients to promote a balanced feeling and suppress appetite while giving your body organic nutrition with the necessary vitamins and antioxidants.

Use for Total Body Health: This natural slimming tea doesn’t just flush toxins, it promotes hydration, circulation, and is also helpful for colon, liver, and skin health, too! This all natural detox is perfect for both men and women alike, who are looking to get away from normal weight loss diet plans.

Boosts Your Mood: Packed with beneficial vitamins and antioxidants, this teatox solution elevates your mood so you can look great and feel great. This detoxifying Green Tea has many immune boosting effects which is important to incorporate in your daily diet program plan.

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Great Taste: The green tea base includes a variety of other delicious herbal ingredients that will delight your taste buds and provide a full body cleanse. They only source 100% Organic herbs and leaves for their Detox Tea, so not only tasty, but reliable. 

Green Root Detox tea has a medium caffeine content.

Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Senna, Organic Fennel, Organic Cacao, Organic Pomegranate, Natural Flavors

You can purchase Green Root Detox Tea on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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The Perky Goat Coffee Company // Coffee Subscription

Are you tired of giving gift cards to those coffee lovers on their list?  Looking for something a little more…engaging?  Give the gift that keeps on caffeinating!

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The Perky Goat Coffee Company a subscription box company offering monthly shipments of coffee.  They are unique in that they meticulously seek out smaller coffee roasters with a compelling story to tell. they get to know roasters personally, tasting coffee along the way, and then share their story (and coffee!) with subscribers.

The Perky Goat Coffee Company:

  • Introduces subscribers to awesome new coffees and roasters around the country.
  • Introduces their selected coffee roasters to a broader audience.
  • Helps coffee roasters grow their businesses, while sharing their story.
  • Throws a little fun in along the way!

A feature that sets The Perky Goat Coffee Company apart from other coffee subscription services is that they go the extra mile to truly impress subscribers. They don’t just throw a bag of coffee in a box, slap on a label, and call it good. They give subscribers an experience to enjoy as they learn about new roasters and savor new coffees.  

Included in each monthly box:

  • two bags of coffee from the Roaster of the Month
  • inserts telling the story of the roaster and describing their featured coffees
  • a special Perky Goat bonus item (t-shirt, stickers, etc)
  • custom and precise wrapping and packaging – they want subscribers to feel like they are receiving an amazing gift that they can’t wait to open and enjoy each month

The Perky Goat Coffee Company doesn’t charge the Roaster of the Month a thing to participate.  They purchase freshly roasted coffee from them just as any other customer would. Then they take it to the next level by sharing with subscribers around the country and linking back to the roaster’s site on their website. Subscribers can then purchase their newly discovered coffees directly from the roaster!  

We are obviously not looking to grow rich with this approach.  Our margins are extremely small and our grassroots marketing is for the benefit of these local, small coffee roasters who have sometimes invested everything in order to obtain their American Dream.

Use coupon code HOLIDAY2016 for 15% off of your first purchase made before December 24, 2016! 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate. I was not paid to write this review.

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Drift Away Coffee // Holiday Gift Guide

Driftaway Coffee is a small-batch coffee roaster that offers mail-based coffee subscriptions.  

What makes Driftaway unique is their special approach to “taste matching.”  When you sign up, you are sent a sample pack of four different coffees from around the world, and then rate each coffee. This kit also exposes people to the different tastes coffee can have, based on where it’s from and how it’s been roasted. So it’s part-fun and part-educational! From then on, customers only get coffees belonging to the profiles they like. The coffees are changed each month, so it’s a great way to try new coffees out – while knowing that it’s always something you will love!

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I like to think of Driftaway as all the best things in life rolled up into a single package – great coffee, cool packaging, and surprises in the mail!  The best part about it? They’ve got a great story and they’re super convenient, too.  

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While Driftaway has only been around since 2014, people are starting to take note. They’ve been featured on Gear Patrol, Food52, the Kitchn, and Coffee Review. They’ve recently added features to the site so that you can now rate and review every coffee you get, and keep track of your favorite and not-so-favorite coffees! Your coffees will get even more personalized to your taste, and you can know your coffee palate better!

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Driftaway Coffee is perfect for all coffee lovers and makes a great gift! Gift options include gift subscriptions, e-gift cards and gift sets that include brew kits, with a variety of delivery options. The subscription prices start at $36 and vary based on quantity and subscription length.

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The first delivery of every kit is the “Rise and Grind” tasting kit – four different coffees, 1 oz each. The four coffees I received included:

  • Nicaraguan, with tasting notes of Toffee and Peanut – somewhat nutty
  • Kenyan Thika Chinia Estate with tasting notes of grapefruit, cedar and melon
  • Bralizian Minas Gerais Fazenda Alta Vista with tasting notes of chocolate, peanuts and citric
  • Papua New Guinea  Wangi Valley Ulya with tasting notes of toffee, cocoa and dark chocolate – my favorite! 

In December, they are roasting on all Fridays and will be shipping on the following days: December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. All ordered placed by December 16th will arrived by Christmas Day.

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Olde Tradition Spice, Inc Mulling Spice for Wine or Apple Cider

Olde Tradition Spice was started in 1994 and has been dedicated to manufacturing products that are all natural yet healthy and wholesome that the entire family can enjoy. 

Olde Tradition Spice mulling spice is an all natural product with no sugar, salt, caffeine or preservatives.  The spice comes in individually wrapped tea bags that can be used up to three times.  

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A great adult drink served in warm Red or White wine on a brisk Fall or cold or snowy Winter day or put in apple cider or apple juice for children to enjoy.  

Made with pure, natural cinnamon chips, orange peel, cloves and allspice cut and blended together to create a delicious drink with an aroma that will remind you of the Winter Holidays. The spice bags can be used to make traditional German Wassail, Swedish Glogg, Hot Apple Toddy, Hot Buttered Rum and many more delicious unique adult alcolhoic drinks or many non alcolhoic drinks for children.  

My favorite drink to make with the mulling spice is a Pumpkin Spice Latte. You all know how much I love pumpkin!! And thanks to Olde Tradition Spice I can now how Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home whenever I want! 

2 cups milk (I use almond)
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup hot brewed Espresso
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 bags Olde Tradition Spice

In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin, sugar and Olde Traditional Spice bags. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat; remove the spice bags, stir in vanilla and spices. Transfer to a blender; cover and process for 15 seconds or until foamy. Garnish with whipped cream and spices if desired!

You can purchase Olde Tradition Spices online for as little as $3.95 for 8 teabags!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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#Refresh Coco Cocktail

People have been going coconuts for coconut water. And now, COCO Cocktail is bringing everyone’s favorite refreshing and electrolyte‑loaded beverage into the alcoholic beverage realm with a low‑calorie, low‑carb, ready‑to drink cocktail that is is light and refreshing.

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In 2012 Healthy Beverages, LLC Co-Founders, Franz Tudor and Todd Shull, had the vision to create a nutritious ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage. Using their knowledge of the healthcare industry, fitness and nutrition, and after experimenting with a vast array of ingredients, COCO Cocktail was born.  

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#REFRESH COCO Cocktail is a crisp, refreshing lemon lime flavored alcoholic beverage with vitamins and minerals. It is basically the adult version of sprite, but without all the sugar.

5.6% Alcohol by Volume, #REFRESH is the only alcoholic beverage to be: 

  • “A Good Source of Vitamins A, C, D, E, B1 & B6”
  • Electrolyte Charged made with 70% Coconut Water providing 177mg of Potassium
  • Gluten Free
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Made with All Natural Non-GMO Ingredients including the SuperFruits Garcinia Cambogia and Mangosteen. 

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#REFRESH can be drunk straight from the can, over ice or used as a nutritious mixer with your favorite spirit.

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While Coco Cocktail is not yet available in stores in New England, hopefully it will be boon!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.