The biggest drinks release news of the week was Reschs Silver Bullet cans returning to NSW bottleshops after a long-running campaign by the Reschs Appreciation Society.
The cans of Reschs Pilsener – named for their distinctive colouring – held a special spot in NSW drinkers’ hearts before they were replaced with bottles around 2005.
But fans never forgot their beloved cans. And now, more than a decade later, Carlton & United Breweries is responding to their call and will start rolling them out again next week.
Calabria Family Wines has unveiled a new look for its easy-drinking Calabria Richland series.
The range refresh comes as the industry sees outstanding value growth in the $10-$15 price category.
The new-look Calabria Richland begins rolling out this week with the Calabria Richland Pinot Noir 2020. The remaining varieties across the range arrive on the shelf later this year. Available from select wine retailers for RRP $11.95.
GABS Craft Beer & Cider Festival has collaborated with craft brewers to create a limited-edition six-pack ahead of the festival in November.
Featured beers include a salt and vinegar sour from Your Mates Brewing Co (QLD), a salted caramel popcorn ale from Bright Brewery (VIC), a hazy XPA from Modus Operandi (NSW), strawberries & cream milkshake IPA from One Drop Brewing Co (NSW) and a double dose of a Golden Gaytime inspired beer from South Australia’s Big Shed Brewing Concern.
The GABS 2020 Festival Beer Mixed Six Pack is available from all Dan Murphy’s stores from July 31 and only while stocks last.
Seppeltsfield has unveiled a collection of luxury table wines across two new tiers called Bench Blends and Grounds.
The Bench Blends include 2018 No. EC4 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, and 2019 No. EC3 Barossa Tinta Cao, Tinta Amarela, Touriga. The red blends carry an ‘EC’ (East Cellar) number which were first released by Seppeltsfield’s founding family in the 1960s and formed the inspiration for the range. The wines are $45 a bottle.
The Grounds range includes single vineyard Barossa Shiraz. The 2018 bottlings include The Easting Barossa Shiraz (from estate-owned vineyards in Eden Valley, the Barossa’s high country in the East) and The Westing Barossa Shiraz. Future vintages will cover off North and South. The wines are $70 a bottle.
Scapegrace ultra-premium black gin, crafted from the pure water of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, has arrived in Australia.
Scapegrace Black uses a unique collection of natural extracts to achieve its deep black colour, which changes to shades of red and purple when mixed with tonic.
Scapegrace Black Gin is available for $79.99 RRP at Booze Bud and select independent retailers nationwide. Check out the full Scapegrace range at Dan Murphy’s.
Starward has released a fourth addition to its core range, Fortis.
The first higher strength release – at 50% alcohol (ABV), Fortis offers a pure expression of Starward’s signature red wine barrel maturation and will be released in small batches.
The whisky is matured in 100% American Oak wine barrels, predominately from the Barossa Valley, which is famed for its powerful and bold red wines. Fortis’ distinct attributes come from these freshly emptied red wine barrels and the American oak char.
Fortis Batch 1 is a limited release, available in a 700mL bottle for RRP $129.
A special barley variety named after the original site of Coopers Brewery (above) brings a historic touch to the 20th year of Vintage Ale.
The Coopers 2020 Vintage Ale features Leabrook barley, named after the former site of the sixth generation Australian family-owned brewery.
The 2020 Vintage has a full malt flavour, combined with hints of nut and maple. It can be enjoyed straightaway or stored longer in the cellar for a special occasion.