Good Tides seltzer

New releases to get you through self isolation

March 19, 2020
By Alana House

Stuck at home under COVID-19 self isolation? There’s a new beer for that … and a grenache … and an alcoholic seltzer … and a limited edition whisky collection …

Taylors Jaraman Grenache

As the popularity of grenache grows in Australia, Taylors Wines has crafted Jaraman Grenache 2018 to join the family’s Jaraman collection.

The wine brings together the ripe juicy fruit characters of McLaren Vale with the richly textured backbone of Barossa Valley.

The total grenache category is worth $11 million in Australia alone, and has the second largest value percentage growth of all varieties, red and white, at 28% (with tempranillo the first at 32%).

Jaraman Grenache is available at most good wine retailers, Taylors Clare Valley cellar door and online at

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Diageo Special Releases Collection

Diageo has announced the Australian launch of its ‘Rare by Nature’ inspired Special Releases collection, comprised of eight cask-strength single malt Scotch whiskies.

This year’s line-up includes one-of-a-kind Scotch whiskies from Mortlach, Singleton Glen Ord, Caragganmore, Cardhu, Lagavulin, Talisker, Pittyvaich and Dalwhinnie, ranging from 12 to 30 years old and from 51.4% to 58.4% ABV.

The rare and sought-after bottlings are released in limited batches, with many of the bottles being individually numbered.

The collection will be available in limited quantities across leading airports and specialist retailers in Australia from March 2020.

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Furphy Crisp Lager

Furphy has launched its second beer, Furphy Crisp Lager. The easy-drinking beer will be exclusively available on tap in Geelong from March 16, before rolling out Victoria-wide in mid-May.

Head Brewer at Little Creatures Geelong Warren Pawsey said creating Furphy Crisp Lager was about staying true to the brand’s roots, while appealing to a wider audience of easy-drinking beer lovers.

“In developing a lager from Furphy we wanted to make sure that it had the great quality and brewing credentials the brand is known for, while still being super refreshing and highly drinkable,” he said. “We think we’ve created a cracking lager – it’s light, crisp and offers ultimate refreshment.”

Those wanting to try Furphy Crisp Lager can do so at pubs across the Geelong region including Little Creatures Brewery, The Edge, City Quarter, West End and The Inn.

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Good Tides seltzer

Australia’s first vodka-based, sugar-free alcoholic seltzer, Good Tides, is now available on shelves across the country.

Created by Asahi Premium Beverages, Good Tides features sparkling water with premium, triple distilled, vodka and a hint of natural flavour. It contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners and has only 85 calories per can.

Good Tides is $22 for a four pack of 330ml cans. Available at BWS, Dan Murphy’s and independent liquor stores throughout Australia.

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James Squire, Broken Shackles Lager

James Squire’s new release, Broken Shackles Lager, has been created to appeal to the increasing number of seasoned craft drinkers looking for quality sessionable options, as well as beer drinkers looking to dip their toes into the big world of craft beer for the first time.

Malcolm Eadie, Brand Director of Premium & Craft at Lion shared that this is the biggest James Squire launch since One Fifty Lashes.

Eadie said: “One third of the total value growth in the beer industry came from craft in 2019 from only 11% share of the category. We feel that James Squire is positioned to drive penetration of craft beer and grow value for the industry through this new Lager.”

James Squire Broken Shackles Lager will be a permanent release and is available from 16 March on tap and 30 March from leading retailers around the country. It will have an RRP of $23 for a 345ml 6- pack.

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