As the mercury rises so does our level of thirst, and sometimes an ice water just won’t do the trick. Prepare for those moments when flavor takes precedence and an adult beverage is just the ticket by picking up one of these refreshing variety packs. Each provides some spectacular flavor profiles, and an opportunity to figure out what your favorites are for future reference.

Short’s Refreshin’ Session 
This combo was put together with long, hot, summer days in mind. It features three cans each of some of the company’s lowest calorie, carb and abv percentage beverages. Local’s Light is a classic American Lager that has been in the company’s portfolio since 2004. It’s a crisp, clean light beer with only 110 calories, 3 carbs and 5.2% abv.

Firry Buddy, Lil’ Huma, and Soft Parade Seltzer round out the 12-pack. Each is making its debut this summer, and is only available in this limited variety pack. Furry Buddy is a rare light stout measuring 115 calories and 6 carbs, with a 4.9% abv. Lil’ Huma, is a lighter version of the company’s beloved Huma Lupa Licious brew. It is a session IPA with a 4.5% abv, 95 calories, and 4 carbs. Soft Parade Seltzer is a light, refreshing take on their flagship fruit ale which is brewed with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. It weighs in at just 95 calories, and only 2 carbs, with a 5.5% abv.

Beaches Cocktail-Inspired Hard Seltzers
Superfluid Supply Co., an alternative beverage brand of Short’s Brewing Company has released a unique 12-pack of its own. Each beverage is just 95 calories with a 4% abv. Made from real fruit juice and all natural flavors, each is gluten-free, with 0 added sugar and just 4 carbs. Perhaps what really makes this hard seltzer unique is that instead of common single fruit flavors, this set is based on popular tropical cocktails: Mojito, Paloma, Pina Colada, and of course, Margarita. Most of those drinks are typically very high in sugar so this is an opportunity for a flavor profile you love with less caloric consequences.

Bushel of Blakes
Rounding out our trio of refreshing summer fun is this entry of appliciousness from Blake’s Hard Cider Co. They grow a huge variety of fruits on site and most have made their way into one or more of these unique concoctions. For those who think all ciders are essentially the same, this box of delights will be a gamechanger. It includes the incredibly popular Flannel Mouth, a classic hard cider made exclusively from Michigan apples with a 6.5% abv. Triple Jam, which is also 6.5% abv, gets its taste from strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Grizzly Pear, which of course features pear as well as elderflower, comes in at 5% abv. Because variety, after all, is the spice of life, this set also contains, El Chavo, which is one of the most interesting ciders you’ll ever try. It is bold and sweet, but also brings the heat with its mango and habanero peppers at 6.5% abv. Each of these beverages is gluten-free.

Author: Lisa Diggs

Lisa Diggs is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, business consultant, avid traveler, and founder of The Catalyst Company, LLC, Michigan Positivity Project, and Buy Michigan Now.