Monday Night Brewing Brings High-Quality Hard Seltzer to Atlanta

This Weekend in Atlanta Beer

Knox Bardeen
February 21, 2020 - 2:30 pm
Narwater Hard Seltzer

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Fad or fixture?

What does the future hold for hard seltzer in the craft beer scene? No crystal ball necessary, get used to seeing lots of seltzer.

Whether your crushing seltzers on the lake, beach, or just hanging with friends, the hard seltzer craze became a $1 billion industry in 2019 and it’s expected not only to double again in 2020, but steadily grow from there.

Get used to seeing lots of seltzer.

Monday Night Brewing jumped in the hard seltzer world Friday, but this isn’t just another drink rushing to market to join in on the seltzer rush.

Jonathan Baker, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Monday Night Brewing, said their introduction of Narwater was more than a year in the making. The extra time needed was to ensure the brew team was proud of the new product.

Instead of simply mixing ingredients to create another seltzer, Narwater starts with Georgia sugar cane then gets real fruit added during a brewing process. The alcohol comes from a natural fermentation process. There’s a head when you pour a Narwater, there’s substance, and color. But there’s no artificial flavors or coloring.

Narwater also boasts it’s just 95 calories and gluten free. At launch there will be three flavors available:

  1. Blueberry Raspberry
  2. Mango Guava
  3. Grapefruit Pineapple

Narwater will be available Friday in the Monday Night taproom and then through distribution in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia starting Monday, Feb. 24.

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