ICYMI: Hard seltzer is having a moment. It has been ever since White Claw swept the market last summer, and the San Diego beverage scene was carrying the torch even before it was cool with canned cocktails, hard seltzers, ciders, and hard kombucha covering every flavor you can think of. When your taste buds call for something bubbly this summer, look to these 10 local White Claw alternatives to quench your thirst.
Ashland’s eight hard seltzers pack a mere 99 calories into each can and boast a streamlined brewing process of organic ingredients and alkaline water. Classic citrus options (lime, tangerine) are available, along with more unique combinations like mango strawberry, fruit punch, and blackberry lemonade.
2041 Newcastle Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
With five locations and a strong retail presence, it won’t be hard to find a pack of Belching Beaver’s hard seltzers. Currently, the brewery offers three blends: raspberry and blackberry, pineapple and mango, and passionfruit and guava.
1334 Rocky Point Drive, Oceanside
To boost your quarantine spirits, Bivouac released a limited-time pineapple-and-pear canned cider, Marlin Spike. Be sure to also check out some of their most popular taproom picks, including San Diego Jam and Groundline.
3986 30th Street, North Park
As one of the first in the country to brew and bottle hard kombucha, Boochcraft maintains an impressive selection of seasonal, small-batch, and classic flavors to choose from. Don’t know where to start? Try Heirloom Peach, their latest release from the Heirloom Series, which contributes to nonprofits supporting regenerative agriculture.
Along with their craft beer selections, Chula Vista Brewery offers two berry-flavored hard seltzers to sip this summer—I Fought the Claw and Very Berry. Order the four-pack to go to enjoy from the comfort of your own home or for your next socially distanced picnic.
294 Third Avenue, Chula Vista
The Miramar distillery cans beloved summer cocktails (think mai tais and spritzers) for easy transporting and easy sipping. They recently rolled out a new variety pack of vodka sodas with citrusy flavors like grapefruit and lime and a refreshing cucumber, all made from their award-winning Cutwater Vodka.
9750 Distribution Avenue, Miramar
JuneShine blends all the benefits of the booch with a spike of alcohol to keep the good times going. The calorie-minded can enjoy the new JuneShine 100s in hibiscus lime and pineapple orange; otherwise, grab a sampler pack to try out all of the different varieties (acai berry and blood orange mint are personal favorites).
3052 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park
Novo Brazil Brewing Co. has hard seltzer and kombucha to check out when you’re in need of a break from IPAs. Their tropical selections of mango, passion fruit, and piña colada are the perfect remedy for the vacation blues. We’re all feeling them.
2015 Birch Road, Otay Ranch
901 Lane Avenue, Chula Vista
Austin-based Ranch Rider put their spin on the beloved Texas bar staple “ranch water” and sent it to be available at select San Diego locations later this month—keep an eye on their website to get first dibs. Their classic concoction is made up of sparkling water, lime juice, and reposado tequila.
New this summer, You & Yours’ cucumber mint cocktail is a must for any outdoor excursion—even if it’s in your own backyard. All seven types are made from natural ingredients to produce a clean, crisp, and perfectly balanced bev.
1495 G Street, East Village