gluten free hard seltzer comparison

Hard Seltzers Made Easy

gluten free hard seltzer comparison

These bubbly beverages seem to be everywhere these days and with summer on its way, they aren’t going away anytime soon. But what makes a hard seltzer a hard seltzer?

There is a difference between hard seltzers and malt beverages. Hard seltzer is made like beer but cane sugar is fermented instead of malted barely, and the flavoring comes from real fruit.  As frequent hard seltzer consumers, the Molly’s Marketing Department decided to look into the options we have at the store, and it was during our exploration that we discovered what’s NOT in hard seltzers is just as important as what’s in them.  Our top three picks contain no artificial flavors and no gluten. We’re also digging the 12 oz cans they come in, making them perfect companions for summer activities whether you’re planning to hit the trail or park a seat on the patio. Mix with your favorite spirit to create a fruity, bubbly cocktail! You can find our hard seltzer collection chilling (literally, they are chilled and ready to go) in Cooler #7.

Here’s a breakdown of our top 3 hard seltzer picks:

1) Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a gluten free spiked sparkling water and does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. No artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Pomegranate
Packaging: 6pk and 12pk 12oz. cans & bottles. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s
Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV (we reached out to Truly for the sodium content, but haven’t received a response)
Price: $8.49/6pk | $15.99/12pk

2) White Claw Hard Seltzer

White Claw Hard Seltzer delivers a fresh surge of refreshment using what they call a proprietary BrewPure™ process. This gives White Claw the cleanest, gluten-free alcohol base possible. To keep it pure, no crystalline fructose, dietary fiber or preservatives are added; only natural flavors, nothing artificial.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Black Cherry, Grapefruit, and Lime
Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s
Nutritional facts per 12oz: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV
Price: $8.99/6pk | $16.99/12pk

3) SpikedSeltzer

SpikedSeltzer is a non-malt beer made from purified water and all natural ingredients. The fresh fruit flavors are derived from cold-pressed citrus essence from a variety of fruits. Fermentation of this citrus essence and sugar naturally produces 6% alcohol (the highest ABV in our hard seltzer group). With no wheat or barley, SpikedSetlzer is gluten free.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Cape Cod Cranberry, Valencia Orange, West Indies Lime, and Indian River Grapefruit
Packaging: 12oz. cans. Molly’s currently only carries the canned SpikedSeltzer variety 12pk
Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 140 calories, 25mg of sodium, 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, gluten free, 6% ABV
Price: $18.49/variety 12pk

Here’s how our favorite sparklers stack up against each other:

gluten free hard seltzer comparison chart

If you are looking for a low calorie malt beverage…

Henry’s Hard Sparkling

Not to be confused with Henry’s Hard Soda, Henry’s Hard Sparkling is a low-carb spiked sparkling water malt beverage with natural flavor.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Lemon Lime and Passion Fruit
Packaging:  6pk bottles
Nutritional facts per 12 oz.:
Lemon Lime: 93 calories, 2.9 grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV
Passion Fruit: 92 calories, 2.6 grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV
Price: $8.99/6pk

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is a premium malt beverage crafted to remove the gluten, and made only with natural flavors.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime, and Watermelon
Packaging:  6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s.
Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: All flavors: 90 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.5% ABV
Price: $7.99/6pk | $15.49/12pk

And there you have it folks! We hope this helps you and your quest for your go-to summer 2017 beverage!

All prices are limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.

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Molly’s Spirits Pull at the Mile High Q & Brew

A little two-steppin’, bbq and booze – sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday night, right? Well what if I told you it benefited a great cause? I know – it sounds even better! Enter the Mile High Q & Brew at Mile High Station, the annual fundraiser for our neighbor the Tennyson Center for Children. The Tennyson Center provides residential and therapeutic services as well as a K-12 school for Colorado children ages five to 18. Many of these children have been abused or neglected while others are dealing with a variety of learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and other mental issues. Often seen as a last resort for children who have nowhere else to go, the Tennyson Center is a community of people dedicated to serving children and youth and strengthening families and has been doing so for more than 112 years. The Mile High Q & Brew has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tennyson Center since it’s conception in 2010!

Molly’s participated in this year’s Mile High Country Q & Brew by hosting a Spirits Pull! What’s a Spirits Pull? Bottles are collected, numbered and displayed on shelves. Guests donate an amount (this year’s amount was $40) to pull a number that correlates to a bottle. It’s a guaranteed win for the Tennyson Center and the donor (you can’t loose with booze)! We’re thrilled to say the Molly’s Spirits Pull brought in over $4,000 for the Tennyson Center! This would not have been possible without the generous donations from the following distilleries:

WEAVER’S Spirits, Axe and the Oak, Peach Street Distillers, 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company, Deerhammer, Stranahan’s, Blank & Booth Distilling Co., Mystic Mountain, Feisty Spirits, A.D. Laws, Mile High Spirits, Bear Creek Distillery, Woody Creek Distillers, Breckenridge Distillery, Leopold BrosState-38 Distilling, and Rebecca Creek Distillery!

The response we received from these distilleries was amazing! We collected 101 bottles – exceeding our original goal of 75 – and all 101 were raffled off in less than two hours! There’s nothing like coming together for a great cause, and luckily we were able to snap a few photos before the bottles were gone. Check out these brands next time you’re at Molly’s! You can find them to your right when you enter the store!

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tennyson center mile high Q and Brew

tennyson center mile high q and brew

tennyson center mile high q and brew

tennyson center mile high q and brew

tennyson center mile high q and brew

tennyson center mile high q and brew

Mile High Q and Brew Tennyson Center

tennyson center mile high q and brew

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Flash your Ski Pass for 10% Off purchases until March 14th!

flash your season pass dealBack by popular demand! That’s right, we have extended our Colorado ski season pass holder deal. All Colorado ski season pass holders can receive 10% off all of their purchases until March 14th!

Here are the details:

  • It must be a full season pass for the 2016-2017 year (no 2-day, 7-day, etc. passes). If you have questions about what passes are accepted beyond this, please reach out.
  • This discount cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • This offer expires end of day on 3/14/2017.
  • Pass must be present at purchase!


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Pre-Order Your Holiday Treats From The Bumblebee

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The holidays can be stressful! Let The Bumblebee make your life sweeter with their handcrafted, holiday pies. You can pick up your goodies from the truck at Molly’s Spirits (with no minimum purchase required) on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Holiday Pies Available

Pumpkin Pie $30
made with organic homegrown heirloom pumpkins
pairs well with: Villa Pillo Vin Santo Chianti $29.99

Cranberry Pie $30
tart cranberry pie with a butter crust bottom and crisp topping
pairs well with: Banfi Rosa Regale, Sparkling Red $17.98

Apple Pie $30
classic apple topped with your choice of butter crust or crisp topping
pairs well with: Saracco Moscato D’Asti $17.98

Pecan Pie $35
classic pecan pie
pairs well with: Warre’s Otima 10 Year $25.99

Hazelnut Pecan Pie $35
classic pecan pie with toasted hazelnuts
pairs well with: Warre’s Otima 20 Year $39.99

Honey Pine Nut Pie $45
like a classic pecan pie but made with Colorado honey and toasted pine nuts
pairs well with: Tokaji Oremus $34.99

Click here to pre-order you Thanksgiving pies!


**If you’re unsure about pre-ordering, no worries! The Bumblebee will be at Molly’s all day November 23rd selling pies onsite until they sell out!



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