Three Local Hard Seltzers, Ranked


In case you’ve been living under a rock: Hard seltzers are the craze du jour in brewing. Thanks to the ubiquitous popularity of the big brands (ahem, White Claw), a few regional players have tossed their hats into the ring so you can keep your seltzers local. Catering to non-beer-drinkers (or just the beer bloat–averse) and those looking to imbibe on the lighter side during warmer months, these fruit-flavored, carbonated malt liquor beverages clock in at a substantial 5 percent ABV and contain around 100 calories and a scant amount of carbs per 12-ounce serving. We think you’ll be seeing more of these guys as the mercury rises.

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Seltzer Project by Platform
Platform’s take on seltzer is bold, with a heavier, soda-like candy-fruit taste. If you’re after more than just a hint of flavor, this might be for you, but there is a slight aftertaste. Two new flavors are released each quarter. Flavor of choice: Black Cherry
Locoba by Platform, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 481-2337,

Vive by Braxton Brewing Co.
Sweetened with natural fruit flavors, juice concentrate, and natural cane sugar, Vive has a crisp, refreshing sip and a clean finish that’s comparable to the national brands. Sold in four fruit flavors: mango, dragonfruit, lime, and grapefruit. Flavor of choice: Mango
Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, (859) 261-5600,

Hard Seltzer by March First
Currently served on draft and soon to be bottled. With more of a sparkle than a fizz, it goes down smoothly and has authentic fruit flavor. Available in Saturn Peach and Tropical Fruit; additional flavors released seasonally. Flavor of choice: Saturn Peach
March First Brewing, 7885 E. Kemper Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 718-9173,

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