HAD 55: "Malternatives"

Ah, it’s time to have a nice, refreshing . . . what the hell is this? Where are the hops? Something has gone terribly wrong. Still tasty though. Today we are talking about Malternatives, those malt beverages that aren’t quite beer. So crack open a Zima and come in and have a drink.


  • Our video shows that we do on the off weeks will now be streamed not only to DiamondClub.tv but also to Twitch.tv/HaveADrinkShow and YouTube.com/HaveADrinkShow

  • The next video episode will be a little different: “What’s Your Price” Beer Buyout Trivia Game on Sunday, August 27 at 6:00 PM EST streaming live on DiamondClub.tv, Twitch.tv, and YouTube Live

  • Our next audio episode will be posted around Sep 5 and will cover our next spirit on the list: Brandy. You can find our audio shows, like today’s, on your podcatcher of choice or follow the subscribe links to iTunes or Pocket Casts on our website


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  • Beverage: Twisted Tea: Half & Half 
  • Brewery: Twisted Tea Company (subsidiary of Boston Beer)
  • Style: Malt Beverage/Beer
  • ABV: 5%
  • IBUs: 0
  • Brewery’s description: Perfect for a hot day, whether you’re floating down a river or playing a round of golf with your buddies. Our Half & Half combines classic flavors of iced tea and lemonade, with a kick.


  • Beer: Not Your Father’s Root Beer

  • Brewery: Small Town Brewery

  • Style: Hard Root Beer

  • ABV: 5.9 %

  • Brewery’s description: Don’t you miss the carefree days before mortgages, job interviews or traffic jams? That was the time when you could just hang out with friends and not worry about the crazy things you did ending up on social media. And that’s the era you’ll remember when you taste Not Your Father’s Root Beer. As the first hard root beer on the market, this nostalgic favorite is still the most sought-after flavored craft brew in the whole US of A.


  • Beer: Mike’s “Harder” Blood Orange

  • Brewery: Mike’s hard lemonade co.

  • Style: Malt beverage

  • ABV: 8%

  • IBUs: Has never seen hops

  • Brewery’s description:Mike's HARDER Blood Orange delivers a refreshing slap of flavor upside your head.


  • Beer: Berry Punch

  • Brewery: Jack Daniels Country Cocktail

  • Style: FMB

  • ABV: 4.8 %

  • IBUs: 0