Big Country Launches Texas’s First USDA Certified Organic Hard Seltzer
Big Country Organic Hard Seltzer Is Big On Flavor Plus The Little Things That Make A Big Difference
— Big Country Hard Seltzer is Texas’s very first certified organic hard seltzer. They believe in using high-quality ingredients that are produced ethically, safeguarding human wellbeing and natural environments. To ensure they uphold to these standards, they have been audited by third-party certifiers and are the first hard seltzer to be certified in all schemes: USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Certified Fair Trade. Big Country Hard Seltzer takes the consumer on a journey from “cane to can” as they work directly with a sugar mill in Paraguay and give back to the farmers through the Fair Trade program. This gold standard organic sugar is brought to the Big Country home in Austin, TX where they ferment the sugar into one of the cleanest seltzers on the market.
Four Featured USDA Certified Organic Artisanal Hard Seltzer Flavors
Black Raspberry Grapefruit – The perfect balance of sweet and tart this flavor smells like fresh-cut grapefruit and tastes like just like ripe berries. Rich, dark raspberry notes meld with a zing of grapefruit to create a lemonade inspired beverage, only better. Ahh, refreshing.
Coconut Papaya – In need of a tropical getaway? Sip on this. This creative combo conjures the nuttiness of coconut and the delicate sweetness of papaya. Think of this as a modern twist on a Pina Colada that is mild, creamy, and sweet. Vacation awaits.
Honeydew Yuzu – Sweet melon pairs perfectly with yuzu’s exotic notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit. Enjoy a burst of citrus flavor followed by the satisfying sweetness of melon. Unique, subtle and perfect for those who want to expand their palate.
Strawberry Tangerine – Sweet strawberry plays nicely with tangy tangerine. This is a go-to flavor inspired by long Summer days and outdoor adventure in the sunshine. This perfectly refreshing take on a sweet citrus seltzer is brightened by notes of strawberry.
How It All Started
Founder and CEO, Bill Gillies, started Big Country Foods™ as a supplier of organic ingredients over six years ago. Big Country began as a wholesale supplier and just recently launched in the retail space with five organic ingredient products that can be found in retailers nationwide. Gillies wanted to continue his vision by providing consumers an organic hard seltzer with certifications that mean something. “Our approach to our dry goods line has been to produce high quality, artisanal ingredients that are pure and minimally processed. Our ingredients are all organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade certified. With our hard seltzer, we have taken this approach a step further by incorporating our Big Country™ Organic Cane Sugar into the fermentation process and producing a truly unique flavor profile,” says Gillies. “The product is absolutely delicious. It has a crisp, clean flavor with the perfect amount of sweet and tart. The balance of these flavors is extraordinary, and we can’t wait for consumers to try for themselves.”
The Big Country Hard Seltzer Team
Gillies hired seasoned industry professionals to guide Big Country Hard Seltzer to success. Ramon Astamendi has been brewing beer for nearly 25 years, has helped launch three successful breweries, and has been a part of many more. He has used his impressive experience to brew the cleanest USDA Certified Organic hard seltzer on the market. Ricky Cobia, is extremely regarded in Austin for his mixology work. For the last 6 years, Ricky has been awarded for his success running very well-known beverage programs around the city. For the last two years, he has directed Austin’s top speakeasy, Watertrade, where he was nominated as Bartender of the Year twice, as well as being named one of Bombay Sapphire’s Top 100 Bartenders in the World. Stephanie Meyer, National Sales Director for Big Country Foods™, will be spearheading sales and marketing for BCHS. With more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and Adult Beverage, Meyer brings a keen eye to consumer programming and successful go-tomarket strategies. Meyer’s experience includes Victory Brewing, San Tan Brewing and most recently she held Director of Chain Accounts for Lakewood Brewing Company where she led a 17% turn around in chain business.
More About The Mixologist Behind The Big Country Hard Seltzer Flavors
Ricky Cobia, well-known in the Austin area for his mixology work, is now bringing his skill set to the organic spiked seltzer game. For the last 6 years, Ricky has been running beverage programs throughout Austin, TX and was named Austin’s top bartender 3 years in a row, as well as mentioned on Bombay Sapphires “Top 100 Bartenders in The World.” Ricky has now joined the Big Country Hard Seltzer team and is bringing unique flavors such as Honeydew-Yuzu and Coconut-Papaya to showcase under the brand.
About Fair Trade
Based on the simple idea that the products bought and sold every day are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business. When you see the Fair Trade Certified™ seal on our hard seltzer, you can be sure that our organic cane sugar farmers work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and earn additional money to empower and uplift their communities.
The Big Country Promise
Art And Effort
We value the art and effort that goes into making our hard seltzer, and we strive to elevate it with unique flavor combinations that can be enjoyed anywhere. (We vote for the outdoors, on your next adventure.)
Always Quality Ingredients
We feel strongly about using high-quality ingredients that are produced ethically, safeguarding human wellbeing and natural environments. That’s why our hard seltzer is certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified, and Fair Trade.
A Dedicated Team
Coming to you from deep in the heart of Austin, you’re now entering Big Country – Texas brewed organic hard seltzer! Our master brewer and artisan mixologist are respected experts who put their 25+ years in the field into creating taste experiences never seen before.
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