Kegs & Legs Spirits of the Week: Hard Tea and Hard Coconut Water from LQD Creative Liquids (hailing from Bend!)

I love beer, cider, and craft spirits. After now having visited over 465 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer & cider drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages. Check out previous posts here!

Though most of our Kegs & Legs features are of the beer variety, we have also done some features on cider, wine, spirits, and even cocktails. In continuing with that expansion, we are happy to feature a local cocktail maker – LQD Creative Liquids out of Bend. Here’s a little bit about them:

We are a collective of brewmasters and curious creators who are inspired by the transformative power of fermentation. We experiment with time-honored, traditional brewing and fermentation using premium ingredients to create remarkable, new beverages.

Each drink starts with premium ingredients, naturally fermented into alcohol. The process finishes with the addition of functional ingredients that blend together to create deliciously new beverages.

They currently have two different types of creative alcoholic creations – green tea and coconut water – and four different flavors overall, none of which have any artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. We were recently sent a can of each and can report out that these are a fantastic option to drink individually, or use to spice up any number of specialty cocktails you may have in your brain.

Coconut Water is something that I feel I should like more than I actually do. My wife keeps it in the house, but I mostly utilize it to add to a fruit smoothie. I found LQD’s regular coconut water tasted like coconut water – which is probably a good thing. It’s not my favorite taste profile (all coconut water), but I found that the Pineapple version was quite good. I think both of these can be drank straight, but may also provide a nice base for an adult smoothie.

i have only recently started drinking tea, and I usually go for the black version when I have an option. However, LQD won me over with their flavored green teas. Both the Peach and Passionfruit cans provided a solid taste profile, so much so that I had a hard time distinguishing the alcohol (which could be a good or bad thing). I even mixed both of these with the Pineapple Coconut Water and concocted some super fun and fruity combos. Overall, I was impressed with these options and see them as a fantastic addition to my fridge.

Spirits: Find them here!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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