Several of you have asked what my thoughts are on this White Claw hard seltzer phenomenon, since it’s spreading around our nightlife like mono at a teenage summer camp. I admit I’ve dabbled with the Claw and find it to be just an updated — although that doesn’t necessarily mean better — version of Zima.
The Claw is light and refreshing — packing a little more tantalizing zest than a bottle of Bud. It’s also a trend, and trends tend to have a limited shelf life. Just take whipped cream vodka as an example.
I don’t hate the Claw, but I do notice a more heightened hangover the next day when only consuming Claw instead of my standard Michelob Ultra or Bud Light. Can that be because of the difference in ingredients? One being beer and one being malt liquor?
I don’t recall terrible hangovers with Zima, but then again I was guzzling them when I was in my 20s — a time when hangovers were something old people complained of, when Clinton was in office, and when I pretended to like boys. All was right in the world — well, except for the boys part.
I figured it out, though, about a decade later.
But back to the topic at hand — or should I say Claw? Raspberry is the best flavor, the can MUST be crushed upon finishing, and it’s not a bad alternative to light beer.
Will I replace my beloved bourbon and beer with the Claw? Never.
Is the Claw better than Zima? Hell no.
Am I surprised it’s taken off like it has? Nope — everyone is looking for the next big thing.
But if you want to know what I really think: You can’t Claw all day if you don’t start in the morning!