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It has been a weird year, everybody, and things are to the point where food companies are trying to put alcohol in everything.
We’re seeing some pretty wild team-ups and pairings these days — the kind of thing that you’ll laugh off at first read, and then go order tomorrow.
Here’s what’s happening:
You can drink Dunkin Donut-flavored beer.
Dunkin has teamed up with Boston’s Harpoon Brewery to create four donut-themed beers.
Last year, the companies collaborated to release a coffee porter, and this year, they’ve added a pumpkin spiced latte ale, a Boston kreme [donut] stout, and a jelly donut IPA.
You buy the beer just like you buy donuts — in a 12-pack.
Sadly, the beer isn’t available everywhere; make sure you check Harpoon’s Beer Finder to see if it’s near you. (Spoiler alert: If you’re in the West, you’re probably out of luck.)
Taco Bell has unveiled ‘Jalapeno Noir’ wine.
If you’d ever wondered which wine would pair nicely with a Toasted Cheesy Chalupa, wonder no more.
Customers at select Taco Bell locations in Ontario, Canada, can get their hands on a $25 bottle of Jalapeno Noir red wine, described by Taco Bell Canada as having “notes of wild strawberry, cherry and beetroot.”
It’s bottled by Queenston Mile winery in Niagara, and will be available only via Uber Eats in the cities of Toronto and Hamilton, and at TacoBell.ca.
Red Lobster is releasing a Mountain Dew margarita this month.
The first-ever official Mountain Dew cocktail is here, and it’s at Red Lobster.
According to the press release, select Red Lobster locations will feature the “DEW Garita” by the end of the month, with all locations adding it to the menu by the end of the year.
Red Lobster says the tequila-and-soda cocktail is a perfect pairing with Cheddar Bay biscuits. No word yet on a price point.
It’s the first collab of Red Lobster’s new partnership with PepsiCo, and they promise more to come.
Blaze sold White Claw Pizza for one day this summer.
To celebrate a new partnership with White Claw alcoholic seltzers, Blaze Pizza chefs created a new crust using Mango White Claw.
The result was a crispier-than-usual texture, with a hint of tropical sweetness.
They only sold these pizzas on June 18, 2020, but who knows — it could return someday.
Cheez-It pairs with House Wines every year.
Mark your 2021 calendars now: Every National Wine & Cheese Day, Cheez-It teams up with House Wine for a combined box that offers a sommelier-inspired pairing of a vintage and a particular flavor of Cheez-Its.
In 2019, it was Original Cheez-Its and Original Red Blend; in 2020, it was White Cheddar Cheez-Its and House Rosé.
When they become available a couple of days before National Wine & Cheese Day (July 25 every year), they’re known to sell out fast.