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Beer Spotlight: Unibroue adds a new elderberry-flavoured ale to its Éphémère family


CHAMBLY, QC, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Quebec's top craft brewer Unibroue is adding a brand-new flavour to its family of seasonal ales with the launch of Éphémère Sureau (Elderberry). The new Éphémère will gradually be available as of May 1st in 12 oz. six packs and Sommelier Selection variety packs at retailers across the United States, as well as on tap in selected bars and restaurants. Like its other seasonal flavors, Éphémère Elderberry will only be available for a limited time.

Éphémère Elderberry is a Belgian style fruit-wheat ale brewed using a balanced blend of elderberry fruit and flowers. "This is the first time we're using both the fruit and flower in making an Éphémère beer," explains Jerry Vietz, Unibroue's Master Brewer. "The elderberry flower's aroma is a perfect complement to the fruit's rich, delicious flavour." In fact, its berry flavours, subtle floral notes and hints of tropical fruit evoke Muscat grapes' notable bouquet from the very first sip.

Elderberries' deep purplish-blue color and unique flavour resemble that of blueberries and blackberries. There is nothing sour about this fruit as its French name, "sureau", might lead some to believe! It is used in countless recipes, and its aromatic flower adds notes to many refined drinks and cocktails. Moreover, elderberries are an increasingly popular choice in dish recipes due to their high antioxidant levels and subtle flavours. Moreover, North America's First Nations tribes, who made use of the berries, flowers, bark and roots, also prized their medicinal properties.

Éphémère Elderberry features a slightly cloudy and seductively reddish color with purplish hues, topped by a creamy pink head. Its medium bubbles and sustained effervescence make it a fun and refreshing choice when unwinding after a busy summer day.

"Éphémère Elderberry's explosion of berry flavours and subtle floral notes make for a wide variety of pairings," confirms Sylvain Bouchard, beer sommelier at the brewery. "This delicious beer goes very well with pork loin, grilled chicken, as well as fish and seafood dishes, and adds a refreshing touch to rosette sausages. It also pairs well with goat, Brie and Camembert cheeses."

About Unibroue
Created in 1991, Unibroue is the leading craft brewery in Québec and among the foremost craft breweries in North America. Headquartered in Chambly, Québec, Canada, it brews more than 15 beer brands and has won over 305 international medals since its inception. Unibroue has carved out a special niche in the beer world with top quality products. It made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe—particularly in Belgium. For more information about Unibroue and it's Belgian style refermented ales, please visit www.unibroue.com.


Éphémère Sureau (Elderberry) (CNW Group/Unibroue)

Éphémère Sureau (Elderberry) (CNW Group/Unibroue)




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Drink Spotlight: Original Sin Elderberry Hard Cider




Elderberries have been adding flare to hard cider for centuries. In fact, the 1822 book The American Orchardist suggests adding Elderberries to give cider "a fine colour as well as flavour." Original Sin brings back this brilliant tradition with our new Elderberry Cider.


A balanced cider combining the natural acid and sugar of apples with the tart qualities of elderberries.


  • Original Sin Hard Cider
  • American Craft Cider
  • Brewed in Small Batches
  • All Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • Est. 1996


About the company

Original Sin was born out of the NYC experience. The founders, all NYC’ers, came to see the need for a superior cider, a cider that was clean and complex with a noticeable bite. The quest to create the perfect recipe encompassed both day and night. Day was spent in upstate in a winery, tasting, testing and mixing. Nights were spent in NYC bars, getting feedback from bar owners and patrons. The result, Original Sin Hard Cider was released to immediate acclaim from sources as diverse as the The New York Times, Paper Magazine, and Market Watch.



Company: Original Sin
Brand: Original Sin
Slogan: Supremely Crafted
Origin: USA
Category: Cider
Packaging: 12oz (355ml)
Claims: All Natural. Gluten Free
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $12.00
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: www.origsin.com





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Drink Spotlight: Fritz-limo apple, cherry and elderberry





  • fantastic taste
  • high fruit content
  • no artificial colouring
  • only natural flavors
  • vegan


Ingredients: water, apple juice* (17%), cherry juice* (5%), sugar, elderberry juice* (1%), carbonic acid, lemon juice (concentrate), natural aroma (*out of concentrated fruit juice)

Nutrition information: Nutrition information typical values per 100ml: energy 132kJ (31kcal) / protein 0.1g / carbohydrates 7.5g; of which sugars 7.3g / fat< 0.1g; of which saturates 0g / fibres 0.1g / sodium 0,003g



About the company

it can be done better, two friends told each other. and after scraping together a few thousand euros of start-up capital, in 2002 they founded fritz-kola in their student digs in hamburg/germany. their mission: to create a new kola better than everything offered by the big soft drinks companies. and it was no sooner said than done. the fritz-kola project has been led by the same approach to this day.



Company: Fritz Kola
Brand: Fritz-limo apple, cherry and elderberry
Origin: Germany
Category: Soft Drinks
Packaging: Coming soon
Claims: High fruit content, only natural flavors, vegan.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: Germany, Store Locator
Website: http://www.fritz-kola.de/en/



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Tea Spotlight: Pukka Elderberry & Echinacea



Sanctuary is expecting you


Let yourself fall into a deep bed of ripe wild fruits: purple-black elderberries, inky blackcurrants – blessed by the fragrant FairWild elderflower and touched by the tingling notes of echinacea. Safe in your fruity refuge, you’ll be ready for anything.

Stay warm and well.
Sebastian Pole
Master Herbsmith


Good news for comforting and preparing you for life’s ups and downs.



  • Organic
  • Caffeine free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Wheat free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Soya free
  • Nut free
  • Kosher
  • FairWild



About the company

Our unique range of organic herbal remedies and award winning teas are based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda – ‘the art of living wisely.’ We set up Pukka Herbs to make the wonders of this wisdom easily accessible to everyone.



Company: Pukka
Brand:  Elderberry & Echinacea
Slogan:  Pukka
Origin: UK
Category: Tea
Packaging:  20 fruit tea sachets
Claims:  Caffeine free, gluten free, wheat free.
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: UK, Store Locator
Website: http://www.pukkaherbs.com/



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Food Spotlight: Norm’s Farms Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam



Our Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam is loaded with chunks of pecans and candied ginger. Delicious with soft cheeses and crusty bread, this tasty and unique jam is a wonderful way to get your daily serving of elderberry.



Ingredients: Sugar, elderberries, pecans, candied ginger (sugar, ginger), water, GMO-free pectin mix (sucrose, pectin, citric acid), lemon juice concentrate




About the Company
The family that is Norm’s Farms believes in the power of elderberry to help people heal themselves naturally, which is why Norm’s Farms is working hard to improve the supply of American elderberry products in the US. Plants are grown naturally and sustainably by family farmers, and Norm’s Farms products are made with love.

We strive to be your go-to-source for all things elderberries, including but not limited to all aspects of this amazing berry’s history, uses, and potential for sustainable cultivation in North America. Read More




Company: Norm's Farms
Brand: Norm's Farms
Origin: USA
Category: Spreads
Packaging: 9oz glass bottle
Claims: Natural
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $5.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: normsfarms.com






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Health Spotlight: Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup

Elderberry Wellness Syrup is formulated to bring natural and soothing relief for coughs, cold and and flu. Our Wellness Syrup contains equal amounts of our Elderberry Extract and soothing, cough relieving Honey, perfectly spiced with analgesic Cloves for your sore throat and Cinnamon, a time tested remedy for ailments related to colds and flu. Our Wellness Syrup tastes great! The recommended serving is one to two tablespoons several times a day.


Elderberry, Water, Honey, Cinnamon, Cloves, Sugar (less than 1% by volume), Xanthan Gum, (less than .04% by volume), Malic Acid* (less than .04% by volume).

Bottled in 8 oz recyclable glass bottles so you don't have to worry about plastic chemicals leaching into your wellness syrup.


About the Company
The family that is Norm’s Farms believes in the power of elderberry to help people heal themselves naturally, which is why Norm’s Farms is working hard to improve the supply of American elderberry products in the US. Plants are grown naturally and sustainably by family farmers, and Norm’s Farms products are made with love.

We strive to be your go-to-source for all things elderberries, including but not limited to all aspects of this amazing berry’s history, uses, and potential for sustainable cultivation in North America. Read More




Company: Norm's Farms
Brand: Norm's Farms
Origin: USA
Category: Cold Medicine
Packaging: 8oz glass bottle
Claims: Relieves Cold Symptoms
Price: $15.97
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: normsfarms.com





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Supplement Review: Pukka Organic Elderberry Syrup


Elderberry Syrup is a naturally sweet blend of organic elderberry, manuka honey, ginger and thyme. Along with the other herbs in this syrup, they have long been used to support the respiratory system and seasonal health. It has a deliciously sweet taste which is 100% natural.

• Suitable for children and adults
• Free from artificial flavourings or sweeteners
• With active manuka honey 14+

daily use
adults and children aged 12 or over:
Take 1 teaspoon (5ml) up to 3 times a day, away from food.
children 2 to 5 years:
Take ¼ teaspoon (1.25ml) up to 3 times a day, away from food.
children 6 to 12 years:
Take ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) up to 3 times a day, away from food.


Pure vegetable source glycerine, elderberry juice concentrated to 6:1, Manuka Honey Active 14+, thyme leaf, aniseed, licorice root, horseradish root, pippali fruit, black pepper seed, ginger root, peppermint essential oil, alcohol w/v ‹1.2%.



Company: Pukka
Brand: Pukka
Slogan: Incredible Organic Herbs
Origin: UK
Category: Botanicals
Packaging: 120ml
Claims: 100% organic, ethically sourced, suitable for vegetarians. No preservatives or flavourings.
Price: £12.46
Where to buy: Buy Online, Stockists
Website: pukkaherbs.com

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Drink Spotlight: Join the Lama Mate Cocktail


A nice summer evening begins with the Lama

Mari is a naturally invigorating cocktail with Mate, Riesling & elderberry. Mate from South America provides active and long Party nights. A good Riesling from Germany with fruity acidity and earthy flavors and a hint of elderflower. This is the tingling taste of the summer. Join the Lama.


A good wine cocktail requires the best ingredients.
Here we tell you everything you need to know about the quality, taste and effect of mate, Riesling and elderflower.

Just a pinch is enough to provide a fruity, fresh summer flavor.
Offers the perfect flavor to balance the bitter mate taste.
Is one of the most used plants in natural medicine.


Cultivated in South America from sustainable farming on the Duas Rodas plantation.
Commonly used as a natural remedy in South America
Contains valuable nutrients that help improve important bodily functions


Comes from the most noble variety in Germany
Fruity Flavor
Provides minerals



Company: Mari
Brand: Mari Join the Lama
Origin: Luxembourg
Category: Flavored Alcohol, RTD
Packaging:  275ml glass bottle
Alcohol Volume: 5.9%
Price: €35.40 (12 x 275ml)
Where to buy: Buy Online
Website: jointhelama.com




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Product Spotlight: Wakeup Energy Shot from Israel


Wakeup is a designated drink that offers an answer to two main symptoms that commonly occur throughout the workday. The first symptom is that uncontrollable tiredness that we all know happens during the noontime hours. It is known as “Breakdown Hour” (Post Lunch Dip). The second, less commonly known symptom is called Sick Building Syndrome and is frequent in glass buildings where the air circulation is internal, thus encouraging viral infections.


Wakeup was developed by a team of experts from various disciplines to provide a solution for these symptoms, and is produced in a plant adhering to the highest quality control standards – GMP and ISO – 2000 - 9002.


Ginkgo Biloba
Fruit Up

About the Company
We tried everything until we finally found a solution…

We drank coffee, all kinds of energy drinks and lots of water. We paced around the room, jumped up in the air and snoozed in the car but continued to yawn shamelessly. Nothing helped defy the urge to build a kennel under our desk (George Costanza) that would be the perfect place for a noontime nap. Just an hour would do before getting back to work with renewed energy.

We started researching the subject and found out that we were dealing with somewhat of a phenomenon.

Experts in the field have assured us that our gut feelings about noontime fatigue were right. It’s not only because we stayed up till 2 am watching DVDs. It is actually because that is how our biological clock is built (and of mammals in general).

This phenomenon is called PLD – Post Lunch Dip (click here to read an article about the “Breakdown Hour”) and about 85% of the western world suffers from it.

Data shows that in 2006 alone companies in the US lost about $136.4 billion due to a decrease in employee efficiency as a result of post lunch fatigue. (click here to read a report on “Lost Time and Productivity”).

Many people believe (and we did too) that the reason for this fatigue is lunch, however, it turns out that this is the minor reason; in reality, this feeling of tiredness is due to a decline in body temperature and sugar levels. Trust us. We are talking about a phenomenon, not a meal.

Further research revealed another disturbing fact: fatigue also weakens the immune system. Add to this equation closed buildings and over-motivated people who come to work sick and you have a “mini epidemic” on your hands of all kinds of flu and viruses.

Equipped with a fair amount of knowledge and insights, we set out to create a formula backed by nature itself (which has supplied us with some wonderful ingredients), advanced laboratories and leading food engineers. We thought, experimented, did research, held focus groups and taste tests until we finally came up with the ideal formula that would provide a comprehensive solution for this phenomenon.

We woke up!!!


Company: Inno-Bev Ltd
Brand: Wakeup
Slogan: Post Lunch Waker, wake My Day
Origin: Israel
Category: Energy Drinks
Packaging: 100ml Shot
Claims: Energy, Alertness, Concentration, Heart Health
Variants: Lemongrass Flavor
Where to Buy: View Here
Website: drinkwakeup.com

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Beer Spotlight: Stiegl-Weisse Elderberry Radler


The delicately fragrant smell of the white elderflower rounds out the fruity notes of Stiegl Weisse Radler. A perfectly harmonious pairing of beer and fruit in a mixed drink that contains only 2% alcohol volume. Noble ingredients and over 500 years of brewing experience make the Stiegl elderberry Radler what it is: Weissbier Radler at the highest level.


Elderberry juice 60%, 40% white beer.







Company: Stiegel Brauerei
Brand: Stiegl Weisse
Origin: Austria
Category: Beer
Packaging: 330ml bottle
Alcohol Volume: 2%
Website: stiegl.at

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