SpikedSeltzer was created in 2012 by Nick Shields, who began formulating five gallon batches out of his garage in Westport, CT. The unique beverage, which he made by combining disciplines of brewing and winemaking, focuses on simple and natural ingredients. The goal was to create a clean, crisp, bubbly drink that lacks the sugary sweetness of wine and the heaviness of beer. After refining nearly 100 batches, the original hard seltzer was born. Nick and his longtime friend and business partner, Dave Holmes, brought SpikedSeltzer to market in 2013, creating the hard seltzer category. SpikedSeltzer grew from five gallon batches to more than 500,000 case equivalents from 2013 – 2016.