Every day is Earth Day at MOD Beverage 

The world has come a long way over the years to help our environment thrive and while we still have a way to go, we believe if each of us contributes in some way that as a whole we can do great things! Earth Day is on April 22 and while it is a great chance to remind ourselves of our impact and how we can improve, we’re excited to share how we’ve been mindful about our environmental impact every day.  

At MOD Beverage, we have had the environment in mind from the get-go and have been working with Ostrom Climate to ensure we remain on track and accountable in our pursuit of a better and cleaner environment for everyone. Working with Ostrom Climate means a focus on a variety of environmental impacts such as natural gas consumption, mobile fuel consumption, electricity consumption, shipping, CO2, consumables, employee commute, waste, water, paper, business travel and home-working.  

Earth Day Mod Beverage, Sustainability

It is important for us to look at all of these impacts and see where we can improve in our business to ensure we’re doing our part to contribute to a better and more environmentally-friendly world. As such, we’d love to share just a few things we’ve achieved (so far!) since 2020: 

  • Started using local hop supplier for almost all of our hops (Myrtle Meadows – Pemberton, BC) so we are not shipping from the US or Europe 
  • Started using a local malt supplier (Gambrinus Malting – Armstrong, BC) versus other brands coming from Europe, other parts of Canada and the US. 
  • Converted the brewery to 100% plant based (no lactose, gelatin or other animal products commonly used in beer). 
  • Cleaning procedure efficiencies – using less water and caustic solution to clean tanks.  
  • Switching to paper cartons for 6 packs as of May 1, versus plastic rings or plastic retainers for 6 packs. 
  • Stopped using plastic shrink wrap, using a new tray with rip away top, 100% paper/cardboard. 
  • Switched to using local sales agencies versus internal (single brand) reps, which equals less time on the roads and more collaboration between beer brands (ie one rep selling multiple brands) 

Now here’s how you can help us when you purchase any of the MOD Beverage brands: 

  • Ensure you read the label and follow your local areas recycling or deposit return program 
  • Bring a reusable tote with you when you’re purchasing our products 
  • Add Spectrum Beer to your next Meatless Monday night (since it’s plant-based!) 

We hope this has inspired you this Earth Day to see where, and how, you can make a difference to continue to improve our environment just as we aim to do each and every day. 

Spectrum Beer Winter Giveaway

This month Spectrum Beer launched their in-store and online giveaway to win a pair of Vessi waterproof shoes for one person and their friend. As an inclusive and innovative brand, it was exciting to create an experience for our fans of Spectrum that they could partake in no matter where they were in Canada. 

Spectrum Beer is set for a big year in 2022, with the introduction of some new, fun and unique flavours as well as being completely plant-based by the end of summer, we wanted an opportunity to give back to our fans.  

Our in-person giveaway is currently offered at select liquor stores across Canada where people can enter using a QR code and will be ending on March 15, 2022. This giveaway was launched as part of our winter product offerings, which included the Barista Box and Box of Chocolates mix packs. These mix packs have been highly sought after and have become fan favourites, however they will only be around for the winter in order to make way for our delicious summer flavours. So, grab a box or two while supplies last!  

Spectrum and Vessi waterproof shoes giveaway

Our online giveaway is featured on our @spectrumbeer Instagram where a person who tags a friend goes into a draw to win a pair of shoes for themselves and their friend. The giveaway ends on Friday February 18, 2022. 

As Spectrum looks toward 2022, we’re excited to bring more collaborations, giveaways, events and more. We look forward to including opportunities for our fans to enjoy all that we have to offer in person and online. Make sure to follow along on Instagram @spectrumbeer!

Dry January is officially “a thing” now?

Here we are – January 2022.  Every year that goes by it seems that “dry January” becomes more prevalent and it may, finally, officially, be “a thing”.  As a producer of alcohol beverages, among other beverage types, we thought it would be great to discuss our thoughts on this growing trend. 

“Dry January” is where people refrain from consuming alcohol completely (or greatly reduce their alcohol consumption) for a number of reasons, the main ones being physical and mental health.  At MOD Beverage we support this heavily as part of everyone’s personal responsible use plan, and we always support the responsible use of our alcoholic products.   

This could be the time to try some non-alcoholic beverages where you would normally consume alcohol, or experiment with the  many great choices in the alcohol beverage category, including light beers, ciders, wines and Ready-To-Drink (RTDs) with lower alcohol percentages than the traditional styles.  There are also alcohol beverages that are loaded with functional and “better for you” advantages.  

We have some great options at MOD and will be launching non-alcoholic beverages in the future. Here is a guide on some product suggestions to help with “dry” or “relatively dry” January plans: 

Boujee Wines are a great example of a lower alcohol option in wine.  With refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and  Rosé varieties and a 10% alcohol/volume (alc/vol) content, these wines give you the flavour and refreshment you are looking for at a reduced alcohol and sugar content.  Boujee is also only available in 250ml (~8.5oz) cans, which helps with serving size and portion control as well as travel-ability and convenience.  Check out @goboujee or goboujee.wine for more info. 

Mighty Hard Coconut Water is a great functional and better-for-you option. It is the only naturally fermented and functional hard coconut water that provides wellness, nutrition, and refreshment – backed by science. We brew with authentically crafted recipes designed to be a truly guilt-free, better-for-you alcohol beverage option that feels great and tastes fantastic. There is no added sugar, vodka or spirits. The result is not what any of us could have imagined – we produced a 5% alc/vol unique and refreshing fermented beverage much like a beer or wine (but without spirit or vodka).  

Mighty Hard Coconut Water

Mighty Hard Coconut Water is available in both Original and Pineapple flavours. They are delicious! If you still don’t believe us, please check out @mightyhardcoconutwater or gomighty.ca and try it for yourself!  Enjoy, and let us know what you think.               

Spectrum Beer Co will be launching some non-alcohol versions of its already amazing and completely unique beers.   

As it turns out, beer is a GREAT base for any beverage regardless of whether or not it contains alcohol. Why drink a sugary soda or bodyless sugar free soft drink when you can have an amazing Hot Pink Lemonade Sour sans the booze?  Or a Caramel Macchiato Ale without both the alcohol AND the gut-wrenching sugar and lactose content!   

Keep your eyes peeled on spectrumbeer.com and follow @spectrumbeer to see when these amazing beverages will hit the grocery store, gas station and convenience store shelves in 2022.   

What else is coming from MOD in 2022 you ask?  Follow us @modbeverage and frequently check out modbeverage.com for information on our completely unique and industry first plant-milk lineup launch.  MOD will also be launching a functional water portfolio and canned water with a unique supply chain spin in 2022 so please keep in touch.  We know you’ll be delighted by what we’ve got coming up!   

Cheers and Happy New Year everyone.  Enjoy your Dry January however you spend it. 

Mod Beverage… The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

It is that time of year with Christmas parties and general holiday festivities among us, and what better way to cheers than with a new delicious beverage. Mod Beverage is excited to showcase some great products in rotation, just in time for all of the parties (or gift-giving) ahead of us to coincide with some already-loved classic options.  

To kick it off, we have the perfect mix pack for the coffee lovers in your life, which is the Spectrum Beer Barista Box, featuring 4 delectable flavors such as Irish Cream and Coffee, Vanilla Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte and Caramel Macchiato.  

Have a chocolate-obsessed friend you adore? Have them try the Spectrum Box of Chocolates mix pack. This pack features the classic after dinner mint flavor in our Mint Chocolate Ale, as well as other delicious options such as White Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Orange Ale and a classic Milk Chocolate Ale. 

For anyone who loves a sour, or is sour-curious, we have a delicious assortment to choose from starting with our brand-new Spectrum Cranberry Sour that isn’t just reserved for the summer! 

With the holidays comes plenty of opportunities to brunch and we have the perfect beer for it, our Spectrum Mimosa Gose, which has a refreshing orange flavor, mimicking the famed brunch cocktail. With brunch sorted, it’s time to think about happy hour and our Spectrum Margarita Gose is the ideal pick. Light, crisp and refreshing… Just what you need for the holidays.  

Find your closest Spectrum Beer here 

For the loved one who tells stories of Christmas’ past, we have the Getaway Hard Cider in our new Getaway Apple Cinnamon. This beverage is bound to bring about the nostalgia of sipping grandma’s Apple Cinnamon cider… but better! Made with zero-sugar and no carbs, this gluten-free winter warmer is sure to be a favorite. The crisp taste of apples brings out the sweetness of cinnamon that will draw you in and become a household staple this season. 

Our Getaway Hard Cider mix pack featuring Apple, Pear and Pineapple is best purchased for the person who is health-conscious but enjoys a drink or two among friends! This hard cider pack is made with zero-sugar, low in calories and is gluten-free making this the staple guilt-free gift of the season.  

Find your Getaway here

After the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than our Boujee Wines. The savvy wine lover in your life will appreciate the gift, and their size make them easy to travel with (or throw in a purse) for when you visit friends or family these holidays. We have two options to choose from such as the Boujee Wines California Sparkling Rose, a light blend that has a fruity dry sauvignon flavor profile with hints of lime, green apple, passionfruit and white peach and infused with the black cherry, plum and berry dry cabernet sauvignon flavoring. 

Our Boujee Wines Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc contains fruit flavors of lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach, with a slight refreshing drinkable carbonation. These wines make gift giving easy. Find your Boujee here

Curious to know where you can find all of these great options? Check out our Product Finder on each of our product websites or give your local liquor store a call to find out the latest inventory. Follow us on Instagram to find out where else you can purchase and to learn about our latest new products @goboujee @spectrumbeer @getawaycider 

Introducing Kevin Emms – our Director of Operations and man of many talents

“Continuous improvement” is what Mod Beverage’s Director of Operations Kevin Emms is striving for when it comes to looking ahead in 2022 for the company. Kevin came on board recently to look after all aspects of operations and production at Mod Beverage, which includes making sure all of the departments of brewing, cellaring, packaging, quality maintenance and innovation are all working and moving together as a cohesive and successful unit. Together, he says, will maximize opportunities for the company.  

Kevin is no stranger when it comes to growing successful brewing companies and has been doing so for the last decade. Kevin found his love of beer through the influence of his dad, who loved to crack open a beer at the end of the day and proclaim just how good it was. 

Inspired and ready to learn more, Kevin did his Master’s in Brewing and Distilling in Scotland where he was able to hone his love of the world’s most enjoyed beverage. When Kevin returned to Canada, he was hired into a startup but within a few months became Head Brewer at a large brewery.  

A few years later Kevin was headhunted to over to Granville Island Brewing as a brew master, which was an exciting change to be a part of Canada’s oldest micro-brewery (and a part of Molson Coors). This 6-year journey meant a big education, insight and training in corporate brewing. It was here Kevin also met Mod Beverage’s Founder and President, Paul Mroczek, which would prove to be serendipitous as it would eventually lead Kevin to Mod Beverage that would lead to something different, with a new set of challenges.  

Kevin loves the industry for there are plenty of new and unique problems to solve and a chance to work with diverse and talented people. Outside of Mod Beverage, Kevin is a drummer in a local Vancouver metal band and when asked what his favourite Spectrum beer is, it was “Fuzzy Peach Sour!” without a beat. Things always end up just the way they should, and we’re glad to have Kevin with us here at Mod Beverage.