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Pepsi, Boston Beer team up to deliver boozy Mountain Dew

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Step aside hard seltzer — Boston Beer Company (SAM) is partnering with Pepsi to add another drink to its portfolio, a spiked version of Mountain Dew.

On Tuesday, the company announced its partnership with PepsiCo (PEP) to deliver HARD MTN DEW, with 5 percent alcohol. The boozy beverage will come in three flavors: original, black cherry and watermelon, and is expected to hit shelves in early 2022. 

“The worlds of beer, spirits, wine, and even non-alc beverages are all starting to converge as consumers seek new drinking experiences," Dave Burwick, Boston Beer Company President & CEO told Yahoo Finance in an email. 

He continued, "this alliance unites two teams with tremendous expertise in beverages and building beloved, iconic brands. It’ll allow both companies to get a glimpse of the future and ensure we get more than our fair share of growth as the industry evolves. The best brands will undoubtedly win, and that’s why we’re bringing together the companies that have created Truly Hard Seltzer, Twisted Tea, and Mountain Dew.”

Meanwhile, Pepsico, taking a chance with Mountain Dew's 80-year history, appears to be banking on the new spin paying off.

"The Boston Beer Company partnership combines two recognized leaders in our respective industries to address the changing tastes of drinkers and we are thrilled at the opportunity to create HARD MTN DEW that maintains the bold, citrus flavor fans know and expect," Kirk Tanner, PepsiCo Beverages North America CEO, said in the release. 

The beverage giant said it will market the drink to "adults of legal age and merchandized consistently with other alcohol beverages," in addition it plans to set up a "new entity to sell, deliver, and merchandise the product."

Three cans of The Boston Beer Company and PepsiCo's Hard Mountain Dew against a black background.
The Boston Beer Company and PepsiCo today announced plans to enter a business collaboration to produce HARD MTN DEW alcoholic beverages.

The Boston Beer Company has been dabbling in other markets with other brands. This summer, its DogFish Head Brewery introduced Hazy-O IPA Ice Cream with artisanal ice cream maker Tipsy Scoop, based in New York City. The ice cream includes the Dogfish Head Hazy-O IPA, and contains 5% alcohol. 

Year-to-date, shares of the Boston Beer Company are down more than 33 percent following a missed earnings reporter last quarter. Meanwhile, shares of PepsiCo are up 4 percent this year after the company sold off its juice brands like Tropicana, Naked, among others.

Brooke DiPalma is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @BrookeDiPalma or email her at bdipalma@yahoofinance.com. Check out her latest:

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