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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: A pedestrian walks by a Dogfish Head Brewing sign at Ales Unlimited on May 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Boston Beer Company, the second largest craft brewer in the United States and the maker of Samuel Adams beer, announced plans to buy Delaware based Dogfish Head brewing for $300 million. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that Americans love to drink. Sales of beer, wine and spirits saw substantial growth in 2020. The safety restrictions placed on bars and restaurants also created new opportunities to serve thirsty customers. Did you ever think you’d see the day when mixed drinks to go would be legal in North Carolina?

According to Food & Wine, canned cocktails have grown in popularity for several years, but the pandemic-driven stay-at-home lifestyle gave the category a big boost. With this increased demand for portable mixed drinks, Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery has launched its first line of canned cocktails.

This isn’t the brewery’s first foray into the cocktail arena. Dogfish Head has actually been distilling spirits for about two decades, and released their first ready-to-drink bottled cocktail in 2017. Their new canned libations include Strawberry and Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade, Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda, and Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour. All three clock in at 7.0% ABV.

Unfortunately, it might be a little while before you can try these. Dogfish Head’s canned cocktails are now being sold in most states, but are not yet available in either North Carolina or South Carolina. But hey, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia aren’t that far away.