Portland Cider Co. Continues Small Batch Series with Release of Pumpkin Spice

Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Pumpkin Spice on September 10, 2020.

Back by popular demand after a one-year hiatus, Pumpkin Spice has returned to act as the fourth release in Portland Cider Company’s Small Batch Series of experimental ciders. This Seasonal favorite is a Hard Cider featuring additions of “cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger to 100% freshly-pressed Northwest apples to create this classic fall blend.” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Pumpkin Spice “is a medium-sweet tribute to the flavors of autumn.”

“We’re thrilled to bring Pumpkin Spice back to our seasonal line-up this fall,” said co-owner Lynda Parrish. “This cider has a special place in our heart, as one of our first seasonal releases and having earned two gold medals in renowned cider competitions.”

Pumpkin Spice will officially release on September 10 and will hang around through October 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 19.2 oz. “proper pint” cans and on draft at Portland Cider Company’s two taprooms and at select cider-friendly establishments located in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California. Prost!

Vital Information for Pumpkin Spice from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal/Small Batch Series; September – October 2020
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.8%
Fruits & Spices – Northwest apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice & ginger
Fun Fact – “In 2017, when Pumpkin Spice was originally released in a 22-ounce bottle, it took the gold medal in both the U.S. Open Cider Championships and annual Cidercraft Awards in the spiced cider category.”
Suggested Pairings – “Apple Pork Chops, Cinnamon sugar doughnuts, Gingerbread cookies, Roasted sweet potatoes”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder


Ciderboys Cider Co. Brings Pineapple Hula Back for the Summer

Ciderboys Cider Co. (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Pineapple Hula in June 2020.

Pineapple Hula is a Hard Cider that has a “refreshing sweet tart flavor alive with the inspired pairing of apple and screaming yellow pineapple.” Coming in at a light and easy-drinking 5% ABV, Pineapple Hula is guaranteed to “transport [you] to the beach” every time you pop the cap on a bottle.

Pineapple Hula officially returned in early June and is scheduled to hang around through August 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of Ciderboys’ distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pineapple Hula from Ciderboys Cider Co.

Release – Limited/Seasonal; June – August 2020
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5%
Featured Ingredients – Pineapple
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Cider Finder – https://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Portland Cider Co. Adds Electrolyte-Fueled Ciderade to Small Batch Series

Ciderade19.2_square-2Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Ciderade, a light Lemon Lime Cider with electrolytes, in April 2020.

Developed to give us all a light and thirst-quenching cider option this summer, Ciderade is a low-ABV (4%) Hard Cider featuring 100% Northwest apples, freshly squeezed lemons and limes, and “electrolytes sourced from sea salt harvested in Netarts Bay along the Oregon Coast by Jacobsen Salt Co.” Weighing in at just 96 calories, 3.5 grams of sugar and carbs per 12 oz. serving, Ciderade is “light, citrusy, refreshing and tangy.”

Jeff Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Co. and husband to a British expat, explained that Ciderade evolved from his enjoyment of drinking cider during the hottest days of summer.

 

“In England, cider is often drunk over ice when it’s really warm outside. It lightens it up, reduces the overall ABV, and makes it even more refreshing when you’re really looking to hydrate,” explained Parrish. “There’s nothing better to quench the thirst while doing yard work. But hydrating with a 7% cider in the heat of summer may not be the most effective way to mow the lawn. Ciderade is the perfect refreshing cider with its lower ABV, real citrus juice, and essential electrolytes.”

Ciderade is available now and scheduled to hang around through the months of summer 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 19.2 oz. “proper pint” cans and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution footprint in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ciderade from Portland Cider Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Series; launching April 2020
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 4%
Calories – 96 (per 12 oz. serving)
Carbs – 3.5 grams (per 12 oz. serving)
Ingredients – Northwest apples, lemon zest & juice, lime juice & electrolytes from locally sourced sea salt from Jacobsen Salt Co.
Suggested Food Pairings – ” Lemon pepper grilled chicken, chipotle lime avocado salad, mozzarella cheese and Mediterranean salad––and lawn mowing!”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

Ciderade on Fruit

Portland Cider Co. Introduces RazzBerry as its Newest Seasonal Offering

Razz19.2_square hi resPortland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has announced that it will officially launch its new Seasonal lineup with the release of RazzBerry in early March 2020.

Crafted to be the “perfect definition of a cider full of sunshine,” RazzBerry is a Hard Cider that features “loads of bright raspberries combined with Northwest-grown apples, a touch of lemon zest, and juicy Hood River Valley pears.”  Coming in at 5.8% ABV, RazzBerry is “easy-drinking, thirst-quenching and refreshingly tart.”

“RazzBerry is the perfect cider for the sunshine that’s right around the corner here in the Pacific Northwest; or at least it will give you all the summertime feels if the spring rain never lets up!,” said Helen Lewis, marketing director for Portland Cider Co. “Last summer’s seasonal Pineapple Rosé was such a hit we made it year-round. RazzBerry is the perfect replacement this year.”

RazzBerry will make its debut at Portland Cider Co.’s seventh anniversary party on March 7 at the company’s Clackamas Taproom and Cidery and distribution is scheduled to begin shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 19.2 oz. “proper pint” cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California.  Prost!

Vital Information for RazzBerry from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal; launching March 2020
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.8%
Ingredients – Northwest apples, Northwest raspberries, Hood River pears from Moore Orchards, Lemon zest & juice, and Lime juice
Suggested Food Pairings – “This bright and beautifully pink cider pairs well with grilled cilantro lime chicken, strawberry citrus spinach salad, orzo pasta salad, and a light, fresh cheese like feta. Its tart and zesty finishing notes make it the perfect cider for summer fun in the backyard.”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

 

TBBW 2020 Event: Green Bench & Angry Orchard Cider Dinner with LOKO Cuisine

TBBWLogoGreen Bench Brewing Co. | Green Bench Mead & Cider (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will be celebrating Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 by teaming up with Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Walden, New York) and LOKO Cuisine to host a very special Cider Dinner at Webb’s City Cellar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

Organized to break up Tampa Bay Beer Week with a refreshing infusion of cider, this event will bring Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard, and Green Bench’s Brian Wing to the table to discuss all the beautiful intricacies of cider with you over dinner.  This Cider Dinner will consist of the following five-course menu (served family style) prepared by the incredibly talented crew at LOKO Cuisine:

The Menu
  • 1st Course | Antipasti – Citrus Marinated Olives, Herb Roasted Nuts, 18 Month Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan w/red apple balsamic & Ricotta Crostini w/Green Bench rooftop honey & smoked salt
  • 2nd Course | Four Cheese Carbonaro Mac – Cavatappi, Pecorino Romano, Asiago, Parmesan, white cheddar, soft egg, house bacon bits, pork fat crumb *VF
  • 3rd Course | Verdura e Frutta Carpaccio – Green tomatoes, cucumber, beets, carrots, apples, apple grain mustard vinaigrette, honey roasted pistachios, basil, mint
  • 4th Course | Roasted Porchetta – Crispy stuffed pork belly, herbs, fennel, pickled raisins, salsa verde, Truffle Salt & Vinegar Fingerling Potatoes, Agrodolce Braised Kale & Fennel *VF
  • 5th Course | Apple Crostata – Individual cored apple, brown sugar, warm spices, golden pastry, cinnamon cider caramel

*VF-Vegetarian Friendly option upon request

The list of ciders to be featured alongside the menu above is still being compiled, but it is known that each course will include two expertly paired 2 oz. pours from Angry Orchard and Green Bench, and a brief description of each offering from the brewers.

Tickets for the Green Bench and Angry Orchard Cider Dinner are available now for $50 each (plus fees), and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost allows you to enjoy the five course meal, all the cider pairings, and one unforgettable evening.

The Green Bench & Angry Orchard Cider Dinner is limited to only 30 tickets.  Yes, you read that correctly. There are only 30 tickets available.  If you want to be a part of this event, stop what you are doing and lock down your tickets now.  They will not last long. Seriously . . . do it.  Prost!

 

 

Portland Cider Co. & Blue Star Donuts Collaborate on Blueberry Bourbon Basil Cider

PortlandCiderBlueStarPortland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Blueberry Bourbon Basil, a Small Batch Series cider brewed in collaboration with Portland-based Blue Star Donuts, in mid-January.

The cidermakers at Portland Cider Company found the inspiration to create Blueberry Bourbon Basil in “Blue Star Donuts’ sweet and colorful Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut, one of the company’s most popular products, which combines fresh sweet blueberries, fragrant basil, and a good local bourbon added for a hint of caramel depth.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Blueberry Bourbon Basil is a Hard Cider that “features a blend of bright blueberries, fresh herbal basil and deep rich bourbon notes from oak aging.”

“We originally released this cider for National Donut Day in 2017 as a small draft pub-exclusive, and it sold out within two weeks,” explained Portland Cider Co. co-owner Jeff Parrish. “In 2018, we made a slightly larger batch and it sold out in just a month. We’ve always wanted to package it, but we needed to work on the particulars of how to make that happen. Our new 19.2 ounce cans, launched in the second half of 2019, made it a possibility.”

Blueberry Bourbon Basil will launch at Portland Cider Company’s two taproom locations starting January 17 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Small Batch Series offering available in 19.2 oz. cans and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution network in Oregon, Washington and Northern California into the Bay Area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blueberry Bourbon Basil from Portland Cider Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Series; mid-January – March 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 6%
Ingredients – Blueberries, sweet basil, Fuji apples, Pink Lady apples, Gala apples, Honeycrisp apples & Golden Delicious apples
Treatment – Oak-aged
Fun Fact – “The collaboration with Blue Star Donuts goes back to the bakery’s early days; Blue Star has used Portland Cider Co.’s award winning flagship Kinda Dry cider in its hard cider apple fritter, sold year-round, since 2013. The two companies have since partnered on several donut and cider pairing events over the years, including Portland Cider Co.’s annual Cider & Donuts Festival, held each June as part of Oregon Cider Week.” 
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

Ciderboys Cider Co. Goes Bananas, Introduces Banana Bliss Hard Cider

BananaBlissCiderboys Cider Co. (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially announced that Banana Bliss, an Apple Strawberry Banana Hard Cider, will arrive in October 2019 as the newest innovative release to come out of the cidery’s Fruitful Pairings Series.

Developed so that “consumers can relive summer vibes all fall long,” Banana Bliss is a “first of its kind” Hard Cider featuring a “balanced combination of natural Strawberry and Banana, which [pairs] wonderfully with the apple goodness Ciderboys is known for.” Weighing in at a smooth-sipping 5% ABV, Banana Bliss is like a smoothie in cider form.

“The pairing of strawberry and banana is classic, and we were ready to put our spin on it with hard cider,” said Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys’ Marketing Director. “The pairing is so refreshing, whether you’re drinking it on a warm fall day picking apples or on a cool night by the campfire. Some might say Banana Bliss is an ‘appealing’ opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

Banana Bliss is rolling out now and will be hanging around as long as supplies last this fall (2019).  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of Ciderboys’ distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Banana Bliss from Ciderboys Cider Co.

Release – Limited/Fruitful Pairings Series; October – Fall 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Natural strawberry & banana
Fun Fact – “A subsidiary of the Steven Point Brewery, the Ciderboys Cider Co. makes its carbonated hard ciders with natural fruit and apple juice from fresh Washington State apples. No sugar is added to Ciderboys products, which are naturally gluten free.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Cider Finder – http://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Portland Cider Co. Kicks Off New Small Batch Series with Release of Crangerine

Crangerine19Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch its new Small Batch Series with the early October release of Crangerine.

Arriving as the first offering in the “cider maker’s dream line” of Small Batch releases, Crangerine is a “medium sweet” Hard Cider “highlighting delightfully tart and juicy tangerines complemented by fruity Oregon-grown cranberries.” Crimson in color and just 5.1% ABV, Crangerine is “perfect for food pairings and any occasion” this holiday season.

“The small batch series will let us experiment with some really fun flavors & styles, so we’re excited,” said Deron Davenport, Head Cider Maker for Portland Cider Co. “It gives us the chance to introduce great new ciders more frequently, to go along with our core line & seasonals, to give cider lovers more of what they love.”

Crangerine will officially debut on October 9 and is scheduled to hang around through the holiday season.  You can expect to find this new Small Batch release available in 19.2 oz. cans and on draft at “either of [Portland Cider Co.’s] two taprooms, as well as at specialty bottle shops and independent grocery stores, plus some Fred Meyers and Safeways, in the Portland Metropolitan area.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Crangerine from Portland Cider Co.

Release – Limited/Small Batch Series; October 9, 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.1%
Ingredients – Oregon cranberries, NW tangerines, Fuji apples, Pink Lady apples, Gala apples, Honeycrisp apples & Golden Delicious apples
Fun Fact – “Portland Cider Co. plans to release four to five more ciders within the Small Batch Series in 2020, starting in January with a canned release of its Blueberry Bourbon Basil collaboration cider with Blue Star Donuts.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Roasted turkey, brie, pumpkin pie, salty ham, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

Crangerine pint & 19.2 can

Portland Cider Co. Adds Peach Berry Cider to Seasonal Lineup

PeachBerry_SquarePortland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will introduce Peach Berry Cider as its newest Seasonal Release in September 2019.

Designed to represent “an ideal transition from summer to fall,” Peach Berry Cider is a Hard Cider that features “bold, juicy Oregon peaches [playing] with a blend of tart Northwest grown berries.”  Coming in at a super drinkable 5.2% ABV, Peach Berry Cider supplies its drinker with “a floral juicy peach nose and flavors of ripe blackberry, stone fruit, and sorbet.”

“Portland Cider fans have been begging us for a berry cider for years,” said Helen Lewis, Cider Propagandist at Portland Cider Co. “After lots of small batch experiments in our taprooms, our cider makers found the perfect blend to give the people what they want. The fresh peaches just elevate it to a new level.”

Peach Berry Cider is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the months of fall.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at Portland Cider Company’s two taproom locations and at select cider-friendly establishments located in Oregon and Washington.  Limited draft distribution will be available in the Bay Area of Northern California.  Prost!

Vital Information for Peach Berry Cider from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal (Fall); launching September 2019
Style – Hard Cider 
ABV – 5.2%
Ingredients – Oregon peaches, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, Gala apples, Honeycrisp apples, Golden Delicious apples, Fuji apples & Pink Lady apples
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pizza, spicy sausages, corn on the cobb, ice cream”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

 

Vermont Cider Co. Celebrates Fall with Return of Woodchuck Pumpkin

WoodchuckLogo2Vermont Cider Co. | Woodchuck Hard Cider (Middlebury, Vermont) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Woodchuck Pumpkin will return in August for a Seasonal run.

Previously released as a part of Woodchuck’s Private Reserve line, this year’s Woodchuck Pumpkin has been reclassified as a Core Seasonal and now boasts “the addition of oak aging.” This new approach allows the offering’s “naked pumpkin profile and oak aging [to play] perfectly against the red culinary apple varieties used in this cider.”  Coming in at 5.5% ABV, the semi-sweet Woodchuck Pumpkin has “an earthy taste with hints of vanilla and caramel.”

“When we look at our limited release plans each year, we listen to what our customer partners and fans are asking for,” said Bridget Blacklock, Vice President of Marketing. “Pumpkin has been a style that everyone requests so we wanted bring back the original pure pumpkin taste with new complexity to give our fans something special.”

Woodchuck Pumpkin officially releases in August and has plans to hang around for a limited time this fall.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located throughout Woodchuck Hard Cider’s distribution footprint in the East and Central regions of the U.S.  Prost!

Vital Information for Woodchuck Pumpkin from Vermont Cider Co./Woodchuck Hard Cider

Release – Seasonal/Limited; returning August 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.5%
Added Ingredients – Pumpkin
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.woodchuck.com/locator/