Portland Cider Co. Welcomes Fall with Return of Pumpkin Spice Cider

Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its beloved Pumpkin Spice Cider in late August 2021.

Freshly adorned with a “silver medal in the 2021 New York International Cider Competition,” Pumpkin Spice Cider is a Hard Apple Cider that “contains crisp Northwest apples paired with warm autumn spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Pumpkin Spice Cider is a “semi-dry cider . . . [that incorporates] all the best flavors of the season.”

“We think these Pumpkin Spice six-packs will be perfect for sharing at fall holiday celebrations with family and friends,” said Lynda Parrish, co-owner at Portland Cider Co. “This is a cider that sets a cozy autumnal mood, whether enjoyed with a hearty feast, around a backyard fire pit, or indoors on a chilly evening with your favorite blanket and a book.”

Pumpkin Spice Cider is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California. Prost!

Vital Information for Pumpkin Spice Cider from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal; late August – October 2021
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Northwest apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger & allspice
Suggested Pairings – “Pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes, and cinnamon sugar donuts”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Distribution – Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho & Northern California
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

Ciderboys Hard Cider Hits Summer With Tropical Wave

Ciderboys Hard Cider (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tropical Wave, a POG-inspired Hard Cider, in early July 2021.

Next up in the Fruitful Pairings Series from Ciderboys, Tropical Wave is a Hard Apple Cider that boasts a “tantalizing tropical trio – passion fruit, orange, and guava.” Coming in at 5% ABV, Tropical Wave “leans into cravings for quenchable and refreshing flavors during warm months.”

“By Fruitful Pairings,” explains Director of Marketing Julie Birrenkott, “we mean a fruit juice flavor that complements and enhances the tart sweetness of our hard cider, not masks that apple goodness. The combination of these tropical flavors really pushes the apple over the top.”

Tropical Wave is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time this summer. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of Ciderboys’ distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Wave from Ciderboys Hard Cider

Release – Limited; early July 2021
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Passion fruit, orange & guava
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Portland Cider Co. Rings in the New Year with Bubbly Brut

Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Bubbly Brut, the latest release in its Small Batch Series, in late December 2020.

Here to fill your New Year with a “modern champagne-style sparkling cider that’s perfect for celebrating a special occasion or a ‘cider-bration’ any night of the week,” Bubbly Brut is a Hard Cider “made from 100% Northwest apples, fermented separately with two different champagne yeast strains on neutral French Oak, then blended.” Coming in at 6.9% ABV, Bubbly Brut is a “a dry, tannic cider that’s rich in apple notes with depth, character, and plenty of fizz, offering 50 percent more carbonation than the cidery’s other products.”

“We wanted to capture what people would expect from a champagne, but in a more approachable cider package,” said Deron Davenport, Portland Cider Co.’s head cidermaker. “Bubby Brut feels like a celebration with its sparkling effervescence, but it’s a cider at its core. That’s what’s really cool about this product—it’s an ode to a dry cider with a flavor profile that’s just as complex as any champagne you’ll find.”

Bubbly Brut is rolling out now and will hang around through February 2021. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 19.2 oz. cans and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California. Prost!

Vital Information for Bubbly Brut from Portland Cider Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Series; late December 2020 – February 2021
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 6.9%
Fruit – Northwest Apples
Treatment – Fermented separately with two different champagne yeast strains on neutral French Oak, then blended
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

Portland Cider Co.’s Crangerine Returns for a Limited Time

Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Small Batch Series Release of Crangerine in early November 2020.

Originally introduced in 2019 to launch Portland Cider Company’s Small Batch Series, Crangerine is a Hard Cider that “highlights tart and juicy tangerines complemented by fruity Oregon-grown cranberries.” Coming in at 5.1% ABV, Crangerine is “a playful spin on a fall classic, adding bright citrus for those who like something unexpected.”

“We love the tartness of this cider and how the citrus zest of the tangerines interacts with the fruitiness of the rich red cranberries,” said Lynda Parrish, Portland Cider Co. co-owner. “This cider is perfect for the holiday season—it works well with food pairings, especially the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, and makes a delicious cranberry cider cocktail as well.”

Crangerine is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release 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 Crangerine from Portland Cider Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Series; November 2020
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 – “Crangerine is . . . Portland Cider Co.’s first product to feature a bright and colorful refreshed design. The shrink sleeves allow the company to create more complex package designs with realistic details; in this case, the tangerines and cranberries appear as if they could be picked right off the can. The company plans on a subtle refresh for each of its year-round cider packages as they release.”
Suggested Pairings – “Roasted turkey, brie, pumpkin pie, honey baked ham, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

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

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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