Woodchuck Hard Cider Launches New Tank Series

WoodchuckPearGingerWoodchuck Hard Cider of the Vermont Cider Company (Middlebury, Vermont) has officially announced the limited release of Pear Ginger as the first offering from its new Tank Series.

After a brief release in select markets in 2017 and earning a Gold Medal at the World Cider Championships, Pear Ginger is returning this month to kick of the Tank Series, a line of limited release ciders that honors the “pioneering spirit” of Woodchuck’s cider makers and their unwavering dedication to innovation.  Just as its name would lead you to believe, Pear Ginger (5% ABV) “infuses both pear and ginger for a cider that is light and refreshing.”

“We took time in 2017 to talk to our fans and hear what they wanted to see from Woodchuck,” said Bridget Blacklock, Director of Marketing. “Across the board they said more innovation again. We also kept hearing that being outdoors is a big part of their lifestyle so we knew it had to be a can package.”

Pear Ginger will officially release in March and – like all Tank Series releases – “will be in the market for three to four months.”  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Vermont and throughout the rest of Woodchuck’s national distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pear Ginger from Woodchuck Hard Cider

Release – Limited/Tank Series, launching March 2018
Style – Pear Cider
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Ginger
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.woodchuck.com/locator/


B. Nektar Meadery Unveils 2018 Release Calendar

bnektarglassThis week’s resurgence of release calendars continues as B. Nektar Meadery (Ferndale, Michigan) makes its 2018 Product Release Calendar public.

B. Nektar’s full 2018 Release Calendar is available below and it is absolutely loaded with tasty Core, Seasonal, Limited and Extra Limited Meads and Ciders.  You are free to look it over at your own pace, but here’s a brief overview if you are interested:

  • B. Nektar’s Seasonal Lineup in 2018 will bookend with The Dude’s Rug (January – March, September – December) as Kill All the Golfers (March – September) will fill the gap in the middle
  •  Limited Releases will include Death Unicorn (February), Slice of Life (April), Stupid Man Suit (June), and Black Fang (September)
  • Extra Limited offerings will be released by quarter and include the following: Wildberry Pyment, Grape Mead with Blueberry, Blackberry & Raspberry (1st Quarter); Episode 13 – 2 Year Reserve, Honey Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels (2nd Quarter); Tequila Barrel Aged Pineapple Mead (3rd Quarter); and The Cyser of the Lambs, Apple Honey Wine aged in Chianti barrels (4th Quarter)

That should gloss over a good portion of B. Nektar’s 2018 lineup, but you can still find descriptions, packaging info, and details on Core Releases in the calendar below.  Be sure to check it out so that you can get yourself a proper B. Nektar fix over the next 12 months.  Prost!



Ciderboys Introduces Zen Berry as New Limited Release

CiderboysZenBottleCiderboys Cider Co. (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) recently announced that Zen Berry Apple Boysenberry Hard Cider has officially hit the market as the cidery’s latest Limited Release offering.

The folks at Ciderboys created Zen Berry by combining “the sweetness of apple cider with the fruity tartness of boysenberry, a hybrid of raspberry, European blackberry, and American dewberry first developed in California in the 1920s.”  With the help of those boysenberries, Zen Berry (5% ABV) comes together to be a deep maroon Hard Cider that is “[swirled] with handpicked apples to form a quenchable yin-yang” between sweet and tart.

“Ciderboys fans enjoyed two limited-release flavors last year, Blackberry Wild last fall as well as Royal Blueberry, and they were very popular. Limited release Ciders are a great way to showcase Ciderboys’ innovation and craftsmanship,” said Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys’ Marketing Manager.

“We offered Zen Berry on tap at the Point Brewery Pointoberfest on September 16 and the response was incredible,” she added. “If you like hard cider, you are going to love Ciderboys Zen Berry.”

Zen Berry is out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of Ciderboys’ 33-state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Zen Berry Apple Boysenberry Hard Cider from Ciderboys Cider Co.

Release – Limited, October 2017
Style – Hard Apple Cider
ABV – 5%
Featured Ingredient – Boysenberries
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Locator – http://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Rekorderlig Brings its Spiced Apple Hard Cider Stateside

rekorderligSAHC2_editedRekorderlig Cider (Vimmerby, Sweden) recently announced that their Seasonal Spiced Apple Hard Cider is hitting shelves now in select markets within the United States.

Meant to capture the “beautifully Swedish” flavors of fall, Rekorderlig Spiced Hard Apple Cider “is an aromatic blend of European apples infused with cinnamon and vanilla.”  Since it is well known that fall weather can turn on a dime, this Spiced Hard Apple Cider (4.5% ABV) is a versatile offering that “can be enjoyed hot with a slice of orange or cold over ice.”

Spiced Apple Hard Cider is out now and “available throughout the winter months” in 16.9 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $4.99 each).  This Rekorderlig Seasonal offering will see limited U.S. distribution to cider-focused establishments found in Florida, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.  Prost!

Vital Information for Spiced Apple Hard Cider from Rekorderlig Cider

Release – Seasonal, available October 2017 through the winter months
Style – Hard Apple Cider
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Cinnamon & vanilla
Availability – 16.9 oz. bottles
U.S. Distribution – AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA & RI

The Dude’s Rug Makes Limited Time Return for B. Nektar Meadery

unnamed (51)B. Nektar Meadery (Ferndale, Michigan) recently announced that The Dude’s Rug Hard Cider with Chai Spices will return to shelves and taps for a limited time beginning in September.

Returning for another limited run as B. Nektar Meadery’s tribute to The Big Lebowski, The Dude’s Rug is a tasteful Apple Cider that has been infused with tea and chai spices (cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla).  This combination may seem complicated . . . “You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous” . . . but you can totally expect a mellow, medium-bodied Cider experience filled with “sweet, baked apples followed by a vivid blend of clove and cardamom” that’s then rounded off by some black tea.

The Dude’s Rug begins its release in September and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering at cider and mead lovin’ establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of B. Nektar’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Dude’s Rug from B. Nektar Meadery 

Release – Limited, September 2017
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.5%
Essential Elements – Apple cider, chai tea (tea with cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla)
Suggested Food Pairings – “Bread pudding, cooked apples, dark rum, pumpkin or sweet potato pie, baked squash, samosas, Indian butter chicken.”

Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Mead/Cider/Beer Finder – http://www.bnektar.com/find-us/


Rekorderlig Brings Mango-Raspberry Cider to the U.S.

MangoRaspciderRekorderlig Cider (Vimmerby, Sweden) has officially announced that it will launch its Mango-Raspberry Cider in more than 15 U.S. states beginning the first week of September.

Arriving as Rekorderlig’s sixth flavor to hit the American market, Mango-Raspberry Cider (4.5% ABV) is a refreshing “tropical cider with the intense fragrance and flavor of ripe mango with a hint of wild raspberries.”  This Year-Round cider is “best served cold over ice with a squeeze of lemon”, but it can also be enjoyed straight up or in a creative cocktail.

“Rekorderlig Mango-Raspberry Cider has always been a favorite among Rekorderlig’s worldwide fans. Its intense flavor and fragrance combine Rekorderlig’s native Swedish love for wild raspberries, with an exotic touch of tropical mango. At last, consumers here in the US will have a chance to enjoy it,” says James Vincini, Head of Brand Communications, Rekorderlig Cider. “This new flavor is the perfect addition to our award-winning portfolio of hard ciders,” adds Vincini.

Mango-Raspberry Cider will officially launch with a limited rollout beginning in September.  You can expect to find this new offering available in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $9.99) at bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California, Georgia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Minnesota.  If you do not happen to reside in any of those state, there is no need to fret because Mango-Raspberry Cider will hit Rekorderlig’s full national distribution in early 2018.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mango-Raspberry Cider from Rekorderlig Cider

Release – Year-Round, U.S. launch begins September 2017
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 4.5%
Mixing Suggestions – “This cider can easily be mixed with spirits like Tequila and Rye whiskey without losing its edge.”
Availability – 4-packs of 11.2 oz. cans 
Distribution – Launching in AL, FL, CA, GA, NH, MA, RI, NC, SC, AZ, NV, AL, MI, NV, OR & MN the first week of September.  Available nationally by early 2018
Cider Finder – http://www.rekorderlig.com/us/cider-finder/