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/

Portland Cider Co.’s Passion Fruit Cider Returns for the Summer

portlandciderlogoPortland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that the long-awaited return of its Passion Fruit Cider will begin in June 2019.

Back by popular demand after a two year-hiatus, Passion Fruit Cider is a “tropically aromatic” Hard Cider “bursting with bright, tart passion fruit and Northwest apples, offering a flavor that will leave taste buds puckering for more.”  Coming in at a smooth and easy-drinking 5.8% ABV, Passion Fruit Cider “is juicy, fruity, and an ideal refreshment for the summer heat.”

“Customers have been begging us to bring our Passion Fruit cider back for two years now,” said Lynda Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Co. “We’re excited to see it back in a bottle ourselves––it’s a taproom staff favorite.”

Passion Fruit Cider is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon, Washington and parts of Northern California.  Prost!

Vital Information for Passion Fruit Cider from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal; June – October 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.8%
Suggested Food Pairings – “The cider pairs well with the classic foods of summer, including grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and barbecued ribs. It also complements a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cider float.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

 

Heavy Seas Beer Introduces E.Krispers Cider

EKrispersCanFinalHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) – an extension of Clipper City Imports, a division of Clipper City Brewing LP – has officially announced the launch of E.Krispers Cider in the United States.

Developed with the use of “100% Cider Apples”, E.Krispers Cider is a traditional English-style Cider made with “thirty four different varieties of apples [that come] together to give this cider it’s refreshing taste.”  Cider fans can expect E.Krispers (5% ABV) to offer “a unique bittersweet flavor that’s fruit-focused, crisp, and balanced with a classic finish.”

To ensure that they are crafting the best cider possible, Heavy Seas Beer went “directly to the source where traditional cider apples are readily available . . . to produce E.Krispers in Devon, England under the supervision of Cider Maker Barny Butterfield, (Owner and Cider Maker of Sandford Orchards).”  This decision has made it so Heavy Seas can have consistent “access to these traditional cider apple varietals that are not readily available in the US.”

“To grow the cider market in the US, we saw the need for a brand that will have the quality of a cider made from 100% cider apples. Cider apples have the attributes of sweetness, acidity and tannin needed to produce great, nuanced cider. E.Krispers is made from those apples,” said Barny Butterfield, Owner and Cider Maker of Sandford Orchards.

 

“It is exciting to see how much progress has been made to grow demand for cider in America,” said Dan Kopman, CEO at Heavy Seas Beer. “To add fuel to the fire, we need to establish a new price point that reflects both the quality and approachability of cider as an alternative to other alcoholic beverages. We are targeting price points at $8.99 per six pack,” said Kopman. “This will attract new cider drinkers, critical to category growth.”

E.Krispers Cider is actively launching in the U.S. now and will have Year-Round availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this new offering at cider-friendly establishments located throughout the Heavy Seas Beer distribution footprint.  Prost!

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Woodchuck Hard Cider Expands 802 Collection with Release of Kinda Cloudy

WC-Kinda-Cloudy2-761x527Vermont Cider Co. | Woodchuck Hard Cider (Middlebury, Vermont) has officially announced that Kinda Cloudy will release in late May as the second offering to come out of its 802 Collection.

Crafted to be the perfect complementary follow-up to Lil’ Dry, Kinda Cloudy is an unfiltered, semi-sweet Hard Cider that is – like all offerings to come out of the 802 Collection – “made using apples exclusively from [the cidery’s] Vermont orchard partners.”  Meant to “resemble the classic farm stand cider you’d pick up at your favorite Vermont orchard”, Kinda Cloudy (5.1% ABV) “has a medium-bodied mouthfeel, showcasing notes of refreshing apple, subtle hints of champagne, and a slight tartness at the finish.”

Kinda Cloudy is scheduled to roll out in late May with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering at cider-friendly establishments “in Vermont to start with potential distribution outside the state in the future.” Prost!

Vital Information for Kinda Cloudy from Vermont Cider Co./Woodchuck Hard Cider

Release – Limited/802 Collection; launching late May 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.1%
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Serving Suggestions – “Give this unfiltered semi-sweet cider a slight shake and enjoy wherever friends gather!”
Distribution – Vermont only (to start)
Cider Finder – http://www.woodchuck.com/locator/

 

 

Portland Cider Co. Adds 19.2 oz. Cans to its Portfolio

portlandciderlogoPortland Cider Co. (Portland, Oregon) has announced that it has officially begun packaging six of its most popular ciders in 19.2 oz. cans.

To remind folks of the cidery’s English roots and also give the “proper pint” (a.k.a. the 20 oz. imperial pint glass) some love, Portland Cider Co. is now giving their fans the option to enjoy the following six ciders in 19.2 oz. cans (descriptions sourced directly from Portland Cider Co.’s website):

  • Kinda Dry | Year-Round – Blended in the spirit of traditional English cider. Light, clean, refreshing, with a pleasant finish. The kind of cider you can drink all day long!  ABV – 6.9%
  • Sorta Sweet | Year-Round – Blended like traditional American style cider, with higher residual sugars and more tartness. Absolutely delicious & dangerously easy to drink!  ABV – 4.9%
  • Sangria | Year-Round – Blend our delicious cider with the juices of orange, strawberry, pear, passionfruit, elderberry, and lime, to get our Sangria cider. It’s your new favorite fruit punch, for grown-ups!  ABV – 5.8%
  • Hop’ Rageous | Year-Round – An outrageously refreshing off-dry hopped cider, full of citrus flavors that can only be described as Hop’rageous!  ABV – 6.8%
  • Concord Grape | Year-Round – Concord Grape is a deliciously tart blend of 100% NW apple cider and fresh pressed Concord Grapes.  ABV – 5.2%
  • Pineapple Rosé | Seasonal – Bursting with juicy, fresh pineapples, with a naturally pink hue from a splash of Northwest grown blueberries. Treat yourself with this fruity, tropical delight that will take your tastebuds to an island oasis.  ABV – 5.2%

“Portland Cider is an English cider company at our core,” explained Lynda Parrish, who grew up in the Somerset region of the United Kingdom. “So offering our customers a proper pint of proper cider made a lot of sense.”

 

“Who doesn’t like more?” added co-owner Jeff Parrish. “This is the most exciting release we’ve made here at Portland Cider in awhile. Once Lynda and I realized that 19.2 US fluid ounces is a proper English pint, we decided we were going all in with this awesome package, offering our cider fans a proper pint they can take anywhere!”

This new packaging option will officially launch on Friday, March 24 at the “19.2-ounce Can Release” party at both of Portland Cider Co.’s Portland-area pubs. If you cannot make it to the launch parties, 19.2 oz cans of the ciders listed above are available now at select cider-friendly establishments located in Oregon, Washington and Northern California (click here to use Portland Cider Co.’s Cider Finder).

In addition to their new 19.2 oz. can format, “three of the ciders will continue to be produced in 22-ounce glass bottles, including Kinda Dry, Sorta Sweet, and Sangria. Hop’ Rageous & Pineapple Rosé will also be available in six-pack 12-ounce cans. Concord Grape will be exclusively available in the 19.2-ounce can.”  Prost!

Tasting Notes – Cider Edition: Pineapple Rosé from Portland Cider Company

PortlandPineappleRosePourX600For this special edition of Tasting Notes, we ride a refreshing, tropical wave into the weekend thanks to a few cans of Pineapple Rosé from Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon).

Crafted to give cider fans the opportunity to “rosé all day” this summer, Pineapple Rosé is a Hard Cider “bursting with fresh juicy pineapples” and rocking “a pretty in pink hue from a splash of Northwest-grown blueberries.” This refreshing combo produces a “fruity, tropical cider [that comes] in at 5.2% ABV and, much like the rosé wine it’s modeled after, is versatile with a variety of foods.”

Pineapple Rosé is available now and scheduled to hang around through August 2019.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz cans, and on draft at cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon and Washington.

Now that we are all a bit more familiar with this cider’s background information, let’s crack open a can or two, raise a glass to the weekend and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Pineapple Rosé from Portland Cider Company

Appearance: Pineapple Rosé pours a peach-hued, light pink in color and is capped with a 1/4 finger of quickly dissolving fizzy bubbles.  When held to direct light, the peach color deepens and gains vibrancy, creating a natural sepia tone.  The cider is absolutely pristine in clarity and displays a highly energetic carbonation presence coursing within.

Aroma:  The top-billed pineapple opens the aromatic profile with a gentle breeze of tropical fruitiness.  The apples then settle in to support with a clean, semi-sweet cider character.  The profile closes with a musty, vinous note – which has to be the added blueberries – that does a fantastic job of selling the Rosé wine-like experience beyond just a pink appearance.

Taste:  The apples really assert themselves at the jump, setting a solid and balanced cider base.  The pineapple is subtle, rising out of the apple’s sweetness to add a bit of a tropical tanginess and sweetness.  This tropical quality is furthered by a welcomed grace of banana esters from the yeast.  The blueberries are quite muted here, but they do add just a touch of balancing tartness at the finish.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of medium in body with a spritzy carbonation level, this cider comes across as super light and easy-drinking.  On the palate, its lightly sweet, tangy and tart character finds an elegant balance, allowing it to finish nice and dry.  At just 5.2%, the ABV is well hidden and does not surface at all in the profile.  Fittingly, the aftertaste is all apple and pineapple.

Final Thoughts:  Beautifully composed, Pineapple Rosé is one of the few mock Rosé offerings that we have encountered that actually lives up to its inspiration.  Sure, just like the wine, it has a soft pink color and is incredibly approachable, easy-drinking and refreshing.  It then goes a step further by playing with the wine’s sweet and dry characteristics and even somehow mimics vinous notes in the aroma to create a complete package that is ridiculously fresh and natural.  The overall experience basically reads as though you are chasing a bite of an apple slice soaked in pineapple juice with a sip of a drier Rosé to lift and cut that sweetness. It is just gorgeous.

All in all, Pineapple Rosé is a stellar summertime sipper that will fit in perfectly at the brunch table or at the poolside.  If you happen to run across it this summer, be sure to check out this tasty Seasonal cider while you have the chance.  Prost!

 

Portland Cider Co.’s Pineapple Rosé Makes Seasonal Debut

portlandciderlogoPortland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Pineapple Rosé, its brand-new summer seasonal cider, in mid-March 2019.

Created to give cider fans the chance to “rosé all day” this summer, Pineapple Rosé is a Hard Cider “bursting with fresh juicy pineapples” and rocking “a pretty in pink hue from a splash of Northwest-grown blueberries.”  This refreshing combo produces a “fruity, tropical cider [that comes] in at 5.2% ABV and, much like the rosé wine it’s modeled after, is versatile with a variety of foods.”

“We’ve been working on releasing our own rosé cider for a while now, but wanted to wait until we could get the fruit combination just right,” explained Helen Lewis, Marketing Director for Portland Cider Co. “The juicy and delicate pineapple fruit works beautifully with a hint of blueberry juice, creating an elegant cider on par with the rosé wine that so many love.”

Pineapple Rosé will debut on March 15 at a release party at the Portland Cider House and is scheduled to enter distribution in the weeks that follow.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz cans (coming in April 2019), and on draft at cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon and Washington. Prost!

Vital Information for Pineapple Rosé from Portland Cider Company

Release – Summer Seasonal, mid-March – August 2019
Style – Hard Cider 
ABV – 5.2%
Featured Ingredients – Pineapples & Northwest-grown blueberries
Suggested Food Pairings – “Spicy Thai peanut sauce, pork quesadillas, chicken salad with pecans and grapes, or a brie and apple panini”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft at launch. 19.2 oz. cans will release in April 2019
Distribution – Oregon & Washington