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!

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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

Vermont Cider Co. Re-releases Woodchuck Belgian White

WoodchucklogoVermont Cider Co. | Woodchuck Hard Cider (Middlebury, Vermont) has officially announced that Woodchuck Belgian White will make a limited return in February as a part of the cidery’s Tank Series.

Back by popular demand after an incredibly successful release from Woodchuck’s Private Reserve line, Woodchuck Belgian White is a Hard Cider that has been “crafted with a classic Belgian beer yeast.”  Thanks to this special ingredient, Woodchuck Belgian White (5.5% ABV) is able to mimic the characteristics of a Belgian Witbier by possessing a “cloudy . . . rich golden hue”, a “delicate citrus” aroma, and a flavor profile that boasts “both orange and coriander notes.”

“We have the best, most passionate fans and they are not shy about telling us what past varieties they miss,” said Bridget Blacklock, vice president of marketing. “On social, in our consumer email box and at events people are always asking when Belgian White will come back. We released it in the Cider House this past year with great response!”

Woodchuck Belgian White officially launches in February and – like all Tank Series releases – is scheduled to stick around for three to four months.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $8.99 each) and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Vermont and throughout the rest of Woodchuck’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Woodchuck Belgian White from Vermont Cider Co./Woodchuck Hard Cider

Release – Limited/Tank Series, February 2019
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.5%
Featured Ingredient – Belgian beer yeast
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.woodchuck.com/locator/

Ciderboys Introduces Lemon Cello Hard Cider

LemonCiderboys Cider Co. (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially launched Lemon Cello, an Apple Limoncello Hard Cider, as its latest Limited Release offering.

Inspired by the bright yellow limoncello liqueur that is so popular in southern Italy, Lemon Cello is a Hard Cider that balances “two different natural lemon flavors derived from fresh Florida lemons — one for aroma and the other for the flavor —” with the sweetness from the base apple cider.  Described by the cidery’s quality team as “not too tart but not too sweet either”, Lemon Cello (5% ABV) “is abundantly aromatic and overflowing with a sweet, zesty fresh-lemon flavor.”

“Consumer response to Ciderboys Lemon Cello has been amazing so far,” said Julie Birrenkott, Director of Marketing for Ciderboys. “Most people like sweet lemon-flavored beverages and foods, and Lemon Cello’s robust citrus aroma and flavor combined with the sweetness of our apple cider makes for a truly refreshing drink. It’s no surprise that it has been well-received in the marketplace.”

Lemon Cello was introduced in late September 2018 and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering 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 footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lemon Cello from Ciderboys Cider Co. 

Release – Limited, late September/early October 2018
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Florida lemons
Fun Fact – Info on limoncello: “Limoncello originated in the Naples region of southern Italy, which includes the famous Amalfi coast and isle of Capri. Traditionally made by steeping lemon peels in grappa (a clear Italian brandy), adding syrup, and then aging, limoncello pairs well with desserts and is commonly served cold as an after-dinner digestif.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Ciderboys Hard Cider Reintroduces Blackberry Wild as a Seasonal Offering

CiderboysBlackberry1Ciderboys Hard Cider (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially announced that Blackberry Wild will now be released annually as a Seasonal offering available from September through November.

Previously released in 2016 as a limited release flavor, Blackberry Wild is returning to shelves and taps this fall thanks to customer demand and the cidery’s “desire to innovate.”  To make this newly designated Seasonal offering, Chief Cidermaker Mike Schraufnagel and his team start with a crisp apple cider base and blend in “pure blackberry juice at the fermentation stage and add more just before packaging.”  This approach supplies Blackberry Wild (5% ABV) with a flavor experience that offers “a supple combination of sweet and tart.”

“The response to Blackberry Wild was so positive that we had to bring it back. It was not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when.’ We’re always experimenting with new flavors at Ciderboys, and Blackberry was a logical addition to our family of ‘fruitful pairings’ after Strawberry Magic and Raspberry Smash.”

 

– Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys’ Marketing Manager

Blackberry Wild is rolling out now and will stick around through November 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering at cider-friendly spots located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of Ciderboys’ distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blackberry Wild from Ciderboys Hard Cider

Release – Seasonal, September – November 2018
Style – Hard Cider 
ABV – 5%
Featured Ingredient – Pure blackberry juice
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Portland Cider Co. Releases Pumpkin Spice Cider

PortlandCiderPumpkinPortland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced the release of its seasonal fall favorite, Pumpkin Spice Cider.

Developed to be a “delicious tribute to the flavors of autumn”, Pumpkin Spice Cider is a “classic American semi-sweet apple cider . . . made with 100 percent freshly-pressed Northwest apples and a blend of the spices typically found in pumpkin pie: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger.”  Portland Cider Company may not include any actual pumpkin in this cider’s recipe, but that is nothing to worry about.  With spices alone, Pumpkin Spice Cider (5.4% ABV) still has the ability to hit you will all the flavors found in your favorite pumpkin pie.

“Our Pumpkin Spice cider is our tribute to the flavors of autumn,” explained Portland Cider co-owner Lynda Parrish. “It features a stunning blend of apples and spices that will remind you of a cool, crisp fall morning.”

Pumpkin Spice Cider is available now and will be sticking around through November 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at Portland Cider Co.’s two taproom locations and at cider-friendly establishments located within the cidery’s distribution area in Oregon and Washington.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pumpkin Spice Cider from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal, September – November 2018
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5.4%
Ingredients – Cinnamon, Clove, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg, Gala apples, Honeycrisp apples, Golden delicious apples & Fuji apples
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pairs well with pulled pork sandwiches, turkey, and apple pie.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Oregon & Washington

 

CiderBoys Hard Cider Sends La Vida Sangria Out For a Limited Release

SangriaCiderBoys Hard Cider (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially released La Vida Sangria as the latest offering to come out of its Fruitful Pairing Series.

Meant to emulate the traditional sangria – a wine punch made by mixing red wine with citrus fruits and spices – that is so popular in Portugal and Spain during the summer months, La Vida Sangria (5% ABV) is a fruit-laden Hard Cider that unites “the clean, crisp taste of . . . Washington state apples . . . with the subtle tartness of red wine and the citrus flavors of fresh lemons and oranges.” This refreshing combination offers a flavor experience that “leads with a rich, red-wine note followed by hints of orange and lemon, and then a sweet, crisp apple-cider finish.”

“La Vida Sangria is faithful to Ciderboys’ mission and vision of producing delicious and refreshing fruitful pairings by blending unexpected fruit flavors with the crisp taste of apple,” said Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys Marketing Director. “Sangria means fruit, and fruit is what Ciderboys is all about, so naturally we thought it was a great idea.”

La Vida Sangria arrives as the fifth release in CiderBoys’ “fruitful pairing” series, a lineup of limited releases that “blend unexpected fresh fruit flavors with the crisp taste of apple cider.” La Vida Sangria was preceded in this series by Royal Blueberry, Blackberry Wild, Cherry Jubilee and Zen Berry.

Officially available now, La Vida Sangria is a Limited Release that will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this new offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at cider-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of CiderBoys’ distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for La Vida Sangria from CiderBoys Hard Cider

Release – Limited/Fruitful Pairings Series, May 2018
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5%
Fun Fact – “In a first for Ciderboys, La Vida Sangria is packaged in clear glass bottles to showcase its appealing ruby-red hue. The word ‘sangria’ is derived from the Latin ‘sanguis,’ meaning blood, and refers to the blood-red color of most Spanish or Portuguese sangrias.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime to Begin Flowing on Draft in the U.S.

Strawberry Lime Perfect ServeRekorderlig Cider (Vimmerby, Sweden) has officially announced that its Strawberry-Lime Cider will debut on draft in the U.S. beginning in April.

Tapped to serve as Rekorderlig’s “first cider to make it to U.S. draft lines”, Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime is a sweet and tangy cider made with “a refreshing blend of 100% European apples, pears, strawberries, and lime zest.”  Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, this smooth, easy-drinking cider “perfectly embodies a Swedish summer with the authentic flavor of freshly picked strawberries almost adding a touch of sunshine to each sip.”

Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider will have availability on draft in Florida, California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts this April before launching nationally later in the summer.  If you are not in one of the initial draft launch areas but would still like to get your hands on some Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime, this Year-Round offering is also available in 4-packs of 11.1 oz. cans at cider-friendly establishments located in all areas you normally find Rekorderlig offerings.  Prost!

Vital Information for Strawberry-Lime Cider from Rekorderlig Cider

Release – Year-Round, draft availability begins in April 2018
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 4.5%
The Fruit – A blend of 100% European apples, pears, strawberries & lime zest
Suggested Serving Instructions – “Strawberry-Lime is best served perfectly poured over ice with a fresh mint sprig and a lime wedge to accentuate its bright, unique and versatile flavor profile.”
Availability – 4-packs of 11.1 oz. cans & draft
Cider Finder – http://www.rekorderlig.com/us/cider-finder/

 

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/