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
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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
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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
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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
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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!



Boulevard Brewing Gets Into the Cider Game with Release of City Market Cider

CityMarketCider-Diamond-Badge-1Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) will officially introduce its first ever Cider with the upcoming Seasonal release of City Market Cider.

Kansas City’s historic City Market is widely known as “a place where chefs and home cooks come together to show and taste the best flavors in the region.”  This is an institution and community that should be celebrated, and Boulevard Brewing Co. has done just that with the creation of City Market Cider.

Checking in as Boulevard’s first cider and next Seasonal release, City Market Cider is a “local blend [combining] juice from Jonathan and Fuji apples sourced directly from Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill in Sibley, Missouri.”  After undergoing fermentation with Boulevard’s house strain of English ale yeast, City Market Cider was then finished with “a slight blend back of fresh Fuji juice (2.8% of the total blend) to lend a balancing sweetness.”  This all results in a 6.2% ABV Cider that “[alternates] between sweet and tart apple character” in both flavor and aroma.

City Market Cider will launch in the Greater Kansas City Area on Tuesday, November 14 with other regions to follow shortly thereafter.  Once the rollout is completed, you can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select beer and cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for City Market Cider from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, launches November 14, 2017
Style – Hard Apple Cider
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 0
Featured Apples – Jonathan & Fuji Apples from Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill
Yeast – Boulevard’s house English Ale Yeast
Suggested Food Pairings – “Washed Rind Cheeses, Mushroom Risotto, Asian Glazed Pork Belly, Sushi”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & limited draft
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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
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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
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