Available now: Angry Orchard Tapped Maple, a new hard cider.
Cold wintery breakfasts are the inspiration for Tapped Maple. Angry Orchard used culinary apples from the United States, and Vermont maple syrup in its creation. Once the apple juice fermented into a dry cider, maple syrup was added to create a fun, contrasting flavor.
This cider is especially interesting because the base cider is actually quite dry. The maple syrup – rich in flavor and natural maple sweetness – adds a delicate balance, creating a not-too-sweet cider with a strong maple-forward aroma, and full, round mouthfeel.
Angry Orchard Tapped Maple is available from January through April in 12 ounce bottles.
Ed note: Apparently this cider was released in January. PR was released Mid-Feb.
Richmond, Virginia based Buskey Cider has started canning their cider lineup for the first time.
Will Correll, aka “The Cider Guy” and team opened the cidery on Leigh Street in the Scott’s Addition area of Richmond in April of 2016. In a burgeoning Virginia brewing scene, the response to cider in city has been strong. After nearly a year of being draft only, Buskey Cider – like many of their local brewery brethren, are going to cans.
The first release is RVA Cider, a 5.5% alcohol by volume cider named for their beloved city. Their most popular cider is semi-sweet, and made with fresh pressed Virginia apples.
“We have known for years that cans are better for both the product and for the environment. One of the best things about cans rather than bottles is that our fans can enjoy them with family and friends anywhere they go.” – Will Correll, founder and CEO of Buskey
Buskey RVA Cider cans will be distributed through Loveland Distributing.
Style: Hard Cider
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Debut (Cans): January, 2017
Marietta, Georgia based Treehorn Cider has released their first canned offering. The cidery opened almost one year ago.
Treehorn Dry Cider, one of the first ciders in the lineup, has been chosen as the first packaged offering. The Dry edition features five different varieties of apples, including Staymen Winesap, and Arkansas Black.
…chosen for their complex flavors and tannins; giving it a flavor profile of tart apple and citrus aroma with a bright and lively taste and a soft mineral finish with focused acidity.
Treehorn Dry Cider is available in 12 ounce cans and draft, year-round.
Style: Hard Cider
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): July, 2016
Ed note: Apparently the first cans debuted in July, 2016. We received the PR in September.
Image: Treehorn Cider
Angry Orchard Walden Hollow is the latest big bottle “Cider House Series” release. A new hard cider that features all New York state apples.
When you are brewing a cider, apples are everything. New York is known for their apple crop, prompting a release focusing on a few of the state’s popular varieties.
Three apples make up Angry Orchard Walden Hollow – Golden Russett, Newtown Pippin, and Northern Spy. Apparently, the Northern Spy apple is used frequently in brandy production.
What you’ll taste in this hard cider… a more tart and dry cider then some of the mainstream sweet ciders that you will find. You’ll find Walden Hollow be a little more musty, with a touch farmhouse notes found in Brettanomyces heavy wild ales. Love ciders and a nice buzz? Hollow is bit higher than average – clocking in a 8% alcohol by volume.
Angry Orchard Walden Hollow is a 750 milliliter corked and caged bottle release, year-round – named for the Angry Orchard in Walden, New York.
Style: Hard Cider
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: August, 2016
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New Belgium Brewing has almost completed their Asheville, North Carolina brewery build. With that project near completion, the brewery is already looking into a new chapter. Hard cider.
In July, ever-so-quietly, New Belgium released small batches of Side Trip Series cider. Draft appeared in market in Asheville at a special debut event at the well known Thirsty Monk, then cans at local retailers.
Surprised? We were too.
New Belgium has excelled over the years in the ale and wild ale categories. Fat Tire is a beer household name. The wood cellar at the Fort Collins, Colorado brewery is a pilgrimage for many. What does a brewery do when they have done so many outstanding things? They start the groundwork on what looks to be a future cidery.
Right now there are two ciders in the Side Trip Series. Dry, and Semi-Dry. The difference in the two is basically the amount of residual sugar left after fermentation. The “dry” cider has the least amount of sugar. Both styles are clean and refreshing.
New Belgium is canning in Vermont, with the help of renowned cider maker, Woodchuck. The apples, are New York and New England apples. In the future, the brewery would like to use all local North Carolina apples. According to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the demand is already so high for the state’s apples, a national cider program by New Belgium would require new orchards. That’s around a 5 year grow time.
If New Belgium goes national with this cider program, the brewery mentions they will end up adding a full blown cidery facility. That build is a bit down the road right now.
In our opinion, these ciders are already a home run. A fantastic showing of versatility and quality from New Belgium.
If you are in the Asheville area anytime soon, you’ll find these cans exclusively at select retailers.
Woodchuck June & Juice has joined the cider maker’s Out on a Limb Series. Each cider in the series is a one-off experiment, featuring everything from hops to hot peppers.
Woodchuck June & Juice welcomes the hot weather with a cider featuring juniper berries. If you have had gin or a gin cocktail before, you’ve tasted juniper. The berries have a piney flavor and hints of citrus.
The Cider Makers filled our custom extraction tank with juniper berries, rose petals, and orange peels, yielding a fresh botanical aroma. June & Juice has a refreshing semi-sweet apple taste with notes of juniper and citrus, a perfect alternative to your Friday night G&T!
Woodchuck June & Juice is a 12 ounce bottle offering, for a limited time. The Out on a Limb Series 6 pack holder is the same all year, so check the next of the bottle