I’ll admit; I haven’t yet gotten into craft cider nearly as much as I am into craft beer. I tend to find most ciders out there a bit too sweet for my tastes, which is why I’m starting to get excited about Seattle Cider Company. Set to launch next Saturday, August 24th, the offerings from Seattle Cider Company will be trying to break away from all those overly-sweet ciders, and forge a new path with a line of small batch ciders designed to bring out more of the natural fruit flavors imparted by delicious Washington apples.
Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients, never from concentrate. Brought to you from the same minds behind Seattle’s own Two Beers Brewing Company, and sharing Two Beers Brewing’s ‘The Woods’ tasting room at 4700 Ohio Avenue South, Seattle Cider Company will be hosting a launch party to introduce Seattle’s first cidery since the days of prohibition to the beer and cider drinking public.
Here is the full press release from Seattle Cider Company:
SEATTLE (August 14, 2013) – Seattle Cider Company is excited to announce its fast approaching launch date has been set for Saturday, August 24. As Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider will introduce two year round ciders – Dry and Semi-Sweet – in 16-ounce cans and on draft throughout the Pacific Northwest, accompanied by the cidery’s first seasonal, Pumpkin Spice, in 22-ounce bottles. To mark the occasion, this exciting new cidery will host a launch party on Saturday, August 24 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, offering the public their first taste of this brand new take on cider.
“Our goal is to bridge the gap between beer and wine, and change the perception that cider has to be overly sweet,” said founder and head cidermaker Joel VandenBrink, also known for his role as founder and head brewer at Two Beers Brewing Co. “We’ve created flavorful, small-batch ciders with limited sweetness using all natural ingredients and fresh pressed Washington apples, making for a truly unique product.”
Taking place from 2-7pm, Seattle Cider’s launch party will feature the cidery’s year round offerings, its first seasonal – Pumpkin Spice – and a special Gin Botanical cider created using the herbs and spices from local distillery Batch 206. Pints of cider will be available for $4 each with tasting sampler available for $11, featuring four 4-ounce cider pours. Growler fills will also be available for $11 for Semi Sweet and Dry, and $14 for seasonal ciders. Cans and bottles will also be available for purchase. Cidery tours will be available at 3 pm and 5pm, with raffle prizes – including bottles, cans, t-shirts, growlers, the chance to pick your own cider infusion and more – given away every hour.
The Seattle Cider launch party will also mark the grand reopening of the newly expanded tasting room, The Woods. Located in SoDo, The Woods features offerings from both Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing Co. with eighteen tap handles, six dedicated growler filling stations, seating for 97 people, a sun-filled outdoor patio and HD TVs for watching the game. The Woods will also be extending its hours to include Sundays from 1-6pm, in addition to its current Tuesday through Saturday hours.
Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients, never from concentrate.
Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington beginning August 26, with Oregon and Idaho soon to follow. Tastings, kegs and growler fills are also available at The Woods tasting room in SoDo. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (seattleciderco). A growing list of locations will soon be available at seattlecidercompany.com.
Their first two offerings: Dry and Semi-Sweet will be on tap to enjoy and also available for purchase in 16-oz. cans (shown below). Also available in 22-oz. bottles will be Seattle Cider Company’s first seasonal cider: Pumpkin Spice , just the thing to quench your thirst as this wonderful Seattle Summer winds down and Fall begins to approach.
In addition, there will be a Gin Botanical cider created just for this event as well as a wide selection of beers from Two Beers Brewing Company to enjoy. There will also be discounts on pints and growler fills, so don’t forget those growlers. Come on out to the newly expanded ‘The Woods’ tasting room next Saturday and help welcome Seattle Cider Company to Seattle.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.