Seattle’s first cidery since the days of prohibition, Seattle Cider Company, launched just this past August, sharing The Woods tasting room with Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing Company. Now, a mere 4 months later, they’re ready to release their second seasonal cider (the first was their Fall seasonal: Pumpkin Spice), and expand distribution into Eastern Washington and Alaska.
Available now through February, Seattle Cider Company’s New England Style Cider has arrived. You can find it on tap and in 22oz bottles at The Woods tasting room, or in your local bottle shop.
Here is the full press release from Seattle Cider Company:
SEATTLE (December 3, 2013) – Seattle Cider Company, Seattle’s first and only cidery since Prohibition, is excited to announce the release of its second seasonal cider. Available in 22-ounce bottles now through February, Seattle Cider’s New England style offers a unique flavor profile, fermented with brown sugar and raisins, and 9.5 ABV. This pre-Prohibition style cider joins the growing cidery’s two year round ciders – Dry and Semi-Sweet, available in 16-ounce cans – on shelves and on draft throughout Washington state and Alaska beginning today.
“With cool temps and holidays upon us, this powerful cider offers flavors and an ABV sure to keep bodies warm and spirits high,” said founder and head cidermaker Joel VandenBrink, also known for his role as founder and head brewer at Two Beers Brewing Co. “Our first seasonal, a Pumpkin Spice cider, was an overwhelming hit and we anticipate the New England style to be no different. It’s been exciting to see the quick growth and support for both Seattle Cider and the cider industry as a whole. ”
A semi-dry cider, Seattle Cider’s New England style cider harkens back to the days of covered wagons and pioneers. Mahogany in color and fermented with a unique combination of brown sugar and raisins, it offers notes of vanilla, oak and a clean toast, making it perfect for cold winters and taking on the hazardous new world. Offering a 9.5 ABV and just 1.2 Brix, this robust cider is still dryer than most ciders found on the market today. Pick up 22-ounce bottles at specialty bottles shops and grocery stores throughout Seattle, including Beer Junction, Chuck’s 85th and Whole Foods. For a full list of locations, visit seattlecidercompany.com (subject to change and availability).
Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – also 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. Seasonal ciders, such as the New England style, are to be released each quarter, offering unique and unexpected flavor profiles geared toward the season.
Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington state and Alaska, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. Expansion to Oregon and Michigan expected for January. Tastings and pints are also available at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, which shares the space with Two Beers Brewing Co. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (seattleciderco).
If you were around in August for Seattle Cider Company’s launch, or if you’ve been to The Woods tasting room recently, then you’ve likely already had the opportunity to try the New England Style Cider as it’s been on tap there for at least the past week. If you haven’t I urge you to drop by The Woods or pick up a bottle of Seattle Cider Company New England Style Cider at your local bottle shop soon and give this strong (9.5%) and unique cider a try.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.