Earlier this month, I told you about the expansion plans currently under way at Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company. This latest expansion will make The Woods (the shared taproom for Two Beers and Seattle Cider), a much larger space for their beer and cider fans to enjoy. The expansion however, as I noted before, is about much more than just providing a larger tap room.
Seattle Cider Company has grown so quickly since launching in 2012 that they must expand in order to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for their ciders. To that end, the current expansion will boost Seattle Cider’s production capacity up to 44,000 barrels a year. That’s a more than three-fold increase from their previous annual production capacity. The expansion will also allow Seattle Cider to widen their reach, as they move into at least 6 new states in 2015. First up are Wisconsin and Minnesota this Spring.
Here is the full press release from Seattle Cider Company:
SEATTLE (January 15, 2015) – Far surpassing its 2014 goals – producing more than 7,000 barrels of cider in its first full year of production – Seattle Cider Company is quickly gearing up for an even bigger and better 2015. In the midst of a massive expansion, expected to more than triple the growing cidery’s production capacity to 44,000 barrels, Seattle Cider is also preparing for distribution to at least six new states over the next year, with more on the horizon. The new year also brings a few exciting changes to the cidery’s distinctive product lineup. Oaked Maple becomes the new winter seasonal, available now through the end of February, while the cidery’s standout 2014 spring seasonal, Gin Botanical, moves to year round. Taking its place will be Basil Mint, an off-dry cider both savory and floral, available March through May.
“We never expected so much excitement and demand for our product,” said Seattle Cider Company Founder Joel VandenBrink. “It’s amazing to see and really humbling. We are thrilled at the opportunity to expand, allowing us to meet demand across the country, and to release a handful of new ciders. We hope by offering uniquely dry, inventive ciders, we can help grow the cider category and show people what great craft cider tastes like.”
New products from Seattle Cider Company include:
Gin Botanical – Limited Year Round (1.8 Brix; 6.5% ABV)
The only cider included in DRAFT magazine’s list of the “25 Best Beers of 2014,” you’re favorite Gin Botanical cider is now available year round. Fermented with spent gin botanicals from Batch 206 Distillery, our Gin Botanical is a semi-dry cider showcasing lemon, orange rind, juniper, cucumber and verbena. Like the spirit that inspired it, this cider is complex, clean, aromatic and refreshing. Now available.
Oaked Maple – Winter Seasonal (1.8 Brix; 6.5% ABV)
Fermented with raisins and oak chips, this semi-dry cider is back sweetened with pure Vermont maple syrup. Offering notes of vanilla and oak with a hint of maple, this unique cider is the perfect accompaniment to chilly winter weather. Best served chilled, around 55 degrees. Available December – February.
Basil Mint – Spring Seasonal (1.8 Brix; 6.5% ABV)
Perfect for spring, this off-dry cider is fermented with fresh basil and mint. Starting off with a crisp floral aroma, this unique cider offering flavors that are both savory and floral, complemented perfectly by a tart, clean finish. Available March – May.
Seattle Cider’s year round and seasonal offerings 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 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with real ingredients, never from concentrate. Seasonal ciders – including Pumpkin Spice, Oaked Maple, Basil Mint and Berry – are released each quarter, offering unique and unexpected flavor profiles geared toward the season.
Find Seattle Cider Company products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Illinois and Texas, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. 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).
About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings 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, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Seattle Cider products are currently available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Texas, California and Illinois. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday – Sunday at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
It’s great to see Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical Cider go year round. It’s been one of their most popular ciders since the day they launched, so making it a year-round offering was a no-brainer. Also, as noted above, Oaked Maple is now the new Winter Seasonal Cider and Basil Mint is the new Spring Seasonal. Along with Seattle Ciders other offerings, including: Dry, Semi-Sweet, Pumpkin Spice, PNW Berry, Three Pepper and Washington Heirloom, they have assembled an impressive lineup of ciders, each with its own unique character and distinct flavor.
Their ciders also tend to be less sweet than many other ciders on the market, which many people (including myself) appreciate. The sweetness of ciders is measured in a scale called Brix (One degree Brix is 1 gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution). Most ciders on the market today tend to have a Brix rating of 5 or above. Angry Orchard Cider, for example, has a Brix of 7, which is pretty sweet. Seattle Cider’s Dry Cider, on the other hand, is zero Brix, and semi-sweet is only 3 Brix. So, if you’re looking for a cider that has a bit less sweetness to it, do yourself a favor and visit Seattle Cider Company to sample their offerings.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.