Collaborations are all the rage in the craft beer world and, apparently, they’re popular in the cider world as well. If you enjoy cider, blueberries, bourbon, donuts and barrel-aged libations, then Portland Cider Co. and Blue Star Donuts have the collaboration for you.
One of Blue Star’s most popular donuts is their Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut (Which sounds incredible! I need to get down to Portland to try one.). This best seller was the inspiration for Portland Cider Co’s new Blueberry Bourbon Basil Cider.
Even though I’m a big fan of craft beers, I do enjoy the occasional craft cider as well. I sometimes head to one of my local watering holes fully intending to sample some ciders, but then I look at the tap list and I’m like, “Oh look! Three new craft beers I haven’t tried yet!” As a result, I’m far less experienced and knowledgeable about craft ciders than I am craft beers.
Despite this inherent bias I have towards beer over cider, however, I definitely still appreciate a well made craft cider and usually do manage to try a few when I see something new and interesting. So I’m a intrigued by the arrival of Louis Raison French Cidre, France’s #1 selling cider, which is set to make their U.S. debut this week. There are five events happening around Seattle between August 15th and August 26th, where you’ll be able to sample their ciders and see what you think.
Many of the commercial ciders on the market today tend to be too sweet for my palate. Measured on a scale called Brix, many of those ciders come in at a Brix rating of 4, 5 or even higher. I think that’s why I enjoy so many of the ciders from Seattle Cider Company. They keep their ciders low on the Brix scale, which means they aren’t as cloyingly sweet. Their Dry cider, for example, is 0 (zero) Brix and their Semi-Sweet cider clocks in at just 2.6 Brix.
If you’re also a fan of ciders that stay a bit more on the dry side, then you’ll be excited to learn that Seattle Cider Company is ready to bring back their Spring Seasonal: Basil Mint Cider. Coming in at 6.9 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, this Spring Seasonal starts off with a base of 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, accompanied by 100 pounds of fresh basil and 100 pounds of fresh mint. Muddled on site, the basil and mint are then added directly to the cider during fermentation, providing savory and floral characteristics and a clean finish.
“Growing every year, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards has received more than 180 cider entries in 15 categories from 44 cideries found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. PNWCA raises awareness for the unique ciders being produced throughout the region while offering an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider.”
Canning is all the rage these days and, with Summer just about here, you’ll be wanting to grab some of your favorite beers and ciders in cans to take along on your hike, camping trip, bike ride, etc. Well, Seattle Cider Company is ready to give you even more options on what cans you can bring along with you. Starting today, June 3rd, Seattle Cider is releasing their popular Summer Seasonal Berry Cider in 16-ounce cans.
According to Seattle Cider Company: “Made with Pacific Northwest blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, Berry offers a 6.9 percent ABV and just 1.8 Brix, falling perfectly between Dry and Semi Sweet in sweetness. It’s deep pink color lends way to a softly tart start with a flavor of young raspberries, followed by a subtly sweet finish.”
Back in March of 2015, Seattle Cider Company announced Basil Mint as their new Spring Seasonal cider, taking over for their previous Spring Seasonal, Gin Botanical (which is now available as a limited year round release). Now, as Basil Mint returns for Spring 2016, Seattle Cider is pleased to announce that this popular Seasonal offering is now available for the first time in 16 oz cans.
Seattle Cider Company’s Seasonal ciders, until now, have only been available on tap or in 22 oz bottles. That’s about to change, however, as Seattle Cider plans to begin canning all of their other Seasonal releases also, as each one makes it’s return this year in their familiar, white, 16 oz cans.
It’s really been amazing to watch Seattle Cider Company grow so fast. First launched in August of 2013 by Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) founder Joel VandenBrink, Seattle Cider has continued to ramp up production and expand distribution. By August of 2015, they had increased production to over 23,000 barrels annually and expanded to more than ten states across the U.S.
Now, Seattle Cider Company is ready to expand distribution yet again. They have partnered with Missouri distributor, Major Brands, and starting on February 16th of this month, you’ll be able to find Seattle Cider Company Ciders across Missouri.
Seattle Cider Company has quite a wide selection for for such a young cidery. Between their year round selections, their Seasonals, Limited Edition and Harvest series’ they have over 12 different ciders to choose from. Today, that number grows by 2.
Available starting today from Seattle Cider Company are Oaked Maple Cider and Cranberry Cider. You’ll find both available on tap and in bottles at The Woods tasting room when they open their doors today at 3 PM.
Formerly known as Pacific Northwest Berry (don’t worry, nothing has changed but the name), a delicious blend of Pacific Northwest blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, pulling in all the flavors of the season without being too sweet. Berry takes over for Seattle Cider Company’s former Spring seasonal, Basil Mint, joining the cidery’s three year round and two limited edition ciders on shelves across the country. Coming in at 6.9 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, this deep, rose colored cider is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.
Seattle Cider Company is adding one more event to that list with this Saturday’s release of their new Grevenstein Rosé Cider and Perry – both new additions to their Harvest Series. What began with the introduction of Washington Heirloom last year has now become a limited edition series showcasing some of Washington’s most unique apple and pear varieties.