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.
It’s time once again to celebrate at Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). Coming up just one week from tomorrow, Saturday, November 5th, Two Beers Brewing will celebrate their 9th Anniversary from 1 pm to 7 pm. For this year’s Anniversary celebration, Two Beers is revisiting their past a bit. They’ve dug into both their pantry and their cellar to bring back some special cask infusions that were more prevalent during the previous iteration of The Woods taproom, as well as some vertical tastings of their Alta Series’ beers, including the now retired Ascension 2013, High Divide 2013 among others.
Also returning in time for the Anniversary celebration is Two Beers’ popular Jive Espresso Stout, and they will be debuting the latest addition to their lineup: Tipsy Toboggan Winter Ale. This Winter Warmer comes in at 6.8% and will be available on draft and in 12 oz cans starting on November 5th.
We’ve seen our share of ‘buyouts’ in the craft beer World. You know the feeling – that heartbreaking moment when you realize that one of your favorite craft breweries has ‘sold out’ to the big boys: InBev or SABMiller. This is NOT one of those moments.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, the first cidery in Seattle since the days of prohibition, are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with French, farmer-run cooperative Agrial. They’ve struck a great deal that allows for additional expansion of both Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider, without giving up any control. Both brands will continue to operate completely independently, right here in Seattle.
It seems like only yesterday I was telling you about the launch of Seattle Cider Company, sister company to Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and the first cidery in Seattle since prohibition. In reality, that was almost three years ago. Since then, Seattle Cider has come out with several new ciders, ramped up production multiple times and increased distribution to over 12 states (including Washington), with more states being added all the time.
Now, nearly three years later and bigger than they ever thought they’d be at this point, Seattle Cider Company is preparing to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary next Saturday, August 27th at The Woods taproom.
“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.”
Today, Monday May 16th, is day number 5 of Seattle Beer Week #8, which means we’re about halfway through. Things kicked off last Thursday at Reuben’s Brews with the official tapping of the first keg of the official Seattle Beer Week beer: Daily Pale, followed by the opening night pub crawl. I had to drop by Reuben’s, of course, for the kickoff and then found my way to Beveridge Place Pub for stop #3 on the crawl.
I’ve told you before about how quickly Seattle Cider Company has taken off since they first launched back in 2012. Their astounding increase in sales and distribution shows no signs of slowing. They already distribute to 11 states including: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada and Missouri. Now, they’re ready to expand distribution once again.
Get ready, Colorado, because Seattle Cider is coming your way. They should arrive in Denver starting tomorrow, April 6th, and will begin rolling out in other locations across Colorado throughout the year. See below for the details of all Denver launch events.
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.
Back in 2013, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), released the first beer in what was dubbed their Alta Series. This is a line of specialty, high-octane brews that are Two Beers’ most over the top concoctions, pushing the limits of both complex flavors and ABV.
Upon it’s first release, the Russian Imperial Stout from their Alta Series was named Switchback, after switchback type hiking trails (in case you weren’t aware, Two Beers’ founder, Joel VandenBrink, is a huge hiking fan). Switchback was later renamed to Fall Line and was joined by the rest of the Alta Series beers: Overhang Imperial Porter, High Divide Double Blonde Ale and Ascension Triple IPA (although they haven’t brewed Ascension in a while).