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Drink Spotlight: Crispin Cider Innovates with New Bourbon Char Cask-Aged Limited Release

 

 

 

With Contemporary New Flavor Offering and Switch to 6-Packs, Crispin Doubles Down on Bringing Premium Hard Cider to Drinkers Nationwide

CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crispin Cider Company is committed to bringing the very best hard cider to fans seeking unique, authentic flavors. Now in its seventh year, the cider company is proud to announce an extension of its barrel-aged program with Bourbon Char, a bourbon cask-aged hard apple cider finished with a smoked maple syrup. The limited release is inspired by bourbon's sweet and smoky flavor, which pairs naturally with apples. In addition to the new selection, Crispin now offers the beloved Original and Pacific Pear flavors in 6-pack bottles, making the ciders even more accessible to fans.

Crispin ciders are naturally fermented using the raw, unpasteurized juice of fresh-pressed American apples and pears from Washington and Oregon. Through classic cold fermentation and specially selected wine yeasts, Crispin ciders retain the authenticity of native fruit flavors that is only present in hard cider made from fresh-pressed fruit. In an effort to bring a premium cider experience to even more drinkers, the cidery will now offer two of its mainstay varieties, Original and Pacific Pear, in packages of six bottles.

"We're committed to making an impact on the cider category, as evidenced by our continued flavor innovation," says Anup Shah, marketing director for Crispin Cider Company. "Also, with our shift to 6-pack bottles, we are making Crispin as accessible as possible to drinkers everywhere."

New Bourbon Char offers cider drinkers an apple variety with a touch of smoke and brown sugar sweetness, finished with smoked maple syrup. Bourbon Char is available in select locations nationally for a limited time.

"Fans of Crispin have come to know our ciders for their high quality but have come to love them because of our innovation," says Victoria Tonini, Crispin signature cider creator. "With Bourbon Char, we hope cider drinkers will be pleasantly surprised by the uniquely smoky, yet subtly sweet apple cider. The limited release offers our fans another refreshing, yet complex flavor to elevate their drinking and dining occasions."

Bourbon Char Cider Profile

Appearance – Cloudy, golden sunflower color.
Aroma Strong bourbon and oaky character with faint background of hickory sweetness.
Taste – Strong bourbon characters on the front palate giving way to apple with a kiss of brown sugar sweetness and smoky char balanced by delicate oaky astringency.
Mouth Feel – Silky, mouthwatering acidity steadied by the tannic drying notes of the oak.
Finish – Lasting edges of bourbon with quick finish of smoke and sweet apple.
ABV – 6.9%

Bourbon Char is sold in 22-ounce bottles in select locations nationwide for a limited time. Crispin Original and Pacific Pear flavors are now available nationally in 6-pack bottles. For more information about Crispin's complete line of ciders, go to www.CrispinCider.com.

About the Crispin Cider Company:

The Crispin Cider Company crafts super premium hard apple and pear ciders using blends of fresh-pressed apples and pears. The Classic Line consists of: Original, Brut, Pacific Pear and Blackberry Pear. The unfiltered Artisanal Reserve® line consists of: Honey Crisp and The Saint. The Crispin Cider Company also imports a classic English dry cider, Browns Lane. The Crispin Cider Company is based in Colfax, California. You can find more information at www.CrispinCider.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drink Spotlight: 1911 Hard Ciders

 

 

1911 Hard Ciders are made from apples grown on our land in Upstate New York and fermented on the same property. Their delicious taste comes from our famous apple cider. Scroll down to learn more about each of our 7 delicious flavors.

 

1911 Heritage Dry is a delicate sparkling hard cider with a crisp, dry finish. Fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel and aged with French and American Oak, this cider has light structure, vibrant acidity, and subtle undertones of vanilla and caramel. Dry, 6.9% ABV.

 

A sparkling cider made from a special blend of our family grown apples, 1911 Original Hard Cider combines the crispness of freshly picked apples with a clean refreshing finish. A balanced and perfectly tart cider aged with American oak. Semi-Dry, 5.5% ABV.

 

 

1911 Raspberry Hard Cider is a sparkling cider made from our family grown apples. This cider opens with a fruit forward body and a lingering burst of raspberry on the finish. Semi-Sweet. 5.5% ABV.

 

 

1911 Blueberry Hard Cider is a sparkling cider made from our family grown apples. It is perfect for someone looking for something a little bit sweeter. The flavors of apple and blueberry intertwine smoothly and result in a lasting fruity finish. Semi-Sweet 5.5%

 

 

 

From Tree to Bottle

Our relationship with our product begins long before our apples reach the distillery. Every tree on our land at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette, New York is planted by us, cared for and hand trimmed throughout the year. We guarantee the quality and freshness of our product by growing our own apples and producing our spirits and hard ciders on the same land that has been family owned and farmed for five generations.

 

 

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Packaging Spotlight: No. 6 Cider

 

 

Designed by

Creature Design

Seattle, WA, USA

 

 

Brief

Hard Cider is the fastest growing category in the alcoholic beverage industry. With great unisex appeal and “sessionable” qualities, cider is taking over more shelf space and tap handles everyday. We partnered with a group of passionate investors with a great tasting room and distillery property alongside the rail yards of Seattle.

The beautiful problem became “How can we show the world we’re made of more than apples?” From there, we imagined a new brand forged from the spirit of the American railways and all that it did to connect us from East to West.

 

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Orchard’s Edge Old Fashioned Hard Cider

 

 

The Old Fashioned is made with a blend of American apples and is aged on oak with dried tart cherries, California grown navel orange peel, and charred bourbon barrel staves, offering citrus and cherry aromas with a bright apple flavor and slight vanilla notes. It has lasting tannins and a full, round mouthfeel.

 

 

FLAVOR PROFILE

ABV: 6.5%
Culinary Apples: Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith
Gluten Free: Yes
Packaging Options: 12oz bottle (6-pack)
Availability: Year-Round

 

 

About the company

Our 60 acre orchard in Walden, NY is nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley is known as the Apple Belt of New York, which is the second largest apple producing state in the country. Apples, like wine grapes, take character from the local soil and climate and the Hudson Valley offers some of the best conditions in the country for growing apples: great soil, reasonable winters, wet springs, and humid summers.

 

 

Company: Angry Orchard
Brand: Old Fashioned Hard Cider
Slogan: Angry Orchard
Origin: US
Category: Cider
Packaging: 355ml
Claims: ABV 6.5%, gluten free.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.angryorchard.com/

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Woodchuck Hard Cider Campfire Pancakes

 

 

Campfire Pancakes brings you our small batch hard cider with an infusion of smoked apple pomace. Topped off with a dash of Vermont Maple Syrup, this cider brings forward a delightfully smoky and sweet taste. LoVermont? Then you’ll love Campfire Pancakes.

 

 

About the company

At Woodchuck®, we do things our own way. We start with the finest ingredients crafted at our local cidery here in Middlebury, Vermont. We have forged a tradition of quality and innovation with each new cider style we release.

Our Cider Makers meticulously oversee the details of every small batch before any bottle or keg leaves our back door. It’s this special attention and love for our products that ensures we always deliver a unique hard cider that is true to our roots.

 

 

Company: Woodchuck Cider
Brand: Campfire Pancakes
Slogan: Woodchuck Cider
Origin: US
Category: Cider
Packaging: Coming soon
Claims: Infusion of smoke apple pomace, topped with Vermont Maple Syrup.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.woodchuck.com/

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Woodchuck Out on a Limb Hot Cha Cha Cha Hard Cider

 

 

Hard cider made with bittersweet apples and infused with Bird's Eye Chile Peppers. The peppers compliment the bittersweet cider apples and bring out a sweet taste up front with a hot and spicy bite at the finish. Lookin' for some extra heat? Grab a bottle, take a sip, and let's do the HOT CHA CHA CHA!

 

 

About the company

At Woodchuck®, we do things our own way. We start with the finest ingredients crafted at our local cidery here in Middlebury, Vermont. We have forged a tradition of quality and innovation with each new cider style we release.

Our Cider Makers meticulously oversee the details of every small batch before any bottle or keg leaves our back door. It’s this special attention and love for our products that ensures we always deliver a unique hard cider that is true to our roots.

 

 

Company: Woodchuck Cider
Brand: Out on a Limb Hot Cha Cha Cha Hard Cider
Slogan: Woodchuck Cider
Origin: US
Category: Cider
Packaging: Coming soon
Claims: Made with bittersweet apples and Bird's Eye Chile Peppers.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.woodchuck.com/

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Orchard’s Edge Knotty Pear

 

 

Knotty Pear’s main ingredient is juice from American apples, and also features pear juice, which adds a new dimension to the cider, creating a pleasantly dry flavor. Cardamom imparts a slight spicy flavor. With subtle notes of citrus and mint.  This cider and showcases fresh acidity, lasting tannin, and a pleasantly dry finish from oak aging.

 

 

Flavor Profile

ABV: 6.5%

Culinary Apples: Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith

Special Ingredients: Juice from culinary pears including Bartlett, Doyenne de Comice, and Bosc, D’Anjoucardamom. Cardamom

Gluten Free: Yes

Packaging Options: 12oz bottle (6-pack)

Availability: Year-Round

 

 

About the company

Our 60 acre orchard in Walden, NY is nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley is known as the Apple Belt of New York, which is the second largest apple producing state in the country. Apples, like wine grapes, take character from the local soil and climate and the Hudson Valley offers some of the best conditions in the country for growing apples: great soil, reasonable winters, wet springs, and humid summers.

 

 

Company: Angry Orchard
Brand: Orchard's Edge Knotty Pear
Slogan: Angry Orchard
Origin: US
Category: Cider
Packaging: 355ml
Claims: ABV 6.5%, gluten free.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.angryorchard.com/

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Woodchuck Day Chaser!

 

 

The days they are a changin’… Post work adventures are a thing again (and let’s face it… our pups are AMPED). We find ourselves chasing that last bit of sunlight and indulging in those final evening rays. Sound familiar? Well, then this cider is built for you. It’s time to chase those days with Woodchuck® Day Chaser!

For our newest year round cider, we really embodied the lifestyle of our home state (#LOVERMONT). Celebrating those adventure seekers that never let a minute slip by, Day Chaser brings a drier cider option to the Woodchuck line. Crafted with both bitter and sweet apples, this sessionable style yields a semi-dry taste that is not too sweet and leaves you thirsty for another.

 

 

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Best part… we’re kicking it off with 6-packs of both 12 oz. bottles AND cans! Whether your adventure kicks off in a no-glass zone, or you have a cooler that just fits bottles perfectly, we’ve got you covered. Day Chaser will also be available on draft, so don’t forget to enjoy those pints!

 

 

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Ready to chase that day? Check our Cider Locator to find Day Chaser near you! The style is still making its way into the market, and will be available nationwide on March 1st.

 

 

About the company

At Woodchuck®, we do things our own way. We start with the finest ingredients crafted at our local cidery here in Middlebury, Vermont. We have forged a tradition of quality and innovation with each new cider style we release.

Our Cider Makers meticulously oversee the details of every small batch before any bottle or keg leaves our back door. It’s this special attention and love for our products that ensures we always deliver a unique hard cider that is true to our roots.

 

 

Company: Woodchuck Cider
Brand: Day Chaser!
Slogan: Woodchuck Cider
Origin: US
Category: Cider
Packaging: 12 fl. oz.
Claims: Crafted with bitter and sweet apples.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.woodchuck.com/

 

 

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Company Spotlight: Flat Bed Cider

 

 

Flatbed Cider is pure craft cider, uniquely authentic to the Northwest in every way.

Our distinctive blend of whole-pressed orchard apples results in an uncommonly clean and balanced style. No artificial ingredients, no sugar added, no shenanigans. Flannel up and enjoy!

 

 

Homegrown

Northwest born and bred. Flatbed is produced in the Northwest using local orchard apples. The Northwest grows the crispest, most flavorful apples in the world. We take the fruit from the branch to bottle right on the farm, locking in fresh local flavor.

 

 

Our Ciders

Flatbed Crisp Apple Cider is all natural. Jonagold apples deliver the balance and acidity behind Flatbed’s exceptionally bright taste. Red Delicious apples provide tannin structure. Golden Delicious apples add a rustic apple character with a twist of subtle sweetness. And, heirloom varietals hand-selected from batch-to-batch add to the Northwest charm. With a taste that leans toward the drier side and delivers cool refreshment, Flatbed Crisp Apple Cider pairs with nearly anything that comes from the sea, farm or food cart.

 

  • 100% pure craft apple cider
  • 6.7% alcohol by volume

 

 

 

 

Crafty

This is craft cider. We hand-select a distinctive blend of apples to deliver Flatbed Cider's nuanced flavors and a drier taste-profile than most widely available ciders. We think farm-fresh rustic apple cider tastes better than apple candy.

 

 

 

 

Company: Flatbed Cider
Brand:  Flatbed Cider
Slogan:  Flatbed Cider
Origin: US
Category: Cider
Packaging: 12 fl. oz.
Claims: 100% pure craft apple cider, 6.7% alcohol by volume.
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.flatbedcider.com/

 

 

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Packaging Spotlight: Bilpin Cider

 

 

Bilpin. Population 844.

Discovered by Archibald Bell in 1823, tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Bilpin’s fertile soil, mountain elevation and mild climate saw the area quickly develop into one of Australia’s premium apple growing regions.

Bilpin cider is made purely from hand picked, freshly crushed apples grown in the orchards that surround the township. The simplicity of the process called for a design to match – a vibrant “Granny smith green” colour scheme combined with a quaint, modern, farmer’s market layout.

 

 

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We even customised the carton dieline to include handles on the side – a nod to the fruit crates that are still used today to collect the apples – after all – Bilpin cider is essentially a box of apples, made fun.

 

 

 

 

 

A cider crafted from Pink Lady apples rather than Bilpin’s usual Granny Smiths, means a much sweeter finish. Naturally.

Made from nothing but hand picked, freshly crushed Australian grown Pink Lady apples – Blush is the natural alternative for those who prefer the sweeter things in life.

 

 

 

 

“To stand out in a saturated category, Blush needed a distinct Colour that spoke for itself. The unique rosy pink not only breaks traditional cider codes, but also links perfectly to the product name and the apples inside – beautifuly simple.”

— Jarrod Robertson, Creative Director

 

 

 

 

Getting noticed on premise is a challenge for emerging brands, but it doesn’t come cheap. Nothing a bit of lateral thinking & calling in a few favours can’t fix. Keep an eye out for these bespoke Granny Smith bar taps coming to a bar near you.

 

 

 

 

A Cellar door experience in the heart of Bilpin is the next chapter in the Bilpin Cider story. Stay tuned 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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