“What the Firkin?” Cider House Firkin Weekend!

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To wrap up the 1st Annual Vermont Cider Week, the Woodchuck® Cider Makers are taking innovation to another level. Not only will they be tapping new, never released styles, but they’ve been prepared in… a firkin! This weekend will be the first ever Cider House Firkin Weekend. Are you finding yourself thinking … “What the firk is a Firkin?” Let us help you out:

A Firkin: A type of keg used for cask conditioning. Firkins can be wooden or metal, and carry one quarter of a barrel, 72 pints, or 9 imperial gallons.

How is this vessel tapped? Well it can get a bit messy! (but messy is fun right?) The keg is laid down on its side, and the spout is driven right through the head horizontally. With only the addition of a breathing tube, the cider will flow only with natural carbonation and gravity.

Lastly… what kind of firkin’s will we be enjoying this weekend? Take a look!

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Welcome to Vermont Cider Week!

Vermont Cider Week at Woodchuck CiderThe world of hard cider has grown so much since we first started crafting our small batches back in 1991. Today cider makers from around the state of Vermont kick off the first annual Vermont Cider Week! We couldn’t be more excited for a full week dedicated to our favorite apple libation.

We’re hosting a ton of events right here at the Cidery in Middlebury, VT as well as events going on around the state! From cheese pairings courtesy of our friends at Cabot Creamery to special guest chats with folks who work with the apples so crucial to our locally made cider, this week is going to be awesome. There is no other word for it. We’re even dedicating a couple of days where our cider makers will break out some firkins of some very experimental batches! You do not want to miss what’s coming up this week at the Cider House.

Check out all the events below:
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Can’t make it to the Cider House? There are events happening all week long at various spots around the state:

November 14th
Shelburne, VT
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Woodchuck Hard Cider tasting at Route 7 Liquor & Deli
2659 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT

November 15th
Chester, VT
“Chuck-N Wing Night” at The Pizza Stone! Wings featuring a brand new spicy/cider glaze made from Woodchuck Cider. Live music with Woodchuck giveaways and raffle items! Woodchuck Local Nectar and Woodchuck Pear on tap!
291 Pleasant St, Chester, VT

November 15th
South Norwich, VT
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Vermont Hard Cider and Baked Good Tasting at King Arthur Flour
35 US Route 5 South Norwich, VT

November 19th
Burlington, VT
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Woodchuck Hard Cider night at the Scuffer Steak and Ale House! Raffle prizes, giveaways, and, of course, cold Woodchuck Hard Cider.
148 Church St, Burlington, VT

November 19th
Burlington, VT
5:00 pm
VT Cider Tap Take-Over at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
160 Bank Street, Burlington, VT

November 20th
Manchester, VT
6:30 pm
Four course Cider Dinner at The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern. Woodchuck Local Nectar and Private Reserve Pumpkin will be featured along with other Vermont ciders.
2594 Depot St, Manchester, VT 05255
We suggest calling for reservations 1-802-362-2817 or visit http://perfectwife.com/reservation/

November 21st
Ferrisburgh, VT
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate Cider Week at the Village Tavern with Woodchuck Cider!
6640 Rte 7, North Ferrisburgh, VT

November 21st
Middlebury, VT
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“Meet the Cidermaker” with Woodchuck Cider’s Natalia Butler at Two Brothers Tavern!
86 Main St, Middlebury, VT

November 22nd
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Closing Party at Arts Riot Featuring all the cider makers of VT plus live music and cider paired small plates. Get your tickets here!
400 Pine St, Burlington, VT

Nothing better than a week filled with hard cider in our home state! Stop by. Try some samples. Have a pint. Talk cider with us. Can’t wait to see you!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: RECAP

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We’ve reached the end of October, and this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Woodchuck®, we tried not to just think pink, but we spent the month pouring Pink in hopes to bring attention to the cause and the organizations that support it. Across the 50 states, we teamed up with bars and restaurants to bring our Private Reserve Pink back on draft, a special style that was developed to support the local organization Dragonheart Vermont that helps cancer survivors after treatment. The style sits close to our hearts, as one of Woodchuck’s former cider makers created the style to support his wife; a founding member of Dragonheart Vermont, and a 10 year breast cancer survivor.

We’re excited to give you a peek at what went on this month in the restaurants and bars we partnered with on this cause. Check it out!

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DIY Halloween Apple Decorations

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Yesterday was #WorldAppleDay, a day we quite appreciate here at the cidery. Where would we be without apples? Well we would have a whole lot of empty tanks! With the fall season upon us, there seems to be an abundance of the fresh picked fruit.  Have you gone apple-picking this season? Have you gone more than once? Well then you might have A WHOLE LOT of apples on your hands. They are delicious, but those ripe beauties do have an expiration date. Luckily… Halloween is just around the corner! The holiday of never-ending decorations, there’s no reason not to add some apple flavor to your spooky day. From décor, to treats, to fun party activities, don’t let those apples go to waste!

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The First Out on a Limb™: Chocolate Raspberry!

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With our new Out on a Limb™ series starting to hit stores, we’re excited to announce the first style of this innovative series… Woodchuck® Out on a Limb™ Chocolate Raspberry!

We’ve made Chocolate cider before, and Raspberry cider as part of our core line. So combining the two? Why not! Infused with cocao nibs and fresh raspberries, this first style of the series has a fruity bite with a smooth chocolate finish. The bitterness of the nibs cut the sweetness of the crisp apple taste, creating what we like to call… delicious!

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