The sleigh bells are ringing, the Christmas lights twinkling, and the snow flurries are starting to fall. The holiday season is officially in full swing. It’s time to warm up by the fire, with a hot mug of cocoa (or cider!), and turn on those holiday flicks. There’s only one thing missing . . . a plate full of holiday cookies! Fresh out of the oven, there’s nothing like biting into a warm and chewy treat. Your kitchen counter may already have a plate or two, but we have one more to tempt that palate.
The Woodchuck® Winter Chill Snickerdoodle
We’re going Out on a Limb™ again, but we stepped on a different branch. While most of our ciders use the juice of common eating apple varieties, we decided it was high time to try our hand at using European bittersweet apple varieties.
Introducing Out on a Limb™ Spitter Splinter!
European bittersweet apples are often called “spitters”, as a bite into one will be difficult not to spit out. However, that tart fruit did find its niche elsewhere… good old hard cider. For centuries, the juice from spitters have been fermented for that favorable dry profile. Disappearing during prohibition, cider made a comeback in the states with the common eating apple.
Not only did our cider makers think it was time to bring those spitters back, but they were welcomed in style, and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for up to 2 years. The cider pulled woody vanilla and oak tones into the cider, adding to the already existing dry style. European spitters with a splinter of America. Now that’s what you call the best of both worlds.
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!
The 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.
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!