Over the last few nights here in Vermont, we have had to resist the urge to click the heat on! The nights are cooling down and the time-honored tradition of breaking out the trusty hoodie and warm socks is now upon us.
They are cool nights that give way to warm days. We head to work in jackets, break for lunch in t-shirts, and put the jacket back on to head home. It’s a weather pattern that different people like or dislike to varying degrees. Apples though? They love it. This time of year pushes that not-quite-ripe fruit to its full potential. Apples pick up their final highlights of color and crisp taste in these transition days from Summer to Fall.This weather pattern is why Vermont apples are some of the best in the world. It is also prime time for Vermonter’s and tourists alike to visit the orchards and pick apples. While at the orchard they purchase cider, pies, donuts, and other farm stand goodies. Traffic through the orchards at this time can make or break a year of business.
Now, when one says “apple” some people think about delicious fruit. Others however will begin to daydream about mobile phones, tablets, and technology. The state’s tourism agency, along with the help of Woodchuck® and Small Dog Electronics, is hoping to get some crossover between those two groups. They are hiding Apple iPods and iPads in the apple orchards of Vermont. All you have to do is find it and it’s yours. That simple.
Click here to check out the full details of the program and a list of participating orchards.
Time sure does fly! Woodchuck® Private Reserve Pumpkin has been an autumn staple for 5 years now. Highly sought out by our fans, we’ve had loyal patrons drive up to 8 hours to come get cases of this seasonal release. We’ve given the packaging a makeover, but it is still the fresh, rich, natural pumpkin taste you remember from years previous. Since it’s our five year anniversary release, we thought we’d take a look back to our very first release! Back in 2010, our cider makers went into the cellar to create this new Private Reserve with a Pumpkin, knife, and their bare hands. Check it out…
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Happy #ThirstyThursday! As the unofficial start to the weekend, this day is often used to find those brews that you really enjoy, helping you get through the following day (5 o’clock on Fridays can never come soon enough!). You usually have a hankering for something specific. Let’s say… Woodchuck® Hopsation or Seasonal Fall Harvest? That sounds about right. So it’s reaching that time (that thirsty time), and you realized your go-to market is closed today! Shucks. What to do? WELL… it’s time to download the Woodchuck Mobile App! The Woodchuck Mobile App will let you locate our ciders near you, scroll through our various styles, and easily update us on all your Woodchuck endeavors. So what can you do with the app? Let’s take a look!
The time has come and gone, and wow was it epic. The official Grand Opening of our Cidery, the gathering of our fans from far and wide, and an event that lit up Middlebury with enthusiasm and live music. Not to repeat our selves, but MAN was it epic.
And the stats are in…
9,813 FANS who rocked out.
157 KEGS of Woodchuck® Cider poured.
Last time we promise… EPIC! Let’s take a look at what happened.
It’s hard to believe that after four years of plotting and planning, our new cidery is finally open to the public. It has been quite a thrill to see fans walk through the doors of the Cider House and have a space to sample cider while learning all there is to know about Woodchuck®.
It took 15 months to complete construction. One of the reasons why: most everything in the cidery was handcrafted. From the cider tanks to the bottling line to the cider house timber frames, everything was constructed with the utmost care and used the finest materials we could find. 45 different Vermont companies were contracted to help us build what we think is the finest cidery in the United States.