The Working Landscape. Growing More Apples for Cider in Vermont.

WorkingLands1You could say we Give a ‘Chuck™ about apples.  As a craft cider, we don’t have mass market beer brands to fall back on.  It’s cider or bust for us.  Cider has been our sole focus for 23 years and that will continue as we prepare to open our new cidery.

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Apple Blossom Season

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We had ourselves a winter up here in VT. There was the usual mixed bag of rain, sleet, ice, and snow. We even had a few blockbuster snowstorms. Yet what really got us was the cold. Bitter cold. Cold that grabs your face, makes your eyes water, and then freezes those tears before you can even get to your car in the morning. #polarvortex.

Yet all of us here at Woodchuck continue to live through these Vermont winters year after year. The spring season may just be the reason why. It’s a glorious time of year. We had to wait a little longer than usual this year but the leaves are back, tulips are popping from the ground, and winter coats are headed to storage closets. Some say the sweet isn’t quite as sweet without the sour. Working through winter frost bite to get to spring rejuvenation may just be how that particular idiom came to be.

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Woodchuck Cellar Series Ginger: Give a ‘Chuck about authentic ingredients

 Ginger-headerThe Woodchuck® cider makers have gone into the cellar once again and handcrafted Woodchuck Cellar Series Ginger. The style was first made popular as part of our Private Reserve Line in 2012 before going back into the cellar to be tweaked, matured, and perfected. Something that never changed though was Woodchuck fans calling for its return!

Woodchuck Ginger is a craft cider that is a perfect fit for the summer season, so we figured what better time than NOW to release it back into the wild. It brings together crisp culinary apple varieties with the subtle spice of organic ginger root.

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Top 5 Reasons Craft Cider In A Can Should Be On Your Summer Checklist

Woodchuck Limited Release Summer Cans fresh off the line

This winter was a long one. A lot of ice, a lot of snow, and a lot of low (and we mean looooowwww) temperatures. Yes, the white landscapes were beautiful, but are we ready for what’s next? You got that right! As the season transitions, our hyper-active senses are picking up any hint of the warmer weather. The sights, the sounds, the CIDER. The Woodchuck® Limited Release Summer Cider is a tart and flavorful style with a rich taste reminiscent of New England blueberries. And now…

We’re excited to introduce Woodchuck Limited Release Summer in cans! The 12-ounce Summer can will be available in 12-packs, and follows the successful launch of our signature Amber style in both 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans. So as you plan your sunny adventures, why should you be amped about cider in cans? We’ll give you 5 reasons!

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10 Things You May Not Know About Mint

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The Cider Makers here at Woodchuck are at it again. Their innovative craft and masterful techniques have brought us the next style in our Cellar Series line. We’re excited to announce the Woodchuck Cellar Series Mint Cider!

Woodchuck Cellar Series Mint is handcrafted from fresh Vermont McIntosh and Irish bittersweet apples. The blend of varieties allows a full apple flavor to remain at the forefront of this unique cider. The twist turns up in the form of mint. Whole spearmint leaves are added to the tank a week before bottling. Spearmint oils slowly permeate the tank, leaving a subtle mint note to this unique marriage of apples from Vermont and Ireland.

As we add another exciting style to the Woodchuck family, we thought we would take a closer look at the mint leaf. The organic mint leaves we used in this craft cider were sourced through our friends at Black River Produce here in Vermont. Let’s take a dive into this awesome ingredient, with a list of 10 things you may not know about Mint.

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