“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!

Ciderbration RECAP

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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.

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The Ciderbration HOW-TO Guide

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Just a few days left until the event we have been planning for over a year! The kegs are ready to be tapped, the lots are ready to be filled, and that grass is ready for some dancing shoes! As you start to finalize those plans, make sure to take a look at this HOW-TO Guide for the Ciderbration. We’ve put together all the essentials together to make sure your day is as FANTASTIC and fluid as possible.

PARKING

We’ll be shuttling fans from lots all over Middlebury to and from the Ciderbration! The map below, (Download it here!), tells you exactly where you can park and catch the cider shuttle! Just remember your line color and lot number and you’ll be all set at the end of the night.

TIP: We STRONGLY suggest carpooling. It will make parking easier for you, and the other fans joining the event!

There WILL also be a handicapped parking lot at the cidery, and bike racks in front of the event entrance!

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10 acts you need to see at Bonnaroo 2014

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One of the great music events of the summer, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has finally arrived! As this is our eighth year pouring at ‘Roo, we’ve seen some amazing performances from The Roots’ Questlove tearing up the stage with Led Zepplin’s John Paul Jones in 2007, to last year’s epic Paul McCartney set, we’ve always come away with a story and a smile on our faces. We can’t wait to head south and hang out with you all at the Broo’ers Festival in Centeroo.

Not only is Bonnaroo pushing summer into full swing, but it’s also getting us excited for our upcoming CIDERBRATION™ on August 23rd! (You’ll see why when you get to our #1 act recommendation!)  So as you road trip your way to Manchester and The Farm, check out these 10 acts you need to see at this year’s Bonnaroo. It’s time to Give A ‘Chuck™ about great live music? We’re ready 2 ‘Roo!
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