You might call it audacity, or you might call it courage. Here at the Woodchuck® cidery, we call it Gumption. Twenty-four years ago, we had the Gumption to ignite the comeback of the American craft cider industry. We’ve had the Gumption to push the limits of innovation and infuse the CRAZIEST AND MOST AWESOME things into our ciders. (Chocolate? Mint? Hops? Oh, they’re just a few!) We continue to have the Gumption to go above and beyond for our devoted fans, and combine our own passion with that of theirs.
P.T. Barnum once noted, “everybody drank cider-spirits called ‘gumption’.” Well, as we celebrate the spirit of a legendary showman, let us clear our throats, raise the curtains, and bring attention to our greatest and boldest announcement yet…
Introducing WOODCHUCK® GUMPTION™!
They started with the delightful combo of Chocolate and Raspberry, and then moved on to aging ‘spitters’ in bourbon barrels. This time? Well, they got a bit cheeky. When our Cider Makers went Out on a Limb™, not only did our tanks go tart, but they brought back one of our most highly reviewed Cellar Series styles. Formerly known as Sour Cherry, we’re excited to announce the Out on a Limb™ Cheeky Cherry!
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.
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!
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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!
It’s now October, which means its Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to bring attention to and support the 1 in 8 who have been diagnosed with the disease. Overall, it’s a time to Think Pink. Here at Woodchuck®, we’re not only thinking pink, but we’re pouring Pink! For the month, we’re showing our support and bringing back Private Reserve Pink on draft.