Cool nights, warm days, and a return to the orchard.

PFYN6Over 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.PFYN1This 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.

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Introducing the Woodchuck Mobile App!

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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!

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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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You Know You’re a Vermonter If…

vermont-headerThere’s a reason we’re setting down our roots here in Vermont. With over 100 Vermonters working in the new cidery, we definitely have the green mountain vibe going on. If you had to describe Vermont in hashtags, it would look a little something like this… #802 #iLoVermont #LakeChamplain #CamelsHump #champlives #Creemee #WOODCHUCKCIDER. Recognize those? Well then maybe it’s time to test yourself. Tally how many of the following you would say yes to, and determine how much of a Vermonter you really are!

You know you’re a Vermonter if…

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Welcome to the Woodchuck Cidery!

IMG_5216editedToday, the Woodchuck Cidery opens its doors! As we cut the ribbon and pour the first pint, our President and CEO, Dan Rowell offers a few words as he welcomes all friends, family, and fans to our new home.

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