For this Memorial Day Weekend, we wanted to bring attention to another occasion occurring this month. May is Celiac Awareness Month. 1 in 100 people worldwide are born with the autoimmune disorder, preventing them from including gluten in their diet.
As gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley, it’s an ingredient that is difficult to avoid! One of the great things about hard cider is that it is naturally gluten-free! As Woodchuck® meets the dietary needs of those with Celiac Disease, a gluten intolerance, or a gluten sensitivity, we’ve been able to try our hand at some tasty gluten-free recipes… with chocolate? Of course! Get ready to be THAT person at the party… and by THAT person, we mean the one that brought the delightful GLUTEN-FREE, CHOCOLATE dessert made with WOODCHUCK! This weekend, Give a ‘Chuck™ about Memorial Day and Celiac Awareness with our Woodchuck Cider Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes!
It’s been 23 years since we first started making cider. Back in 1991, Greg Failing created our original Amber. A lot has happened since then! We got a bit nostalgic and went back to the history books to see what else happened the year we shook the cider industry to it’s core. Check out 50 things that were different in our world in 1991 when we first started making cider!
1. “Seinfeld” debuts on NBC. Puffy shirts will never be looked at the same.
2. US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour.
With the grand opening of our new cidery quickly approaching, we decided to honor the occasion with a fresh makeover of our packaging! The new design prominently features a painting of our new cidery. Kathleen Kolb is the artist behind the new artwork. She lives in nearby Lincoln, Vermont and painted the incredible scene based off of pictures taken during a visit to the site. That painting now graces the six-pack of each one of our core cider styles. We are now proud to have not only handcrafted cider, but handcrafted packaging as well! We visited with Kathleen, (a fan of Woodchuck for 20 years!), recently to talk more about her process and how she came to be the artist she is today.
The Heritage of an Artist
While most kids in Kindergarten art class are just doodling in and around the lines, Kathleen Kolb was already honing her skills in what would become a lifelong passion. It led her to the Rhode Island School of Design, (otherwise known as RISD), where she earned a BFA in illustration. Over the next 5 years she continued to develop her personal style and craft. Kolb debuted as an exhibitor in 1981, and is still creating great works of art today. You can check out a variety of her work here.
Photo credit: Adam Frehm
We have long worked to craft great cider. Since 1991 in fact. The liquid inside the bottle has always been of the upmost importance; fancy marketing campaigns and flashy gimmicks just aren’t our style. You could say we just don’t give a ‘chuck about all that big brand mass-market noise.
We here in the Green Mountains of Vermont DO Give a ‘Chuck™ about authenticity. We Give a ‘Chuck about handcrafted cider made in a real cidery, not in a mass-market brewery. We Give a ‘Chuck about our local community and farmers, about our fanatical Woodchuck® fans, and about making sure every bottle that leaves our cidery is of the highest possible quality.
What gets our wheels turning here at the Cidery? The passion and originality of the Woodchuck fans! We wanted to see what other passions the Woodchuck Community members have so we came up with the Woodchuck “Original” Sweepstakes. BOY, are we glad that we did. Turns out that not only are our fans original, but they are hilarious! Here are the 10 Funniest Responses so far from the Woodchuck “Original” Sweepstakes!