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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Five Tidbits of Presidential Hard Cider History

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Today is President’s Day.  So why not grab a cider and brush up on your history?  Falling between the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, it now represents the day when you can get a really great deal on a new car.  That said, there is something that connects our generation to that of the Founding Fathers: Hard cider.  Looking back at some of our earliest Commander-in-Chiefs, it seems that hard cider was the drink of choice!  Here are five presidents and their connection to cider:

George Washington

In 1789, he was unanimously elected into the Presidency by the Electoral College.  To rally his loyal supporters before election day he bought them 144 gallons of hard cider.

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Woodchuck® Amber Turkey Chili, AND the Cellar Series Smoked Apple? TOUCHDOWN!

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There’s nothing like football. Lazy-day clothes, house full of people, and food (a never-ending buffet of food).  You start with savory appetizers such as potato skins and spinach artichoke dip, and then move on to those hardy meat dishes. However, there’s always that one dish simmering throughout the day, fueling that roaring cheer. Chili! Scooped up with chips, or covered with cheese, the dish will keep you toasty warm and satisfied throughout the game. Want to put a twist on your usual recipe? Well it may be time to try the Woodchuck® Amber Turkey Chili.

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The Woodchuck Winter Chill Cider Gravy

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No Thanksgiving plate is complete without a ladle from that delicious gravy boat. It’s an accent on every mouthwatering bite, and pulls an entire meal together. Whether it’s a pool within your mashed potatoes, or a drizzle over your entire dish, gravy sneaks onto almost everyone’s plate in some shape or form. As for the recipes? Ingredients can include the stock from your turkey, just chicken broth, or…. Cider!

The Woodchuck® Winter Chill Cider Gravy

The Woodchuck® Winter Chill Cider Gravy is a great recipe option, using one of our seasonals. The Winter Chill cider is aged with French and traditional oak, and is finished with a touch of vanilla. This on top of the drippings from your turkey, or a savory chicken broth creates an unbeatable combination. Intrigued? Well here’s that simple recipe to spice up that Thanksgiving feast!

The Woodchuck®  Winter Chill Cider Gravy

This recipe yields 8-10 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of Turkey Stock, or Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup of Woodchuck®  Seasonal Winter Chill
  • 6 tbsp. of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Recipe:

Over medium-heat, combine the flour and the butter in a saucepan. Whisk this mixture until smooth.

Once the mixture is smooth, add both the Turkey stock (or Chicken Broth) and the Woodchuck® Winter Chill with continuous stirring. Add the parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper. Continue to stir and let cook for 4-5 minutes.

Find your finest gravy boat, fill with the mouth-watering gravy, and stick right on your Thanksgiving table!

Interested in more Thanksgiving recipes? Well here’s a couple more to try!

Sausage and Woodchuck® Granny Smith Cider Stuffing

Woodchuck® 802 Cider Cranberry Sauce

The Woodchuck® Fall Cider Apple Pie

Double up on the Woodchuck® Cider Pumpkin Bread