The Working Landscape. Growing More Apples for Cider in Vermont.

WorkingLands1You could say we Give a ‘Chuck™ about apples.  As a craft cider, we don’t have mass market beer brands to fall back on.  It’s cider or bust for us.  Cider has been our sole focus for 23 years and that will continue as we prepare to open our new cidery.

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New Recipe: Woodchuck “Kitchen Sink” Chili for the Vermont Chili Festival!

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If it’s possible, it just got more “CHILI” here in Vermont. However this time, that’s a good (and by good, we mean DELICIOUS) thing! Woodchuck Cider is excited to be sponsoring the 6th Annual Vermont Chili Festival. Today, March 8th, 2014, Woody will be joining a chili competition between restaurants and caterers from around the state. Beginning at 1:00 PM, downtown Middlebury will close off their busy streets for vendors, a beverage tent, face painting, street performers, live music, and more!

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Woodchuck Presents: Throwback Thursday

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As the original American hard cider, we have a bit of history in our back pocket.  It’s high time we started sharing some of that history and pairing it with some cultural highlights of years gone by.  Let’s call it Throwback Thursday, Woodchuck® Style.

Best grab your Starter Jacket because for this first installment, we’re taking it back to 1991.  The Grunge Revolution was beginning to build steam with the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.  Stone-washed jeans and Reebok pumps were all the fad, and Super Nintendo was just being released in the U.S.

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Head up north to Proctorsville, VT during that time, and you find the start of the Woodchuck story.  A wine maker decided to tinker with apples in a two car garage and Woodchuck Amber is born.  The recipe remains the same today… we just make more of  it!

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What else was happening in 1991?

  • The Internet is made available for unrestricted commercial use and the number of computers on the internet reaches 1 million.
  • Operation Desert Storm begins with air strikes against Iraq.
  • The NY Giants win the Super Bowl XXV beating the Buffalo Bills by just one point. It is the only Super Bowl to be decided by one point to this day.
  • The price of gas hovered around $1 a gallon!

 

Apple Harvest and Fantastic Fall Season in Full Swing

HeaderImage_4Time flies.  We all say it.  It’s a cliché for the ages.  In Vermont though, seasonal change can sometimes feel like a game of hurry up and wait.  The pumpkin and fall ciders hit the shelves.  Football starts as baseball winds down.  The first real chill finds its way into the air.  All of this builds and builds… but summer tends to hang on no matter what delicious seasonal cider is on the shelf.

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Then we get “the week”.  You know the one?

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Raising the Woodchuck Cider House

CiderHouse_1We here at Woodchuck have been waiting months, (actually more like years), for this moment.  A moment that would not only set down our roots for the long haul in Vermont, but also serve as a new destination for the fans of Woodchuck Hard Cider.

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