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!Tweet
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.
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!
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!
Time 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.
Then we get “the week”. You know the one?Tweet
For longtime Woodchuck fans Greg Failing is a name you may already be familiar with, but for those who are not, let us introduce him. Greg is our Master Cider Maker here at Woodchuck® Hard Cider. He’s been here since the beginning, and when we say “the beginning” we mean the very beginning. Greg is the guy responsible for our flagship style, Woodchuck® Amber Cider and we’re happy to tell you all about him.Tweet