February 2nd is upon us folks. A day some may get excited to check out if that pesky groundhog will see his shadow. We here at Woodchuck® throw a party regardless of shadows. For us, February 2nd is Woodchuck Day. A day to celebrate all that is right in the world of cider. A growing category and rising popularity paired with a passion for one of America’s original hard ciders.
Wait… what’s that you say? Something else is happening on Sunday, February 2nd? A big football game of some sort? Even better.
The deep winter freeze continues, but the hardy construction crews here in the Green Mountains have worked right through it. Progress is moving quickly on our $30 million cidery and we are starting to see the first light at the end of the tunnel!
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!
Our latest cider straight from Woodchuck cellar is hitting shelves nationwide! Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple is a full-bodied deep amber cider featuring crisp apple notes and hints of vanilla on an applewood smoked backdrop. A well-balanced, limited run cider that is perfect for the cooler days ahead.
As the breathtaking foliage consumes the mountains, and hay bales blanket the farmer’s fields, we watch the trees fill with red, juicy apples.
What comes with apples? The season for aroma-filled, mouth-watering, never-ending apple pie! For months, this delectable and flavorful dish acts as a staple for every dinner party’s dessert. Paired with a sharp slice of cheddar, or a smooth scoop of vanilla ice cream, this indulgence never disappoints.
With an endless amount of recipes for such a simple pie, each piece consumed during the season has its own flair… and we’ve got one more for you to try!
The Special Ingredient… The Woodchuck Limited Release Fall Cider.