Hard Cider Newsletter

Momenti Ice Cream Teams Up with Sonoma Cider

Momenti Spirited Ice Creams unveiled four new sorbets infused with wine and hard cider last month including Sonoma Cider Sorbet, Sparkling Strawberry Sorbet, Fete Petit Sirah Sorbet and Blackberry Cabernet.

The debut of these flavors was also the first time Momenti, or any ice cream company, began to offer the purchase of alcohol-infused products directly to customers via online shopping. All four of Moment’s alcohol infused sorbet products are sold through its new online store at AlcoholIceCream.com. The new flavors will be sold in half-pint quantities, packed in dry ice and shipped directly to Momenti’s customers.

Momenti is offering free shipping for a limited time with the use of the promo code WINEDOWN. Momenti’s alcohol-infused sorbets are currently only available to ship to select US states: Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Texas. Momenti intends to widen its shipping availability over time.

Momenti’s new sorbet flavors showcase innovative partnerships with craft brewers and vineyards like Sonoma Cider and Fete Winery.  The Sonoma Cider Sorbert is made with Sonoma’s The Anvil, a bourbon flavored cider. When the cider is crafted into sorbert, it’s just as refreshing and crisp as the cider itself made with organic apples and remaining gluten-free and vegan at 4.53% ABV.

Momenti CEO Leif Pearson cites the expansion of flavors and online selling as a continuation of his initial vision for his entrepreneurial ice cream company. “The idea driving Momenti has always been to produce and share premium alcohol-infused ice creams with as many people as possible. I’m thrilled to introduce AlcoholIceCream.com as a way for our customers to celebrate with these wine and cider flavors. Momenti’s ice creams and sorbets have garnered critical acclaim and a widespread cult following in Las Vegas restaurants and retail ever since we first attended the Night Club and Bar Show in 2017 and the first Las Vegas Food Expo. Now I want to be able to ship Momenti directly to all our existing and future customers.”

For more information or to order Momenti ice cream and sorbets, visit MomentiSpirits.com. Photos courtesy of Momenti Spirited Ice Creams.


Strongbow Gives America a Much-Needed Nature Fix in New York City

According to Physiological Science, scientists say that people living in urban environments surrounded by concrete, cars and a cacophony of city sounds feel isolated from nature. It’s called Nature Deficit Disorder and experts say that even small sparks of nature help make people smarter, happier and more aware. Just in time for summer, Heineken USA Inc. brand Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders – made with no artificial flavors or colors – is putting a stake in the ground to make green space more accessible to nature-starved New Yorkers.

For the US launch of the brand’s global Nature Remix campaign, which was created to bring nature back into cities, Strongbow has partnered with Swale, New York’s first floating food forest. Swale was founded by visionary artist Mary Mattingly, who wanted to take advantage of Manhattan waterways and make fresh, edible, perennial plants available to all New Yorkers. Thanks to Strongbow, the formerly barren barge will evolve and continue to flourish in 2017 with a blossoming apple orchard surrounded by garden beds filled with herbs, fruits and vegetables.

“The future of Swale was uncertain as the barge headed upstate to over-winter last November,” said Mattingly. “But thanks to Strongbow and the Swale team, we have been able to fully realize the vision of creating a floating food forest and showing New Yorkers a new and surprising way to connect to nature to revive and thrive.”

Strongbow felt a natural connection with Mattingly and her inspired vision, so much so that she became a central character and muse in the brand’s Nature Remix creative campaign featuring the evolution of Swale.

This month, Strongbow Apple Orchard aboard Swale celebrated its official debut in New York City at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event also kicked off Strongbow’s national seed initiative, where 100,000 sustainable seed coasters – containing an estimated one million basil and sage herb seeds – were offered to people across the country to encourage and inspire container gardening.

The Strongbow Apple Orchard on Swale is the latest addition to the brand’s impressive 1.75 million cider apple trees grown and cared for in the UK. With 125 years of cider making history, Strongbow has become the number one selling global cider brand, according to Canadean Research based on global sales volume, known for award-winning quality and the natural flavors of its British cider apple varieties.

“Nature is at the core of Strongbow. We care for more than one billion bittersweet apples every year, and use other natural flavors, like honey, orange, and cherry blossom, in our ciders,” said Jessica Robinson, Vice President of Marketing, Portfolio Brands at Heineken USA. “We encourage everyone to find their own natural escape – whether it’s enjoying a respite on a floating food forest circling New York City, or sharing a glass of Strongbow mixed with fruit and garnish with friends.”

Produced and imported from the UK and Belgium, Strongbow flavors include Gold Apple, Honey, Cherry Blossom and the new Orange Blossom announced earlier this year. To get your nature fix, visit Strongbow.com. Photos courtesy of: Olivier Teepe, Cloudfactory.


Ciderboys Doubles Down with British Dry and Cherry Jubilee

Wisconsin’s Ciderboys craft cidery is treating hard cider lovers nationwide this spring to not one but two intriguing new flavors: British Dry and Cherry Jubilee.

Ciderboys British Dry, the cidermaker’s third year-round flavor, is a 5% ABV classic English-style dry cider available in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans and on draft. Ciderboys Cherry Jubilee is a 5% ABV limited-release seasonal fruitful pairing packaged in 12-ounce bottles and on draft, available only until supplies run out this summer. Both are available wherever Ciderboys hard ciders are sold.

Dry ciders originated in the United Kingdom, and are the cider world’s counterpart to dry white wine or champagne, according to Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys’ Marketing Manager. “Ciderboys British Dry’s flavor is bittersweet in the best meaning of the word, with a crisp edge and pleasing apple aromas,” she said. “There are cider lovers who have been asking for a drier, less sweet hard cider, and Ciderboys British Dry, our first new year-round flavor since 2012, fits the bill nicely.”

Ciderboys British Dry has already had an impact on the hard cider scene: it received a silver medal at the 2017 Denver International Beer Competition and a silver medal at the World Beer Championships.

Ciderboys Cherry Jubilee is made with the juice of plump, ripe, sweet cherries. “Enjoying Cherry Jubilee is a fruitful-pairing journey that begins with crisp apple taste and ends with a subtle tart cherry finish,” noted Joe Martino, Point Brewery Managing Partner.

Martino said that the market for craft ciders in the United States continues to grow rapidly, especially in off-premise retail stores. “We decided to make Ciderboys Cherry Jubilee a one-shot, limited-release offering because we like to keep things fresh for our customers in terms of featuring new fruitful pairings and styles,” he said.

For more information and where to find Ciderboys products, visit Ciderboys.com.


Jones Soda Co. Releases Spiked Jones Hard Cider-Soda for 21st Birthday

Jones Soda Co., a leader in the premium soda category that is known for its unique branding and innovative marketing, has announced it will celebrate its 21 years in business this summer with the Pacific Northwest release of Spiked Jones, the first ever alcoholic hard cider-soda beverage.

Created in collaboration with Jeff Bland, the award-winning cider maker for Spire Mountain Ciders at Fish Brewing in Olympia, Washington, Spike Jones is a premium alcohol-based beverage crafted by blending hard cider, Washington apples, and the same natural flavors used in Jones’ iconic Green Apple Soda. Spiked Jones is locally made in the Northwest, contains 6.0% ABV, is an all-natural product and contains no preservatives, allowing for distribution in all grocery channels.

Packaged in green glass bottles with a traditional crown cap, Spiked Jones is differentiated from the Jones Soda brand via the alcoholic “spiked” reference in its name, while still sharing visual similarities to traditional Jones Soda branding.

Jennifer Cue, CEO, Jones Soda Co. stated, “As Jones Soda Co. turns 21, we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate than to launch an alcoholic-based extension, Spiked Jones. This is a product we have actually been contemplating for years, having filed the ‘Spiked Jones’ name in 1997. Innovating and launching the first hard cider-soda beverage is a natural transition and it allows us to enter an entirely new category with our brand, reaching a demographic that grew-up loving our soda.”

Spiked Jones will be available this summer in Jones Soda Co.’s home Pacific Northwest Market and will be distributed by longtime Jones Soda partner, Columbia Distributing. At over 36 million cases distributed annually, Columbia Distributing is one of the largest beer distributors in the United States.

Look for more Spiked Jones information this summer at JonesSoda.com. Photos courtesy of Jones Soda Co.


Jersey Cider Works Releasing Ironbound Summer Cider

This month, Charles Rosen, Founder of Jersey Cider Works, announced the release of Ironbound Summer Cider, a blend of the cidery’s popular Ironbound Hard Cider with iced tea and fresh-squeezed lemons.

Ironbound Summer Cider will be available on a limited basis, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, at retail stores throughout New Jersey in six-packs of 12-ounce cans (suggested price of $10.99) and also on tap wherever craft beverages are sold. At 4.2% alcohol and with a bright apple flavor, a hint of black tea and a citrus finish, Ironbound Summer Cider is perfect for sipping at the shore all day long or during any of your other favorite summer pastimes.

“Fresh-made black tea, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, local fresh-pressed apple cider, no preservatives (no added sulfites, no sorbates), and no added sugar makes for a thirst-quenching day at the beach,” said Cameron Stark, cider maker and partner at Jersey Cider Works. “I have done personal research that proves Ironbound Summer Cider enhances the gardening experience, makes a great reward for mowing the lawn and improves one’s ability to throw water balloons – at least initially.”

Ironbound Summer Cider is the second retail product released by Jersey Cider Works. In June 2016, the company debuted its Ironbound Hard Cider, made from fresh-pressed apples sourced from orchards in New Jersey and neighboring states.

Both ciders are produced at the 108-acre Hunterdon County farm shared by Jersey Cider Works and its sister company, New Ark Farms, which employs chronically underemployed members of the Greater Newark community including the formerly incarcerated.

For more information about Ironbound Summer, please visit JerseyCiderWorks.com. Photos courtesy of Jersey Cider Works.


Next Month, Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival - Brooklyn

The third annual Pour the Core: Brooklyn will be taking place on June 10, 2017 at the Brooklyn Expo Center located at 72 Noble Street in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The event will occur in two sessions to accommodate attendees in the afternoon from 12:30pm-4:00pm and evening from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Tickets are available at PourTheCore.com/Brooklyn.

Pour the Core: Brooklyn will showcase more than 100 ciders, including local, national and international favorites like Big Apple Hard Cider, Nine Pin, Citizen Cider, ACE, Maeloc, Celt and others. For the first time, attendees will have the opportunity to sample popular Oregon ciders produced by Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Texas ciders produced by Argus Cidery, and New York ciders, just coming to the market, produced by MackJac. Similarly, attendees will be able to enjoy special timed releases from cider producers in the midwest, ciders from specific states like Vermont and Massachusetts, and ciders with limited availability through a game of chance on the “bartender’s choice wheel.”

The event will feature a DJ mixing tunes in the Strongbow lounge, pours aboard the Stella Cidre airstream, vendors of all kinds, and New York City food truck favorites – Jolly Pig and Dub Pies, serving up food available for purchase. Additionally, ticketholders have access to free festival seminars taking place each session where they can learn about “hopped ciders” from cider maker Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider or “southern apples” from Wes Mickel of Argus Cidery.

“This year we’re bringing new excitement and fun to each Pour the Core event in our series of events held in Boston, Brooklyn, Long Island and Philadelphia. Our goal is always to introduce cider to consumers, help them discover different styles of cider, learn about cider as a beverage and a part of history, and give a fun, entertaining, memorable experience,” explained Kristyn Dolan, Director of Event Production at Starfish Junction which produces Pour the Core. “For Brooklyn, we’re incorporating the successful, amusing, and out-of-this-world Donut Eating Contest that attendees of other locations were able to participate in last year – it’s bound to be a blast.”

General admission tickets are $45 per person. The convenient pay-one-price includes a souvenir tasting cup provided by Woodchuck Hard Cider and two-ounce samples from any participating cider maker. Designated driver tickets are also available for $12 per person. Designated drivers are not permitted to drink any alcohol and do not receive a tasting cup but will be provided bottled water. All ticketholders must be 21+, no exceptions, and bring valid photo identification to the event.

Pour the Core: Brooklyn is additionally supported by Austin Eastciders, Downeast Cider House, Yelp and Hard Cider News. The event will benefit KiDS NEED MoRE, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illness.

To purchase your ticket or find additional information, please visit PourTheCore.com/Brooklyn. Tickets are now on sale for the Long Island event on September 30, 2017 at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, NY and the Philly event on October 21, 2017 at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA. Photo courtesy of Karl Mischler.


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Buckwheat Crepe with Ham and Farm Egg
From Virtue Cider

The Offshore
Recipe courtesy of Reef Points Hard Cider

Photo Credit: Virtue Cider

Photo Credit: Patrick Martinez