Friday, November 11, 2016

'Interstate' cider about to make its debut

Leger and Burke with new product
We've been hearing about collaborative concoctions between brewers and distillers, and occasionally cideries, especially when they are in proximity to each other. Now, we have an interstate effort between two very different cider makers from Vermont and New York.

Angry Orchard of Walden, NY, and Eden Specialty Ciders of Newport, VT, have come up with something they call Understood in Motion 01. Although just announced on Thursday, the it actually debuted at a James Beard House Dinner in New York City on November 4. It will go on sale at Angry Orchard on Friday, November 18, which the industry has proclaimed "National Cider Day."

Eden is known for its ice ciders, which are sweet and apple-forward, and made from Vermont heirloom apples. Angry Orchard makes a variety of ciders, including specialty ciders available only at the Innovation Cider House, its home for research and development at its 60-acre orchard in Walden, Orange County.

"One of our main goals is to raise awareness of the cider industry in the Unites States, and this is a goal our friends at Eden share," said Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Angry Orchard. "Their cider makers make some of the world's best ice ciders and I've always admired their approach. With this collaboration, we were able to combine our techniques to create something completely new and, in the process, help push American cider forward."

What resulted in Understood in Motion 01 began when Eleanor Leger, Eden founder and CEO, and Burke met at a cider event in New York City. The idea of a cooperative effort between two makers of very different types of ciders resulted.

Their new hard cider is made from a blend of heirloom apples from Vermont, including Ananas Reinette and D'Arcy, a semi-dry with balanced acidity and low tannins. There are some oak and spirits flavor notes from the time it spent aging in Calvados barrels. It is finished at 8% abv, and sold in 750ml bottles for $25 per at a variety of locations.

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