Angry Orchard Iceman™ and Strawman® Hard Cider bottles go national this week

(Cincinnati, OH) – The cider makers at the Angry Orchard Cider Company have been hard at work on a new project – The Cider House Collection – and have just put the finishing touches on a new batch of specialty ciders that they’re releasing nationally this week.  Angry Orchard Iceman™, inspired by traditional Quebec ice ciders, and Angry OrchardStrawman®, a farmhouse cider, are the result of experimentation with apple varieties, wood-aging techniques and fermentation methods.  Both styles will be hitting shelves across the country this week.

“With Angry Orchard Iceman and Strawman, we put our own spin on ancient cider styles, using cider making techniques that we’ve developed over the past 15 years. To come up with these recipes, we’ve been tinkering with apple blends and fermentation methods,” said David Sipes , cider maker for Angry Orchard.  “Over the past year, there’s been a renewed interest in hard cider in the U.S. and drinkers are exploring ciders like never before. With the Cider House Collection, our drinkers can experience our interpretation of these largely unknown cider styles.”

About Angry Orchard Iceman & Angry Orchard Strawman:
Both complex, wood-aged ciders, Strawman and Iceman, are made with heirloom apples from Italy, where the terroir significantly influences the flavor of apple varietals, and France, where apples unique to cider making have been cultivated for centuries.  The ciders each have unique effervescent qualities and are served in individual, 750ml corked bottles. With higher alcohol content, warm flavors and more body, both ciders complement a variety of foods and are perfect for special drinking occasions or for sharing with a friend over dinner.

Angry Orchard Strawman was influenced by centuries-old European farmhouse cider making techniques. Our team sought the perfect blend of apples and a unique fermentation and aging process to create our own version of a farmhouse cider with an earthy, yet subtly sweet flavor profile,” said Sipes.  “For Angry Orchard Iceman, we took cues from the traditional ice ciders ofQuebec, creating a cider that is both delicate and sweet.”

  • Angry Orchard Strawman’s (10.0% ABV) ripe apple, vanilla and honeysuckle flavors impart an earthy character complemented by a distinct aroma of ripe apples, wood, dark fruits and sweet citrus. Strawman’s earthy characteristics help cut through the fats and proteins of farmhouse cheeses like cheddar, and also pair well with seafood dishes, like salmon or tuna, with its dark fruit, wood and citrus notes.  Strawman is aged on wood with toasted qualities to add to the traditional earthy farmhouse flavors of the cider and with notes of vanilla to help balance this cider’s funky characteristics.  Its complex, earthy, slightly herbal taste is akin to that of a dry, southern hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Riesling.
  • Angry Orchard Iceman (10.0% ABV) features flavors of crisp apples with notes of caramel and toffee for a cider that’s sweet, but not cloying, and slightly effervescent to enhance aroma.  The wood aging process imparts notes of vanilla for a smooth finish. Iceman is made by freezing apple juice prior to fermentation, resulting in concentrated sugars and deeper, richer flavors. This well-balanced cider pairs perfectly with delicate flavors like those found in foie gras and cured meats, while its smooth vanilla character compliments creamy, sweet French cheeses like Mimolette or a double cream Camembert.  Iceman’s warm taste, with vanilla and honey characteristics, is similar to a Sauternes or Muscat wine.

“The Cider House Collection ciders showcase complex, wine-like flavors and can be enjoyed alone or with food,” Sipes explains.  “These ciders have distinct aromas and flavors, so serving them in a glass shaped like a goblet or bowl, similar to wine, allows drinkers to have the full sensory experience.  Similar to a white wine, these ciders should be served cool, but not cold, around a temperature range of 45-52 degrees F.”

Strawman and Iceman will be available nationwide for the first time, following a successful limited release in 2012 in parts of New England, California, Minnesota and Washington.

Harpoon Brewery’s first ‘Brewed For Boston’ event raises $8,835 for The One Fund

Harpoon Brewery extends a big thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday, April 23rd, for their first Brewed for Boston event. They were able to raise $8,835 for The One Fund in just 3 hours!

If you didn’t make it to the first event, there are still two more ‘Brewed for Boston‘ nights taking place on Tuesday April 30th and May 7th.  Come have a pint and a pretzel with us.

If you can’t make it to one of the events, there is another way you can help out.

In hopes of raising more funds to support The One Fund, Harpoon is raffling off a chance for YOU to brew your very own beer at Harpoon. One winner will develop their own recipe with a Harpoon brewer and then spend a day brewing their beer at our Boston brewery.

What to do with approximately 300 gallons of your own special beer?  You could take it home in kegs, serve it to your friends at a special event at the brewery, or work with Harpoon to construct your own idea.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $50 each at the Harpoon Breweries in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT, through May 7, 2013. There will be a maximum of 500 tickets sold, and we’ll draw the winner during the May 7th Brewed for Boston fundraiser at Harpoon’s Beer Hall in Boston (you do not need to be present to win).

Thank you for your outpouring of support to help raise money for The One Fund! We hope to enjoy a pint or two with you soon.

“Brewed for Boston” Nights at Harpoon to Benefit The One Fund

It’s nice to see the community support that is blooming around the Boston Marathon tragedy. The Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall will be holding “Brewed for Boston” nights for the next three Tuesdays to raise funds for One Fund Boston.

Like most in and around Boston, Harpoon Brewery employees immediately felt compelled to “do something” after the tragic events of Marathon Monday in Boston. So for the next three Tuesday nights Harpoon employees from every department will be donating their time, and the brewery will be donating 100% of pint and pretzel sales, at “Brewed for Boston Nights at Harpoon” in an effort to raise funds for victims of the tragedy.

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The Brewed for Boston Nights at Harpoon will take place during extended hours, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in the Harpoon Beer Hall. During that three-hour period, 100% of sales on all Harpoon pints of beer and pretzels will be donated to www.onefundboston.org, an organization created to provide support to victims of the tragedy.

Brewed for Boston Nights Details

Dates & Times: 

Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 30th, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00 to 9:00pm

Location:  

The Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall
306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA

Details:

The Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall will be open for extended hours the next three Tuesday nights to raise funds for victims of the Marathon Monday tragedy. Harpoon employees from every department of the brewery will donate their time to work these evenings and serve guests beer and pretzels. 100% of Harpoon pint sales and 100% of pretzel sales will be donated to The One Fund. Light appetizers will be donated by local caterers for attendees.

Admission:

Free of charge, no tickets necessary

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate in raising funds for victims of the Patriot’s Day tragedy, we encourage you to donate to The One Fund Boston.

Together, we are #BostonStrong!

New summer seasonal from New Belgium celebrates traditional Belgian game

It’s time to shed that sweater and gear up for some friendly backyard bowling competition. New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, has revealed its summertime seasonal, a playful brew called Rolle Bolle Ale. The beer is named after a favorite Belgian past time best played with two hands, one preferably holding a beer. Available now through September, Rolle Bolle is the perfect accompaniment to all sunshine-related festivities.

Rolle Bolle Ale is brewed with monk fruit and soursop, pouring as a brilliant blonde. It offers both earthy and tropical tones, following up tartness with the citrus of Cascade and Centennial hops. Oats bring creaminess to the mouthfeel, and it finishes dry and clean.

“Rolle Bolle is a session beer that will surely makes its way into backyards and festivals all season long,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “The entire recipe celebrates the lighter desires of summertime living.”

Rolle Bolle is 5.2 percent ABV, available in 12 oz. and on draft in most New Belgium markets.

As you begin your annual festival and beer-tasting planning, don’t forget to see if either New Belgium’s Tour de Fat (https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat/events) or Clips Beer and Film Tour (https://www.facebook.com/ClipsBeerAndFilmTour/events) is coming to your area.

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.