This week, Austin Eastciders, Argus Cidery and other small-batch cider brands won’t be the only craft ciders you can find in Austin. Seattle Cider Co., offering cans, bottles and on-draft options, is launching at various local restaurants, bars and stores throughout the week with four different ciders. Austin marks the fifth location around the U.S. for people to find the ciders.
Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider is bringing both mainstay and seasonal ciders to town: Dry, Semi-Sweet, Pumpkin Spice and Three Pepper. The ciders have limited sweetness, cidery founder Joel VandenBrink said in a press release, and “are made using all-natural and local ingredients, including fresh-pressed Washington apples.”
He established Seattle Cider in August 2013 to “break the mold of overly sweet ciders,” according to the press release, which are currently on the rise in the U.S. (Craft cider, not craft beer, is actually the fastest growing alcoholic beverage in the country, and Seattle Cider’s Texas distributor, Keg 1, noted in the press release that industry predictions expect “cider to soon claim 3 to 5 percent of overall beer sales in the U.S.”)
“Craft ciders such as those offered by Seattle Cider Co. are changing the way people think about cider. They’re putting out some really innovative things,” Keg 1’s Phil Benvenuto said.
In the Dry cider, you’ll notice flavors of nectarine, under-ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness; the honey-colored Semi-Sweet, the other mainstay cider coming to the Austin market, is light and crisp and will hit your tongue with hints of citrus and cinnamon. Pumpkin Spice, the cidery’s fall seasonal, has been fermented with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, and it’ll round out with just a touch of pumpkin. Three Pepper, a small-batch, limited-release cider, features the kick of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers.
Here are Seattle Cider Co’s launch events this week in Austin.
Tuesday: From 6 to 8 p.m., meet the Seattle Cider team at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden while sipping their flagship ciders, Semi-Sweet and Dry, in 16 oz. cans.
Wednesday: From 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy samples, both year-round and seasonal products, and meet the minds behind the cider at East 1st Grocery, 1811 E. Cesar Chavez St. They’ll also be at Hamrick’s Market in Cedar Park from 3 to 5 p.m., and the ciders will be available in cans and through tastings at the Dig Pub from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about the ciders, visit www.seattlecidercompany.com.