Argus Cidery debuts six-packs of cider, ginger ale this month

Fans of Argus Cidery’s dry cider styles have long been clamoring for a smaller, more accessible way to drink the cider, and their wishes are about to be granted.

Argus, which has always distributed cider in 750 ml bottles, is releasing six-packs of Ciderkin and Ginger Perry this month — and the new Argus Fermentables line is also going to be available in kegs, the first time for Argus to be offered on tap.

Owner and winemaker Wes Mickel “wanted to enter the single-serve market with a product that’s unpasteurized and unsweetened, and very much in the same vein as the ciders we have produced before,” he said in a press release. Ciderkin, he said, was the answer “both for its year-round availability and price point.”

Argus Cidery is releasing a line of six-packs, Argus Fermentables, made from internationally sourced fruit. The line includes a cider and a pear-and-ginger drink.

Argus Cidery is releasing a line of six-packs, Argus Fermentables, made from internationally sourced fruit. The line includes a cider and a pear-and-ginger drink.

It’s going to be like many ciders Argus Cidery has already produced, with a “straightforward apple palate… (that) finishes dry and crisp, not sweet,” according to the press release.

Ciderkin is a sessionable style historically “made from reconstituted apple pomace,” which is “pressed and fermented wild to produce a low ABV,” the press release said, and Argus’ version (clocking in at 4.5 percent ABV) stays true to the tradition by using a house yeast blend that yields a prominent stone fruit nose, strong apple flavor and a dry finish.

But Argus Cidery doesn’t just stick to making ciders. Joining Tepache Especial, a wild-fermented sparkling pineapple wine Argus released last year, is another apple-less beverage. The Ginger Perry was “developed because Jules (cellar master at Argus) and I really, really love spicy ginger ales,” Mickel said in the press release. “So we decided we would put one in a small-format bottle, booze included.”

The 4.5 percent ABV Ginger Perry, Argus’ first unpasteurized fermentation, features pear and ginger in a dry “balance of ginger, stone fruit and citrus flavors,” according to the press release. It’s an easy-sipper you can drink straight from the bottle or add to a drink as a mixer.

One distinct difference between the Argus Fermentables line and the other beverages that Argus releases is the fruit in the Ciderkin and Ginger Perry. They’ve been internationally sourced so that the six-packs will be available all year round.

Look for more of the regional apples Argus Cidery likes to seek out in an upcoming cider this fall. The 2014 Argus Cidery Perennial consists of apples from Bandera County, according to the press release.

The Ciderkin and Ginger Perry are going for $9.99 a six-pack once they hit shelves this month. For more information, visit www.arguscidery.com.


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