woodchuck hard cider releases ‘cellar series smoked apple’
Woodchuck Hard Cider has begun shipping its latest handcrafted cider style, Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple. It is the second offering from the Cellar Series line, which features a rotating selection of rare and unique ciders.
Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple was made with a little help from a fellow Vermont business. Vermont Smoke and Cure™ offered up their custom smokehouse and Cider Maker John Matson filled it with apple pomace. Apple pomace is the part of an apple that remains after it has been ground up and pressed for juice.
“It was great to be able to partner with Vermont Smoke and Cure on this project,” said Matson. “Working with a Vermont neighbor to transform our ideas into reality proves just how resourceful this community is. Smoked Apple is one of the most innovative products we have ever crafted.”
"This has been a fun and rewarding project to figure out how best to smoke apple pomace with Vermont's traditional smoke sources,” said Chris Bailey, Vermont Smoke and Cure CEO. “To work through this alongside a neighboring Vermont food business has been a big bonus."
After the pomace was smoked using maple and applewood chips it was brought to our Middlebury Cidery. The smoked pomace was then infused into small batch fermented cider. The result is a full bodied deep amber cider. Strong crisp apple notes with hints of vanilla are balanced on an applewood smoked backdrop. A well-balanced, limited run cider that is perfect for the cooler days ahead.
Cellar Series Smoked Apple is pasteurized and featured in a 22oz bottle. Alcohol by volume (ABV) is 6.5%. It is shipping now nationwide and will be on store shelves in November and December. Suggested retail for a 22oz bottle is $4.99.