Summer has finally arrived! With all this warm weather and sunshine, there are plenty of exciting and fun things to do, to pass the time. I don’t know about you, but the thought of a cold, hard cider on a hot summer day sure does sound refreshing! Woodchuck Cider, located in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, has announced three big events happening over the summer, and we want you to be a part of the action. So mark your calendars for some Summer festivities taking place in June, July and August, all happening at the Woodchuck Cider House!

First up, on Saturday, June 27th it’s the Cider House Block Party! From 11-5pm, enjoy this unique outdoor event featuring fun games, like corn hole and kan jam (which is a flying disc game, played with a flying disc and two cans which you deflect the disc). This festive event will also feature a variety of food trucks for you to enjoy, as well as live music from Aaron Flinn, who will entertain you with elements of folk, indie rock and classic country combined with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics and finger-picking guitar. And don’t forget about the cider! Woodchuck will be offering a wide selection of their tasty ciders as well as a special Firkin cask!

On Thursday, July 23rd, join the Woodchuck Summer Cider Dinner from 7-9pm. This delicious dinner will be held outside underneath a special tent set-up that will offer its guests a $50 all-inclusive, 5 course pairing menu. The courses are as follows:

  • 1st Course: Stuffed Pappadew Peppers with Blue Ledge Farm Lake’s Edge Goat Cheese – Pairing: Granny Smith Cider
  • 2nd Course: Mexican Street Corn, Grilled In-husk, Finished With Spices – Pairing: Top Secret until June 15th!
  • 3rd Course: Thai Lettuce Wrap with BBQ Chicken with Carrot, Cucumber & Green Bean Slaw – Pairing: Ginger Cider
  • 4th Course: Cider Baked Beans Served Over Corn Cakes – Pairing: 802 Cider
  • 5th Course: Grilled Summer Fruit Tossed In Lavender-Sugar Served with Honey Mascarpone – Pairing: Summer Time Cider

Is your mouth watering yet? This night will also have live music, as well as commentary from John Matson, Woodchuck’s Cider Maker. Come and enjoy a night out! Tickets are limited, so sign-up here & get yours today!

Lastly, on Saturday, August 22nd, be sure to check out Woodchuck’s Ciderstock! From 2-10pm enjoy fresh music, delicious food and ice-cold cider! This jam-packed event will feature live music from Cage The Elephant, New Politics, and homegrown Vermont acts Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band and Madaila! Ciderstock will also be providing a variety of awesome edibles from these food trucks: Crescent Catering, Island Ice Cream, Ahli Baba’s, Smokin Pete’s BBQ, A&W, Thelma’s Bread Dough and One Hearth Pizza. There will be a large variety of innovative craft ciders available in cans and on draft! This is also a ticketed event, so get your tickets and don’t miss this amazing Summer event.

We’re thrilled that Woodchuck Cider is putting on these fantastic events! Which one do you look forward to attending? Share your thoughts with us!

Within the past few years, Hard Cider has become a fast growing alternative to beer. Whether you don’t like the taste of beer (!!), are practicing a gluten-free philosophy or just love apples, Hard Cider is a delicious choice at any time of the year.

But let’s face it; Hard Cider is best in the fall. What’s better than curling up on cold, windy evening with a beverage that simultaneously tastes like apples, cinnamon, AND helps warm the body with its alcoholic content? We would say almost nothing. We distribute a nice collection of Hard Ciders, but wanted to give a special shout out to the varieties coming out of our great state of Vermont. Bring it on, fall!

Woodchuck Cider

Also known as the Vermont Hard Cider Company, Woodchuck Cider has really taken off and made quite a name for itself not only in Vermont, but also throughout the US. They recently built a new Cidery in Woodstock, Vermont, and we suggest making a trip to go check it out. From the tour of their brewing process, to the gift shop, and the gorgeous tasting room with a variety of their ciders (many you can’t find in stores and restaurants) – It is definitely worth the drive!

If you’re looking to enjoy a Woodchuck at your home or local bar, there are a variety of delicious ciders to choose from. The Amber was their first cider, crafted in 1991, and is a traditional cider with a distinct red apple taste. If you’re looking for something more tart and crisp, try the Granny Smith Apple Cider. Their 802 Dark & Dry has a strong, dry flavor with a bite at the end. Looking for something unique? Try the Pear Woodchuck, which boasts a sweet, crisp pear flavor. If you love raspberry, you’ll love their Raspberry brew. Light and refreshing, it’s perfect for a warm summer evening. Woodchuck Hopsation takes the original small batch cider and adds pine and citrus hints to it, making it slightly bitter in taste.

Boyden Valley Vermont Ice Cider

Boyden Valley’s new Ice Cider is an absolutely spectacular cider, made from only Vermont grown Northern Spy, Macintosh and Empire apples. They claim it to be “America’s first ice cider” and this flavorful cider is aged in French oak barrels. Ice Cider is sweet and boasts a complex combination of apple flavors and the oak from the barrels. This tasty drink makes a wonderful accompaniment to dessert, but is also delicious on its own.

Vermont Ice Cider has won several awards: The 2013 Double Gold Medal at the WSWA Tasting Competition, the 2013 Silver Medal at the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Competition, the 2014 Silver Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and a score of 93 at the 2014 Chairman’s Trophy Ultimate Wine Challenge. This unique cider has a 12% alcohol content and is absolutely worth a try.

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