Monday, November 18th, 2019

Monday Cider Flight And A Movie: The Addams Family

Ron Swarner

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Peaks-and-Pints-Cider-Flight-TacomaMonday Cider Flight And A Movie: The Addams Family

Ever since the classic John Astin TV series, every new adaptation of The Addams Family that’s been announced for stage or screen has carried a sniffing declaration that it’ll be more “faithful” to the source cartoons. And then what do we get? Nathan Lane. Yet Peaks and Pints is still holding out hope for this latest animated take, which screens at 7 p.m. inside neighboring Blue Mouse Theatre. Snoop Dogg as Cousin It? Christina Aguilera singing on the soundtrack? Indeed, both help co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan (the duo behind “Sausage Party”) deliver an enjoyable, light-hearted spooky treat that is surprisingly charming with a few laughs. We suggest you stop by Peaks and Pints for a flight of cider before or after Morticia literally bolts and screws herself into her wedding gown.

Viuda-de-Angelon-Apple-Blossom-Buzz-TacomaViuda de Angelon Apple Blossom Buzz

6% ABV

It all starts in the orchard, and there in the orchard each spring’s production begins with the bees. Viuda de Angelon gets the apples and the bees get the honey. Fran Ordonex steals a bit of honey from his hives to give Apple Blossom Buzz a scent of spring blossoms and just a hint of sweetness, adding just enough honey to the sidra for the aroma.

Double-Mountain-Dry-Cider-TacomaDouble Mountain Dry Cider

6.7% ABV

Double Mountain had long toyed with releasing their own hard cider, occasionally featuring housemade cider on at the taproom made from owner Matt Swihart’s own apples. The brewery finally releases its own Dry Cider in December 2017, blending freshly harvested heirloom apples from Double Mountain Orchards and Hood River Newtowns, Braeburns, and Hanners for old world complexity. Double Mountain gave it plenty of time to dry out and develop the aromas of juicy pear, lychee, green fruit, and chamomile.  It finishes tart, crisp, dry and quenching.

Finnriver-Dry-Hopped-Cider-TacomaFinnriver Dry Hopped Cider

6.5% ABV

When one of Washington’s earliest cidermakers, Drew Zimmerman, retired, Finnriver owners Keith and Crystie Kisler added 1,000 of his trees from Mount Vernon to their Chimacum farm, to add “Cidery” to their Finnriver Farm name. Organic Washington dessert apples — Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Braeburn and Gala — are the base for Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider with Cascade hops adding grapefruit and pine notes. Finnriver ferments the juice to dry, then steeps with organic whole-leaf Cascade hops for up to two weeks, for additional depth and flavor, and to appease the hop-lovers on the crew.

Bad-Granny-Black-Currant-TacomaBad Granny Black Currant

6.9% ABV

Julie and Bret Pittsinger opened Karma Vineyards in the fall of 2007, creating the first traditional style champagne in Chelan County, Washington. As the brand grew the Pittsingers saw an opportunity to partner with his long-term relationships of apple growers in the area that he’s cultivated over several decades. The chemistry between the quality of apple and the knowledge of the traditional French champagne method, created a unique hard cider and Bad Granny Hard Cider was born. Black Currant is fruit driven, with a crisp dry finish that delivers depth and complexity. Crafted with Bad Granny’s proprietary champagne yeast strain, using 100 percent Washington-grown apples, expect notes of blackberry, cherry with just a hint of lemon.

Seattle Strawberry Guava

6.9% ABV

Guavas are one of our favorite fruits — so fresh and pleasantly sweet, they automatically transport you to a far-off tropical island. Its flavor profile contains notes of pear and strawberry, so Seattle Cider added strawberries to their guava cider for a limited-release semi-dry cider with mild fruitiness.