Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Peaks and Pints 2020 Washington Cider Week Flight: Whitewood

Ron Swarner

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Peaks-and-Pints-Cider-Flight-TacomaNorthwest Cider Association’s 10th Annual Washington Cider Week continues at Peaks & Pints with day three of to-go Washington cider flights from our taps and cooler. Today, we feature Whitewood Cider Company from Olympia. In 2012, when Dave White met Heather Ringwood in the cider naming room the two business partners created Whitewood, the South Sound’s first cidery. White has family roots in the state’s apple capital, Wenatchee — his grandfather worked in the apple industry — so he doesn’t mess around much with other fruits. In fact, White became a founding member of the Northwest Cider Association. Drop by Peaks and grab our Campfire Crowlers and bottles of Whitewood in a to-go flight we call Peaks and Pints 2020 Washington Cider Week Flight: Whitewood.

Whitewood-Gravenstein-Single-Variety-TacomaPeaks and Pints 2020 Washington Cider Week Flight: Whitewood

Whitewood Gravenstein Single Variety

5.5% ABV, bottle

Gravenstein apples first arrived from Denmark to Western North America in the 19th century. Whitewood grabbed the Gravs from Oregon to produce this 100 percent varietal cider. Fruit forward, sharp, crisp, and clean with notes of strawberry and guava up front, finishing with a drying acidity of Meyer lemon, grapefruit, and Satsuma oranges.

Whitewood-Apples-and-Peaches-Shrub-Cider-Cooler-TacomaWhitewood Apples & Peaches Shrub – Cider Cooler

6.25% ABV, Campfire Crowler fill

“Dude, don’t sleep on Dave’s new cider,” Triceratops Brewing founder Rob Horn to us. “It’s incredible. It’s all the peaches — real juicy peach flavor.” Thanks Rob! We grabbed the last keg! Whitewood Apples & Peaches Shrub – Cider Cooler is, indeed special. It’s fermented from a blend of Northwest-grown apples commingled with peaches and finished with a bright shiny kiss of apple cider vinegar. It tastes like peach juice.

Whitewood-Newtown-Pippin-Whiskey-Barrel-Aged-CiderWhitewood Newtown Pippin Whiskey Barrel Aged Cider

7.5% ABV, bottle

Also known as the Albemarle Pippin, the Newtown Pippin is an American apple developed in the late 17th or early 18th century. The flavor is complex and somewhat tart. Whitewood Newtown Pippin Whiskey Barrel Aged Cider is a single varietal Newtown Pippin cider aged in whiskey barrels for flavors of caramel apple laced with whiskey and rich barrel character and tannin.

Whitewood-Kingston-Black-Dabinett-and-Browns-Apple-TacomaWhitewood Kingston Black, Dabinett & Brown’s Apple

8.3% ABV, Campfire Crowler fill

Whitewood Kingston Black, Dabinett & Brown’s Apple is a classic bone-dry blend of traditional English Bittersharp and Bittersweet cider apples aged in neutral oak barrels. It hits the nose with fruit, with wisps of licorice and sweet grass. The rich, lush, juicy dry cider leads with peach, mandarin, and lemongrass with hints of caramel and subtle notes of red fruit. It finishes clean and dry with soft barrel character and a cedar-esque tannic.