Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Ford v Ferrari
Ford v Ferrari, director James Mangold’s tale of the Ford Motor Company’s attempt to build a faster race car than Ferrari in the 1960s, is a rare, high-octane blend of art and entertainment, screening at 7 p.m. at the Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma’s proctor District. In this action-dramedy, Matt Damon stars as Carroll Shelby, an automotive designer and engineer forced to hang up his racing helmet after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Realizing Shelby’s talent, Ford executives ask him to lead their new racing division, which they hope will unseat Ferrari as the champions of Le Mans. But Shelby needs a driver, and though his friend Ken Miles (Christian Bale) is a loose cannon, the two understand each other. And no one is better behind the wheel. Before or after checking out this unlikely partnership, stop by Peaks and Pints for a cider flight we call Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Ford v Ferrari.
Cranberry sauce is an essential part of every holiday meal for one simple reason — it cuts through the heaviness of all the other dishes. It’s light, it’s bright, and it’s actually pretty darn healthy. Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s version is a small batch seasonal cider fermented to dry and then blended with the juice of transitional and organic cranberries from the Washington coast’s Starvation Alley Farm. Head Cidermaker Andrew Byers then adds an infusion of wild rosehips gathered from woods and hedges around the Olympic Peninsula. Sweetened with unrefined organic cane sugar for added depth and balance, this holiday cider is lightly carbonated.
Joel VandenBrink, the founder of Two Beers Brewing Co., launched the Seattle Cider Company in August 2013, with the help from his Two Beers sales rep and a former farm hand Eric Willard. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which makes beer difficult to digest, VandenBrink launched the cider company with only two products: Semi Sweet and Dry. Today, Seattle Cider has many options, including Pineapple Agave. Ripe and juicy pineapple aroma, soft tartness, and subtle tropical sweetness lead to a clean finish in this perfect vacation sipper.
Who doesn’t love glitter? It’s nearly impossible to get out of your cleavage after a night on the town, but it’s festive as hell. And now thanks to edible glitter, your digestive system can be as sparkly as your 1990s eye shadow palette. One Tree Hard Cider Snow Globe is a delicious spiced cider with glitter. We recognize the clove and cinnamon, but the glitter seems like a handful rather than a full dance floor dump.
Fourteen years ago, Jim and Trudy Davis founded Eaglemount Winery & Cidery on an original 1883 homestead in the town of Eaglemount on the Olympic Peninsula. Part winery, part cidery, Eaglemount continues the tradition of the original homesteaders by making hard cider with heirloom apple varieties such as Gravenstein, Winesap, White Pippin, Roxbury Russet, and Twenty Ounce, although they also source heirloom varieties from other old homestead orchards on the Peninsula. Log Cabin is just that — a semi-sweet cider crafted from heirloom apple varieties and rhubarb grown on their farm and other local farms. Expect a rhubarb twang and just the right sweetness.
Scrumpy is a rustic, unfiltered, farm-based cider, typically made from ripe, fallen apples. To “scrump” is to steal, snag or swipe up apples from an orchard, although the term is used in a less gangsta way today. 2 Towns’ version is deep, dry and rich with Hood River Apples blending together with Oregon blackberry honey and traditional English cider yeast to create a tart, floral, celebratory cider.
Original photo credit: Fabrice Pluchet