Monday, January 13th, 2020

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Uncut Gems

Ron Swarner


Peaks-and-Pints-Cider-Flight-TacomaPeaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Uncut Gems

Are you feeling too calm and relaxed, or is your blood pressure too low? Go see Uncut Gems! It will snap you right out of your tranquility and bathe you in frenetic anxiety! The camera and the characters are perpetually in motion, and even when they’re forced to take a seat, there’s still the heart pounding, the fingers texting, the body wishing it could be anywhere but where it is. When you watch it at 11:50 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 5:50 or 8:45 at The Grand Cinema, you’ll hear constant laughter of folks enjoying themselves and the pleasure of witnessing the unhinged movements of anxious viewers. Adam Sandler is terrific as the manic Howard Ratner, a degenerate gambler whose professional and family life is a house of cards. Afterward, you’ll definitely need to chill with Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Uncut Gems.

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. 

One-Tree-Snow-Globe-TacomaOne Tree Snow Globe

6.6% ABV

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.

Longdrop-Vanilla-Honey-TacomaLongdrop Vanilla Honey

6.9% ABV

In August 2014, Chris Blanchard and Carol Crosswhite, in a partnership with Crooked Fence Brewing, founded Longdrop Cider as the first production cidery in the state of Idaho. Seven months later Longdrop had cider in the market — Semi Sweet (now Northwest Apple) Cider, and the award-winning Vanilla Honey Cider. By fall of 2015 major retailers across the state of Idaho carried their ciders. In 2016, Chris and Carol assumed full ownership of the cidery, only to turn around and form another partnership with the Furfaro/Carson family — longtime orchardists and apple processors in North Central Washington state, which led to opening a new production facility in Cashmere, Washington. Recently, Longdrop opened a tasting room in Leavenworth. Made with Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith apples, Vanilla Honey is all apple with nice vanilla notes on an otherwise fairly sweet cider.

Eaglemount-Log-Cabin-TacomaEaglemount Log Cabin

8% ABV

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.

Winsome-Oaked-Chipotle-TacomaWinsome Oaked Chipotle

6% ABV

Leroy Radford earned his winemaking chops at Mark Ryan and Baer wineries before launching Flying Dreams Winery in 2008. The winemaker began experimenting with cider, and in 2014, he opened Woodinville Ciderworks, which recently became Winsome Ciderworks. Using only Washington apples, he now produces seven different cider flavor profiles, from Asian Pear and Peach Ginger to Pomegranate Cherry and Oaked Chipotle, which anchors today’s cider flight. Winsome Oaked Chipotle offers subtle heat from roasted peppers balanced with caramel sweetness and light smoke notes.

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