Two Beer Brewing founder Joel VandenBrink launched the Seattle Cider Company in August 2013 — the city’s first cidery since Prohibition — 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. Most of Seattle Cider’s products has based on the two founding ciders, adding fruit and herbs. Over the next six years, Seattle Cider became Washington’s largest cidery, as well as the country’s fifth-largest craft cidery. Vandenbrink later sold the company, along with Two Beers Brewing Co., to Agrial Co-op. Peaks & Pints feels it’s time for another Seattle Cider to-go flight, which we are simply titling, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Seattle Cider On the Fly.
Seattle Cider Papaya Sparkling
Seattle Cider has released a line of “Sparkling,” which are inspired by seltzer and crafted in the tradition of their ciders, which means it’s made with apples. They’re light, refreshing, and naturally gluten free. The latest flavor is Papaya, which they tagged a Papaya Pride, a fundraiser for the local LGBTQ community — specifically GSBA, Washington’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.
Made primarily from culinary/table apples modern ciders are generally lower in tannin and higher in acidity. Seattle Cider delivers delicious modern ciders. With zero percent residual sugar, its Dry is a very dry cider in a classical style. The dryness doesn’t equate to a lack of flavor, however, as it still has a refined apple nature underlined by notes of stone fruits and a light tickle of lilac on the nose. It’s a cider that can stand alongside one of our roast beef sandwiches without losing the flavor battle.
Seattle Cider Semi Sweet has the same apple selection as Dry Hard Cider (Granny Smith, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Gala apples) but with just a touch of sweetness. Honey in color with notes of bergamot orange, lemon, apple and hints of citrus and cinnamon on the palate.
Made with Seattle Cider’s OG apples — Granny Smith, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala — Punch Bowl also stirs in lime peel, cranberries, and ginger. In the spirit of coming together Seattle Cider partners with local non-profit organizations working hard to address food insecurity. When you share a Punch Bowl, you share a meal with families in need as the cidery donates $3.00 for every case.
Granny Smith, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala apples are fermented with cardamom and peach for a combination of fruity, herbal, and spicy flavors.