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Review: Woodchuck Summer Time Pear Ginger Cider

Woodchuck Summer Time Pear Ginger Cider was recently released.  As the name would imply, this is Woodchucks summer seasonal hard cider.  This replaces the blueberry flavored Summer Time cider they made the past two summers.  While it may seem a little early to release a summer seasonal cider, Woodchuck did not release a Spring seasonal cider this year, and who wants to drink a winter seasonal cider when its 70 degrees outside.  This is not Woodchucks first ginger flavored hard cider.  They previously produced Ginger Lovin, a spicy ginger apple cider in their Out on a Limb series of ciders, and Private Reserve Ginger in their Private Reserve line of ciders.      Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Day Chaser Semi Dry Cider

Woodchuck Day ChaserWoodchuck Day Chaser Semi Dry Cider was introduced in March and it is the newest member of their year round Core Ciders.  Their Core Line includes Amber, Hopsation, Gumption, Granny Smith, 802, Raspberry, Pear, and Local Nectar.  Day Chaser combines bitter and sweet apples Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy

Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy - Copy (2)Woodchuck Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy hard cider is the fifth in their limited release, Out On A Limb series of ciders.  After creating Hopsation, their Cascade hops infused cider to compete with the IPA’s, they have now brewed a lemon apple cider to take on the popular shandy style beers.  Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy is crafted in small batches with hard cider made with McIntosh, Empire and Cortland apples.  The cider is then infused with fresh lemon juice and lemongrass. Read more »


Review: Gumption Woodchuck Hard Cider

Gumption Cider image - CopyGumption Woodchuck Hard Cider will be introduced in March.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on some a little early.  It will be available on draft in May.  Legendary showman PT Barnum is the inspiration for this cider.  His likeness is pictured on each bottle.  He once noted, “everybody drank cider-spirits called gumption.”  It will be available year round and it is one of eight ciders in their year round Core Series of ciders.  Their other new addition to this series is Local Nectar, and that is currently only available in Vermont and Michigan.  It is crafted with the juice from common eating apples and European Bittersweet apples and it is bottled at 5.5% alcohol. Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Cheeky Cherry Hard Cider

Woodchuck Cheeky Cherry - CopyWoodchuck Cheeky Cherry Hard cider was previously part of their Cellar Series of ciders and it was then called Sour Cherry.  Now renamed it is the third member of their Out on a Limb cider series.  Each of these ciders are available for 45-60 days.  Cheeky Cherry is crafted with common eating and bittersweet apples that are fresh pressed and blended with Champaign yeast to start the fermentation process.  After cold filtration dried tart cherries from Michigan are infused directly into the cider base.  Belgian cherry juice is added to the final blend before bottling at 5.5% alcohol. Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider

woodchuck raspberry hard cider - CopyWoodchuck Raspberry hard cider was introduced April 2002.  It is one of six year round ciders in their Core Line of ciders.  It is made with fresh picked local apples.  These apples are fresh pressed.  Champaign yeast is added to the juice to start the fermentation process.  After cold filtering raspberry juice is added to the blending tank. Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Spitter Splinter Hard Cider

Woodchuck spitter splinter hard ciderWoodchuck Spitter Splinter hard cider was just introduced as part of their limited release Out on a Limb Series of hard cider.  This is the second variety, their first was a chocolate raspberry flavor.  Each of these ciders will be available for 45-60 days.  Spitter Splinter features European bittersweet apple varieties.  The fermented juice from these apples is aged in bourbon barrels for six months.  Woodchuck describes the flavor as dry with woody vanilla oak notes. Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Winter Chill Hard Cider

Woodchuck winter chill - CopyWoodchuck WInter Chill Hard Cider was the first of their four seasonal ciders when it was introduced in 2008.  It is shown here in their new rebranded bottle.  Winter Chill is available November-February.  It is made with locally grown fresh pressed apples and Champaign yeast.  Once fermented it is cold filtered.  Winter Chill is aged with premium French and traditional American oak chips until it is ready for bottling. Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider

Woodchuck hopsation hard cider - CopyWoodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider was introduced July 2014.  This is Woodchuck Ciders third hop included cider.  The previous one’s were Dry Hop, which is still available in their Cellar Series line, and Hopped Apple, which was only available as a draft.  Hopsation is Woodchuck’s sixth year round cider, and it is part of their Core line of ciders.  It is made with their original small batch hard cider and it is infused with Cascade hops before bottling at 5% alcohol.  This compares with their Dry Hop cider which weighed in at 6.9% alcohol. Read more »


Review: Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Cider

woodchuck pumpkin cider - CopyWoodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin cider was introduced September 2010.  It was not only the world’s first pumpkin hard cider but it launched their Private Reserves line of ciders.  This line now includes their Pink, Belgium White, and Barrel Select flavors.  It is available September – November or until supply lasts since Woodchuck dedicates only 2 1/2 hours of production time each year to producing their pumpkin cider.  It is made with pumpkin sourced from individual Vermont pumpkin growers, and locally grown apples.  Woodchuck does not add any of the traditional spices typically used to create pumpkin pies or pumpkin beers.  They rely on the taste of natural pumpkin and apple, and bottle this cider at a lofty 6.9% alcohol.  Most main steam hard ciders weigh in at 5%. Read more »