Skagit Food Co-op blog:

Co-op brew corner

Co-op Brew Corner: Cider Shines

Show your support for local farmers and orchardists by enjoying their delicious hard ciders! Check out these new arrivals in the Co-op’s dependably interesting Beer and Cider department:

bailoutRamblin’ Route Hard Pear Cider from Tieton Ciderworks of Yakima, WA. 6.9% alcohol by volume /$9.99 per 4pk of 16 oz. Another excellent offering from orchard-direct Tieton in Eastern Washington. Dry and tart, this perry cider is the result of peeled ripe pears with their endearing floral bouquet, coupled with citrusy acids and a touch of poised sweetness that lends to an impressive purity of true pear flavor. Ramblin’ Route Pear also possesses distinct mineral components, rich with mouth-filling body, and a refreshing, crisp finish. Pair it with: grilled seafood, seasonal green salads, and road trips.

Bailout Lemongrass Agave Hard Cider from Schilling Cider of Seattle, WA. 6.5% alcohol by volume / $5.99 per 22 oz. A summer thirst quencher, this subtly infused cider is medium sweet with a slight tangy finish. It rides a light herbal boost from lemongrass, and finishes with a smooth, sweet, easy to drink or mix. Pair it with a day at the beach and grilled picnic fair: burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, and nachos.

jkperryThe Pair Perry Cider from J.K. Scrumpy’s Cider of Flushing, MI – 5.5% alcohol by volume / $6.99 per 22 oz. This Estate-grown cider is a partnership between lifelong friends who are also passionate organic farmers: it has resulted in the perfect Pair. Only fermented organic juice from American apples and pears make up this unfiltered Perry style cider. J.K.’s Pair Pear is certified organic, gluten-free, sorbate-free, sulfite-free and Kosher. Pair it with custard-based desserts or with cured meats and cheese boards.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.