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Pear Up with New Local Perry

pearessentExplore the complex flavors of new locally made perry, or pear cider, from the Pear Up series of Neigel Vintners Cider of Wenatchee, WA. Commonly made for centuries in England, South Wales, and France, perry is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears, similar to the way cider is made from apples.

A small family-owned and operated company in eastern Washington, Pear Up Cider was inspired by two brothers and a vintage 1903 cider press. The cidery presses fresh pears from their orchards, which includes trees that are well over 100 years old. Well-carbonated and attractively packaged in bright green aluminum containers, Pear Up’s perries are made from naturally fermented pear juice, without the use of apple juice or concentrates. The Co-op now carries three new flavors of this naturally gluten-free treat, each on sale now for $4.49 per 16.9 oz bottle:

  • Ginger Pear – 5.3% alcohol by volume. The spicy addition of ginger adds a kick and a beautiful rosy hue to this dry perry. Serve with apple butter-glazed pork chops or curried seafood dishes.
  • Hoppin’ Pear – 5.7% alcohol by volume. A crisp low sugar cider, this perry benefits from the infusion of dried hops for a refreshing herbal finish. Serve with spicy nachos, blue cheese burgers, or chipotle-infused kale chips.
  • Pear Essentials – 5.3% alcohol by volume. The original Perry recipe, this solid blend of pure pear juice is bursting with pear-y goodness. Serve with a selection of cheeses, such as sharp white cheddar, tangy fresh goat chevre, or peppery soft ripened Camembert.
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.