Skagit Brew Corner: Handmade Anthem Ciders
Autumn is cider time. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest has an abundance of apples as well as accomplished cider companies. Hard cider — apple juice fermented with sugar to produce a carbonated alcoholic drink — is growing in popularity nowadays, but it was once more popular than beer.
In early colonial America, many people had access to apples, and hard cider was the predominant homemade fermented drink. Beer and hard cider are sister beverages, and ciders are gaining a broader appeal due to their delicious flavor and lack of gluten.
Look for a variety of tasty ciders in the Co-op’s Beer Department, including offerings from Anthem, a small company based in Salem, Oregon. Anthem makes their ciders with whole-pressed apples, pears and cherries grown in Washington and Oregon. Apples are pressed and fermented year round to produce a sweet tartness, a result of the presence of the apple’s natural malic acid.
Anthem’s Apple Cider is made from a blend of Washington grown apples, including Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. Anthem Pear is a combination of traditional apple cider that is finished with freshly pressed pear juice from Oregon orchards. Anthem Cherry is a balanced blend of apples and sweet tart cherry juice. Each is delicious in its own way. Pair these excellent handcrafted ciders with your favorite cheese from the Co-op’s Cheese Island.