Skagit Brew Corner: Sips of Seasonal Ciders
Embrace the seasonal flavors of local cider makers with a few new arrivals to our Beer and Cider aisle: Schilling Cider’s Chaider and Tieton Cider’s Cranberry Hard Cider. These seasonal ciders are made from 100% fresh pressed fruit and spices, and are naturally fermented and gluten-free.
Chaider from Schilling Cider of Seattle, WA. 6.5% alcohol by volume. Made locally with Dragonfly Chai’s organic blend of spices, this hard cider is brimming with the warming power of ginger, clove, cinnamon, and pepper. Semi-sweet and balanced by the blend of spices, Chaider makes a delightful mixer to make a hot toddy-style drink. Pair it with apple pie (try Whidbey Pies’ Salted Caramel Apple Pie in the Co-op’s freezer aisle) with vanilla ice cream or roasted pork loin and mashed potatoes. $5.99 per 22 oz bottle.
Cranberry Cider from Tieton Cider of Yakima, WA. 6.9% alcohol by volume. Tieton’s hard ciders are special because they are made directly on the company’s farm in Yakima. Orchard-direct, Tieton uses heirloom and pesticide-free apples and Washington-grown, fresh-pressed cranberry juice in their latest seasonal offering. Free of artificial ingredients, this semi-sweet cider is pleasantly sparkling and pours a brilliant ruby color. Pair it with:squash soup or grilled cheese sandwiches. $6.99 per 16.9 oz bottle.