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Arlington, VA 22202
Rosé cider has been dubbed this season’s hottest beverage and while it’s not a new thing, it is definitely a great spring and summer beverage! Cider is a phenomenal food pairing beverage that’s lighter and more refreshing than most wines. It’s best served with warm-weather food staples like oysters, meats and cheese spreads, and salads, and makes for easy spring to summer drinking. The trend “started with the heritage cider makers, then it went to smaller local and regional cider companies, and now the national brands are making rosé ciders as well,” says Michelle McGrath, Executive Director of the U.S. Association of Cider Makers. From heritage bottles made from red-fleshed apples to more modern blends with adjuncts, we’re here to let you sample them (and a mead) that will be perfect for the spring and summer ahead!
What We Are Pouring:
- Potter’s Craft Cider Strawberry Ginger: Welcome to spring and celebrate it’s flavors! Kardinal Hall collaborated with Potter’s Craft Cider for the original release of this in 2016 and it was a roaring success then, so it’s back. Gorgeous strawberry hue with a bite from the ginger, a perfectly refreshing cider for a warm spring day!
- Bold Rock Rosé Cider: “A fruit-forward rosé style cider with a crisp berry finish. Much like a rosé wine, cider can be crafted to highlight different taste profiles and allow the nuance of the fruit to shine through. With an emphasis on the classic berry notes of a rosé, Bold Rock has created a cider that gives its apple base a vibrant fresh finish akin to the wine counterpart.”
- Domaine du Verger Rosé Cidre Bouche: Since 1983 the Val de Rance cooperative has brought together the cider-making experience of 300 passionate local growers from Brittany. After recent investments, the cooperative has expanded and modernised its equipment. The cider from Domaine du Verger is produced from 100% apple juice. All the apples are harvested 90% from Brittany (bitter-sweet) region and 10% from Normandy (bitter). After being cleaned, the apples are gently crushed; they are then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and carefully filtered with the addition of Co2 for the carbonation. The pink coloration is natural from the use of a specific variety of apple with red flesh: Baya Marisa. This is a perfect brunch cider that, because of it’s lower alcohol content, you can drink all day long!
- Moonlight Meadery Red Dress: This little bottle of mead is sweet and sexy! A great balance between the honey notes and red currants in a tart, lambic-like package of semi-sweet mead. A darker shade than many rosé but worth trying because it will pair great with a curried grilled chicken, Moroccan lamb, or slow-cooked beef.