Starcut Ciders, brought to you by Short’s Brewing Company, was founded in 2014 and born out of a desire to make unique and traditional ciders from the orchards that surround us in Northern Michigan. Made from apples sourced from our own backyard and throughout the state of Michigan, we make cider not only because we love it, but because we have a strong desire to make a beverage we believe in. We are committed to crafting ciders that showcase the beauty of our home.

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LOCAL APPLES

We craft our ciders from apples grown by Michigan farmers, including local farmers whose orchards are close to our home in Antrim county. We use apples from the trees that we see on a daily basis at home and at orchards throughout our state. We transform and capture the local beauty of Michigan orchards into a form we can share with our friends.

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BEING CREATIVE

We see the world through crafty eyes. What may look like just an apple orchard to some, is the catalyst to endless amounts of flavors, images, names and good times to us. We have just begun what promises to be a very exciting cider making adventure.

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ULTIMATE VARIETY

We are encouraging our local farmers to grow an enormous range of apples to use in our ciders. Our aim is to create ciders that will reflect the complexity and variety of our local orchards, and promote Northern Michigan as a cider destination.

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Our Ciders

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Pulsar

Pulsar is a semi-dry cider with soft fruit and white wine-like aromas. A mild acidity offers a tangy sweetness that dries the palate.

Octorock

Octorock is a semi-sweet cider with delicate fruit and yeast aromas, candied apple flavors, and a generous amount of sweetness before a clean finish.

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phuzz300x300*Now available* Phuzz is a semi-sweet cider fermented with Michigan apples and peaches. The cider is a brilliantly clear amber-straw color and has aromas of fresh apple and peach.

Squishy

Squishy is a semi-sweet cider fermented with Michigan cherries. 

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Immortal Jelly is a semi-dry hard cider inspired by Short’s Brewing Company’s Soft Parade. Immortal Jelly is fermented with Michigan apples and a blend of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

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Exciting Starcut Cider related news

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Hump Day Bareback (and Hot Loins)

Hump Day Bareback (and Hot Loins)

February is here and you know what that means, It’s time for a beer that makes you weak in the knees. This year’s a little different, we doubled our efforts, So you and your sweetie can have two fermented beverages.…

Erraticus 8: Zesty, Funky, And Just A Little Bit Feisty

Erraticus 8: Zesty, Funky, And Just A Little Bit Feisty

January in Northern Michigan has us dreaming of warmer days. So much so, that we timed the release of our next wild cider with this dark and gloomy Friday. Fermented with Northern Michigan apples and aged on lemon zest, our…

Now Hiring in Bellaire: Short’s Mart Sales Associate

Now Hiring in Bellaire: Short’s Mart Sales Associate

Have a passion for retailing awesome products? Short’s Mart — our very own “brewtique” located two doors down from our Pub in Bellaire, Michigan — now has an opening for a full-time Sales Associate. This is an opportunity to join…

Careers at Short’s and Starcut Ciders

Careers at Short’s and Starcut Ciders

New year, new career! Short’s Brewing Company and Starcut Ciders are looking to fill multiple positions at their Elk Rapids Production Facility. Apply now at: http://shortsbrew.com/careersatshorts. NOW HIRING IN ELK RAPIDS: PACK LINE WORKER Have you always wanted to be part…

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is by Sharing Spruce Cider with Friends Far and Near

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is by Sharing Spruce Cider with Friends Far and Near

This past summer, our head cider maker, Tony “T$” Hansen, sat down to make his Christmas list (what can we say? He likes to send his letter to the big guy at the North Pole early, he’s pretty sure it…

Starcut Ciders Celebrates Two Years and Gains Title of 3rd Largest Cider Maker in MI

Starcut Ciders Celebrates Two Years and Gains Title of 3rd Largest Cider Maker in MI

Starcut Ciders, a craft cider brand produced by Short’s Brewing Company, is celebrating two years handcrafting hard ciders this month. Launched at the Short’s Brewing Company pub in November 2014, Starcut Ciders began bottled cider distribution in August 2015. Experiencing…

Where we source our apples

Our Farmers

Boals Orchards

Boals Orchards is a second generation farm located in Kewadin, MI. Originally a dairy farm started in 1945, the Boals family has been farming this land for the past 69 years. Ron Boals purchased the farm from his parents and transitioned from raising beef cattle and cherries to apples. The Boals family now grows seven different varieties of delicious apples.

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Altonen Orchards

Altonen Orchards boasts a huge variety of Northern Michigan produce grown just outside of both Elk Rapids and Eastport, MI. As a third generation farm they now raise asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, sweet corn, a variety of other vegetables, and 20 + varieties of apples. Brian Altonen, his brother Jason, and his father John keep busy throughout the year in the orchard and running the fruit press for cider.

King Orchards

King Orchards is a first generation orchard and farm with their roots in Central Lake, MI. Pioneered by Jim and John King, this is a family owned and operated farm (pictured right, Jack and Courtney King). Multiple orchards and two farm market locations offer u-pick opportunities for a variety of fruit including cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, apples, and many berries. The Balaton and Montmorency cherries that we use to make Squishy are grown at King Orchards.

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