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.

Being Creative

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.

Squishy

Squishy is a semi-sweet cider made with Michigan cherries. Ruby red in color, sweet dark fruit flavors lead into a boldly tart and dry finish.

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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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Introducing Immortal Jelly

Introducing Immortal Jelly

Many of you may know our sister brand, Short’s Brewing Company, brews and bottles one of the most delectable beers out there: Soft Parade. Well, we hoped that maybe those juicy berries would be just as tasty in a cider…

Share your photo for a chance to win a Starcut Ciders tacker!

Share your photo for a chance to win a Starcut Ciders tacker!

Share your photo for a chance to win a Starcut Ciders tacker!   We’re looking for the prettiest, goofiest, coolest, most bestest photos of Starcut Ciders in all the land. Take a photo with a glass or a bottle, by…

Bringing Home Hardware from GLINTCAP 2016

Bringing Home Hardware from GLINTCAP 2016

The Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition comes but once a year and this year she was pretty good to us. We spent some time in Grand Rapids sharing Starcut, tasting ciders, hanging out with fellow cider makers, and…

Starcut Ciders now available in Illinois

Starcut Ciders now available in Illinois

We’re making our Illinois debut this weekend! We’ll be pouring Pulsar (semi-dry hard cider), Octorock (semi-sweet hard cider), and Squishy (semi-sweet hard cider made with Northern Michigan cherries) at Cider Summit Chicago. Post summit, we’ll be celebrating at Emporium –…

Flamingo Juice and Otterson Apples

Flamingo Juice and Otterson Apples

Ok, before you ask, the name of this cider may be a teeny tiny bit misleading. No, no flamingos were harmed in the making of our newest cider, Flamingo Juice. That being said, we totally pulverized the sh*t out of…

Starcut Ciders Celebrates first year with party at Short’s Brewpub

Starcut Ciders Celebrates first year with party at Short’s Brewpub

Bellaire, Mich. – Starcut Ciders, a division of Short’s Brewing Company that crafts hard cider made with fruit sourced from Michigan, announces it will host its first Starcut Ciders Celebration at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI on Saturday, February…

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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