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Every season is Squishy season

Every season is Squishy season

We’ll admit, when we released our first bottles of Starcut Ciders, it was hard to decide which ciders we wanted to share with the world. We knew we wanted something dry and refreshingly simple, so Pulsar made the cut. Then we wanted something for those seeking the sweeter side of cider, so Octorock became our second flagship. Finally, we added Squishy, a semi-sweet Fruit Cider made with Michigan apples and cherries to the mix as a seasonal to highlight the amazing fruit grown right here in Michigan. Squishy season came and went, but once it was gone we couldn’t help by yearn for this delicious cider. Luckily, you all agreed and the demand for Squishy was clear. We’re excited to announce that for 2018 Squishy will be joining our lineup as a year round flagship!

Squishy (6.3% ABV) is a semi-sweet Fruit Cider fermented with Michigan apples, Northern Michigan Balaton and Montmorency tart cherries, and English Cider yeast. Ruby red in color with appealing sweet aromatics, this cider’s initial flavors of dark fruit shift toward a bold tartness that dries the palate between tastes.

Look for six packs of Squishy to begin hitting store shelves throughout our distribution footprint starting this week and enjoy Squishy season, every season.

Find Starcut Ciders near you here.

Erraticus 16 here to ring in 2018

Erraticus 16 here to ring in 2018

We recently released Erraticus 16, to help us say “so long” to 2017, and welcome 2018! This time, our cider makers decided to use a berry that is basically four berries in one. A cross among the European raspberry, European blackberry, an American dewberry, and a loganberry; the boysenberry is certainly a unique fruit and makes an even more complex cider

Erraticus 16 (6% ABV) is a Dry Wild Cider fermented with Cortland apples and boysenberries. Dark rose in color, this cider carries bright inviting aromas of berries and apple. Boysenberry flavors are prominent, but balanced by the apples with a slight funk. Erraticus 16 is refreshing and crisp with a dry finish.

Ring in the new year with a cider in hand and pick up a bottle of Erraticus 16 at Short’s Mart now!

Introducing our new winter seasonal: Bucket

Introducing our new winter seasonal: Bucket

Once we had a taste of Erraticus 6, we knew something special was happening. The tart black currant and apple flavors blended with the soft oak notes creating a unique beverage we wanted to sip on more than once. As you know (or maybe you don’t but you should), our Erraticus Wild Ciders are a series of one-off ciders allowing for wild, natural fermentation to occur, promising each to be one of a kind. Since we couldn’t recreate the exact magic of Erraticus 6, we decided to do the next best thing; allow this cider to inspire our master cider maker, Tony, to create a new seasonal release reminiscent of Erraticus 6 for those cold winter months. Enter: Bucket.

Bucket (6% ABV) is a Semi-Dry Fruit Cider fermented with black currants and aged on oak chips. Deep crimson red in color with a shimmering light pink head, this cider carries aromas of tart fruit and vanilla. Apple and black currant flavors blend well and balance the acidity and sweetness for a clean and dry finish.

This seasonal cider will be making its way to stores and taps near you throughout our distribution footprint (MI, IL, IN, OH, WI, CO) over the next couple of weeks. Find some Bucket in your neck of the woods, and #PickCider to keep you warm this winter.

Is it a wine? Or cider? Or the best of both?

Is it a wine? Or cider? Or the best of both?

Just in time for the holidays, we have the perfect Wild Cider to add to your celebrations. Although it’s not simply a cider, this time we’ve added some Cayuga White grapes to the blend making this crafted wild beverage part cider and part wine. Is it a Win-der? Or maybe it’s a C-ine? Either way, we’re loving the resulting flavor of this combination.

Erraticus 15 is a Wild Cider made with Rhode Island Greening apples and Cayuga White grapes from Torch Lake Cellars. Straw in color and slightly hazy, this cider has aromas of apple and white wine. Leading with tart flavors of apple, grape, and some funk, Erraticus 15 is reminiscent of a funkier Dry Riesling.

Now available exclusively at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart in Bellaire, pick up a 750 mL bottle of this delicious drink before it’s gone!

Pulsar cans are here!

Pulsar cans are here!

Who said cider isn’t for the adventurous? We’ve been hitting the trails, beach, and wilderness with cans of Octorock for some time, but now it’s time for the dry cider lover to have their moment. Pulsar, our flagship Semi-Dry Modern Cider is now available in cans throughout Michigan.

Pulsar (6.4% ABV)  is a semi-dry Modern Cider fermented with Michigan apples and Pinot Noir yeast. Golden in color, Pulsar has soft fruit and white wine-like aromas. Mildly acidic, this cider has a bright and tangy sweetness that dries the palate before a clean and crisp finish.

So this winter season get out there are enjoy the wild outdoors with a can of Pulsar in hand. Don’t fret though if you’re dreaming of hot summer days with can of crisp cider in your favorite koozie, because these cans are here for the long haul.

Find Starcut Ciders near you using our locator.

Traverse City Cider Week 2017

Traverse City Cider Week 2017

Nothing gets us more excited than the changing leaves, getting into our flannels, checking out a pumpkin patch, and enjoying the bounty of a new harvest in the orchards surrounding us. In celebration of this magical time, the Michigan Cider Association is hosting their 3rd Annual Traverse City Cider Week. With events aplenty, and tons of special ciders and perries, it’s one of the best weeks to get out and enjoy the tastiest ciders Michigan has to offer. Check out a full list below of where you can find Starcut Ciders this week!

 

Cider & Sausage Salon
Sunday, October 15th
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI

Perry Apple Seed Cider Flow
Monday, October 16th – Saturday, October 21st

Erraticus in the Wild – Traverse City Cider Week Edition
Monday, October 16th – Saturday, October 21st

Pop Up Cider Mill at The Shed
Thursday, October 19th
4:00 – 7:00 pm
The Shed Beer Garden, Traverse City, MI

Cider & Spirit Remix – Taproot Cider House
Friday, October 20th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Taproot Cider House, Traverse City, MI

The Blue Goat Free Tasting
Friday, October 20th
1:00 – 3:00 pm
The Blue Goat, Traverse City, MI

Anderson’s Market Free Tasting
Saturday, October 21st
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Anderson’s Market, Glen Arbor, MI

It’s Mojito O’Clock Somewhere!

It’s Mojito O’Clock Somewhere!

It’s no secret that some of our favorite beers and ciders possesses a distinctive cocktail flair. From the Gin & Tonic mimicking Melt My Brain from Short’s Brewing Company, to the tequila barrel aged Erraticus 5, our desire for spirit inspired ferments is only growing!

To quench your thirst this month, we’re introducing the next cider in our Erraticus Series. Erraticus 12 is a Mojito inspired wild cider fermented with lime, wild mint, and Jonagold apples from Altonen Orchards. Light straw in color with a slight haze, Erraticus 12 smells sweet and tangy with notes of citrus and mint. Tart flavors of tangy apple and lime are followed by notes of mint. Erraticus 12 is crisp, refreshing, and has a very dry finish.

It’s Mojito O’Clock somewhere, and that somewhere is in Bellaire! Erraticus 12 bottles are now available at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart. You can take a bottle of this highball cider on your next adventure for only $11.00, no bottle limit.

Get Your Paws on Erraticus 11

Get Your Paws on Erraticus 11

It’s time to try our newest cider! Erraticus 11, a wild cider fermented with Michigan apples, black currant and juniper is now available at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart. For $22.00, you can take home one in each paw ($11.00 each).  

Erraticus 11 is a wild cider fermented with black currant, juniper, and Michigan apples. Pouring a beautiful pink-purple color with a pinkish foam that dissipates quickly, Erraticus 11 has aromas of barnyard funk and apple with notes of tart currant and a slight hint of juniper. Tart and funky, this wild cider finishes dry with just a hint of juniper.

The eleventh cider in our Erraticus Series, doesn’t disappoint. Comparable to a rosé, Erraticus 11 is light and fruity. This beauty is ready for the beach, boat, or backyard. Pour yourself a glass and kick back. Don’t delay, it won’t be long before Erraticus 12 is on the way.

We Shall Call It Squishy

We Shall Call It Squishy

What is this red, jellyfish adorned cider you ask? In the fall of 2014 we first conjured this freakishly delicious Michigan apple and cherry cider and we decided then, without any hesitation that we shall call it Squishy and it will be ours and it will be our favorite cherry cider! Fermented with only the brightest crimson orbs from our friends at King Orchards, Squishy is now available to you just in time for cherry season.

Squishy (6.3% ABV) is a semi-sweet cider made with Michigan cherries. Ruby red in color with appealing sweet and sugary aromatics, this cider’s initial flavors of dark fruit shift toward a bold tartness that dries the palate between tastes.

As natives of cherry country, we’re proud to bring you the ONLY cherry cider worth sippin’ this summer. With the National Cherry Festival just around the corner (another fantastic reason to pay us a visit in the Northwest corner of the mitten), we’re stoked to say that Squishy is now headed to taps and coolers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

Taste the fruit of the season this week with a pint of Squishy!

Walk on the Wild Side with Erraticus 10

Walk on the Wild Side with Erraticus 10

Chances are if you dig Starcut Ciders, you’ve heard of Erraticus. Our series of rare, wild ciders fermented with local, Northern Michigan apples. Sometimes barrel aged and always delicious, Erraticus ciders are always crafted in small batches and to date, have only been available in bottles at the Short’s Brewing Company pub. But all that’s changing today, right now!

We’re taking a walk on the wild side and releasing Erraticus 10 in VERY limited quantities at select locations throughout most of our distribution area, today. Erraticus 10 (6.1% ABV – TA – 6.2 g/L) is a wild cider fermented with peach and cranberry and aged in red wine barrels. Bright and rose in color Erraticus 10 has scents of cranberry and a mild barnyard funk. Flavors of peach and cranberry that meld effortlessly with an apple backdrop, this wild cider is tart, funky, and very refreshing.

Available at Short’s pub now and at events in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin throughout the evening, now’s your chance to get a taste of Erraticus 10. Erraticus in the Wild events will be held at Horrock’s Farm Market, Lansing, MI; Soup Spoon Cafe, Lansing, MI; The Beverage Company, Traverse City, MI; Taproot Cider House, Traverse City, MI; White’s Party Store, Marquette, MI; Stucko’s Pub and Grill, Marquette, MI; Oliver T’s Market, Grand Blanc, MI; HopCat, Kalamazoo, MI; 8 Degrees Plato, Ferndale, MI; 8 Degrees Plato, Detroit MI; Beer Grotto, Ann Arbor, MI; The Michigan Taproom at Stardust Lanes, Saginaw, MI; The Open Bottle, Tinley Park, IL; Trixie’s Liquor, Madison, WI; The Koelschip, Indianapolis, IN; and Banter, Cleveland, OH. For more information please visit: http://starcut.co/inthewild.

Let’s get wild!