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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 – Wicker Park where we’ll be hosting a Cider Summit After Party.

These events are only the beginning. Starcut Ciders Pulsar and Octorock will be available throughout the state of Illinois beginning this week. Looking for Starcut Ciders near you? Check the list below for a location in your neck of the woods.

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 3121 N. Thatcher Ave., River Grove

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 4610 W Elm St. McHenry

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 103A Orland Park Place, Orland Park

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 12307 S RTE 59, Plainfield  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 124 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 1409 N Veterans Parkway, Bloomington

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 100 16th St. Space A, Oak Brook

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 1720 N Marcey St., Chicago

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 1950 Lincoln Highway St., Charles

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 213 W Grand Ave., Chicago

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 21410 Wold Rd., Mokena

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 323 W Golf Rd., Schaumburg

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 3447 W 95th St., Evergreen park

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 5100 W Dempster St., Skokie

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 639 E Boughton Rd., 180, Bolingbrook

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 670 W Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 69 W Rand Rd., Arlington Heights

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 6920 S Route 83, Willowbrook

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 802 W Town Center Blvd., Champaign

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 844 S Randall Rd., Algonquin  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 975 Rand Rd., Lake Zurich

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 353 Army Trail Rd., Bloomingdale  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 7330 W North Ave., Elmwood Park  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 767 W Golf Rd., Des Plaines  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 8935 N Milwaukee, Niles

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 1531 E 53rd St., Chicago  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 85 N Greenbay Rd., Glencoe  

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 1132 S Jefferson St., Chicago

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 153 Skokie Valley Highway, Highland Park

Binny’s Beverage Depot, 3000 N Clark St., Chicago  

BJ’s Wine & Spirits, 1154 Douglas Rd., Oswego

Blue Frog’s Local 22, 22 E Hubbard St., Chicago

Bottles and Cans LLC, 4109 Lincoln Ave., #1, Chicago

Breakroom Brewery, 2925 W Montrose Ave., Chicago

Cucina Paradiso, 814 North Blvd., Oak Park

Deja Brew, 5129 W 95th St., Oak Lawn

Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Empty Pockets, 101 S 3rd St., Oregon

Fischman Liquors and Tavern, 4780 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Friar Tuck Beverage, 1085 S Route 51, Forsyth

Friar Tuck Beverage, 1333 Savoy Plaza Ln., Savoy

Friar Tuck Beverage, 1401 W Glen Ave., Peoria

Friar Tuck Beverage, 3080 Mercantile Dr., Springfield

Friar Tuck Beverage, 67015 Goshen Rd., Edwardsville

Friar Tuck Beverage, 2401 Maloney Dr., Bloomington

HQ Beercade, 213 W Institute Place, Chicago

Hy-Vee, 2115 S MacArthur Blvd., Springfield

Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W 159th St., Homer Glen

Kilroy’s,  3502 Ridge Rd., Lansing

Kuma’s Corner, 2900 Belmont Ave., Chicago

Kuma’s Too, 666 W Diversey Pkway., Chicago

La Primera, 5012 – 5014 N Clark St., Chicago

Leo’s Wines & Spirits, 3018-22 Hobson Rd., Woodridge

Lincoln Station, 2430-32 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Liquor Park, 1937 W North Ave., Chicago

Madison Tavern, 500 W Madison St, Chicago

Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 960 W 31st St., Chicago

Milk & More, 702 W Diversey Pkwy., Chicago

Old Town Pour House, 1417-1419 N Wells, Chicago

Owen & Engine, 2700 N Western Ave., Chicago

Parlor Pizza Bar, 108 N Green St., Chicago

Rayan Liquor & Deli, 4553-4559 N Clark St., Chicago

Riverside Foods, 48 Burlington, Riverside

Roots Handmade Pizza, 2200 W Lawrence Ave., Chicago

Rudy’s Liquors INC., 285 Chartres Street, Lasalle

Sedgwick’s Bar, 1935 Sedgwick St., Chicago

The Craft Beer Store, 131 N Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville

The Eastwood Golf Co., 2000 Eastwood Ave., Streator

The Noble Grape Corp., 802 N Bishop St., Chicago

The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St., Suite 105, Tinley Park

The Standard Market, 333 E Ogden Ave., Westmont

The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 Lincoln Hwy., Mokena

Timothy O’toole’s, 622 N Fairbanks Ct., Chicago

Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W 171st St., Unit R, Tinley Park

Tuman’s Tap & Grill, 2159 W Chicago Ave., Chicago


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 some special apples for the base of this cider, and we think you’ll know why as soon as you get a glimpse of its awesome color. World, we give you Flamingo Juice.

So, let’s start at the beginning. Flamingo Juice is one of our newest cider varieties made from a combination of Otterson and crab apples. If the variety “Otterson” is not familiar to you, it’s no surprise! Otterson apples are a variety of red juiced apples that have been rediscovered and cultivated at Michigan State University (can I get a “GO GREEN”), by plant geneticist, Dr. Steve van Nocker and botanist Chris Gottschalk. Why cultivate this variety? To put it simply, Dr. van Nocker and Mr. Gottschalk have been seeking to find an apple with a high concentration of anthocyanins in the fruit’s flesh. Without getting too sciency, anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid. Beside making things red, anthocyanins are thought to have a positive impact on human health and in turn, many applications in the food and supplement industry. You can read more about the sciency stuff here.

So to make a long story even shorter, late last summer we were contacted by Dr. van Nocker and Mr. Gottschalk about pressing Otterson apples to use in an experimental cider. With the promise of an awesome color and fantastic flavor, we charged forward with pressing the apples and fermenting the cider. And thus, Flamingo Juice was born.

While we hope you’ve already had a chance to try Squishy, a dark red, semi-sweet hard cider we make from local, Northern Michigan cherries. We doubt you’ve seen a cider of this color made strictly from apples. Otterson apples are bred for the purpose of extracting the juice, priming them for cider making. They are acidic and have a tannin content that is beneficial for the production of cider. In addition to Otterson apples, Dr. van Nocker and team are working to develop new varieties of red juiced apples.

Flamingo Juice is a semi-dry hard cider made with red fleshed Otterson and crab apples. Try it on tap at our Starcut Ciders Celebration tomorrow, Saturday February 20th, at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI.

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 20th, 2016.

Originally introduced at Short’s pub in late 2014, Starcut Ciders was born out of a desire to celebrate the bounty of Michigan orchards. Short’s began distribution of this new division with keg sales beginning in February of 2015. This celebration marks the anniversary of Starcut’s debut outside of the Short’s pub.

The Starcut Ciders Celebration will kick off at 11:00 am on February 20th inside Short’s brewpub. 10 ciders will be tapped, including current bottled varieties; Octorock, Pulsar, and Squishy. Pub fare will include specials handcrafted using Starcut Ciders. Short’s pub stage is known for hosting both local and national artists and the Starcut Ciders Celebration is no exception. Vox Vidorra will take the stage at 8:30 pm and keep the party going all night long.

In addition to ciders offered on tap, Starcut will release the first four ciders in its wild cider series, Erraticus 1, Erraticus 2, Erraticus 3, and Erraticus 4. Hand packaged in 750ml bottles, the Erraticus Series is comprised of wild ciders aged in barrels and wild ciders fermented with cherries and raspberries.

When asked about Starcut Ciders first Celebration, Short’s Pub Manager, Rob Lewis said “We are super stoked to be celebrating one year with our cider brand here in Bellaire. The past year has been very exciting, and we are looking forward to the continuous development of Starcut Ciders.”

Short’s Mart, Short’s Brewing Company’s very own merchandise store located at 113 N. Bridge St., Bellaire, will offer a variety of Starcut Ciders merchandise including a variety of shirts, hats, and wall art. Look for Starla and the scamp parked out front.  

For more information about Starcut Ciders please visit

Thanksgiving Made Fresh with Starcut Ciders

Thanksgiving Made Fresh with Starcut Ciders

Thanksgiving Shopping List
Green Beans
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Cider !

That’s right, this year we’re adding cider to our Thanksgiving shopping list, and you should too! According to Short’s Brewing Company Head Chef,  Luke Meredith (and satisfied bellies everywhere), hard ciders like Octorock and Pulsar are prime for cooking. And not just sipping while prepping, we’re talking replacing or adding cider into to cooking liquids and incorporating its fresh apple taste into sauces and marinades.

Luke took a moment to share three cider Thanksgiving recipes that are ready for the big time. Add a couple six packs of your favorite Starcut Ciders varieties to your shopping list and let the cooking (and sipping) begin!


Cider Gravy


  • 1 cup Octorock
  • 4 cups turkey stock
  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or 3/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Melt the butter in a skilled and add the onions, sweat until soft (about 5 minutes).
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the butter/onion mixture and cook on medium for 5 more minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  3. Add the Octorock and turkey stock and bring the mixture to a simmer, then turn the heat to low and cook for another 20 minutes (gravy will thicken).
  4. Finally, add the chopped sage and season with salt and pepper.


Cider Brine for Turkey

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups Pulsar
  • 2 cups coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 gallon ice water


  1. Add all ingredients, except the last five, to a large stock pot and bring to a boil
  2. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10-15 minutes
  3. Add remaining ingredients, including ice water, and cool
  4. Strain mixture, and it’s ready to go


Hard Cider Braised Kale


  • 8 quarts of dinosaur kale that has been de-stemmed and cleaned
  • 2 large yellow onions (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 quart of Octorock
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large dutch oven, melt the butter, then add the onions and garlic and cook on low heat until they are soft.
  2. Start adding in the kale, by the handful, until it all fits in the pot
  3. Add the Octorock and chicken stock and cover with a lid, cook on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, then season with salt and pepper


The Wait Is Over, Starcut Ciders Bottles Now Available!

The Wait Is Over, Starcut Ciders Bottles Now Available!

The day has finally arrived – Starcut Ciders is now available on Michigan store shelves! Originally introduced at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI in the fall of 2014, you’ve been able to enjoy our ciders on tap across the state throughout the summer. Now you can enjoy one straight from the bottle!

This week we will begin the distribution of two flagship varieties; Octorock, a semi-sweet cider and Pulsar, a semi-dry cider. Our first seasonal release, Squishy, a semi-sweet cider made from a late season blend of apples, Balaton, and Montmorency cherries, will also be available on store shelves following the flagship release. Our ciders will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles in six-pack carriers.

The label illustrations for both Starcut Ciders flagships and Squishy were completed by artist and designer, Don Pendleton. Most widely recognized for his portfolio of skateboard graphics and for the album artwork for Pearl Jam’s tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, Pendleton was approached by Starcut this past winter. According to Short’s Art Director, Jesse Den Herder, “It was important to create a memorable icon for each of these ciders. Don’s work is so unique and was a perfect vehicle to express the personality of each cider.”  

When asked about working with Starcut Ciders, Don explained “It’s exciting to see what is being done with craft cider and to witness this swell of independent companies who are focusing on creativity and injecting their own personal taste and style into the product. Having been a part of skateboarding since the ‘80s and seeing that industry being driven by smaller brands and unique perspectives, it’s very reminiscent of the DIY spirit I grew up with. It’s always great to see people who are passionate about something doing what they love and putting so much into every detail, whether it’s the taste, the quality, or the packaging.”

Starcut Ciders is distributed by Imperial Beverage, who has distributed Short’s beer for over a decade. Find Starcut Ciders on tap and at stores near you using our Starcut Ciders locator.


Cherry pickin’ for Squishy at King Orchards

Cherry pickin’ for Squishy at King Orchards

Squishy, our first ever seasonal bottle release (a semi-sweet cider made with Michigan cherries) is making its way to stores in the coming weeks alongside our flagship ciders, Pulsar and Octorock. Made with cherries from our own backyard (no seriously, these cherries are grown at King Orchards, just a short bike ride), Squishy will be reppin’ Antrim county flavors state-wide. So it only seems fitting that we talk a little more about the fruit behind the flavors right? Right!

Made with two varieties of tart cherries, Squishy’s signature flavor comes from the use of Montmorency (a traditional cooking cherry, most likely you’ll recognize this cherry from your Great Aunt Sue’s famous cherry pie) and Balaton (a Hungarian cherry that is relatively new to the Northern Michigan cherry scene) cherry juice.

We source the juice for Squishy from King Orchards, a first generation orchard and farm with its roots in Central Lake, MI. Pioneered by Jim and John King and their families, their operation includes u-pick orchards, two farm markets, and commercial fruit and cherry concentrate sales. Jack and Courtney King, members of the next generation of the King Orchards family, took us on a tour of their original M-88 orchard just outside of Central Lake on a busy Saturday at the end of cherry season where we had the opportunity to talk all things fruit and cider.

Outside of cherries, King Orchards also grows apples, apricots, pears, peaches, nectarines, and vegetables in Antrim county. Their location in the northern portion of Michigan’s famed cherry growing region is beautiful (you can see Lake Michigan from portions of their M-88 market), beneficial (the rolling hills, climate, and soil of Antrim county lend themselves to growing cherries and other stone fruit), and at times, trying. In particular the threat of late frosts and the cold and bitter winters of late have tested not only King Orchards, but many throughout the region. But when you walk up the hill at their M-88 orchard past rows of apricot, peach, and seemingly limitless lines of cherry trees and you turn around to breathtaking views of rolling hills and Lake Michigan, you really understand why it is this family chose this path.   

We think King Orchards is pretty cool. And if you’ve had a squishy, you know that they mean business when it comes to growing the juiciest, tastiest cherries. When asked for the secret to their cherry juice concentrate, Jack King answered that simply leaving the fruit to ripen on the branch for as long as possible is the most important aspect. While it might not be much of a “secret,” it really speaks to the care and attention that the King family imparts in all they do. Jack’s sentiments and the goals of King Orchards really echo the commitment we’ve made to crafting a beverage we believe in that showcases the beauty of our home.

So the next time you enjoy a Squishy on tap or in our brand spankin’ new bottles, take pride in knowing that this ruby red, semi-sweet cider is made with only the choicest of cherries from our Antrim county neighbors.

Find Starcut Ciders During Traverse City Cider Week

Find Starcut Ciders During Traverse City Cider Week

We’re thrilled to be participating in the inaugural Traverse City Cider Week taking place at various Traverse City locations August 16th – 23rd, 2015.  In addition to Traverse City bars and restaurants that currently pour our ciders on tap, you’ll be able to find Starcut Ciders at these TC Cider Week events:

Cider and Sausage Salon
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historic Barns Park (1500 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI), at the newly renovated Cathedral Barn.

7 Monks Cider Tap Feature
Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 5:00 pm
7 Monks Taproom, 128 S Union St. Traverse City, MI
Tap List:

Find Starcut Ciders in your Neck of the Woods

Find Starcut Ciders in your Neck of the Woods

The wait is over Michigan! We are happy to announce that Starcut Ciders will now be available on tap throughout the State. It’s exciting to be able to share the Starcut love now, and extend distribution outside of our home in Northern Michigan. Starting today and continuing throughout the week, our cider will be making its way into new bars, restaurants, and taprooms in every corner of the state.

Starcut Ciders made its debut at the Short’s Brewing Company pub last fall. This made for many happy Northern Michiganders, and we couldn’t wait to spread that cheer with the rest of the state. We have increased production, in order to meet demand from consumers.

Making ciders with fruit grown on Michigan farms has been a rewarding process, and according to Tony Hansen, Head Cider Maker (and Short’s Head Brewer), supporting local agriculture will continue to be at the helm of all Starcut does.“One of my primary motivations to produce Starcut Ciders has always been to use the fruit from our local farms. I want to highlight Northern Michigan as a cider destination, support our neighboring farms, and help preserve the Northern Michigan agricultural landscape that so many of us love.” Starcut will continue to source as many apples as possible from the local farmers with which we have established rewarding relationships.

Starcut Ciders will be distributed statewide by Imperial Beverage, who has distributed Short’s beer for over a decade. The ciders will be available on tap at select locations beginning this week.

Use our Starcut Ciders locator to find Starcut in your neck of the woods.

Let us know what you think, use #StarcutState on social media and get in on all the buzz!

Find Starcut Ciders in Northern Michigan

Find Starcut Ciders in Northern Michigan

Starcut Ciders are available on tap at select locations in Northern Michigan (Grand Traverse, Antrim, and Charlevoix counties) beginning on February 11th, 2015. Check below for a list of restaurants and bars carrying Starcut Ciders on tap.

 February 11th, 2015

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Cider to be tapped at 10:00 am.
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Boulevard,
Williamsburg, MI 49690
(231) 534-6000

Red Mesa Grill Traverse City
Blazar to be Tapped at 11:00 am.
1544 US 31 N
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 938-2773

Fire Fly
Cider to be tapped at 11:45 am.
310 Cass St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 932-1310

Trattoria Stella
Cider to be tapped at 12:30 pm.
1200 W 11th St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 929-8989

The Franklin
Navi to be tapped at 1:00 pm.
160 East Front St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 943-2727

Cider to be tapped at 1:30 pm.
128 E Front St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-7632

U and I Lounge
Cider to be tapped at 2:00 pm.
214 East Front St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-8932

Cider to be tapped at 2:30 pm.
428 E Front St.,
Traverse City, MI
(231) 995-0570

The Little Fleet
Navi to be tapped at 3:00 pm.
448 East Front St.,
Traverse City, MI 49686

7 Monks
Tabula Rasa, Navi, and Blazar to be tapped at 3:30 pm.
128 S. Union St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 421-8410

Cider to be tapped at 4:30 pm.
2784 M 137
Interlochen, MI 49643
(231) 276-6979

Mr C’s Pub & Grill
Oktorok to be tapped at 5:30 pm.
9009 M-72 E
Williamsburg, MI 49690
(231) 267-3300

Alden Bar
Tabula Rasa to be tapped at 6:15 pm.
9149 Helena Rd.,
Alden, MI 49612
(231) 331-6214

Siren Hall
Cider to be tapped at 7:00 pm.
151 River St.,
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-6062

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen
Cider to be tapped at 7:30 pm.
617 Ames St.,
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-0530

February 12th, 2015
Boyne Mountain
Cider to be tapped at 11:00 am.
1 Boyne Mountain Rd.,
Boyne Falls, MI 49713
(231) 549-6000

Cafe Sante
Minerva to be tapped at 12:00 pm
1 Water St.,
Boyne City, MI
(231) 582-8800

Red Mesa Grill Boyne City
Octorok to be tapped at 12:30 pm.
117 Water St.,
Boyne City, MI
(231) 582-0049

Bridge Street Taproom
Cider to be tapped at 1:30 pm.
202 Bridge St.,
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 437-3466

Mitchell Street Pub
Tabula Rasa to be tapped at 2:30 pm.
426 E Mitchell St.,
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-1801

City Park Grill
Cider to be tapped at 3:00 pm.
432 East Lake St.,
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-0101

Stafford’s The Noggin Room Pub
Cider to be tapped at 3:30 pm.
100 Lewis St.,
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-4000

Blue Pelican
Cider to be tapped at 5:00 pm.
2535 Main St.,
Central Lake, MI 49622
(231) 544-2583

Timberline Shanty
Cider to be tapped at 5:45 pm.
5820 Shanty Creek Rd.,
Bellaire, MI 49615
(231) 533-9094

Starlight Lounge
102 South Bridge Ln.,
Bellaire, MI 49615
(231) 533-6262

Cider to be tapped at 6:15 pm
213 N Bridge St.,
Bellaire, MI 49615
(231) 533-5252

Bellaire Bar
Dundela to be tapped at 7:00 pm.
217 N Bridge St.,
Bellaire, MI 49615
(231) 533-6536



*Times and ciders are subject to change.

Starcut Ciders Available On Tap in Northern Michigan Beginning February 11th, 2015

Starcut Ciders Available On Tap in Northern Michigan Beginning February 11th, 2015

We are excited to announce distribution plans for our ciders. Beginning next Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, we will be distributing our ciders in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska, Antrim, Emmet, and Charlevoix counties in Northern Michigan. Later this year we hope to expand distribution to include neighboring counties, and eventually the entire state.  We expect to release our first bottled cider this coming fall.

Tabula Rasa, a pub favorite as well as 6 new cider varieties (NaviDundela, Octorok, Minerva, Memento, and Blazar) will be tapped at restaurants and bars on February 11th and 12th, 2015. You can see the full list of bars and restaurants carrying Starcut Ciders on tap here.

Although production and distribution of our ciders is currently limited, if your establishment is interested in carrying Starcut Ciders, wherever you reside in Michigan, please fill out a brief form at