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Starcut Ciders Official, Official Colorado Launch Events

Starcut Ciders Official, Official Colorado Launch Events

We know you’ve probably already seen our ciders in stores and on tap around the beautiful state of Colorado and we hope you’ve had a chance to give ‘em a taste. But now, we’re ready to celebrate with official launch events taking place this week. Join us in celebrating Starcut Ciders distribution in Colorado at tap features in Ft. Collins, Lakewood, and Denver. Get the details below and come thirsty!

Tuesday, June 21st  
Black Bottle Brewery Tap Feature
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1611 S. College Ave Ft. Collins, CO

Wednesday, June 22nd
World of Beer Tap Feature
4:00 pm
921 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Thursday, June 23rd
First Draft Tap Feature
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1309 26th St. Denver, CO

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 even earning a few medals. In fact, we’ll be looking for a place to hang nine new medals this week as we took home five silver and four bronze!

The best news? Many of these ciders are currently available in bottles. In fact, Erraticus 1 – Erraticus 4 are now for sale at the pub and Short’s Mart, Pulsar and Squishy are currently available in bottles and kegs, and Octorock can be found on tap, in bottles, and in cans. Cider on the beach anyone?

Check out the list below for our cider award details.

New World Cider – Modern
Octorock, silver
Izabella, bronze
Pulsar, bronze

Fruit Cider
Erraticus #3, silver
Erraticus #4, silver,
Squishy, silver

Hopped / Herbal Cider
Olly Spexx, bronze

Wood Aged Cider and Perry
Erraticus #2, silver
Erraticus #1, bronze

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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


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

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.


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

Starcut’s Spectacular Ciders

Starcut’s Spectacular Ciders

Ready to savor the sweet nectar of Northern Michigan Orchards?  Then look no further than Starcut Ciders.  Join us at the Short’s Brewing Company pub November 14th – 16th, 2014 to taste these 10 delicious ciders.

 Enjoy our ciders and be sure to let us know what you think! Follow Starcut Ciders on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 Aurora Borealis
A sweet cider made from apples picked and pressed while frozen, and then aged in Bourbon Barrels for 9 months. Pouring a nice bright yellow color with pleasant perfume filled aromatics that include traces of vanilla and mint. A sizable sweetness full of apricot and melon flavors give way to hints of banana and some nutty walnut qualities.  Charred oak and a wine-like alcohol presence linger in the finish.

Featuring apples from Jeff Dewey
9.7% ABV

 White Skies
A sweet golden colored Perry fermented with English Ale yeast and aged in White Oak barrels.  Appealing toasted caramel aromatics flow pleasantly into moderate fruit and honey flavors.  The overall body is light with a minimal amount of acidity.
8.8% ABV

Jasper’s Astro
Semi-dry blend of a White Oak aged Perry and a cider made with apples from Boals Orchards.  Enticing toffee aromas lead into sweet pear fruit flavors with a satisfying fullness. The finish is sufficiently dry with a low level of acidity.

Featuring apples from Boals Orchards
8.4% ABV

Moonage Daydream
A late season blend of apples from Friske Orchards, aged in medium toasted White Oak barrels.  Slightly hazy with a pale yellow-white color and tangy acidic apple aromas.  Big tart lemony flavors create a notable bitterness that finishes pleasantly dry.

Featuring apples from Friske Orchards
6.7% ABV

Johnny Five
A medium sweet blend featuring Rhode Island Greenings from Boals Orchards.  A bouquet of apple skin, tartness, yeast esters, with hints of alcohol gather atop this straw colored cider. Tangy and bitter sour apple flavors are balanced by some sweet fruitiness and a medium dryness.

Featuring apples from Boals Orchards
9.4% ABV

Tabula Rasa
A pale orange medium sweet cider blended with apples from Altonen and King Orchards.  Fragrant tart green apples aromas are followed by some cantaloupe and melon flavors.  With hardly any bitterness or acidic intensity, the finish contains a lively cleansing effervescence with a trace of spice.

Featuring apples from Altonen Orchards and King Orchards
5.9% ABV

A sweet cider made exclusively with Jonathan apples from Boals Orchards.  Aromas of brown sugar, syrup and baked apples are followed by similar sugary flavors throughout.  A pleasant balance is achieved through the right amount of acidity, creating a dry finish.

Featuring apples from Boals Orchards
5.5% ABV

Rustic Sheen
A medium sweet blend of Jonathan apples from Boals Orchards and Ida Reds from Friske Orchards.  Light fruit filled aromas compliment candy apple sweet and bitter flavors, in this pale yellow cider.  Complete with a satisfying richness and a lasting dryness.

Featuring apples from Boals Orchards and Friske Orchards
5.9% ABV

Funkadelic Facemelter
A dry cider with high acid levels made exclusively with Rhode Island Greenings from Boals Orchards. Delicate grassy aromas with hints of anise lead into big tangy citrus and sour fruit flavors.  A mouth puckering dryness dominates the finish.

Featuring apples from Boals Orchards
8% ABV

Radio Friendly
A sweet cider made with a late season blend from Friske Orchards. Straw yellow in color with a very light body and unique flower-like aromatics. Subtle berry flavors mix with a light bitterness producing a mellow finish that’s moderately dry.

Featuring Apples from Boals Orchards
5.9% ABV