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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 http://starcutciders.com/waitinglist/.

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

Short’s Brewing Company Announces New Brand, Starcut Ciders

Short’s Brewing Company Announces New Brand, Starcut Ciders

Bellaire, Mich. – Short’s Brewing Company, Michigan’s largest craft brewery announces a new division of their company called Starcut Ciders.  Born out of a desire to showcase the beauty of Northern Michigan, Short’s announces this new division of the company designated to crafting hard cider made from fruits grown in Northern Michigan.

A project spearheaded by Short’s Head Brewer, Tony Hansen, Starcut Ciders is not a new concept.  In fact, Hansen’s first foray into the craft-beverage industry was fermenting wines and cider made with fruit from his father’s grove.  “I saw a lot of potential in those fruit trees and I felt compelled to transform that fruit into something valuable.  I still feel that way when I look at all of the orchards we have here in Antrim county,” said Hansen.

The name “Starcut Ciders” is indicative of the creative spirit embodied in both divisions of the company and refers to the pattern revealed when an apple is cut across the middle to reveal a star shape created by the fruit’s seeds.  Hansen is quick to point out that an apple’s seeds are not true to type – meaning that if planted, the seeds from one apple may grow a completely different variety of apple tree.  A metaphor of sorts, Starcut Ciders are sure to be as unique as the apple’s they are crafted with.

While the entire Short’s family is excited to begin pouring this new beverage at the Pub in Bellaire, they are also excited to see this company’s impact on the community.  With a commitment to using apples and fruits from Antrim county, Starcut Ciders sees this as a way to further invigorate the agricultural community in their own backyard.

Join Short’s at the Pub November 14th, 15th, and 16th to celebrate the introduction of Starcut Ciders.  10 ciders will be on tap (alongside 10 of Short’s delicious beers).  There will be live music Friday with Kellerville taking the stage at 8:00 pm, followed by Seth Bernard and Dan Rickabus on Saturday at 8:00 pm.

For more information about Starcut Ciders please visit http://starcutciders.com/.


Short’s Brewing Company
Bridgett Beckwith
Director of Marketing
231 498 2300 x 174

Introducing Starcut Ciders

Introducing Starcut Ciders

Beginning November 14th, 2014, join us for the Starcut Ciders Spectacular at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI.  10 brand new ciders will be on tap from November 14th, 2014 – November 16th, 2014.  Featuring live music by Kellerville on November 14th beginning at 8:00 pm and by Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus on November 15th beginning at 8:00 pm.

Starcut Kickoff on November 14