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Variety is the Spice of Life!

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Introducing #StarcutCider variety packs with our brand new cider, Magpie!

Magpie (4.3% ABV) is a hard cider made with Michigan apples and cinnamon. Aromas of cinnamon and baked apples are followed by similar sweet apple pie flavors throughout.

Find Magpie with all of your Starcut favorites exclusively in variety packs; the perfect mix of ciders for tailgating, bonfires, or just stocking your fridge!

Now available at Short’s Mart and shelves in the Great Lakes Region. Find a variety pack near you.

Erraticus 21

Erraticus 21

Our Erraticus series returns with a new look and a new berry! Erraticus 21 (6.7% ABV – 5 TA ) is a red wine barrel-aged Wild Cider made with Rhode Island Greening apples from Boals Orchards and local Saskatoon berries. Saskatoon berries are native to Canada and have just recently started to grow in Michigan. Closely related to the apple family, these berries are sweet and nutty. Grab bottles of Erraticus 21 exclusively from Short’s Mart today!

Erraticus 21 is a red wine barrel-aged Wild Cider made with Rhode Island Greening apples  from Boals Orchards with local Saskatoon berries. This light pink cider carries aromas of berry and oak in the nose. Leading woody oak flavors blend with funky apple and nutty Saskatoon. Erraticus 21 finishes dry and with a light tartness. 

The Perfect Blend of Heritage Apples

The Perfect Blend of Heritage Apples

This one is for all of you cult cider fans out there… Pomace Cult is a dry cider made with the perfect blend of heritage apples from Altonen Orchards. It’s crisp, tart, and slightly sweet. Grab bottles of Pomace Cult exclusively at Short’s Mart this weekend!

Pomace Cult (7.7% ABV – 12 TA) is a dry cider made with a blend of heritage apples. Made with Golden Russet, Brown Snout, Jonagold, Spitzenburg, Dabinett, Reine des Pommes, Yarlington Mill, Goldrush, Kingston Black, Reinette Zabergau, Calville Blanc, Roxbury Russet, Bramley’s Seedling, Harry Masters Jersey, Puget Spice, and Macoun apple varieties, this golden colored cider has an inviting aroma of tart fresh apples. Crisp and clean, this cider finishes dry with apple tartness.

Pomace Cult Release

Pomace Cult Release

Pomace Cult is a dry cider made with a blend of heritage apples. Made with Golden Russet, Brown Snout, Jonagold, Spitzenburg, Dabinett, Reine des Pommes, Yarlington Mill, Goldrush, Kingston Black, Reinette Zabergau, Calville Blanc, Roxbury Russet, Bramley’s Seedling, Harry Masters Jersey, Puget Spice, and Macoun apple varieties, this golden colored cider has an inviting aroma of tart fresh apples. Crisp and clean, this cider finishes dry with apple tartness.

7.7% ABV – 12 TA

22 ounce bottles will be released this Friday exclusively at the pub!

Brunch just got a whole lot better!

Brunch just got a whole lot better!

This fall we welcome a new cider to our rotation, Mosa! It’s perfect for brunchin’ on the weekends or sipping while you reminisce about warmer days. Let’s be honest though, when isn’t the perfect time for a cider mimosa in a can?

Mosa (4.3% ABV) is a crisp, refreshing blend of Hard Cider made from Michigan apples and sweet orange juice. This cider is slightly hazy and light orange in color, a true mimosa in cider form. Let the fruity harmony of citrus and bright apple flavors make your tastebuds do a happy dance.

Along with the release of Mosa, we are excited to announce our transition to packaging our ciders exclusively in cans! With the installation of a brand new canning line at Short’s Brewing Company this summer, the quality is better than ever and we’re excited to be able to accompany you on all of your adventures. So paddle through the Chain of Lakes, hike through Glacial Hills, or find your own adventure close to home, and when you’re done reward yourself with a refreshing can of cider.

Look for cans of Octorock, Pulsar, and Mosa now near you.

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!

Starcut Ciders Announces Erraticus in the Wild

Starcut Ciders Announces Erraticus in the Wild

Elk Rapids, Mich. – Starcut Ciders, a division of Short’s Brewing Company dedicated to fermenting Northern Michigan hard ciders announces Erraticus in the Wild; a series of on and off premise events showcasing the company’s rare, barrel aged and wild ciders, Erraticus.

Taking place on June 1st, 2017, Erraticus in the Wild events will be hosted throughout Short’s and Starcut’s mid-west distribution footprint.  It will be the first time Erraticus ciders will be available for sale in bottles outside the Short’s Brewing Company pub in Bellaire, MI.  

All Erraticus in the Wild events will feature Erraticus 10. Released in honor of Erraticus in the Wild day, Erraticus 10 is a wild cider fermented with peach and cranberry and aged in red wine barrels. Additional Starcut Ciders, including flagships Pulsar and Octorock, as well as current seasonal, Immortal Jelly, will be available at many event locations.

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

2nd Annual Starcut Ciders Celebration

2nd Annual Starcut Ciders Celebration

We’re celebrating another year of cider making in Northern Michigan with our 2nd Annual Starcut Ciders Celebration! Taking place at the Short’s Brewing Company pub in Bellaire, MI on February 25th, 2017, we’ll be taking over 10 taps and pouring a variety of our ciders. Cider taps will start flowing at 11:00 am with music by Turbo Pup beginning at 8:30 pm.

To commemorate the occasion, we’ll be releasing the 9th cider in our Erraticus series, Erraticus Elita. Erraticus Elita is a bottle conditioned sparkling blend of barrel aged wild ciders. Additional bottles of previous Erraticus releases and Starcut Ciders merchandise will be available for purchase at the pub and Short’s Mart.

In true Starcut fashion, we encourage you to don your favorite plaid shirt for your trip to the pub. Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for a night of Starcut fun!

Tap list: 

  1. Octorock
  2. Pulsar
  3. Phuzz
  4. Erraticus 5
  5. Reign of Bowser
  6. Erraticus 7
  7. Erraticus 8
  8. Erraticus Elita
  9. Cidre-Colada
  10. Flamingo Juice