Blog : Hard Cider

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Immortal Jelly is Here to Join The Parade!

Immortal Jelly is Here to Join The Parade!

Last year, we introduced you to the incomparable Immortal Jelly. With flavors rooted in a tried and true Short’s Brewing Co. flagship beer, we had a hunch that this cider would be a hit. Fermented with Michigan apples and not one, not two, but FOUR different berries, this fruit-forward cider knocks it out of the park and while it hasn’t been long since we’ve brewed ‘er up, we couldn’t imagine going any longer without this tart, refreshing, fresh from the farmstand cider back on store shelves.

Immortal Jelly (5.2% ABV ) is a semi-dry hard cider inspired by Short’s Brewing Company’s Soft Parade. Immortal Jelly is fermented with Michigan apples and a blend of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. This cider is rose in color and has scents of tart fruit. Immortal Jelly’s complex blend of berry fruit flavors provides a big tart acidity up front before a semi-dry finish.

Immortal Jelly is now available alongside flagship ciders Pulsar (semi-dry), Octorock (semi-sweet), and our outgoing seasonal, Phuzz. Find this naturally gluten free cider in bottles and pouring from taps in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Looking for Starcut Ciders near you? Check out our Starcut Ciders locator.   

Erraticus Elita has arrived

Erraticus Elita has arrived

In the summer of 2014, our Head Cider Maker Tony & co. set out to launch Starcut Ciders. From name (anybody ever hear of “Zeus’s Juices”?) to logo and apple blends, we knew we had something good on our hands. Something that if carefully crafted would serve to afford our crew a new avenue for creativity in fermentation and to showcase the beauty of our home in Northern Michigan.

Fast forward 2+ years and you’ll see, a lot has changed. From a growth in distribution, to cans (hello Octorock at the beach) and the introduction of three seasonal ciders (Phuzz, Immortal Jelly, and Squishy), we’ve transformed into the Starla driving, Erraticus lovin’, space creature digging company you see today.

Which brings us to the inspiration behind our latest release, Elita. Inspired by a blend of five unique barrel aged ciders and the notion that our beloved Starla would make a fantastic Transformer, Erraticus Elita is a sparkling, bottle conditioned blend of barrel aged ciders. Bright and rose-colored with plentiful effervescence, this sparkling cider has a complex aroma of oak, apple, and farmhouse funk with just a hint of currant. Upon first sip, a rush of carbonation cleanses the pallet. Meticulously blended flavors of apple, tart currant, oak, and funk work together harmoniously. Like any sparkling wine, Erraticus Elita is best served chilled.  

Like juice transforms into cider, Starcut Ciders has transformed from a fledgling brand to the third largest cider maker in the mitten state. So today, we’re taking time to celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to years of cider making in Northern Michigan to come. Join us at the Short’s Brewing Company pub today (February 25th) from 11:00 am – 11:59 pm as we raise a glass of bubbly cider to the future of Starcut! We’ll have 10 Starcut Ciders on tap, bottles of Erraticus Elita ($18.00 per bottle, no bottle limit), new Starcut Ciders merch, and live music by Turbo Pup at 8:30 pm. We hope to see you here!

Hump Day Bareback (and Hot Loins)

Hump Day Bareback (and Hot Loins)

February is here and you know what that means,
It’s time for a beer that makes you weak in the knees.

This year’s a little different, we doubled our efforts,
So you and your sweetie can have two fermented beverages.

We’ve brewed a two pack filled with one beer and one cider,
Made with aphrodisiacs, they’re sure to excite (him or) her.

Hot Loins 2.0,  is sinfully delicious,
Paired with Bareback from Starcut Ciders, you’ll be feeling amorous.  

Honey, passion flower, rose hips, and vanilla,
These ingredients constitute some romantic beverages that are killa’.

44 ounces for only $19.99,
This Yours and Mine two pack is simply sublime.

Love is blind (or at least a little blurry),
Pick up a two pack for your sweetie, get to Short’s Mart or the pub  in a hurry!

Starcut Ciders Celebrates Two Years and Gains Title of 3rd Largest Cider Maker in MI

Starcut Ciders Celebrates Two Years and Gains Title of 3rd Largest Cider Maker in MI

Starcut Ciders, a craft cider brand produced by Short’s Brewing Company, is celebrating two years handcrafting hard ciders this month. Launched at the Short’s Brewing Company pub in November 2014, Starcut Ciders began bottled cider distribution in August 2015. Experiencing tremendous growth, in just two years Starcut Ciders is now the third largest cider maker in Michigan and a strong regional brand.

Regularly distributed in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado, the company has sold approximately 315,000 liters or 2,700 barrels of hard cider in 2016. According to Short’s CEO and Creative Engineer, Joe Short “We are thrilled to have created a locally grown brand that’s connecting with consumers in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Between artwork by the legendary Don Pendleton and the well balanced and unique ciders crafted by our team, we’ve found a winning combination.”

According to the company’s Head Cider Maker, Tony Hansen, cider fans have much to look forward to in the years to come. “We have a lot of exciting cider projects happening soon including a bottled sparkling cider to be released at our Starcut Ciders Celebration (February 25th, 2017), a new fruit cider, and a handful of experimental ciders. We also plan to increase our number of Erraticus wild cider and barrel aged offerings in the new year.”

In 2017 the company will continue to distribute flagship ciders Octorock (semi-sweet) and Pulsar (semi-dry) and three seasonal varieties; Immortal Jelly, Squishy, and Phuzz. In addition to the ciders distributed by Starcut, the company will continue to bottle their Erraticus Series. Erraticus is a series of rare, small batch, wild ciders fermented with apples sourced from Northern Michigan orchards. Erraticus 5 and Erraticus 6 are currently available for sale at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart in Bellaire, MI. Erraticus 7, a spruce cider, will be released later this season.

Party like the Pilgrims with Erraticus 6

Party like the Pilgrims with Erraticus 6

In case you’ve never taken an American history course, we’re here to fill you in. Despite their puritanical beliefs, it’s widely assumed that our friends the Pilgrims knew how to throw a party. Between a lack of potable drinking water and the difficulty found in storing the fresh stuff, hard cider was not only the tastiest, but one of the safest beverages for the first colonizers to consume. With mugs of home brew and wild fermented, hard apple cider in hand, they gave thanks for friends, family, and dry land in November 1621.

So in keeping with tradition, we’re thrilled to be releasing the sixth cider in our Erraticus series just in time for your Thanksgiving feast. Erraticus 6 (6.4% ABV) is an oak aged wild cider fermented with Michigan apples and Black Currants. This wild cider has a light purple hue and an aroma reminiscent of Pinot Noir with notes of fig, currant, apple, and oak. Erraticus 6 erupts with a burst of oak and tart currant flavors that lead into a finish that is well balanced and dry.

Available only at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart, you can take a bottle of this historical nectar home for only $18.00. Party like the pilgrims this turkey day, bring Erraticus to the table!

P.S. Looking for more cider-filled Thanksgiving inspiration? Check out our list of cider spiked holiday recipes.