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!
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, 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.
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.
Join Starcut Ciders at Short’s Brewing Company for the release of the 6th wild cider in our Erraticus Series. Erraticus 6 is an oak aged wild cider fermented with Michigan apples and Black Currants. Erraticus 6 will be sold exclusively at Short’s pub and Short’s Mart in 750mL bottles, $18 each.
To learn more about the Erraticus series, please visit: http://starcut.co/erraticusseries
Don’t let your Turkey Day menu throw you for a loop. We’ve got five Starcut Ciders recipes lovingly crafted by former Short’s Liberator, Brian Talpos and Liberation Specialist, Jon “Woj” Wojtowicz to take the edge off this holiday season. From Starcut Ciders Cranberry Sauce to a Pulsar Turkey Brine, we’ve got your Thanksgiving shopping and cooking mapped out below. Please your holiday crowd this season by cooking and toasting with Starcut Ciders!
Starcut Cranberry Cider Sauce
- 16 oz cranberries
- 1 cup Starcut Ciders, Pulsar
- 1.5 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat dissolve the sugar in the Pulsar and orange juice.
- Stir in the cranberries and cinnamon stick.
- Cook until the cranberries start to pop and the sauce begins to thicken, around 10-15 min.
- Transfer Starcut Cranberry Cider Sauce from saucepan to a serving bowl, allowing it to continue thickening as it cools. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.
Starcut Apple Sausage Cider Stuffing
- 4 cups cubed white bread (around 7 slices)
- 5 cups cubed wheat bread (around 8 slices)
- 1 lb pork sausage
- 2 cups diced white onion
- 2 cups diced celery
- 2 tart apples, peeled, cored and diced (Gala)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 cup Starcut Ciders, Octorock (room temp with as little carbonation as possible)
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring once as bread bakes, until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large mixing bowl.
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up into smaller crumbles until evenly browned.
- Remove sausage using a slotted spoon and add it to the large mixing bowl with the toasted bread cubes. Empty pan of grease.
- In the same skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter and add the celery, apples, dried cranberries, pecans, sage, rosemary, parsley and thyme. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes to blend flavors. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Add celery, apples, cranberries, pecans and seasoning mixture to the large mixing bowl with the toasted bread cubes and sausage. Drizzle with cider and melted butter and mix lightly until bread cubes have absorbed all the liquid.
- Allow stuffing to cool completely before loosely stuffing into a turkey (around 4 cups for a 12 lb turkey). Remaining stuffing can be baked in a buttered 9″ x 13″ covered casserole dish at 350 degrees Farenheit for 30-40 minutes. Uncover, stir stuffing, and return to oven for 10-15 more minutes until golden brown.
Starcut Ciders 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
- Melt the butter in a skilled and add the onions, sweat until soft (about 5 minutes).
- Sprinkle the flour over the butter/onion mixture and cook on medium for 5 more minutes, stirring every minute or so.
- 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).
- 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
- Add all ingredients, except the last five, to a large stock pot and bring to a boil
- Remove from the heat and let stand for 10-15 minutes
- Add remaining ingredients, including ice water, and cool
- Strain mixture, and it’s ready to go
Octorock 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
- In a large dutch oven, melt the butter, then add the onions and garlic and cook on low heat until they are soft.
- Start adding in the kale, by the handful, until it all fits in the pot
- 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
We’ve shared our gin barrel aged and white wine barrel aged beauties, but now it’s time to get just a little funkier. For the 5th installment in our Erraticus Series, we took our inspiration from south of the border to bring you an extra special treat. ¡AY, CARAMBA! It’s a tequila cider!
Erraticus 5 is a wild cider aged in tequila barrels. Bright with a straw-colored hue, Erraticus 5 has aromas and flavors of bright apple, oak, tequila, and funk. An ample amount of carbonation allows the complex flavors of this cider to dance on the drinker’s taste buds. This cider is surprisingly easy drinking and very approachable.
Packaged in 750 mL bottles, Erraticus 5 can be yours for just $18.00. Erraticus 5, is only available at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart in Bellaire, MI beginning RIGHT NOW. Get all the deets on the Erraticus Series by visiting starcut.co/erraticusseries.
It’s officially fall here in Northern Michigan and it’s only fitting that we celebrate with a new bottled cider. Inspired by the sweet and juicy peaches of a late summer harvest, we’ve concocted a tantalizing cider fermented with apples and peaches we’re affectionately calling “Phuzz.”
Phuzz (6.9% ABV) is a semi-sweet cider fermented with Michigan apples and peaches. The cider is a brilliantly clear amber-straw color and has aromas of fresh apple and peach. Phuzz is mildly tart and subtly sweet with flavors of bold apple and pleasant lingering peach.
So here comes the Phuzz! Find ‘er pouring from taps and packaged in 12oz bottle six-packs. Phuzz is now available throughout the mitten state. Distribution to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado will begin soon.
Elk Rapids, Mich. – Short’s Brewing Company announces it will host a string of events to take place in Colorado in the days leading up to the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. These events will feature their hard cider brand, Starcut Ciders, as well as Short’s beers, which are not regularly distributed outside of the Midwest.
Starcut Ciders is a division of Short’s Brewing Company. Originally introduced at Short’s Bellaire pub in 2014, Starcut Ciders was born out of a desire to celebrate the bounty of Michigan orchards. Short’s began distribution of Starcut Ciders in Michigan in 2015. In early 2016, Short’s announced it would begin regular distribution of Short’s brews and Starcut Ciders outside the state of Michigan for the first time. The company began distributing cider in Colorado in March of this year.
Short’s Partner, Scott Newman-Bale is excited to be returning to Colorado for the events leading up to GABF. “We’re thrilled to be able to make the trip out west. We’ve only been distributing our ciders for a number of months in Colorado, so we’re still becoming acquainted with the market. It’s very exciting to be in the field to help introduce new craft lovers to Starcut and give them a glimpse into the world of Short’s.”
The events will take place at Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins on Monday, October 3rd, at FATE Brewing Company and Back Country Pizza & Tap House in Boulder on Tuesday, October 4th, and at Finley’s Pub and Falling Rock Tap House in Denver on Wednesday, October 5th. Short’s Flagship brews, Soft Parade and Huma Lupa Licious, as well as their current variety pack will be available in bottles at retail accounts. Additional specialty varieties will be available on tap at all events. Starcut Ciders Octorock, Pulsar, and Phuzz will be also available. Joe Short and members of the Short’s team will be on hand for each event.
Starcut Ciders is distributed by Elite Brands of Colorado. According to the distributor, “GABF is an exciting week for us. We’re thrilled to welcome the Starcut Ciders & Short’s Brewing team back to Colorado and to showcase these two great Michigan brands throughout the week!”
For more information about Short’s Brewing Company please visit www.shortsbrewing.com.
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
921 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Thursday, June 23rd
First Draft Tap Feature
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1309 26th St. Denver, CO