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Flamingo Juice and Otterson Apples

Flamingo Juice and Otterson Apples

Ok, before you ask, the name of this cider may be a teeny tiny bit misleading. No, no flamingos were harmed in the making of our newest cider, Flamingo Juice. That being said, we totally pulverized the sh*t out of some special apples for the base of this cider, and we think you’ll know why as soon as you get a glimpse of its awesome color. World, we give you Flamingo Juice.

So, let’s start at the beginning. Flamingo Juice is one of our newest cider varieties made from a combination of Otterson and crab apples. If the variety “Otterson” is not familiar to you, it’s no surprise! Otterson apples are a variety of red juiced apples that have been rediscovered and cultivated at Michigan State University (can I get a “GO GREEN”), by plant geneticist, Dr. Steve van Nocker and botanist Chris Gottschalk. Why cultivate this variety? To put it simply, Dr. van Nocker and Mr. Gottschalk have been seeking to find an apple with a high concentration of anthocyanins in the fruit’s flesh. Without getting too sciency, anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid. Beside making things red, anthocyanins are thought to have a positive impact on human health and in turn, many applications in the food and supplement industry. You can read more about the sciency stuff here.

So to make a long story even shorter, late last summer we were contacted by Dr. van Nocker and Mr. Gottschalk about pressing Otterson apples to use in an experimental cider. With the promise of an awesome color and fantastic flavor, we charged forward with pressing the apples and fermenting the cider. And thus, Flamingo Juice was born.

While we hope you’ve already had a chance to try Squishy, a dark red, semi-sweet hard cider we make from local, Northern Michigan cherries. We doubt you’ve seen a cider of this color made strictly from apples. Otterson apples are bred for the purpose of extracting the juice, priming them for cider making. They are acidic and have a tannin content that is beneficial for the production of cider. In addition to Otterson apples, Dr. van Nocker and team are working to develop new varieties of red juiced apples.

Flamingo Juice is a semi-dry hard cider made with red fleshed Otterson and crab apples. Try it on tap at our Starcut Ciders Celebration tomorrow, Saturday February 20th, at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI.

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 starcutciders.com.

Thanksgiving Made Fresh with Starcut Ciders

Thanksgiving Made Fresh with Starcut Ciders

Thanksgiving Shopping List
Cranberries
Corn
Ham
Turkey
Onions
Potatoes
Green Beans
Butter
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Cider !

That’s right, this year we’re adding cider to our Thanksgiving shopping list, and you should too! According to Short’s Brewing Company Head Chef,  Luke Meredith (and satisfied bellies everywhere), hard ciders like Octorock and Pulsar are prime for cooking. And not just sipping while prepping, we’re talking replacing or adding cider into to cooking liquids and incorporating its fresh apple taste into sauces and marinades.

Luke took a moment to share three cider Thanksgiving recipes that are ready for the big time. Add a couple six packs of your favorite Starcut Ciders varieties to your shopping list and let the cooking (and sipping) begin!

 

Cider Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a skilled and add the onions, sweat until soft (about 5 minutes).
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the butter/onion mixture and cook on medium for 5 more minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  3. 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).
  4. 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

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except the last five, to a large stock pot and bring to a boil
  2. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10-15 minutes
  3. Add remaining ingredients, including ice water, and cool
  4. Strain mixture, and it’s ready to go

 

Hard Cider Braised Kale

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. In a large dutch oven, melt the butter, then add the onions and garlic and cook on low heat until they are soft.
  2. Start adding in the kale, by the handful, until it all fits in the pot
  3. 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

 

Starcut Ciders Tap Feature at Continental Fire Co.

Starcut Ciders Tap Feature at Continental Fire Co.

Friday, October 9th, Continental Fire Co. will be bringing you a pairing event featuring Starcut Ciders by Short’s Brewing and vegan artisan cheeses by Miyoko’s Kitchen. It doesn’t matter whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, or not, because these hard ciders are top-notch and these cashew-based cheeses are rich, delicious flavor bombs. Trust us, we only want to serve you super yummy things!
Tickets are limited. Buy tickets online at cfco.storenvy.com or in person at The Continental Fire Co. during regular business hours.
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Vander Fest

Vander Fest

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Starcut Ciders will be making their Vander Fest debut on October 3, in Spring Lake, MI. We will be pouring both Octorock and Squishy and talking all things Starcut with fest goers. Stop by the Starcut Ciders booth to share a Northern Michigan crafted cider. Cheers!

Mid Mitten Cider Fest

Mid Mitten Cider Fest

On Saturday, September 12, we will be at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns for the Mid Mitten Cider Fest! We will be pouring Starcut Ciders Octorock, Pulsar, and Squishy! Swing by the Starcut booth for some cider liberation. Bring the whole family to enjoy the corn maze, wagon and train rides, gemstone mining, and the Jumping Pillow. We cannot wait to see you there!

Tap List:

 

Lucky’s Market Guided Cider Tasting

Lucky’s Market Guided Cider Tasting

This is our first cider tasting in Ann Arbor! To celebrate the release of Starcut Ciders in bottles, Short’s Brewing Company Liberator, Pauline will taste out Octorock and Pulsar at Lucky’s market. This is a free tasting and a great way to enjoy Short’s newest brand, Starcut.

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.