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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. 

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!

Erraticus 19 is a Nicie inspired masterpiece!

Erraticus 19 is a Nicie inspired masterpiece!

Erraticus 19 has officially dropped and it’s definitely hit the mark! Inspired by a cult classic brew from Short’s Brewing Company called Nicie, we conditioned this wild cider on fresh orange zest, coriander and peppercorns for a spicy kick to round out that citrusy sweetness. Look for it at the pub and Short’s Mart today!

Brew up some Erraticus 18

Brew up some Erraticus 18

The perfect blend of wild fermented cider and Madcap Coffee. Erraticus 18 is just as delicious enjoyed on a Northern Michigan beach at sunset as it is meandering the lush hills of Kanzu, Rwanda. Pick one up at the Pub or Short’s Mart today!

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.

Starcut Ciders Erraticus 11 Release

Starcut Ciders Erraticus 11 Release

It’s safe to say we’re on a roll, a cider roll! Erraticus 8, Elita, Erraticus 9, and Erraticus 10 are some of the tastiest Starcut Ciders to make their way into bottles, but we think Erraticus 11 might just take the cake! A wild cider fermented with black currant, juniper, and Michigan apples, Erraticus 11 is ready for sippin’, so we’re releasing ‘er at the Short’s Brewing Company pub on Thursday, July 20th.

You can take home your very own bottle of Erraticus 11 for $11.00 at 11:00 am. That’s 1 dollar for every tasty bottle we’ve released. 11, 11, 11, make a wish!

Erraticus 9 Is Oh so Fine!

Erraticus 9 Is Oh so Fine!

Have you ever had a gooseberry? Native to parts of Europe, northwestern Africa, and Asia, the gooseberry is a part of the genus Ribes and related to more common berries like currants. Always looking for the next frontier in fermentable fruits, we added a hefty dose of gooseberries to what would become the cider we’re toasting today, Erraticus 9, and waited patiently for what would become one of our most uniquely flavored ciders to date.

Erraticus 9 (6.0% ABV  – TA 8.0 g/L) is a wild cider fermented with gooseberries. Straw-colored with a slight green tint, Erraticus 9 has a unique aroma that encompasses barnyard, apple, and floral notes. A tart barnyard apple flavor upfront is follows by a flavor of floral gooseberries. This unique cider has a dry, fruity, floral finish.  

Erraticus 9 is oh so fine! We guarantee gooseberry-filled wild cider is sure to leave your taste buds wanting more. Try it on tap or pick up a bottle at the Short’s Brewing Company pub in Bellaire, MI (750 mL / $11.00). Bring something unique to the table this weekend with a bottle of gooseberry wild cider!

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

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!

Erraticus 8: Zesty, Funky, And Just A Little Bit Feisty

Erraticus 8: Zesty, Funky, And Just A Little Bit Feisty

January in Northern Michigan has us dreaming of warmer days. So much so, that we timed the release of our next wild cider with this dark and gloomy Friday. Fermented with Northern Michigan apples and aged on lemon zest, our first Erraticus release of 2017 has us feeling feisty, funky, and just a little bit zesty!

 

Erraticus 8 is a wild cider aged on lemon zest. Straw-colored and slightly hazy, the eighth cider in our Erraticus series has scents and flavors reminiscent of a Farmhouse-Style cider. Scents of funk, apple, and lemon are complemented by a flavors that are tart, zesty, and funky. Erraticus 8 is very refreshing and finishes both dry and crisp.

 

On sale now at Short’s Brewing Company and Short’s Mart in Bellaire, MI, you can take home 750 mL of the good stuff for only $11.00. Try it on tap for a limited time only or pop a selection of available Erraticus bottles at your table (Erraticus 1, Erraticus 5, Erraticus 6, and Erraticus 7). No matter how you choose to imbibe, we guarantee Erraticus 8 will have you feeling warm, sunny, and mighty fine.