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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.

Erraticus 8 Release

Erraticus 8 Release

We’re flowing into 2017 with a brand new bottle of Wild Cider, Erraticus 8! To be released on Friday, January 20th, Erraticus 8 is a Wild Cider aged on lemon zest. Packaged in 750 mL bottles, Erraticus 8 is a member of our rare, wild cider series, Erraticus. Erraticus 8 will ONLY be available at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart in downtown Bellaire, MI. $11.00 per bottle, no limit.

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is by Sharing Spruce Cider with Friends Far and Near

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is by Sharing Spruce Cider with Friends Far and Near

This past summer, our head cider maker, Tony “T$” Hansen, sat down to make his Christmas list (what can we say? He likes to send his letter to the big guy at the North Pole early, he’s pretty sure it increases the odds of getting everything on his list). He sat downstairs at the Short’s Brewing Company Production Facility and barricaded himself at his desk in the brewer’s office. No one, not even Tyler (Director of Quality), was going to interrupt his holiday preparations. Hemming and hawing, he asked aloud, “What do I want for Christmas this year?”

Aside from a new pair of Dickies work pants and this statue of a super zen Garden Gnome, T$ was stumped! What could jolly old St. Nick slide into his stocking to make it a December to remember?

Stumped. Tony cracked open a fresh bottle of Spruce Pilsner, (a favorite of the Short’s-i-verse), took a sip, and closed his eyes. As the delectable brew hit his taste buds visions of spruce dongers and fresh pressed apples danced in his head.

“Eureka!” Yelled Tony.

Turning to Kyle (who was visibly startled by Tony’s exclamation) T$ explained “The best way to celebrate this holiday won’t be singing loud for all to hear or waiting for jolly old St. Nick . . . The best way to spread Christmas cheer will be sharing spruce cider with friends far and near!”

Shaking his head, Kyle closed his computer and headed off for his long drive to ‘Kasky. He had cows to check on and for God’s sake, it was only August anyway. Why was Tony worried about Christmas? Why was Tony speaking in rhymes?

Jumping into the Tony mobile, T$ set a course for Beer Camp, our top-secret barrel aging facility, and set to work. The spirit of Christmas had filled him and he no longer cared what Santa brought him. He had only one mission in mind. He juiced and he steeped and he sprinkled Christmas cheer. For added effect, he even strung garland, wrapped lights, and hung hand cut snow flakes from the ceiling. The finished product? The final 2016 installment of our Erraticus Series, Erraticus 7, AKA the world’s tastiest, wild fermented spruce cider and a very festive looking beer camp. 

Erraticus 7 is a wild cider fermented with Michigan apples and aged on Northern Michigan Blue Spruce tips. Light straw in color with a slight haze, Erraticus 7 smells of bright apple, farmhouse funk, and crisp spruce. Farmhouse and apple flavors up front lead into complementary pine flavors before a dry and slightly tart finish. Overall, Erraticus 7 is well balanced and very drinkable.

Released today (a full 8 sleeps before the most wonderful day of the year). Erraticus 7 is ready for your holiday celebrations! Forget the sable (what is a sable anyway?) and slip a bottle of Christmas tree cider under the tree. Each 750 mL bottle will only set you back $11.00, so you can pick one up for Aunt Sue and Cindy Lou Who, too.  Bottles are only available in Bellaire, MI at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart, so you’ll have to make a trip up to good ‘ol Antrim county to score your stash. It’s been snowing for days, so pop your skis in the car and drive carefully. We’ll see you at the pub!

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.

Erraticus 5 Release

Erraticus 5 Release

Join us at the Short’s Brewing Company Pub and Short’s Mart for the release of the 5th wild cider in the Series. Erraticus 5 is a wild cider aged in tequila barrels and will be for sale in 750 mL bottles at $18 each.

Erraticus is a series of rare, wild ciders fermented with apples sourced from fine, Northern Michigan orchards. Each cider in the Erraticus series has been allowed to ferment very slowly, before being transferred into barrels or onto fruit for a secondary fermentation. Due to the rarity of these ciders, the Erraticus series will only be available at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and at select events.

The name “Erraticus” refers to the spontaneous fermentation that takes place when wild yeast, present on apples, is allowed to ferment the cider. With a range of unknown variables associated with this process, it is very hard to predict the flavor of the finished cider. And so, each cider in the Erraticus series promises to be unique.

When asked about the inspiration behind the Erraticus series, Tony Hansen, Starcut’s head cider maker explained “I wanted to offer a series of ciders that could truly be considered “regional” ciders. Meaning they will taste very unique to our location, as well as unique to the growing conditions or season that we experience each year. Every Erraticus cider will be made with local apples and indigenous yeast, giving us an individual snapshot of what our region has to offer each year.”