Woodchuck Summer Cider (Limited Release)
Maker: Green Mountain Cidery, Middlebury, Vermont.
Wow, I hadn’t realized that it had been this long since I posted! Well I haven’t stopped drinking, but I have stopped writing. So let’s remedy that right now shall we?
This cider is the special summer release for Woodchuck. The bottle is mostly blue. Initially I thought it was just to project a cool summer image of lakeside living. But as it turns out there’s another reason. As their website states,
“If there was going to be an official drink for the summer season, it would be our Limited Release Summer Cider. It was inevitable; we were going to come up with a Summer Cider at some point, mostly because the two just fit together so nicely. Our Summer Cider is light, crisp, and leaves the tingle of fresh-picked Blueberries on the tip of your tongue.
“Blueberries are a New England tradition that everyone looks forward to. They’re found in the cool shady spots off the trail when you least expect it. You’ve got to hunt for them, but the reward of sweet Blueberries on a hot summer afternoon is not to be forgotten. Neither is the stain they leave on your shirt.”
Wow, what a cool New England tradition! I’ve never heard of those before, what are they called again?, blue berries? Wow, us midwestern slobs have nothing like that around here!
All sarcasm aside, I did sense something a little different about this cider when I first tried it but I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time. It’s a testament to how seriously the folks at Green Mountain take their produce. The cider itself is a pale straw color (not some blue kool-aid color) and the blueberry is subtle but adds a perfect tang to the finish and to the nose. Like blueberries, this cider has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. As a refreshing summer drink, it suceeds wildly. Buy some.