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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013

•The Seattle Cider Company has unveiled plans to launch its inaugural line of hard ciders. It will begin with its first two offerings—Dry and Semi-Sweet—slated to roll out in September. The small-batch ciders will be available in 16-ounce cans in select markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho and on draft at bars and restaurants across Seattle. Both ciders are gluten-free and created using only Washington-grown apples. The Seattle Cider Co., which claims to be the first cidery in the city since Prohibition, was founded by Joel Vandenbrink, who is also owner and founder of Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing Co. The two are located next to each other and will share a tasting room.

•Boulder-based Avery Brewing Co. has debuted the latest beer in its Barrel-Aged Series, Ross’s’s’ Melange. The new brew will be available beginning on Sunday at Avery’s taproom, priced at $10 per 12-ounce bottle. Only 147 cases of the beer were produced. Ross’s’s’ Melange (11.04% abv) was brewed with Chardonnay grape must and Brettanomyces and Champagne yeast, then aged in first-use Chardonnay barrels for six months. It’s the sixteenth beer to be released under the Barrel-Aged Series, which has also included Sui Generis Barrel-Aged Sour Ale, Black Tot Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Margarete Barrel-Aged Sour Cherry Stout and the recently introduced Momi Hiwa coconut porter.

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