In much the same way domestic cider traditions have been revitalized over the last decade or so, Great Britain has seen their cider traditions return as well. The mass produced pub ciders have always been present in the UK, but the old school artisan producers have been pushed to the background and exist more as regional curiosities. The farming region of England's 'West Country' is the most traditional of their cider regions, with dozens of producers still making a variety authentic ciders from a broad spectrum of apple varieties. Importer B. United, (Schneider Weisse, Alvinne Sours, Hanssens Gueuze, and many many others) has been importing kegs from both the Hecks and Sandford Orchard cider houses, but the packaged versions are new here, and in typical B. United fashion they are not the everyday versions. These both have unique local twists that make them utterly distinct, and it is exciting to compare them for the first time here with noted ciders from France and Virginia.
Starting at 4pm Friday we will have both the Hecks 'Tremletts Bitter' Single variety cider and the Sandford Orchards Chestnut Cask cider open to taste, along with a Normandy cider and two Virginia cider from our collection. Final tasting selection will be posted on our Facebook page. Hope to see you here!
With Evil Twin releasing several beers in the pint can format recently (and more on the way!), we decided to cap off our 22n Anniversary celebration with a tasting of several favorites using the format. With cans in general seeing overwhelmingly positive performance in the craft beer scene over the last decade, we are now starting to see the evolution into providing variety and choices in can sizes as well. 12oz will always be the vast consumer favorite as it has become imprinet into our consciousness as our 'single serving' for most beverages. But most beer drinkers are tired of seeing their pint glasses not getting filled to the top when drinking at home, so this format is very welcome. It also plays into the cost effectiveness of cans, shipping costs, and even use of shelf space; we love them here, as a full case of pints make a nice tidy stack on our shelves. A lot of 'big' beers are getting packaged in this form now, and the cost to the customer is generally greatly improved from bottle, and the pint is the ideal single serving size for many, as well as a fair size to share between two people. For the lighter beers, it's a hearty full glass you can pour to the top, finally! We have really dug this format since the beginning, and are thrilled they have caught on full force across the craft beer community.
On deck for the tasting today are the Escutcheon '4th & 1' Pilsner, Peak Organic 'Super Fresh' Dry Hopped Pilsner, Evil Twin 'Imperial Simcoe Slacker' Imperial IPA, Against The Grain 'Brown Note' Brown Ale, Fullsteam 'Coffee Is For Closers' Iced Coffee Porter, and Evil Twin 'Even More Jesus' Imperial Stout. Hope to see you here!
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