Here is what Zeb will be pouring:
The 2013 Farmhouse Cider is between the 2011 and 2012 in style, with a delicate, complex honeyed apple aroma, an astringent tannic backbone, and plenty of yeasty farmhouse funk from bottle-conditioning and native fermentation. It has a bit less of the buttery character of the 2011, and a bit more forward tannin than the smokey English-styled 2012. It is fairly Champagne-like and drinkable now, with a nice dry finish. It will only improve over the next few years
2012 Constitution Cider
- Constitution is a strong cider, lightly spiced, reminiscent of what early Americans would have been drinking in New England several centuries ago. A cider of antique American apples (Newtown Pippin and a field blend of heirloom varieties), this has been fermented with dark brown sugar and raisins for a higher alcohol and greater body, then aged in freshly emptied American oak rum barrels with an infusion of vanilla beans, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cracked nutmeg.
2014 Lucky 13 Peach/Apricot Cider
- Lucky 13 is available seasonally on draft only, and is an infusion of the previous year’s dry apple cider with hundreds of pounds of fresh, ripe apricots and Lucky 13 peaches from Baird Family Orchard. The delicate flavor and aroma of the peaches and apricots are extracted over several months and the finished dry cider retains the unmistakable taste and delicacy of real fruit with just a little farmhouse complexity, unlike so many over-the-top fruit ciders.
As usual the tasting is complimentary, and ciders will be discounted Thursday only!
Tickets are going fast for the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest coming up on June 21 at the new home of The Commons Brewery and Cheese Annex at SE 7th and Belmont St. The event features 10 craft beers, paired with cheeses selected by Steve, and includes meats from Olympic Provisions and Woodblock Chocolate! This is a very popular event, so reserve your ticket now via this link.