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March 2016

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54  /  the tasting panel  /  march 2016 An Ale a Day (Not Ju in Summer and Fa) While many folks might s cider as a drink reserved for the warmer months, the renewed enthusiasm for this bever- age by patrons and the expanded offerings have propeed it into a year-round delight. by Emily Coleman Ale of My Eye A household name in cider, Angry Orchard's Cider House Collection will change the way you see the brand. Each of the three expres- sions, which were produced to show off the terroir of the apples, are produced in small batches and come in cork-stoppered 750-ml. bottles. Made from Italian culinary apples—Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith and Gala—along with French bittersweet apples—Amère de Berthecourt, Beden, Médaille d'Or, Michelin and Binet Rouge— The Muse balances its slightly sweet nature with acidity and a dry fin- ish. Aged in French oak, layers of vanilla and clove shine through on the palate. ANGRY ORCHARD CIDER COMPANY To the Core Tilted Shed Ciderworks owners and founders Scott Heath & Ellen Cavalli began producing cider as a hobby on their farm in Northern New Mexico in 2007; they moved their operation to Sonoma County in 2011. Blending 50% organic Sonoma County–grown Gravensteins with 50% organic Sonoma County– grown heirloom apple varieties and traditional cider apples—including French bittersweets—the 2014 Graviva! Semi-Dry Cider has an earthy base that builds a foundation for layers of overripe apple, lemon and apricot. Fitting into the landscape of the wine-focused Russian River Valley, this expression ends with a kick of tannins. TILTED SHED CIDERWORKS Ramblin' Can With its numerous advantages, the can has certainly taken over the craft beer movement. Now, this efficient vessel has found its way into other areas of the industry. Fashioned out of Yakima Valley apples, Rambling Route Cider comes in a 16-oz. can—allowing your customers to take its lovely acidity and notes of pineapple, honey and fresh apple along, no matter the route they might take. TIETON CIDER WORKS

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