“One of the things that’s tough with cider in America is that our history was stolen from us by the temperance movement and Prohibition,” says Ryan Burk, head cider maker of Angry Orchard in Walden, N.Y. “The flip side of that is that we can look to the apple varieties and distinct food cultures of France, Spain and England. We’re committed to raising awareness of cider here in the U.S., and it’s fun to look towards the future by paying attention to the past.”
Angry Orchard Tapped Maple: Straightforward semi-sweet apple flavor leads the charge, revealing hints of cinnamon before the mostly dry finish; the Vermont maple syrup added to the cider is noticeable as subtle, warm, pancake fumes that float in the air above the liquid on the palate.
Here are our favorite pairings: Iced Cider and Glazed Vanilla Donut - Pair the super-sweet classic, glazed vanilla, with a drier, lighter iced cider that tastes more like wine than cider. A great choice is Angry Orchard’s The Muse, aged on French oak with notes of clove and vanilla.
It’s CiderCon in Chicago this week, and we’re excited to not only connect with our friends in the cider industry at the conference, but also to share some unique specialty ciders with drinkers all week long.
We’re excited to announce our first American collaboration – a partnership with Eden Specialty Ciders, a cidery based in Vermont that specializes in ice ciders, which are sweet and apple-forward, and made from Vermont heirloom apples.
Walden Hollow is our first cider made exclusively with apple varieties from New York State, including apples from last year’s harvest at our 60-acre orchard in Walden, NY, and heirloom apples from other local orchards here in the Hudson Valley.