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Holiday Guest Post: Joanna Baker, Noble Cider

Posted Dec 19, 2013 in Cider, Coming Soon, Coolness, People

 

IMG_1177Joanna Baker is the co-founder of Noble Cider in Asheville, NC. She’s written some tasting notes on ciders available at the humble storefront. Look for bottles of Noble in mid-2014!

Bruisin’ Ales: Bring Hard Cider Home for the Holidays

Bruisin’ Ales has the largest selection of craft hard ciders of any bottle shop in Asheville. We like that!  Since folks can’t take home a bottle of Noble just yet, we wanted to give you a review of some delicious and interesting hard ciders you can bring home for the holidays from Bruisin’ Ales. If you’re looking for something from North Carolina, try McRitchie Hard Cider and Dry Hard Cider.  Although they’re a winery, McRitchie has been making hard cider for many years. They’re the boss in this neck of the woods and really great people, too. Their ciders are very straight ahead and deliciously simple. They go great with food and never overpower.  Foggy Ridge and Windy Hill Cidery are also great regional cideries.  Foggy Ridge, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia,  is run by the current Queen of hard cider in the southeast, Dianne Flynt. She’s an excellent spokeswoman for the industry. Windy Hill is out of York, SC and uses their own and WNC apples to make their hard cider. Their ciders are of the sweeter variety.

Here are 5 hard ciders we at Noble Cider think you and yours will enjoy this holiday. They’re all a great value, too!  In order from sweet to dry:

McKeown Original, 6% ABV, 750 mL

McKeown is made in Rougemont, Canada.  We were drawn to the beautiful, clear cider nicely displayed in clear bottles.  And it’s from Canada. Who doesn’t love Canada?  We tried to look up the website, but it’s only in French.  No one in our group could read French.

  • NOSE:  The leathery aroma of real cider apples, followed by sweet apple
  • TASTE:  McKeown Original has a straight-ahead apple flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Applesaucy-like. The carbonation is very subtle. It was the sweetest cider on our list. A bit too sweet for our groups’ palette, but it’d be great with some stinky, dry cheese, or even a light fish or poultry dish.

McKeown Cranberry, 6% ABV, 750 mL

I love a good rose champagne. The color of this cider reminds me of pink champagne. The Cranberry flavor drew me, too, as a great idea for the holidays.

  • NOSE:  The smell of the Cranberry cider is almost identical to the McKeown Original, with only a slight tart aroma from the cranberries.
  • TASTE:  Like the nose, the taste is also very similar to the Original, with a slightly more tart finish.  It’s also a sweeter style hard cider.  This cider could be paired easily with an appetizer course of cheese and salty meats and nuts.

Julian Hard Cider Cherry Bomb, 6.99%, 22 oz.

Made with Montmorency cherry juice, which is said to have health benefits and anti-aging properties, this cider definitely goes “BOOM!” with cherry flavor. It comes in a 22 oz. bottle, which lends to easy finishing in one sitting, especially when shared with a friend.

  • NOSE:  Immediate cherry!  Thankfully, it’s not a candy cherry smell, but one of real tart cherries.  It’s an awesome aroma!
  • TASTE:  Very tart cherry.  So much so that it made us ask “Are there apples in this?” Most likely, Julian has back sweetened their hard cider with this delicious cherry juice, which lets the full cherry flavor shine through. The finish is smooth with a nice amount of bitter. The tartness hides the sweetness of this cider, but be wary. There’s a good amount of sugar in this cider.  Cherry Bomb would make an excellent drink with chocolate cherry cheesecake or a Black Forest cake.  Or serve it in small amounts to sip, like port.

Doc’s Draft, Pumpkin Hard Apple Cider, 6% ABV, 22 oz.

I’m a sucker for pumpkin anything.  Food, drink, even those stupid Yankee candles that smell like pumpkin pie. So a hard cider that’s fermented with pumpkins?  Yes please!

  • NOSE:  First sensation is pumpkin pie: earthy, spicy, but not too sweet.  Not much apple smell at all.
  • TASTE:  Doc’s has done it right.  The spice is more of an aroma than an overpowering spice taste.  There’s the right amount of bitter, a good balance of the apple and pumpkin and spice, and it stays fairly dry throughout. The spice stays with you into the finish as well – more into the nose than down the throat.  This cider is more a drink alone cider. Or maybe a delish cider float with Carmel de Leche ice cream!  Yes – that’s it!

Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie 2012, 5.5% ABV, 750 mL

Ahhhh…. French cider. French cider apples from Normandy make delicious hard ciders. If you’re new to French ciders, hang in there. They can come across as medicinal and leathery in both aroma and taste. Doesn’t sound good to you?  Try it.  You might be surprised!  This cider is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Traditional French ciders are bottled and stored for at least a year, where they finish their fermentation in the bottle, ending up drier and more carbonated than when they began.  Think champagne.  The color of this cider is very gold. I recommend a champagne flute for this one.

  • NOSE:  Leathery and medicinal – a true cider apple smell.  The bubbles really bring the dry flavor to the nose.
  • TASTE:  The taste is really effervescent due to the intense champagne-like carbonation.  It’s slightly medicinal, dry, with a good earthy flavor.  This cider will go the very best with any part of a meal.  Like a good white wine, it will complement your food.

Happy Holidays from Noble Cider! We hope you add hard cider to your shopping list! 

NOTES on experiencing hard cider:  Always pour your hard cider in a glass.  Think of hard cider like a wine. Give it a good sniff. Smell it the way a dog would sniff out that tasty bone in the trashcan – a few short, deep sniffs to really take in the unique aroma that each hard cider has. Then take a sip – roll it around in your mouth and then swallow. With a well-made, complex hard cider, you’ll get several different flavors and tongue sensations, as well as a finish – long or short, depending on the complexity.  Just like craft beer and wine, every hard cider will have it’s own characteristic

Joanna Baker, Co-Founder Noble Cider
Public & Community Relations
www.noblecider.com

Thursday Tasting 6/27: Hi-Wire Brewing

Posted Jun 26, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Events, New this week

High Wire

A hearty welcome to one of Asheville’s newest breweries, Hi-Wire Brewing. Join us tomorrow from 5-7pm for a sampling of their new beers… and we’ll have some for you to take home! It’s the bottle release! On deck for sampling:

High-Wire Lager
Prime Time Pale
High-Pitch IPA

Asheville Beer Week 2013 is happening soon

Posted Feb 21, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, Goings on, In the news, Travel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Atallah | julie at ashevillebeerweek dot com

February 21, 2013
 
Second Annual Asheville Beer Week scheduled for the end of May 2013ASHEVILLE, NC—The Second Annual Asheville Beer Week is scheduled for May 25 through June 1, 2013, culminating with the Beer City Festival on Saturday, June 1 in downtown Asheville, NC. Organized by a beer-loving committee of regional beer industry people, Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events in and around the Asheville and Western North Carolina area.

This year’s eight-day celebration will include keynote speakers, education, tastings, dinners, and other beer-centric events. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival, with many other national brands at events throughout the week.

We are now seeking corporate sponsors, wholesaler participants, community partners, and event hosts. If you would like to participate, please send a media kit request to julie at ashevillebeerweek dot com. Look for a brand new website, more interactive features, and a growing schedule of events in March.

Web: http://ashevillebeerweek.com/ (March re-launch!)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/avlbeerweek 
Facebook: http://facebook.com/AVLBeerWeek
Instagram: http://instagram.com/avlbeerweek

Brewgrass Bruisin’ Tastings this weekend

Posted Sep 11, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Events, Limited Release, New this week, People, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you? Are you? It’s Brewgrass Festival weekend in beautiful Asheville (and we’re a first-year sponsor!), so we’re going to properly ready you into the big day with not one, but two tastings this week—Merchant du Vin on Thursday and Catawba Valley Brewing Friday. Won’t you join us? We’re ready to throw it down!

Thursday, September 13
FREE, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, we welcome JB from the Merchant du Vin portfolio, for an around-the-world tasting of excellent imports.

  • Zatec Bright Lager (Czech)
  • Traquair House Ale (Scotland)
  • Ayinger Oktoberfest (Germany)
  • Orval Trappist Ale (Belgium)
  • Rochefort 8 Trappist Ale (Belgium)
  • Samuel Smith Imperial Stout (England)
Friday, September 14
FREE, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
On Friday, Catawba Valley Brewing is hosting a tasting with head brewer, Todd Boera, for a fun, funky line-up, including some new beer debuts!
  • King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
  • Gose
  • Loretta (Cantaloupe & Cayenne)
  • Sour Saison (with Blackberries)
  • Arlo’s PB&J (What? What?)

Press Release: Asheville Beer Week, May 24-June 3, 2012

Posted Jan 24, 2012 in Beer, Breweries, Coming Soon, Coolness, Events, In the news

Announcing the first ever Asheville Beer Week

For immediate release: January 24, 2011

The first ever Asheville Beer Week will take place May 24 through June 3, 2012. The ten days celebrating beer and Beer City, USA, will culminate at Asheville’s third Beer City Festival on June 2.

Our mission is to celebrate that nectar known as beer—to taste many different styles of beer and variations on those styles; to pair beer with a smorgasbord of delicious foods; to learn about and explore beer in all its delectable complexity; and, most of all, to have fun drinking beer in the brewery-centric mountains of Asheville, NC.

The “week” will include seminars, tastings, dinners, and special events with “beer celebrities” from around the country and the world. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival already.

Organized by a beer-loving bunch of regional beer industry folks, Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events and include as many bars, restaurants and breweries as possible.

If you’re interested in holding an event, please contact us at [email protected], and we’ll send you a sign-up sheet. Event sign-ups are due by February 17, after which time, we’ll produce an official Asheville Beer Week calendar.

Whether or not you’d like to participate or attend, please spread the word about Asheville Beer Week.

We’re also holding a logo contest. Submissions for the Asheville Beer Week logo also are due by February 17. The winner will receive two tickets to Beer City Fest, two tickets to Brewgrass (Sept. 15), and two tickets to an Iron Man Chef Competition to be held during Asheville Beer Week.

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Contacts:

Mike Rangel, Asheville Brewers Alliance and Asheville Brewing Company, [email protected]

Anne Fitten Glenn, beer writer/educator/Brewgasm.com., [email protected]

General email: [email protected]

Facebook: Asheville Beer Week

Twitter: @avlbeerweek