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Three New Ciders from Wildcraft
Written by Trent Thornberry   


Three New Ciders from WildCraft

WildCraft's ciders are as inventive as nature itself, made from the bounty produced by the land in and around Eugene, Oregon. With every new release, the cidery manages to capture a specific place and time in delicious, liquid form.

That might mean that we get to taste wild plums, aromatic botanicals, and flowers, or it might mean that the cidermakers have managed to get their hands on traditional cider apples planted by farmers generations ago.

Our newest load of ciders from WildCraft has a little bit of all of the above, sometimes in the same bottle. We've received three new ciders this time around, and each is sure to bring you all kinds of delight. Check 'em out!


Now available:

Aronia Berry Sour
Aronia berries (aka chokeberries) are tart, tannic little things that bring loads of texture and flavor to this new release from WildCraft. The berries are freeze-pressed along with pears to create a bold fruit wine that is blended with a lacto-fermented cider base to create Aronia Berry Sour. Bracing and deeply red, with big berry aromatics.
Now available in 500ml bottles.

Farmhouse Batch 0011
The eleventh release from WildCraft's ongoing Farmhouse series is an intriguing one, made entirely from classic settler apple varieties from around the cidery. The cidermakers use exclusively Lane and Linn county apples to produce this dry heritage cider with complex aromatics and loads of character.
Now available in 500ml bottles.

Willamette Heritage
Willamette Heritage is the newest release from WildCraft's Cellar Reserve series. It's what the cidery calls a "Western Farmhouse" cider, so named for the provenance of its apples, which come from the abandoned cider orchards that dot the Willamette region. A traditional, wild-fermented cider worth seeking out.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Also available from Wildcraft:

Elderberry Perry 12x750ml
An intense, elegant perry made from Bartlett pears and whole-fermented foraged elderberries. Vinous, full-bodied, and juicy.

Flagship Hard Cider 12x500ml
Wildcraft's simply named "Hard Cider" is a wonderful expression of everything they do well. It's made from locally-grown Oregon apples, fermented with native yeast to full dryness. It has incredible complexity but remains totally crushable, thanks to its impressive balance. A total delight.

Oak-Aged Kiwi 12x500ml
Over 900 pounds of kiwis go into this cider, which spends four months aging in oak developing a dry, grippy tannin profile. Tropical kiwi aromatics are neatly wed to the funky fermentation-born aromatics and appley base. Intriguing, tasty stuff!

Pioneer Perry 12x500ml
This is a perry made up of a mix of both wild and cultivated pears to create a drink that is off-dry and rich with huge aromatics, but remains drinkable and satisfying.

Stone Fence 12x500ml
Stone Fence is an imperial cider weighing in at a beefy 8.4% ABV. It's aged in rum barrels with a dash of pink peppercorn, which imparts a fruity spiciness to the finish of this powerful, complex cider.

Wild Mirabelle Plum 12x500ml
Made with Oregon-grown biodynamic French Mirabelle plums, fermented whole and pressed to create a rich plum wine that is blended back into a base of tart Gravenstein-heavy cider.

Wild Rose 12x500ml
Wild Rose is a truly unusual cider made with whole foraged wild roses, cold-infused into a base of ultra-complex, blended, wild fermented cider. Fresh, floral, and bright with huge aromatics.

Witches Brew 12x500ml
Witches Brew is an incredible cider made from 7 apple varieties and a special blend of 7 botanical wines. It's beguiling, spicy, tart, and herbaceous stuff. Intense!