Middlebury, VT — Woodchuck Hard Cider continues its tradition of category pioneering ciders with the release of WoodchuckCellar Series Chocolate. The third cider released in the Cellar Series line, Chocolate is on store shelves now, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Woodchuck’s original small batch hard cider, featuring Vermont culinary apple varieties such as Macintosh and late season Northern Spy, was aged with crushed cocao beans. Cocao beans, or nibs, are the starting point from which chocolate is produced. The infusion of the cocao nibs bring notes of artisan chocolate throughout the nose and taste of the cider. A hint of caramel accompanies the dry finish, as does a full apple flavor.
“The use of crushed cocao nibs allowed for this cider to showcase chocolate’s true character,” says Cider Maker John Matson. “The infusion of the beans brought out those strong natural chocolate notes, without the sweetness found in a chocolate bar. The balance of the apple against the cocao creates a truly distinctive tasting experience. I am thrilled with the result and hope our fans are too.”
Cellar Series Chocolate represents one of the most unique ciders Woodchuck has ever brought to market. It deepens the commitment to crafting cider styles that push the category forward while exposing cider to an ever-growing audience.
Cellar Series Chocolate is pasteurized and featured in a 22oz bottle. Alcohol by volume (ABV) is 6.9%. It is shipping now nationwide and will be on store shelves through February. Suggested retail for a 22oz bottle is $4.99.
About Woodchuck┬« Hard Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider is a hard cider handcrafted with apples. Woodchuck Amber was developed in a Proctorsville, Vermont garage in 1991. Its recipe and creator, Greg Failing, remain at the core of the product. Woodchuck Hard Cider now operates in a state-of-the-art cidery in Middlebury, Vermont, and its lineup of styles has grown to include a variety of seasonal and limited releases. Distribution, which started in a single Vermont country store, now stretches across all 50 states. The Woodchuck family is dedicated to providing exceptional quality and premium taste in every bottle. A naturally gluten-free beverage, Woodchuck Hard Cider lends itself well to food pairings and recipes.