CHICAGO – In April 2015, the Crispin Cider Company will continue to delight cider drinkers with Venus Reigns, a limited-release barrel-aged pear cider.
Venus Reigns is made from Colfax golden pear wine, aged for 26 months to full maturity in specially selected red wine casks and finished with a hint of natural honey. This flavorful limited release is the first pear variety in Crispin’s six-year-old barrel-aging program.
“For years Crispin’s barrel-aged ciders have pushed the boundaries of cider flavor profiles,” said Victoria Tonini, Crispin’s signature cider creator. “With Venus Reigns we wanted to create a pear cider that would delight cider fans in an entirely new way, while still showcasing the things that make all of Crispin’s ciders so unique, like only fermenting from fresh-pressed fruit.”
Venus Reigns was inspired by ancient Greek mythology. When Prometheus throws a golden pear into the courtyard of Olympus along with the inscription, “For the most beautiful goddess,” he creates the ideal distraction. As the goddesses fight for the pear and the gods watch on, Prometheus is finally able to steal fire for mankind, and it is ultimately Venus, the goddess of love, sensuality and beauty, who wins the coveted prize of the golden pear.
The Cider Profile
Appearance – Cloudy and unfiltered, peach hued with faint rose highlights.
Aroma – Rich, sherry-like notes, highlighted by dried stone fruit, ripe pear, honeysuckle, subtle vanilla, oak and rose.
Taste – Opulent blend of ripe berry jam, pear, dark cherries and vanilla, with the overarching presence of red wine barrel character. Subtle citrus, with light tannins, delicate floral notes and lightly charred oak.
Mouth Feel – Silky and mildly effervescent with a medium body.
Finish – Lingering notes of dried fruits and red wine with a slight drying finish from the oak.
ABV – 6.9%
The small-batch cider will be sold in 22-oz. bottles and is available nationwide for a limited time. For more information about Venus Reigns, where to find it and Crispin’s complete line of artisanal ciders, go to www.CrispinCider.com.
About the Crispin Cider Company
The Crispin Cider Company crafts super premium hard apple and pear ciders using blends of fresh-pressed apples and pears. The Classic Line consists of: Original, Brut, Pacific Pear, and Blackberry Pear. The unfiltered Artisanal Reserve® line consists of: Honey Crisp, The Saint, The Bohemian, and Lion Belge. The Crispin Cider Company also imports a classic English dry cider, Browns Lane. All Crispin ciders are all Certified Gluten-Free. The Crispin Cider Company is based in Colfax, California. You can find more information at www.CrispinCider.com
About Tenth and Blake Beer Company
The Tenth and Blake family includes Blue Moon Brewing Co. at the Sandlot in Denver, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls, Wis., 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee, Crispin Cider Company in Colfax, California, AC Golden in Golden, Colorado, Birra Peroni in Rome and Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Tenth and Blake beers include Blue Moon Belgian White, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Crispin Original, George Killian’s Irish Red, Batch 19, Henry Weinhard’s IPA, Colorado Native, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Grolsch. You can find out more at www.Facebook.com/TenthAndBlake.