HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – To honor one of the most special places in New Jersey, the Pinelands National Reserve, Jersey Cider Works has announced the release of Ironbound Devil’s Harvest, a blend of the cidery’s popular Ironbound Hard Cider with dry-harvested Pine Barrens wild cranberries, sour cherries and a dash of white pepper. Charles Rosen, founder of Jersey Cider Works, made the announcement today.
Ironbound Devil’s Harvest will be available starting on September 11 at retail stores statewide, available in six-packs of 12oz cans ($11.99) and also on tap wherever craft beverages are sold.
At 4.6% ABV, Ironbound Devil’s Harvest features Ironbound Hard Cider as its base, which provides the fresh apple flavor, balanced with the added flavors of sour cherry and tart wild Pine Barrens cranberry. The white pepper lends lingering warmth to the finish.
“With apple, cherry and cranberry leading the way, Ironbound Devil’s Harvest encompasses the flavors of the season,” said Cameron Stark, cider maker and partner at Jersey Cider Works. “As you drink more and more — which you will – the warmth from the white pepper builds in the mouth. It’s like drinking a spicy Syrah or a good scotch; Ironbound Devil’s Harvest goes incredibly well with food and is also great to cook with.”
“We named it ‘Devil’s Harvest’ in honor of the Pinelands, which is home to not only the beloved cranberry but also the legend of the NJ Devil,” said Charles Rosen. “In fact, our advertising image for Ironbound Devil’s Harvest features a ‘Piney’ version of that mythical creature that is Jersey through and through.”
Ironbound Devil’s Harvest is the third retail product released by Jersey Cider Works. In June 2016, the company debuted its Ironbound Hard Cider, made from fresh-pressed apples sourced from orchards in New Jersey and neighboring states. Earlier this year, Jersey Cider Works released Ironbound Summer Cider, a blend of cider, iced tea and fresh lemon.
Ironbound Cider is produced at the 108-acre Hunterdon County farm shared by Jersey Cider Works and its sister company, New Ark Farms, which employs chronically underemployed members of the Greater Newark community including the formerly incarcerated.
New Jersey has a long history of cider making, especially in Newark where cider was one of the city’s first industries. Celebrated throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Newark cider was considered by many, including George Washington, to be one of the finest in America.
About Jersey Cider Works
Jersey Cider Works is a social enterprise founded by Montclair entrepreneur, Charles Rosen. Jersey Cider Works and its sister company, New Ark Farms, are committed to the revitalization of the Greater Newark economy by focusing on job-creation for the community’s chronically underemployed. On the 108-acre farm that they share in northern Hunterdon County (360 County Road 579, Asbury, NJ), New Ark Farms is managing the company’s heritage cider orchards using regenerative practices to graft, plant, and maintain ten thousand 18th century heritage apple trees – varieties that originated over 250 years ago in and around Newark. In the coming years, Jersey Cider Works will use these apples to make its own versions of heritage Newark Cider. Through these efforts, Jersey Cider Works aims to restore hard cider to its rightful place as New Jersey’s beverage of choice and to craft ciders that would make our Founding Fathers proud.