New York, NY — Original Sin Premium Hard Cider announces the limited-edition release of a single varietal cider made with freshly pressed Northern Spy apples. Original Sin Northern Spy Dry Cider is the third installment in its highly coveted heirloom series, which also includes the critically acclaimed Heirloom Series Newtown Pippin and Heirloom Series Cherry Tree hard ciders. Original Sin Northern Spy Dry Cider nationally launches on February 1, 2015 in connection with CiderCON (Chicago, Feb. 3 – 6, 2015), and is available in kegs in select markets. Original Sin participates in five signature Chicago tasting events from Feb. 4 – 7, 2015; please see the events listed below.
One of today’s driest national cider brands, Original Sin
pays tribute to the great pomological tradition in our country with the release of its Northern Spy Single Varietal. Gidon Coll, founder of Original Sin, is an apple aficionado who has been involved in growing a test orchard of cider, modern day and heirloom apples on his family’s old dairy farm in Upstate New York. He’s dedicated to help increase the diversification of apple varieties in the United States, including heirloom apples such as the Northern Spy.
In the mid-19th century, America was a veritable Garden of Eden of apples, with over 15,000 named varieties. As of the early 21st century, 11 apple varieties made up 90% of chain supermarket sales. With commercial apple growers focusing on a limited number of attractive, easy growing and often, inferior quality varieties, the availability of the Northern Spy has diminished. With the help of the booming American hard cider market though, craft cider companies are increasing demand for the production of heirloom and cider varieties while advocating for an enhanced and varied artisanal agricultural landscape.
The Northern Spy is an iconic heirloom apple high in Vitamin C and greatly valued by apple connoisseurs. Apple expert Fred Lape once dubbed the Northern Spy “the best apple ever grown in the United States.” The Northern Spy originated around 1800 on the farm of Herman Chaplin in East Bloomfield, NY near Rochester (a bronze plague commemorates the location of the original tree). The apple’s popularity was confined to the local region until about 1840, when it began to attract greater attention. In 1852, the American Pomological Society listed the Northern Spy as a variety of promise and worthy of general cultivation. By the early 1900’s, the Northern Spy was considered the third most popular apple grown in the United States.
Original Sin’s® singular label and poster artwork is exclusively designed by Oakland, CA-based artist R. Black. Initially focusing on rock music poster art, R. Black has gone on to design posters for the Occupy Movement (which is currently featured in four museum exhibits), the San Diego Opera Company (2013 – 2015), and Woody Harrelson’s Broadway show, “A Gun For Adolf”. To view R. Black’s various Original Sin® cider labels, please visit: www.origsin.com/sinstore.
About Original Sin Cider:
Original Sin® is an independent hard cider company established in 1997 by Gidon Coll. From a bootstrapped start-up and one of the first modern day hard cider companies in America, Original Sin® is now available in 32 states (with expansion to South Carolina and Arizona coming soon), The United Kingdom and Japan. Original Sin® has won many accolades from a diverse array of distinguished media outlets including Food & Wine, The New York Times, Business Week, The Tasting Table, and many others.
A graduate of Cornell University, Gidon Coll currently operates a test orchard on his family’s old dairy farm in Upstate New York. The orchard contains over 80 endangered, heirloom and contemporary apple varieties including the Northern Spy.