The two components of this cider, blueberry and apple, ferment in tandem but apart. Finnriver farm organic blueberries are mashed and fermented slowly in batches as the harvest rolls in through August. The Hewes Virginia Crab (HVC) apples and the Williams Pride are our earliest harvest from the Finnriver orchard and together they create balance. HVC with enamel-ripping acidity and mouth puckering bitterness toned down and rounded by the aromatic and simply apple of the William’s Pride. Together they find peace in a neutral oak barrel to extract gentle, body-building tannins. A fresh burst of barrel-aged Newtown Pippin cider completes the blend. Sweet enough to hold up to a variety of saucy foods, while tannic and bitter enough to balance lighter fare.
Sweetness: S.G. 1.006 Off dry, fruit forward but not a sweet drinker
Presenting a robust, well-rounded taste of traditional cider apples, this mature cider offers a whisper of whiskey and rye spice, smoky aromas, notes of caramel and vanilla with a soft tannic finish. Carefully farmcrafted and fermented using a blend of premium Finnriver orchard organic cider apples with white wine yeast in stainless steel tanks. Once the fermentation is complete, we then cask the cider in Washington rye whiskey barrels for about 5 months. The Fire Barrel is carefully blended from premium organic cider apples to achieve depth and bold balance. It is smoky, robust and ready for the heartiest of meals.
After chilling, allow cider to warm slightly and serve – we favor savoring Fire Barrel in a Belgian-style tulip glass. Try the Fire Barrel with roasted pork, slow roasted brisket, a blue cheese burger, cured meats, smoked cheeses or any other hearty, savory fare.
A delectable aroma of sweet citrus and classic apple. Flavors range from tangerine to floral tartness with a gently tannic finish and slight bittersweet sparkle that leaves your palate clean and refreshed. This cider is a slowly fermented blend of classic russeted apples, grown in the Finnriver orchard and sourced around the region. The blend of high acid cider fruit with the gentle bittersweet tannin profile offers a thoughtful combination with layered complexity in the mouth. A lovely cider to balance spicy foods like jambalaya or Thai noodles.