Angry Orchard Stone Dry

New Style is Cider Maker's Fresh American Approach to a Traditional English Dry Cider.

The Luxonomist. 01/10/2015

Angry Orchard announced the national release of its newest hard cider, Angry Orchard Stone Dry, the driest style in its core collection. Traditional English dry ciders have been around for centuries and are a cultural mainstay in the UK, where cider overall is very well-established. The cider makers at Angry Orchard were inspired by these ciders and developed the recipe for Stone Dry as an American interpretation of this classic style.

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Angry Orchard Launches New Stone Dry Hard Cider. Click for more information

In the UK, cider represents about 15% of the beer market, compared to only about 1% in the US, where the craft cider culture is less established but growing rapidly. Drinkers are discovering hard cider as a refreshing alternative to beer and wine, and experimenting with a variety of styles. As drinkers continue to explore the full range of what hard cider can be, many are finding they enjoy a cider that is less sweet and more complex, like Angry Orchard Stone Dry.

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Angry Orchard Launches New Stone Dry Hard Cider. (Photo: Click for more information

This new cider has a bright apple aroma, juicy flavor, and a clean, slightly puckering, dry finish.  This dry cider showcases an intricate balance between the sweetness and acidity of culinary apples and the tannins of traditional cider making apples. The cider makers chose specific apples to achieve this flavor profile, including French bittersweet apple varieties from Normandy, like Dabinett, Binet Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey. These apples contribute to the cider’s high tannic character and dry finish.

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Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider. Click for more information

«At Angry Orchard, we’re always experimenting with ingredients and recipes. With Stone Dry, we wanted to capture the heart of traditional bittersweet apple varieties by showcasing their naturally occurring tannins,» said Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard cider maker. «Drinkers who are beginning to explore the drier end of the craft cider spectrum will enjoy Stone Dry for its full tannic mouthfeel, perceived dryness and robust bittersweet aromatic notes, much like a very ripe apple.»

The Angry Orchard cider makers are constantly innovating with new styles (like Stone Dry) and will expand that experimentation this fall with the opening of a new home for innovation at a historic apple orchard in the New York Hudson River Valley. The Orchard will feature a cidery where the cider makers will experiment with new styles, apple varieties and different fermentation methods like wild fermentation processes and barrel aging.

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