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Friday, March 16, 2012

3/15/12 Woodchuck Hard Cider Spring (Gluten Free)

Go along with my theme of hard ciders and thinking about years past when I use to drink cider frequently. I decided to have another offering from Woodchuck Hard Cider called Spring that I picked up at Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville. This is an example of a gluten free beer that I never realized was gluten free until I read the label. I love doing beers from brewers I haven't had in a while because they tend to stir up memories of drinking past. This is why I love having different beers because I can connect them with experiences and more easily remember the enjoyment I had. For instance I can remember back in college walking bar foot in the summer with a six pack of Woodchuck and just finding some random people having a party and just stopping in and hanging out. This was one of my favorite things to do. I always loved going new places and talking with people who didn't know me and I didn't know them and more than likely I would never see them again. This is because it is your chance to truly be yourself and not have to worry about what others will think or say because you probably never see them again. So the beer I had last night was a solid temperature at 43.2 degrees and had a small head at around 1/2 inch with a fizzy white appearance. The head lacing was virtually none with a head that dissipated quickly. The carbonation was medium with a sparkling clarity and a straw color. It had an apple aroma and taste with a strong maple syrup taste at the beginning that stop abruptly a couple sips in and then switched to slight hints of brown sugar. The flavor was light to moderate with an average finish length and a watery mouth feel and a middle tongue hit. The body lacing was fair and overall I would give it a B+. Compared to Crisp this had a stronger alcohol content and much more dimensions to it. The thing that held me back from an A- was the maple syrup start. If it had been the slight brown sugar taste all the way through I would have rated it higher but overall it is still a good sampling from the cider class of brews. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Health/fitness tip of the day from lumosity.com
1 to 2 drinks a day correlates with better brain health however drinking 3 or more has the opposite effect.

Recipe of the day.
This was so good at ate it before I got to my beer.
Mango salsa
1 Red onion diced
1 sweet mango diced
1 large red pepper diced
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 habanero finely diced and seeded
3 tbsp cilantro
Mix all ingredients in bowl and put in the fridge for 30 minutes and its ready to eat.

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com

Woodchuck Hard Cider - Spring

Calories190Sodium10 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs19 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars13 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Information from the Woodchuck Website


Crisp and refreshing because they're made from apples, never woodchucks.
  • Spring
    Warm days and cold nights will make the sap flow in the woods, but keeping the cider flowing in your fridge is up to you. Start with our spring cider - the taste and aroma of fresh maple syrup and brown sugar will make you think you're sitting in a warm sugarhouse in the Vermont countryside.
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  1. I'm a woodpecker cider fan myself

  2. I have never had woodpecker cider just woodchuck and jack's hard cider. I'll have to look for some to try and write about.

  3. Too bad Woodchuck didn't release this variety this year, as its really tasty. I love the maple syrup flavor to it! Can't believe they are only representing 3/4 seasons now with their seasonals.

  4. It is sad. A lot of their Ciders were my favorites back in college.