Crispin Cider

crispinCrispin Rewrites the Cider House Rules

New Super-Premium Natural Hard Apple Cider. Refreshes the Palate – and Reinvents the Category

It’s crisply satisfying and stylishly refined. Refreshing on its own, and a revelation with food. And it’s delicious when served over ice. Introducing new Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider. The first super-premium hard apple cider comes in three distinctive varietals:

Original: 5.0% ABV. Crisp over ice. A classically styled, but untraditional hard apple cider. Fruit forward, with a fresh, crunchy appley nose and a deliciously creamy, refreshingly crisp mouth feel.

Brut: 5.5 % ABV. European-style extra-dry over ice. The “champagne” of ciders; combining subtlety and sophistication; the epitome of unforced elegance. A crisp fresh apple bouquet with a brisk, refined finish that lingers on the palate.

Light: 3.2% ABV. Bright over ice. America’s first light cider. Refreshingly light. Invigorating and full-flavored. A clean and cool, brisk and modern cider with delicate undertones that’s deliciously bright and refreshing and often served with a lemon slice for a long cold spritzer-style refreshment.

Not your traditional cider.

“Crispin’s flavor is pure, clean and crisp,” says Joe Heron, president and founder of the Crispin Cider Company. “This is not a traditional ‘Riverdance, wet Labradors and smoky pipes’ hard apple cider, the kind that can leave you bloated rather than refreshed.

“Crispin is a modern interpretation of the pure, crisp refreshment of classical cider making. Crispin is not styled as a beer alternative. It’s dry vs. sweet, and crisp not ‘sticky’ on the palate.”

Naturally Superior

Crispin Super-Premium Natural Hard Apple Cider is true to the apple in the way a varietal wine stays true to its grape. It’s naturally fermented using premium apple juice blends not from concentrate, and without added malt, spirit or grape alcohols.

Crispin’s unique flavors, moreover, are smoothed without added sugar, colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives; just pure apple juice.

Crispin Natural Hard Apple Ciders are cold filtered for pure, crisp refreshment and are all Gluten Free for wheat-intolerant drinkers.

Crispin Salutes the Ice Cube.

No one has sacrificed more in the name of refreshment than the humble ice cube, and Crispin – designed to be enjoyed over a glass of fresh ice – recognizes its partner in refreshment and appreciates the willingness to serve.

Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider is in a glass of it’s own. Raising the refreshment bar with a unique Pilsner-style glass designed to accentuate the distinct natural apple bouquet, and ideal for delivering pure crisp refreshment over fresh ice.

Beer, Wine…or Crispin?

Crispin appeals to the discerning consumer – someone looking for uncompromising natural refreshment. Claiming a unique space between wine and imported or craft beers, Crispin offers a much-desired alternative for consumers looking for super-premium quality refreshment.

Crispin & the culinary arts

Crispin elevates even the most refined cooking. It tames spicy food, adds nuance to seafood and crispness to salads, and provides welcome refreshment with your favorite pasta, pizza, brats and burgers. Its brisk freshness also enhances fine cheeses

About the Fox Barrel & Crispin Cider Companies


The Crispin Cider Company produces European-style natural hard apple ciders using fermented US West Coast fresh-pressed apple-juice in Original, Light and Brut varietals, and additional unfiltered Artisanal Reserves – Honey Crisp, Lansdowne, The Saint and Cho-tokkyu, and also imports a classic English Dry Cider, Crispin Browns Lane.

The company is based in Minneapolis, MN & Colfax, CA.


Fox Barrel Cider

fox-barrel-cidersFox Barrel Authentic Hard Pear Ciders are inspired by the California sun. They are naturally elegant and refreshingly adult. Easy drinking pearsonified. An untraditional American pear cider, naturall fermented using 100% pure pear-juice not from fermented pear-juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider.  This leads to a deliciously refereshing drink, not too sweet, a big upfront juicy nose, a long clean lingering finish. Pearfection.

Available in 3 unique varieties:

Elegant Pacific Pear has a sparkling clean natural pear finish, and a subtle woody complexity.
Sweet-sharp, fresh  & tangy Blackberry Pear has a mouthwateringly juicy complexity.
Subtley sweet Apricot Pear flourishes with a faint tartness, a velvety mouth-feel, and a slight musky complexity

Naturally supearior. Fox Barrel Super Premium Hard Pear Ciders are filtered cold for extra purity. Apricot Pear and Blackberry Pear varietals are infused with natural apricot & blackberry juice.  They are made with a blend of US West Coast pears, with no added malt, spirit, grape, or apple-cider alcohols, colorants, sugar, sorbate or benzoate preservatives.

The Greatest Cider Adventures

“When we started our cidery we saw ourselves as cider revolutionaries, and we see a cider revolution transforming our industry across the USA, a revolution driven by true American innovation, creativity and quality.And we feel proud to use real American juice from real American farms. Every day. The best is yet to come. ” says  Bruce Nissen, Crispin COO and Head Cider-maker.


About the Fox Barrel


The Fox Barrel Cider Company is dedicated to the production of superior pear ciders, using fermented fresh-pressed pear-juice. Available in Pacific Pear, Blackberry Pear and Apricot Pear varietals and additional unfiltered Cidery Reserves  – Ginger & Blackcurrant and Rhubarb & Elderberry.


The company is based in Minneapolis, MN & Colfax, CA.

Henry Weinhard’s

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CHICAGO – Henry Weinhard spent considerable time and effort exploring the Pacific Northwest and searching for the perfect location for his brewery. More than 150 years later, beer drinkers across the country have the chance to explore the taste of the Pacific Northwest. This month, Henry Weinhard’s is launching three beers nationally: Private Reserve, Redwood Flats Amber Ale and Woodland Pass IPA.

The affordable, uncomplicated craft beers pair well with easy-going foods, such as nachos, burgers and steak.

  • Woodland Pass India Pale Ale:  Originally developed for British sailors stationed in India, IPAs were aggressively hopped to help prevent spoilage on long ocean voyages. Henry’s has eased up on the hoppiness just a bit to let the caramel malts shine through and let beer drinkers appreciate the hops in all their glory.
  • Redwood Flats Amber Ale:  With its beautiful copper color and subtle hop aroma, Redwood Flats Amber is our traditional take on a modern American classic. Featuring a unique blend of American hops and malts, this beer is bold and assertive, with a smooth, hoppy flavor that’s easy to drink.
  • Private Reserve:  A crisp, clean, American Pale Lager, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve blends Henry’s German heritage with the natural ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. It’s brewed with 100 percent Cascade hops from Oregon.

“Today, we swim in an ocean of beer options, from ultra hoppy IPAs to stouts aged with kiwis in whiskey barrels,” said Katie Cowan, brand manager for Henry Weinhard’s.  “While we respect these breweries for pushing the boundaries of beer, Henry’s is serving up rock-solid, uncomplicated beers that are textbook examples of Henry’s original motto:  craft good ingredients into quality products.”

There’s never been a guy who cared more about making good beer easy to enjoy than Henry Weinhard.  He left Germany in 1856 with nothing but a recipe, a copper kettle and a thirst to share his beers with the people of America.  He was a savvy businessman, a straight shooter and generous to a fault. Legend has it, he even offered to pump free beer through a public fountain so people could enjoy it at will.

The three Henry Weinhard’s beers are now available in bottles, priced around $6.49 per six-pack.   Woodland Pass IPA and Redwood Flats Amber are also available on draft.

About Henry Weinhard’s:

In the spring of 1856, a young brew master from Germany traveled months aboard a cargo ship to America and arrived in Oregon Territory.  Young Henry established his brewery outside of Ft. Vancouver and had a steady stream of thirsty trappers, soldiers and loggers to enjoy his high quality brews.  Demand quickly increased for Henry’s fine brews and he continued to share them with the people by purchasing saloons, delivering beer to neighboring cities via horse-drawn carriages and even shipping beer aboard barges to San Francisco.  By the end of the century, Henry became a leading citizen of Portland and was revered for his craft of brewing.  He passed away in 1904 and left behind a wealth of friends and a tradition of high quality, authentic beers, brewed with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, including Woodland Pass India Pale Ale, Redwood Flats Amber Ale, Private Reserve, Blue Boar, Northwest Wheat and Blonde Lager.

Batch 19

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“Batch 19” Offers Boston a Taste of Pre-Prohibition Style Beer

Lager based on authentic recipe banned in 1919 now on draft


BOSTON, MA – Boston beer drinkers curious about what beer tasted like before Prohibition now have their chance to find out thanks to a recent discovery of a 91-year-old, authentic pre-Prohibition recipe. Batch 19 is derived from a recipe found in an old logbook discovered in brewery archives dating back before 1919, when Prohibition banned beer. The pre-Prohibition style lager delivers a bold, hoppy flavor that is surprisingly well balanced. It was introduced in Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Washington, DC last year and Denver last month.


“When Prohibition banned beer in 1919, many great breweries went under and recipes were lost,” said Brewmaster Manny Manuele. “We uncovered this unique recipe, perfected it and introduced Batch 19 to select markets last year. Due to a great response from beer drinkers, we are now ready to share it with more consumers, including the great beer drinking city of Boston.”


“We had this authentic recipe that matched beer drinkers’ interest in exploring pre-Prohibition style beers,” said Batch 19 Brand Manager, Brad Johnson. “And ever since our four-market rollout last year, people across the country have been demanding Batch 19. We are excited to introduce this bold beer to the greater Boston area.”


Batch 19 derives its bold taste by using a rare combination of hops, including Hersbrucker and Strisslespalt and those last batches destroyed in 1919 are what inspired the name.  Beer fans can find out more about the unique Batch 19 story at, and, where the brand will share more details about the beer and its limited availability.

Third Shift Lager

Third Shift 16oz 4Pack Can BFYou’ve probably never heard of Third Shift Lager.  If it sounds like some fly by night, fancy dancy craft beer that sells for it’s weight in gold, you’d be wrong. You might be surprised to know it’s made by the brewing behemoth  MillerCoors.    It started out as a side project but it’s anything but an after thought. The idea was to create a beer to introduce the masses to a lower cost (under $8.99 a six pack) craft style beer.  They must have been onto something as it’s already a 2012 World Beer Cup award winner.  Originally sold exclusively on tap, it’s now available in handy take home bottles distributed with love from your friendly neighborhood distributors, Martins Distributing Co.


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Alcoholic Strength: 5.3 percent by volume

Calories: 182 per 12 oz. serving

Third Shift Amber Lager pours to a golden amber hue with a nose that is sweet with light spice. A moderate pour results in a nice head of foam that manages to stick around, maintaining a thin, white layer as you consume.

Third Shift Amber Lager has a pleasant, malty flavor that combines some toasted notes, pale malt, caramel, grains, and a dash of nutty character, with a clean hop bitterness that is mild and agreeable. The beer is light to medium in body and its overall flavor leans toward the sweet side. It is a very agreeable beer with a taste that will appeal to traditional beer drinkers as well as those who consume craft beer exclusively.

Third Shift Amber Lager has some craft beer quality, but according to the beer blog Great Beer Now, Third Shift Amber Lager is not going to be promoted as a craft beer, but rather as an invitation beer. What this supposedly means is that the beer is intended more as a warm- up to craft beer; a product that has some qualities of a craft brewed product, but with less intense flavors and a lower price to widen its appeal. After sampling it, I can see what MillerCoors means. The beer doesn’t sport the forceful personality common to many craft beers, but it is definitely more flavorful and unique than the typical mass- produced American lager. In other words, it is like a training wheel beer for those who want to make the transition to craft beer but are not quite ready to take the leap.

Third Shift Amber Lager has only been around for a short time and is only available in a few markets, but the beer has already enjoyed its share of positive press. The product won a Gold Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup and it has received good reviews from beer critics and others who appreciate the moderate yet enjoyable flavor profile.


Redd’s Apple Ale

Press Release:

Redds-Apple-Ale(Albany, GA) – Crisp like an apple. Brewed like an ale. Redd’s Apple Ale is now available in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. [and apparently WV, luck us!]

Redd’s Apple Ale is an apple flavored golden ale with low malty and bitterness cues. With a crisp clean finish that allows the natural apple flavor to come through, this ale is for those times when you are looking to branch out and try something different.

“We are proud to introduce a refreshingly crisp brew that showcases the natural flavor of apples,” said Andrew Zrike, brand manager of Redd’s Apple Ale. “By blending the flavor of apples into a golden ale, Redd’s Apple Ale is the perfect choice for the times when you want a refreshing and sweet alternative to your everyday beers.”

Redd’s Apple Ale is available in 6-pack bottles at 5 percent alcohol by volume and only 165 calories per 12 ounce bottle serving. Learn more about and find out where it is available by visiting and

Schmitt Söhne “Everyday Wine”

funf-sweet-red__70092_1354373474_1280_1280Positioned as easy-drinking, everyday wines, German producer Schmitt Söhne’s Relax and Fünf wine brands have been surging in the U.S. market. Relax, an Impact “Hot Brand,” depleted 398,000 nine-liter cases in 2011 on a 10.6% volume increase, while Fünf (an Impact “Hot Prospect”) was up 22.5% to approximately 134,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

Schmitt Söhne USA president Chris Klau says the company’s emphasis on accessible price points and appealing packaging has been the key to success. “The concept behind the Fünf brand was to accent the word ‘Fun’ in Fünf and make the ‘ü’ look like a smiley face on the label and on all promotional materials,” says Klau. “The logo and brand name, produced in various colors depending on the type of wine, becomes very noticeable on the pure white bottle. The whole brand concept and packaging has resonated with consumers.”

The Fünf lineup includes Sangria, Sweet Red, Moscato and the brand’s top seller, Sassy White (a Riesling), priced between $7.99-$8.99 and all packaged in the same white-painted bottle with the trademark silver “5” on the front label. Klau says female millennial consumers comprise nearly 75% of the brand’s demographic.

Relax wines share a heavily female consumer base (roughly 65%), but attracts a broader range of ages. “The concept behind Relax was developing a lifestyle wine—a wine people could enjoy without complicated names or flashy labels,” Klau says. “We wanted to keep it simple.”

Each Relax varietal has its own distinct bottle color. The brand’s range (priced from $8.99-$10.99) includes the flagship Riesling, as well as Pinot Grigio, Pink and Cool Red.

Chocolate Cherry Mikes Hard Lemonade

Chocolate-Cherry-NY-WI-TN-11_2oz-body-071312Press Release:

(Chicago, IL) – Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. is bringing something refreshingly different to the festivities this holiday season – a brand new flavor, mike’s® hard chocolate cherry, available only for a limited time. Now through January 2013, mike’s hard chocolate cherry will be available on shelves in the mike’s® WINTER GRAB BAG which also includes mike’s hard winter blackberry® and mike’s hard cranberry lemonade®.

With the launch of its first ever holiday variety pack, mike’s enters the season of celebration poised to put its “always different, always refreshing” stamp on the marketplace.

“From Halloween to New Year’s Eve, the weekends are filled with festive parties, feasts and reasons to have fun with friends and family. Mike’s is all about more flavorful experiences, so this year, instead of eggnog, we’re giving people a chance to celebrate with something totally new and different—our mike’s hard chocolate cherry,” says Andy Horrow , chief marketing officer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Co.

Mike’s hard chocolate cherry, a beverage that balances the sweet flavors of smooth chocolate with fresh cherry for a satisfyingly tart kick, will help bring back the fun of all the holidays this season. Mix it up this year: bring mistletoe to the Halloween party, add some spice to your Thanksgiving turkey, leave Santa a mike’s hard chocolate cherry by the fireplace.

Consumers can also get in on the fun online thanks to a number of interactive offerings on the Mike’s Facebook page. From chances to snap pics of your mike’s bottle dressed up for Mike’s Masquerade to the M.I.K.E. of Today (a most noteworthy mike’s fan) to holiday polls and more, mike’s online social engagement has a little something for all its fans.

To add another jingle to this festively different holiday season, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. will sponsor a series of holiday film screenings around the country. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, mike’s invites everyone age 21+ to enjoy the cult movie classics Bad Santa or the original Black Christmas (1974) at stops in 12 cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, DC, Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, NYC, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. Ticket includes access to the movie, introductions from special guests, and choice of two mike’s hard lemonade beverages, including the new hard chocolate cherry. Details and links to get tickets will be announced shortly via Facebook.

About Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.
Chicago-based Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. defined the $1.7 billion dollar flavored malt beverage category with the introduction of its ground breaking mike’s hard lemonade® in 1999. Mike’s core product line is comprised of premium malt beverages including mike’s hard lemonade®, mike’s HARDER lemonade®, mike’s HARDER PUNCH®, mike’s classic margarita™. For more information, visit MIKE’S IS HARD. SO IS PRISON. DON’T DRIVE DRUNK. ®

Angry Orchard

angry-orchard-bottlesMDC now carrys Angry Orchard in three cider flavors. By the makers of Sam Adams.

[exerts taken from the Angry Orchard Website]




This crisp and refreshing cider offers sweet apple notes upfront with a subtle dryness at the finish for a balanced cider taste. The addition of Fuji apples adds a layer of complexity and brings out a fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor.

ABV 5%




Our Traditional Dry cider is made in the style of English draft ciders. This cider is bittersweet and slightly spicy with a bright apple aroma. It is a leaner cider with a dry finish and without any juice added to impart extra sweetness.

ABV 5.5%




Our Apple Ginger cider is a unlike any other cider. The addition of Nigerian ginger flavor adds a spiciness and warmth to the cider. The fresh ginger and apple flavors blend together for a sweet, yet slightly tart taste with a distinct ginger aroma. The result is a smooth, refreshing, slightly sweet cider with a subtle dry, yet complex, warming finish from the ginger.

ABV 5%

Mons Abbey Ales

The Story of Mons Abbey Ales

[Taken From the Mons website, ref here]

MonsAbbeyTrio.337x444Mons Abbey Ales are a passionate endeavor to brew the finest beer in the world. That is not a claim—only people with empty glasses before them will be able to judge. However, our intentions are good…so give Mons Abbey Ales a try and you decide!

The Water

Beer is mostly water, so in order to make world-class beer, the water from which it is brewed must be outstanding. It was on that premise that the vision by Brewmaster Jean-Louis Marcoux was formed. Jean-Louis relocated from Belgium, where he had lived his entire life, to a remote part of Northwestern Quebec, where the Abitibi esker is located. The benefits of esker water are tremendous—the water is naturally filtered by glacial rocks and sand, and also naturally refrigerated to temperatures below which bacteria can survive. This coveted water is also bottled and sold for drinking, but most of it never makes it out of Northern Quebec due to its regional popularity.

The Ingredients and the Process

Along with superb water, Mons Abbey Ales are brewed with superb ingredients and genuine Belgian Trappist yeast. It’s logical that the path towards excellence would continue, and Jean-Louis would have it no other way! However, to make it really special, it’s equally important that those resources be expertly used, and that’s how all of Jean-Louis’s hard work, training and experience contribute to the making of a world-class beer.

Choosing a Name for Our Beer

Belgium is known for its palate-pleasing specialties—most notably waffles, chocolate, and beer. Belgian-style beers, whether brewed in Belgium or elsewhere, are subject to tradition and exacting standards, as well as brewing methods and process specifications.


The Belgian city of Mons was originally named Montes after the hills where Roman buildings and fortifications had stood. Many an invader and occupant came and went. However the city of Mons grew and its population flourished. Today its people continue to enjoy a tradition for beers inspired by generations of monks and devoted brewers who developed complex and flavorful beers.


Jean-Louis Marcoux was born in Mons and studied the art of brewing in Belgium. The heritage of our brewmaster and the simplicity of the name yielded a very obvious choice…Mons Abbey Ales!
“I hope you will try all of my Abbey Ales, and enjoy them with friends and good company!”

Jean-Louis Marcoux