Woodchuck Hard Pumpkin Cider

I haven’t posted in quite some time.  Summer was busy and flew by.  But now that it is turning to fall it is time to settle in, watch Football and start trying seasonal beverages!

First post of the fall goes to…

Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Hard Cider.

As far as ciders go, it is tasty.  But as far as it being a “pumpkin” cider, don’t get your hopes up.  I love pumpkin everything!  Pumpkin cheesecake, beer, cookies, candles, soup… anything.  But this really doesn’t have a pumpkin flavor to it.  It has hints of nutmeg and caramel.  But if someone poured it into a pint glass and handed it to me I would just think “This is a nice cider.”  It would be great with a fall meal and on the bottle it says pair with duck and turkey which I can see.  But I was really hoping for some hearty pumpkin pop.  So, bottom line, good crisp cider but missing the pumpkin pop.

If you live in Bellingham, Wa this cider and many other GF beverages brought to you by Elizabeth Station.

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Gluten-free Beer Tweasonale in Bellingham!

A while ago I posted that Dogfish Head was coming out with a gluten-free beer.  I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival in Bellingham.  Nobody was carrying it and weren’t sure if they were going to get it.  I even told a local grocery store that I would buy a case if they could get it.  No luck.  But then a new magical beer store opened, Elizabeth Station!  Located at 1400 Holly St. in beautiful Bellingham.  Not only were they carrying Tweasonale but many other GF beers and ciders.  It is a beautiful store that has a lot to offer.  Do yourself a favor and go check it out.

Now for the Tweasonale.  It is a a gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey.  It is a light amber color and smells of strawberries.  It is lighter in body and you can definitely taste the strawberries and honey but neither is over baring.  It is a well rounded craft ale and my hat is off to Dogfish for venturing into the GF market.  I think this is going to be a kick ass summer beer when all the fresh berries come into season in Whatcom county and we are making fresh salads while BBQing salmon.  This is going to be a seasonal ale so you may want to buy a little extra and store it for the later spring and summer.  Oh, another nice thing 6% alcohol.  I find most GF beers are closer to 4%.  So grill some fish and make a salad with some strawberries and crack open a Tweasonale and enjoy a craft beer from one of the best breweries around!