Ridge Cider, a craft hard cider company based in Grant, Mich., has announced a seasonal raspberry cider.
Ridge Raspberry Cider will be released in six-packs of 12-oz. bottles at select Grand Rapids-area Meijer supercenters, D&W stores and other independent retailers, which now includes stores along the Lakeshore.
Ridge Cider’s first flavors bottled for retail sale, which began in May, are Hop’d – a dry-hopped cider with combination of citrus tones and hoppy flavors — and Porch Sittin’ – a vanilla cinnamon blend made with whole vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks.
Raspberry Ridge Cider is made with fresh raspberries picked from orchards in West Michigan, the company says, and added to Ridge’s original hard cider recipe. This gives the cider an extra bit of fresh flavor without adding sugar.
“We’ve already exceeded the benchmarks we set for retail sales in the first couple months, and we’re thrilled to add a summery, fruity cider into the mix for the rest of the year,” says Matt DeLong, founder of Ridge Cider.
Launched in 2015, Ridge produces more than 30 dry, artisanal ciders in the European tradition, made from Michigan apples, grown along “the ridge,” West Michigan’s apple orchard country.