Angry Orchard’s new Stone Dry – the driest cider in Angry Orchard’s core collection – is an American interpretation of the traditional English dry cider style.
It offers bright apple aroma, juicy flavor, and a clean dry finish, the company says, showcasing a balance between the sweetness and acidity of culinary apples and the tannins of traditional cider making apples.
The traditional apples chosen by the cider makers are European bittersweet varieties like Dabinett, Binet Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey which contribute to the cider’s high tannic character and dry finish. The result is a slightly puckering cider with drying finish, the company said, most often felt on the middle of your tongue and the front part of your mouth.
Angry Orchard Stone Dry pairs well with a wide variety of foods, the company says, from porcine plates to seafood dishes. This take on a traditional European dry style cider can accompany charcuterie, including cured meats and aged cheeses, or fall foods and heartier dishes or stews with root vegetables. It can also be used as an ingredient in recipes, such as mussels steamed in Angry Orchard Stone Dry cider.
This cider is gluten-free and 5.5% BV. Stone Dry is available in 6-packs for $8.99-10.99, and will also be available on draft in select markets (available on draft nationwide in 2016).