Hops and apples? Until recently the two have mostly gone their separate ways. Beer fans enjoy beer, made with bittering and floral hop flowers; cider fans often bypass those same flavors in favor of hard ciders made with juicy and tart apples. Now you can have both!
Woodchuck’s Cellar Series Dry Hop Hard Cider captures the essence of fresh tasting apple cider and combines it with a gentle balance of citrus and piney hops to create a truly delicious sparkling drink. What is dry hopping, you may ask? It’s the process of adding fresh, dry, uncooked hop flowers to brew or cider at different stages in the fermentation process.
In a similar step, Issaquah Brewery’s Apple Frog Ale does much the same thing — it’s a Belgian style ale brewed with apples and hops. While not gluten free, Apple Frog possesses interesting qualities of juicy apples, delicate fruity Belgian yeasts and a fresh hoppy backbone. It takes you to the brink of tangy apple-ness, and pulls you back to a malty ale before getting cloying or overly sweet. An affiliate of Rogue Ales in Portland, Issaquah Brewhouse brews locally, about 15 miles from Seattle in downtown Issaquah.
Woodchuck Dry Hop Hard Cider from Middlebury, Vermont. 6.9% alcohol by volume. This handcrafted hard cider is naturally gluten free, tart and makes an incredibly refreshing selection for holiday entertaining.
Issaquah Brewing’s Apple Frog Ale from Issaquah, WA. 6.5% Alcohol by volume /30 IBU. Medium weight and modestly hoppy, this malty Belgian style Tripel ale pairs lovingly with an appetizing cheese plate and smoked meats, as well as hearty meals and dessert fare.