After five years making cider, Alter Ego Cider has released its first two ciders in 12-ounce cans. Now out in the marketplace is The Brut and The Guardian Angel. In the coming months, a third cider, The Dark Royale, will join these two ciders.
Led by co-owner and winemaker Anne Hubatch along with winemaker-turned-cidermaker Robert Lauer whom leads the production, Alter Ego Cider makes food friendly ciders from implementing wine like techniques. Alter Ego offers seasonal ciders in keg, in addition to their year-round offerings of The Brut and The Guardian Angel.
“We’re excited to offer our customers a new convenient and sustainable option,” said co-owner Anne Hubatch in a statment. “The Brut and The Guardian Angel are both representative of our cidermaking style and the Northwest flavors we love, and we are excited to be able to share them in this new popular format with a wider audience.”
Here’s a rundown on the three ciders from Alter Ego Cider.
The Brut is a lightly sparkling, off-dry pure apple cider, made from a blend of locally grown apples. The fruit is fresh pressed and cool fermented, developing nuanced and elegant texture and aromatics, retaining the distinct characteristics of Pacific Northwest-grown apples. The suggested retail price for a six-pack of 12 oz. cans is $12.99.
The Guardian Angel ($14.99 per six-pack of 12 oz. cans) is a semi-sweet cider made with Northwest apples and antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates, with a deep garnet color and a refreshing flavor.
The Dark Royale, a previously keg-only cider soon to be released in cans, is made from a blend of locally grown apples and black currants, with just a hint of sweetness.
In June 2019, Alter Ego will open a taphouse at 2025 SE 7th Avenue in Portland. The location will be adjacent to the cider production space, the taphouse will serve Alter Ego’s flagship ciders and its seasonal offerings.
Alter Ego canned ciders are distributed in five states that includes Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.