The heat is on as Portland Cider Co. releases Holy Habanero, a cider that is brewed in collaboration with Portland-based hot sauce maker HAB Sauce.
Inspired by HAB Sauce’s Sauce Lord product, Holy Habanero is made with 100% Northwest apples, as well as a balanced blend of habanero peppers, ginger, honey and a touch of carrot juice. The result is described by the cidermaker as a smooth, juicy cider with a sweet heat finish. It matches well with a variety of Latin American and Spanish dishes, including carne asada, fried plantains, paella, jamoìn, cubanos, mango salsa and tamales.
“We all fell in love with the insane flavors of HAB Sauce when we discovered them at a pop-up market at our Clackamas Pub last summer,” said Deron Davenport, head cider maker at Portland Cider. “Our spicy Bloody Hell cider was such a hit last year, and when we first started thinking of doing another spicy limited release, David’s sauces immediately came to mind as a great fit for a collab.”
Holy Habanero will be available in 19.2-ounce “Proper Pint” cans and at Portland Cider’s taprooms from now through June, while supplies last. Find Portland Cider using the company’s Cider Finder on its website, at www.portlandcider.com.
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.