East End Wines -On the back patio –
An informal gathering of Austin’s cider makers and cider lovers, celebrating the release of Austin Eastciders first Small Batch cider, Small Batch No. 1, at East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78702 – From 5pm to 8pm.
Enjoy ciders from all 3 of Austin’s craft cider companies — Argus Cidery, Texas Keeper Cider and Austin Eastciders –and mingle with the cider makers and partake of food pairings from chef Ray Tatum of Three Little Pigs food truck on the patio.
In attendance will be the teams from Austin Eastciders, Texas Keeper Cider and Argus Cidery, plus apple researcher Will McClatchey of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Austin Eastciders Small Batch No.1 is a single variety Winesap cider made with apples grown in the Texas Panhandle. Winesap apples were commonly used for cider making pre-Prohibition, this is the first of a series of Eastciders releases made using rare American heirloom and cider apple varieties.
TASTING NOTES –
Austin Eastciders – Small Batch No. 1 - Texas Winesap - Texas, US – Single variety Winesap cider. Austin Eastciders make ciders using Old World cider apple varieties and rare American heirloom apples. The celebrated Winesap variety was used in some of the finest ciders made in America during the golden age of cider. It was cultivated across the country, including in Texas, where the 1895 catalog of Ramsey’s Nursery in Hyde Park, Austin (at that time the largest nursery West of the Mississippi) offered Winesap trees for sale to Austinites, noting their value for cider making.
Made with Winesaps grown in the Texas High Plains, aged in tank for 9 months. A beguiling citrusy cider with a surprising salty/savory note, almost reminiscent of a margarita. Punchy acidity and a dry finish, with a cotton candy aroma. Highly authentic and historically intriguing, ciders very similar to this were probably being enjoyed in Texas in the 19th century.
Visual: clear, golden, straw-colored. Aroma: cotton candy, bubblegum, strawberries. Flavor: dry and tart, lemon, lime, green apple and pear, salty, slightly savory, good tannin, biting acidity and a lingering finish.. Alc: 6.5%. Residual Sugar: 25 g/l
Austin Eastciders – Eastciders Original - Texas, US – A blend of American dessert apples and French bittersweets, cold fermented and bottled young retaining good fruit esters and a very fresh flavor. Dry, light and extremely fruity, with tropical and stone fruit notes and a hint of citrus. The tannin from the bittersweets adds depth and complexity to the sprightly acidity of the dessert apples.
Visual: clear, golden, straw-colored. Aroma: tropical, stone fruit and citrus, pineapple, apricot and orange peel, honey and green apple. Flavor: dry, crisp and clean, not overly appley, tropical and stone fruit, orange, tangerine, caramel, green apple and pear. Alc: 4.8%. R/S: 28 g/l
Austin Eastciders - Gold Top - Texas, US – Made with Old World bittersweets and bittersharps, wild fermented in the traditional English style. Medium dry, full bodied and funky, with heavy tannins and a tangy acidity.
Visual: clear, deep golden, amber. Aroma: leather, spice, medicinal, apple. Flavor: medium dry, full and complex, earthy, not overly appley, orange, spice, tannic and tangy. Alc: 5.6%. R/S: 40 g/l.
Argus – Tepache Especial:An interpretation of traditional Tepache technique, where by the flesh and rind of pineapple are sweetened by sugar and spices, Tepache Especial is made utilizing both controlled and wild fermentation processes; allowing wild yeasts and bacteria time to contribute their flavor profiles. Straightforward pineapple and citrus notes with a dry mineral finish. 7.2% ABV
Argus – Perennial 2013: A blend of North and South Texas Fruit, this sparkling Texas Cider boasts straight stone fruit, a wild yeasty nose, and a finish of American and French Oak. 55% Blaze, 20% Gala, 10% Mutsu, 10% Johnathan, 5% Cameo. 6.8% ABV
Texas Keeper No.1: The No. 1 is a blend of five apples fermented individually and blended to craft a well-balanced, dry cider with notes of peach, pear, tropical fruit, light green apple, and a crisp lingering acidity.
Apples: Northern Spy, Ida Red, Ben Davis, Golden Russet, Golden Delicious. Residual Sugar: 12 g/L. Alc/Vol: 6.8%. Unfiltered, Lightly Effervescent
Goldrush, 2013: Our first single varietal release. Made from 100% Goldrush apples. This crop of Goldrush tasted like lemons and limes coming through the press. Those characteristics mellowed into grapefruit and Myer lemon during fermentation. .
Apples: Goldrush. Residual Sugar: 16g/L. Alc/Vol: 7.7%. Unfiltered, Lightly Effervescent
Ciderweizen, 2013: We built Ciderweizen with witbiers and hefeweizens in mind. Our goal was to marry the underlying citrus and fruit notes of the Goldrush and Crispin apples with the lightly hopped and spiced character of old world wheat beers. We used select yeast strains during fermentation to accentuate the right fruit characters in the base cider and dry hopped and dry spiced the cider to finish.
Apple Varieties: 50% Goldrush, 50% Crispin. Hops: Hallertau. Residual Sugar: 4g/L. Alc/Vol: 7.4%. Gluten Free.