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Woodchuck® Hard Cider Partners with Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Woodchuck asks fans to help them raise money for Open Areas on the A.T.

June 3rd, 2019 (MIDDLEBURY, VT.) — Woodchuck® Hard Cider is excited to partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in June. Woodchuck has called Vermont home since its beginning in 1991, and through their
almost 30-year history, protecting the beautiful landscape that makes Vermont so special has been very important to Woodchuck so this partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is perfect pairing for them.

In the month of June, Woodchuck will donate $1 of every post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ChuckLovesATC. They will donate a minimum of $10,000 and up to $15,000. The funds raised will go to helping preserve open areas along the Vermont portion of the Appalachian Trail. Woodchuck staff members will also take a day to help maintain an open area with ATC staff members and Trail management partners from the Green Mountain Club.

“Our fans and employees are outdoors people who enjoy the trail,” said Brand Director, Megan Skinner, “so partnering with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy felt so natural. We can’t wait to see the photos and posts we receive in support of the program.”

“This gracious contribution provided by Woodchuck® Hard Cider will assist the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in its mission to preserve the last remaining contiguous open space in the eastern United States for generations to come,” said Hawk Metheny, regional director for the Conservancy. “We are proud to partner with an organization that values America’s irreplaceable landscapes and encourages it fans to join the cause
and help protect national treasures like the Appalachian Trail.”
Utilize the hashtag #ChuckLovesATC during the month of June, and make sure to follow Woodchuck’s social channels for more details and updates. Woodchuck Hard Cider is proud to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy!

About Vermont Cider Co.

Vermont Cider Company is a leading hard cider maker in the United States, with a state of the art cidery located in Middlebury, Vermont. Vermont Cider Company crafts a variety of ciders for a variety of consumers. There’s iconic Woodchuck, fruit-forward Wyder’s as well as the classic Magners Irish Cider and Blackthorn, rounding out our import offerings. Vermont Cider Company reinvigorated American hard cider in 1991, with the launch of Woodchuck, and stays focused on the category today through our commitment to crafting innovative and refreshing hard ciders. For more information about Vermont Cider Company, please visit: ww.vtciderco.com

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,192 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Starcut Ciders – Pulsar Dry Cider

Hard Cider Review

Brand: Starcut Ciders
Origin: Michigan
Alc by Vol. – 6.4%

I’m always a fan of a good dry cider, the very basis of Dry ciders is honestly why I am so hooked on Hard Cider. They really bring out the flavor of the apples used and thats where you get such a splendid variation as its so rare to find the same apples being used widespread.

Starcut ciders is based in Michigan and as such uses Michigan apples, which this would be my first time tasting a dry Michigan cider and I have to say, im actually excited to have this in my hands. I had not heard of Starcut until recently and I already see they have a good spread of hard ciders so im looking forward to getting a hand on some more soon. So with all the fanfair out of the way and me being overly excited (is that possible?) for a new taste! lets review!

Starcut Ciders.

First off I want to touch on the can, just from the outside im so intrigued, its like a squirrel in space experimenting with a radioactive gleaming apple!
Now lets be honest, I can be quite distracted at time so im loving this image right up front, its very eye catching in deed! So shall we crack it open!?
Right off the bat I get a nice sweet smell, and man is it enticing, the aroma of this cider is definitely giving a sugary vibe but as we know, dry ciders tend to be low in sugar and as the can says it has less than one gram of sugar.

For this review I was really curious how the color would be so I poured it into a glass as you can see from the picture above. The color we can see is a very light gold which I wonder if the light color leads us on to the taste, if it will be as light as it looks. Taking a good taste of it im a bit taken back but in a good way. What I was led on to be a sweet taste thanks to the aroma resonating from the can has actually turned into quite the opposite.

It has a slight tartness to it (surprise its a dry cider!) but not over whelming. The taste from the Michigan apples is nice and strong but not overwhelming to the point that I don’t want to continue. It gives us a lovely yet bold flavor that the dryness really brings out, showing us the real flavor of the Michigan apples used to make it. Its like a sweet tart, you know its tart but there is a sweetness to it that keeps you from puckering up a bit, definitely a beautiful presentation on the tongue.

Without realizing it ive already drank nearly the whole glass, which is definitely not a bad thing. One thing I will say is that this is a bit of a stronger dry cider, but really if you love a good hard cider, thats not much of a problem. I have really nothing negative to say about the Pulsar Dry Cider, except for I wish it was a larger can! I will definitely be on the look out to add this to my collection whenever I see it in stores.

So this is the point where I sum it all up for you right?

My general opinion, and take it as you may, this is a beautifully crafted Dry.
Remember dry ciders may be strong to some but thats because you’re tasting the apple more than any flavoring, they are not ment to be sweet so you will typically find less sugar in them which is always great on a hot day.
Would I recommend this cider? Absolutely, I think it would go against everything I have written if someone came up to me asking about Pulsar and I did not give them a shinning review.

A little tart but not over powering so lets roll a 3.5 out of 5 as it may not be for everyone.

Absolutely brilliant light gold that shines through to its taste, a 4 out of 5.

Who doesnt like squirrels? A great 4 out of 5.

Still on the fence!?

Here let me help you, if you have this nearby, pick up a can!

Visit Starcut Ciders Pulsar here – http://starcutciders.com/our-ciders/pulsar/

Mckenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider

Hey y’all, Amber here!

I am so happy to be helping out with these reviews and to be a part of the team. Now normally im a whiskey girl or more stout beer drinker so I tend to lean more towards Harp, Guinness Blonde, or Blue Moon. So I haven’t had very many Ciders, but the most recent ciders ive had would be Stella, Angry Orchards and of course McKenzie’s, to name a few.

So lets get into this review of McKenzie’s Black Cherry Cider.
First look at the bottle, its nothing special.
Nothing to draw your eye or make it memorable. But I will say, my favorite thing about it is the lip of the bottle. Most are thick and you feel like you will spill it while drinking, this one however is thin. It just felt like the right texture and made drinking from the bottle more enjoyable. Not once did i have the desire to pour it into a glass.

As for the taste, it was super smooth and not overly sweet. The black cherry flavor had a nice after taste, not over powering at all, which was really surprising. I personally feel the over all flavor could have been a bit stronger, but if you like a subtle smooth drink, then this is definitely for you! I would grab for this again on a hot summer day sitting outside by the water and not feel like like im dying of a sugar rush.


  • made in Utica, New York
  • started in 2011
  • gluten free!
  • champagne yeast vs a standard yeast
  • 200 calories per bottle