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Dry spell.

Angry Orchard has released Angry Orchard Stone Dry, billed as the driest style in its core alcoholic hard cider collection.

According to company officials, Angry Orchard Stone Dry has a bright apple aroma, juicy flavor and a clean, slightly puckering, dry finish. It showcases an intricate balance between the sweetness and acidity of culinary apples and the tannins of traditional cider making apples. The cider makers choose specific apples to achieve this flavor profile, including French bittersweet apple varieties from Normandy, like Dabinett, Binet Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey, which contribute to the cider's high tannic character and dry finish.

While most juice from the apples in the cider is fermented, Angry Orchard's cider makers add a bit of non-fermented bittersweet apple juice into the cider during the post-fermentation stage to help achieve the cider's balanced, dry taste.

"At Angry Orchard, we're always experimenting with ingredients and recipes," says Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard cider maker, at Cincinnati-based Angry Orchard, a division of The Boston Beer Co. "With Stone Dry, we wanted to capture the heart of traditional bittersweet apple varieties by showcasing their naturally occurring tannins. Drinkers who are beginning to explore the drier end of the craft cider spectrum will enjoy Stone Dry for its full tannic mouth feel, perceived dryness and robust bittersweet aromatic notes, much like a very ripe apple."

Angry Orchard Stone Dry (5.5% ABV) is available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles with a suggested retail price of $8.99-$ 10.99.

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Author:Turcsik, Richard
Publication:Grocery Headquarters
Date:Dec 1, 2015
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