Austin’s most prolific and well-known cidery has come up with a new flavor just in time for holiday season imbibing — one that people will want to sip this time of year.
The Austin Eastciders Sangria Cider hits local shelves and tap walls in mid-November. Cans of the cider will be available in both six-packs and in a variety 12-pack. (The rest of the Eastciders market will get it in December.)
Like traditional Spanish sangria, the cider is a blend of an alcoholic beverage with lots of fruit. Sangria typically has a wine base, but the Eastciders production team led by master cidermaker Brittnay Perlo found a way to create a wine-like cider instead.
"Interestingly, through various trials we found that when blended with our cider, six different fruits provided the best wine-like experience," she said.
Those fruits are peach, apple, elderberry, lime, cherry and strawberry — and truly, when you taste the cider, a dry, fruity flavor reminiscent of the popular Spanish beverage is evident.
Eastciders, which recently surpassed Angry Orchard to become the No. 1 cider in Texas grocery store, has made its mark by releasing a veritable rainbow of cider flavors including blood orange, watermelon and the also winelike rosé cider.
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But the biggest news about the local cidery last month wasn’t about an exciting new flavor. The day Barton Springs brewery Uncle Billy’s announced its closure and relocation to a new tasting room in Dripping Springs, where it will focus exclusively on producing canned craft cocktails, Austin Eastciders also released the statement that it’s taking over the old Uncle Billy’s space for a second tasting room.
The current tasting room, called the Collaboratory, is located at 979 Springdale Road. For more information, visit austineastciders.com.