Champagne is a classic way to toast the new year as the clock strikes midnight, but a local cidery has just launched an apple-forward alternative: Austin Eastciders Texas Brut.
Eastciders invites us to "hold the flute, pass the brut" with the canned offering, a cider that mimics champagne because of its super dry, effervescent profile and low sugar content. The Texas Brut Cider, the second in Eastciders' limited release series, has only 3 grams of sugar.
"The flavor is reminiscent of crisp apple on the front, and finishes tart, leaving your mouth feeling dry like a sip of champagne,” R&D manager Brittany Perlo said in a news release.
Look for the Texas Brut Cider starting this week. It'll be on a fairly limited basis until January, when six-pack cans hit store shelves and kegs tap at bars and restaurants more widely in all of Eastciders' national markets. These now include all of Texas, Oklahoma, New York, the Carolinas and additional regions after another year of skyrocketing growth for the burgeoning cidery. Eastciders' year-to-date growth, according to Nielsen, is up 67 percent from last year.
Other new flavors launched this year, including the year-round Ruby Red Grapefruit Cider and the small-batch, perfect-for-summer Lemon Ginger Cider. A previous seasonal flavor was the Spiced Cider, which helped make it feel like fall in Texas.
No doubt making a brut-style drink is catching on with beverages beyond champagne. In addition to Eastciders' Texas Brut Cider, there has been a proliferation of brut-style IPAs that breweries across the country, including many in Austin, are making to achieve a bone-dry beer profile.