Last Updated on 08/18/2021 by Inside Tailgating
Angry Orchard isn’t just about apple cider anymore. The hard cider makers have just introduced a new cider flavor – Angry Orchard Pear – that brings pear into the mix, just in time for the fall and holiday season when pears are at their tastiest. If you want an alternative to the same old beer and wine choices at your next tailgate, here’s a great alternative.
We let the folks at Angry Orchard describe the newest flavor in their cider collection:
Angry Orchard Pear is a delicately-crafted fruit cider made with apples and pears. The cider makers at Angry Orchard are passionate about high-quality ingredients and exploring innovative techniques to create unique and interesting styles. Angry Orchard Pear is made with a blend of domestic culinary pears and apples grown in the United States. This style provides a fresh take on traditional hard cider and is refreshing, versatile and perfect to enjoy during all the season’s relaxing moments.
The Angry Orchard cider makers chose to make a cider with pears because like apples, they have a long history in Europe as a traditional fruit used to make alcoholic beverages. Perry, as an example, is a pear-based drink that has been a longtime favorite in the U.K. and other parts of Europe. While Angry Orchard Pear is not a perry because it’s made with both apples and pears, it brings the nostalgic flavors of the harvest to life with a balanced yet complex taste. Angry Orchard Pear blends domestic pears such as Bartlett, D’Anjou and Bosc, and culinary apples such as Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. With a bright, clear golden color, the cider showcases the mellow sweetness of pears with crisp apple notes for a well-rounded, smooth mouth feel and pleasantly dry finish.
“Our new Pear hard cider is a style that reaches beyond just apples,” said Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard. “We found great harmony and interplay between the pear and apple fruit varieties, ultimately delivering a crisp, fruit forward taste.”