A couple of weeks back I wrote about Woodchuck adding a new seasonal cider to their line up in my all-time favorite flavor – pumpkin. I scrambled to see if this limited release cider would be available in my area. Thanks to Kevin, at Green Mountain Beverage, I was able to get my hands on some this week.
I was giddy when I finally got my hands on this! I had a brief moment of panic when I walked down the aisle to find that while there were several varieties of Woodchuck Cider, there was no pumpkin. I quickly located a store employee and inquired about the Pumpkin Cider. They did have it, but it had not been put on the shelves yet. They had just finished entering it into the system. Phew! Only I can get so ridiculously worked up over something like this. I couldn’t wait to get home, chill the cider and enjoy. Of course I probably should wait until I was done driving around for the day, too. Always drink responsibly.
The pumpkin cider is 6.9% alcohol by volume, which is higher than some of the other ciders made by Woodchuck (4-5%) and Redbridge beer (which is 4%). There are 250 calories, 1g protein and 23g carbs per cider. The 6-pack costs $7.99.
I was unsure what to expect when taking my first drink of the pumpkin cider. I tried to clear my head, so that I would not have any preconceived ideas. The cider was very good, though I didn’t really detect a strong pumpkin taste. The subtle pumpkin flavor was more in the finish than in the initial taste. I was worried that maybe I didn’t let the cider get cold enough, as it was warm when I purchased it. I read on the bottle that the perfect serving temperature was 45 degrees. I had entertained the idea of sticking it in the freezer for a few moments before drinking it, but decided against it. Perhaps I will try that with my next one. Though the cider didn’t have a strong pumpkin flavor, it did have a nice fall-like flavor to it. It was a nice treat and was perfect on an uncharacteristically hot and steamy Friday night.
To find out if Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider is being sold near you, click here. I was able to find it at Anderson’s General Store in Columbus, Ohio. If pumpkin is not your thing, Woodchuck Cider has a number of other flavors that may appeal to you.