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Angry Orchard Debuts New ‘Cinnful Apple Hard Cider’

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Summer’s practically over and Angry Orchard’s new Cinnful Apple Hard Cider might just be the thing to kick off Fall. The new brew packs a sweet and tart apple flavor with a distinct cinnamon scent and hints of cocoa. Basically, it’s the perfect way to booze up during the holidays. I’m looking at you, Christmas.

Currently, Angry Orchard is getting bragging rights as the No. 1 selling hard cider in the US and Cinnful will be the first brew made with US-grown apples (the rest are European). At the moment, the new item has hit a few select stores but should be available en masse soon. Keep a lookout for it in six-packs ($7.99-9.99) and an assorted 12-pack with other Angry Orchard flavors ($14.99-17.99).

We recommend snuggling up with this sucker come winter. You’re gonna need it, Tequila Sunrises and pink umbrellas don’t get face time come September.

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Stella Artois Brings Upscale ‘European-Style’ Cider to American Markets

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Stella Artois will take its best shot at conquering the American apple cider market on May 13th with the release of their new Stella Artois Cidre — a “European-style” brew that’s definitely not your grandma’s apple cider. Traditional American-style cider is on the sweeter side and brings back fond memories for those of us who first tried cider while gnawing on fried chicken at the country fair, whereas European-style cider dials down the sweetness in exchange for a more varied flavor palate and an excuse to feel extra-sophisticated.

Stella Artois’ take on cider is drier and more savory, with “a more complex taste profile” than leading American ciders. This has Stella Artois industry heads hoping that their cider will overtake white wine as the drink of choice at classy American dinner parties. (Fun fact: Hard cider is also referred to as “apple wine,” which sounds a little more upscale than “alcoholic apple juice.”) For the record, Stella Artois Cidre pairs best with most cheeses, fish, and chicken — just not country fair fried chicken. American cider is still probably best for that.