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Grizzly Ciderworks’ Original Ciders Make Comeback

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Two years after launching in a tiny garage in Woodinville, Grizzly Ciderworks have re-released several of their original ciders.

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Image via Grizzly Ciderworks

The two ciders were released in October, and utilize some of the original recipes that inspired partners Andy Petek and Corey Haugen to start Grizzly Ciderworks in the summer of 2013. Motivated to make styles that they themselves enjoyed drinking, Petek and Haugen began by creating cider recipes that utilized beer yeast and dry-hopping techniques.

Original ciders making a comeback are:

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The Bruin: Dark & Dry-Hopped

Part of the Founders series, The Bruin incorporates Willamette hops and molasses to create a dark, dry cider that is described by the Grizzly Ciderworks as “the beer drinker’s cider.”

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Image via Grizzly Ciderworks

Hopclaw: Triple Hopped

Part of the Seasonal series, Hopclaw blends Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops and is fermented with a French Saison yeast to create a dry and citrusy cider.

Image via Grizzly Ciderworks

Image via Grizzly Ciderworks

Grizzly Ciderworks has come a long way in two years. Privately owned and financed, Petek and Haugen have followed their motto “Our own path to craft” as they pursue their passion for innovative craft cider. Initially brewing on nights and weekends while maintaining day jobs, Petek and Haugen test-marketed their cider offerings by selling small batches in a draft-only format in the Seattle area. After a successful test campaign, Grizzly Ciderworks broadened their distribution, introduced 22-ounce bottles, and moved to a bigger facility in southeastern Washington. The move to the Walla Walla valley allows the cider house to produce larger batches and puts them in closer proximity to their orchard sources and partners.

More unique offerings will be coming from the team at Grizzly Ciderworks in the coming year, but in the meantime track down The Bruin and Hopclaw at a pub or bottle shop near you.

A recent beer geek transplant to the beautiful state of Washington, Erica has spent the last six years working in the craft beer industry in Oregon and Northern California, most recently at Mikkeller Bar SF. With parents from Belgium and the Pacific Northwest, drinking good beer is in her blood. When Erica isn’t talking about beer, she is…well, sleeping probably. Follow her on instagram and twitter @its_beerica. For tips or leads, contact: erica@newschoolbeer.com

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