Fresh, light, and crushable. Coming in at 4% alcohol by volume and only 80 calories, Sociable Cider Werks Skinny Tire Light Apple is produced using freshly pressed apples brewed with a touch of cane sorghum fermented to a low alcohol content. It’s Freewheelers little brother.
Sociable Cider Werks Co-Founder, Jim Watkins, further explains how the concept of the low abv cider came to fruition.
“Like most of our new product ideas it started with a conceptual brainstorming session. What did a cider need (or not need) to really capture that lawnmower spirit? First and foremost, lower alcohol. The ABV strength that delivers the elusive lingering day-drinking buzz. Then we needed a lower acid profile. The apples we select for our cider are known for their high acid content, so we wanted that character but a slightly muted. Finally, this new crushable libation needed to be apple forward and full flavored, without being so heavy that it sits on your gut or so sweet that it sits on your tongue.”
Watkins continued, “So, how’d we get there? With 4 things. 1. Water. 2. our signature brewed adjunct. 3. chaptalization & 4. (Interestingly) a little more unfermented juice than usual. It took us a couple tries to get dialed, but the jist is as follows: Cut full strength unfermented apple juice with some water. That lowers the total acid per liter of liquid. The problem with watered down apple juice is it tastes like watered down apple juice. Enter the brewed adjunct. We brew in a little more tannin than usual to increase body. Then we chaptalize (that’s a la-ti-da French term for ‘add some sugar’). Once that’s all done the yeast gets pitched and we ferment dry. Finally, we sweeten with unfermented apple juice to bring the apple flavor back forward. I know it’s not very Minnesotan to say so, but…. NAILED IT!”
Aroma: Fresh apple, earthy, subtle yeast
Appearance: Pale golden yellow, brilliantly clear, fine bubbles
Flavor: Dry apple with balanced acidity
Mouthfeel: Light body, gentle cleansing bubbles
Recommended Food Pairings
Smooth Cheeses: Fresh mozzarella, brie, gruyere
Meats: Roasted chicken, fried fish, sushi
Legumes: Chickpeas, peanuts, pecan
Spicy Flavors: Fruit-based sauces, vinegar dressings
Sociable Cider Werks Skinny Tire can now be found in 10 packs at liquor stores throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.. Learn more at SociableCider.com.