by Jonathan Chambers, Beer and Cider Manager

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Join Capitol Cider for a Night of Rarities on June 30th! On tap will be a variety of ciders that are either brewed exclusively for the season, or vintage products that come out annually in limited supply. Some brews (especially certain vintages) will be will be making a Capitol Cider and Emerald City debut.

  • Sonoma from California is giving us the Rhubarb Gose, and their Pulley, which is an absinthe-style cider flavored with anise. We’ll also have two barrel aged ciders, a Dry Zider and Dry Fuji, that are part of their reserve line and only come out once a year. Draft of all this is limited.
  • One Tree gave us their seasonal Huckleberry cider. We’ve had it on tap one other time and it was wildly popular.
  • Double Mountain’s Jumping Jack Flash is something I’m incredibly stoked for (and if we can get their Perry, I’m sure it’ll be awesome as well). The cider has Newtown, Braeburn, Dabinet, Kingston Black, Brown Snout and Golden Russet apples from Double Mountain and Hanner Orchards here in the Hood River Valley.  It is a really nice selection of Heirloom and Old World varietals.  
  • For the first time in the states, Aspall Peronelle’s Blush will be available on draft.  
  • From B-United, we’ll have Fuschof “Real” Cider from Germany, and Dansk Mjod’s Viking Blod, a very popular and very traditional Mead from Denmark.
  • From Oregon Cider week, we’ll continue to run Anthem Tea, infused with Roobois and Honeybush tea leaves.
  • Wandering Aengus will have a Wild Fermented Bittersweet, a barrel aged Wickson, and a barrel aged Golden Russet. Both of these I’m really looking forward to, as this company does an amazing job with single varietals and with the barrel aging process. I’m hoping for great things.  
  • We have one keg left of the Tieton Sparkling Perry, which is made from Perry Pears, so it’s an honest-to-God Perry. This is rare this side of the pond from England, and it only comes out once a year.
  • We’ll also have the Double Mountain Shandy, which is a one-off beer. Since it’s a shandy it’s a blend of Jumpin’ Jack Flash (mentioned above) and their Bohemian Pilsner.  

Night of Rarities is hosted seasonally. Look out for our next one happening in September in conjunction with Seattle Cider Week. We look forward to featuring a number of releases from our favorite cidermakers in Washington.