Boston Beer Co. Launches Angry Orchard Cider

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Next time you go hunting for something new to try at your local pub or package store, you might notice a crazy new bottle in the beer and cider section, most likely near the crafts. Boston Beer Co. quietly launched Angry Orchard, their new cider addition about 6 months ago and is planning to go national as early as this month. Their lineup includes the common favorites like “crisp apple” and “traditional dry” , but also includes a cool new infusion and my personal favorite, apple-ginger which to me tastes like a apple flavored ginger ale. What seperates Angry Orchard from the competition? Well for one, they make their cider with apples plucked from France and Italy, giving them a distinct and better taste then some of the ciders you may be use to drinking.

“We searched the world to find the right orchards, with the right attitude and the best combination of apple types. Our search for particular flavors led us to the traditional growing regions of Europe, where we hand-select bittersweet apples from France and culinary apples from Italy. These areas were ideal because of their soil composition and climate. The wide range of apples used in Angry Orchard cider contributes to the complex flavor profile of each of our cider styles.”

If that doesn’t suck you in, maybe their eye-catching packaging will. One of my favorite things though about Angry Orchard is its awesome website complete with great graphics, interactive links and most importantly, a portion of the site dedicated to mixology.  I love their acknowledgement of the growing popularity of beer/cider cocktails. Check out below to see a few of their cocktail suggestions for yourself.


  • 1 oz Ciroc Red Berry Vodka
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • Lemon-lime soda
In a pint glass combine over ice; 1oz red berry vodka, Equal parts lemon/lime soda and Angry Orchard Crisp


  • 1oz Applejack Brandy
  • 1oz Pomegranate juice
  • Dash of bitters
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
In a pint glass combine over ice; 1 oz Applejack Brandy, 1oz Pomegranate juice, Dash of bitters, Fill with Angry Orchard Crisp


  • 1oz pineapple vodka
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Angry Orchard Ginger
In a pint glass combine over ice; 1oz pineapple vodka, Squeeze of lime, Fill with Angry Orchard Ginger
Angry Orchards photos and recipes were courtesy of Boston Beer Co.  For more great recipes or information be sure top visit Are you a fan of ours on Facebook yet? What are you waiting for ?!?



Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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