Asheville’s first hard cider company, Noble Cider, hosts a public release of its inaugural small batch at the Wedge Brewing Company, on Wednesday June 5, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The Noble crew will be onsite to meet and greet, answer questions, and enjoy Noble Cider with Asheville.
Party goers can help Noble Cider raise funds for their fall batch by purchasing t-shirts, pint glasses, and stickers at the event.
“Noble Cider has brought together Western North Carolina’s rich history of agriculture with its exciting craft beverage industry,” said co-founder and cider maker Trevor Baker. “We think Asheville is going to love our product. It’s not too sweet and it’s a great warm weather beverage.”
The Wedge, Noble Cider’s first “Core Partner”, announced via social media earlier this month that they’ll be putting Noble on tap through the summer. Both companies are happy to announce that Asheville can enjoy Noble Cider at the Wedge’s dockside serving window starting on Saturday May 25, the first official day of Asheville Beer Week.
“The Wedge Brewing Company and Noble Cider partnership makes great sense for both businesses,” said Wedge Brewing owner, Tim Schaller. “We’re happy to add another local craft beverage to our lineup.
ABOUT NOBLE CIDER
Noble Cider is a semi-dry hard cider made from local apples and hand-crafted in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in the apple country region of our state, Noble is WNC’s first hard cider. Noble Cider’s inaugural batch starts with local, hand-pressed apple juice that’s fermented like wine. The result is a 7.5% ABV cider that’s crisp, lightly effervescent, and just sweet enough for a balanced, long finish. Noble Cider is in business because of an Advantage Opportunity Fund loan from AdvantageWest Economic Development Group. “True to the Core” – Noble Cider www.noblecider.com
WHERE YOU CAN GET NOBLE
Noble Cider will be available only on tap at select WNC bars and restaurants. Noble will enter the market Memorial Day weekend in parallel with Asheville Beer Week, starting with Wedge Brewing Company and BoBo Gallery. The full list of bars and restaurants that will carry Noble Cider will be available online at http://noblecider.com/on-tap/bars-restaurants/
ABOUT AMERICAN HARD CIDER
Noble Cider enters a market that may only share 1% of the alcoholic beverage market, but the hard cider market saw more than an 75% growth in retail sales in 2012, according to the most recent industry analysis by Neilson. The Northwest, Northeast, and Michigan areas – which are all known for their apple regions – have seen a boom in hard cider over the last years. Global beverage conglomerates like Anheuser-Busch InBev and C&C Group have all recently purchased established American hard cider companies. Vermont Hard Cider Company, which has been crafting the Woodchuck brand since the early ‘90s, announced its sale to C&C Group for $305 Million in October 2012.