Drink of the Week: Shacksbury Farmhouse Cider

farmhouse ciderToday’s Drink of the Week is a tangy farmhouse cider primed for springtime sipping. Inspired by the light, bright flavors of saison beer and rosé wine, Vermont’s Shacksbury produced this refreshing blend using a mix of Jonagold, Spartan, McIntosh, Empire and a small amount of English bittersweet apples from Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire. Lightly barrel-aged in bourbon and rye barrels, the soft, sparkling cider rings in at a respectable 6.5% ABV. For those accustomed to the bold yeasty flavors that often define the farmhouse-style, Shacksbury’s version is more approachable, perfect for those looking for a little less funk. Light-bodied and dripping with honey, green apple and sweet pear flavors, it finishes slightly dry. Pick up a bottle in stores for $7-10, or order online: $30 for 2 bottles, shacksbury.com