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Fnnriver Perry


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Style: 'Orchard Series,' Traditional French Perry
Alcohol Percentage: 6.3% abv
Sweetness: Semi-sweet
Bottle Volume: 750 ml

Aroma and Flavor: Nose of wine and sweet pears, with a pleasant, round grapefruit note and a heart of clean, tannic pear. Bright and quenching.

Pear Varieties: Hendre Huffcap, Yellow Huffcap, Romanian Perry grown in Finnriver’s organic orchard and wildcrafted seedling pears from Marrowstone Island.

Cidermaker Notes: This cider represents the first harvest of Finnriver-grown traditional perry pears. Once pressed, the pomace rests to lose tannins and the must (juice) settles out. Then, after fermentation, we add organic cane sugar to round out the acidity and balance the strong astringent tannins. As with cider apples, special pear varieties are used to make Perry, which are higher in tannin and acid than eating or cooking pears. Perry pears are thought to be descended from wild hybrids, known as wildings, brought to northern Europe by the Romans. Perry pears often have higher levels of sugar than cider apples, including unfermentable sugars such as sorbitol, which can give the finished drink a residual sweetness.

Serving Suggestions: The well-balanced Finnriver Perry is wonderful with lighter fare—grilled chicken, fresh goat cheese, antipasti platters, and spring dinner salads full of spicy young greens.

Our 2009 Finnriver Perry won the only "4 Pints" excellence distinction at a Northwest Brewing News panel tasting in Fall of 2010.