Pome & Stone
Style: Sour Cider
Sweetness: S.G. 1.000-1.008 off-dry, fruit-forward but not sweet
Alcohol Percentage: 6.5% abv
Bottle Volume: 500 ml.
AROMA & FLAVOR
A refreshing and bright cider where robust stone fruit permeates the senses and the first sips show a varied acidity – from the soft peach to the malic acid of apple, and then to the lactic acid from the souring ferment. Strong twang and fruity viscosity make for a crisp sour that shows its earthy fruit roots.
APPLE & FRUIT VARIETIES
Fermented on the farm with a select blend of Certified Organic Washington apples and organic stone fruit from Tonnemaker Hill Farms. 2019 features organic peaches.
Our Pome & Stone sour cider is a blend of ciders fermented in barrels and steel tanks and then combined and finished in a ‘Lambic’ style. Historically, a fermented sour beer, called ‘gueuze,’ is fruited with the brewer’s choice of fresh fruit. This fruit ferments on top of the brew and adds a fresh and sharp fruit profile to the nose and the palate. At Finnriver, we added a heap Tonnemaker Farms whole organic stone fruits to a blended tank of soured cider (our gueuze) and let the resident yeast/bacteria finish their life on ripe fruit goodness. Gently carbonated to let the funk shine through and pasteurized to hold the sweetness. Fermented with three strains of Brettanomyces yeast, then soured with Pediococcus and Lactobacillus, the blend was gently oaked and completed with a lambic style, fruit finish.
Enjoy on the bow of a boat, watching the sun go down. The stone fruits call to summer cook-outs, grilled chicken or a Moroccan tagine. Not a sweet cider so better showcased with lighter fare like cheeses and cold noodle salads.