Texas Keeper Cider is a new local cidery that promises to remain "small-scale, focused, and creative." We're offering free glassware with the purchase of one of their ciders.
The folks from Texas Keeper Cider will be here offering tastes of 2 of their ciders: 2013 Texas Keeper No.1 and 2013 Ciderweizen. The cidermakers themselves will be around to answer all your cider-related questions. And with each purchase of a bottle of cider you'll get a free Texas Keeper glass.
Tasting notes from the cidermakers:
Texas Keeper No. 1: Blend
Texas Keeper No. 1 is a blend of five apples fermented individually and blended to craft a well-balanced, dry cider with notes of peach, pear, tropical fruit, light green apple, and a crisp lingering acidity. The apple varieties were individually fermented in small lots (~300 gallons) on heavy lees to increase fermentation nutrition and add complexity. We tried our hardest to keep the ferments cool during fermentation with temperatures peaking at 62oF. This cool, long fermentation helped preserve delicate fruit esters. No oak was used in the 2013 No. 1. – we wanted to present the delicacy of the fruit. The ferments for No.1 were racked off heavy lees following fermentation and aged for four months on light lees with occasional batonnage. We allowed the lots to go through spontaneous malolactic fermentation, which helped soften and broaden the palate of the end blend. The cider is unfiltered in order to keep as much of the complexity intact. We felt a light carbonation best suited Texas Keeper No. 1. It is our example of what we feel great cider should taste like. Residual Sugar: 11.5 g/L
Ciderweizen: Hopped Cider
The goal with Ciderweizen was to marry the underlying pear and green apple notes from the Crispin and lemon-grapefruit of the Goldrush apples to the floral and spiced notes of old world Wit Beers and German style Hefeweizens. The cider was dry hopped and spiced with that plan in mind. Ciderweizen is unfiltered, finished with a lively effervescence, and of course gluten free. Notes of lemon, pear, coriander, cloves, hallertau hops with lingering orange peel on the finish. Residual Sugar: 3.5 g/L