Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PW Pizza Woodchuck Beer Dinner

I thought it was really cool that PW Pizza decided to have a gluten-free "beer dinner" and they were able to accomplish that with their gluten-free crust and inviting Woodchuck Hard Cider to be featured this month.

I was shocked as soon as I saw the menu because I had no idea that Woodchuck made anything else besides their regular Amber hard cider. In fact, they have 13 different varieties that includes three seasonal offerings and three private reserve flavors. So while you may find that the original to be slightly sweet, there are plenty more flavors where you might find one you'd like.

Starting off the night with a salad, I was thrilled at the how easy it was to drink the first welcome cider, Hopsation. First off, it was not hoppy at all, despite the name, but even better, it was very mild and hardly any sweetness. It's a "I could drink it all day" kind of cider! I even got seconds on this one!

The first pizza  (which I forgot to photograph) had huge chunks of bacon on it so you can see where it ended up for me (on the side in the picture below), but the highlight was trying one of the reserve ciders, the Pink Private Reserve. The pink represents Woodchuck's charitable efforts to the Dragonheart Survivorship, which helps cancer survivors to get back on their feet. This cider is a little more fruity without being overly sweet.

The second pizza had a Moroccan theme, but I couldn't really taste much spice. This was paired with Gumption and was another bold tasting cider, and not too far off from the first one.

Moroccan Spiced Duck Pizza
The best pairing of the night was definitely dessert since the fruity flavor of the Blueberry cider went well with blueberries found in the dessert. This was a seasonal cider called Summer Time.

Blueberry Buttermilk Bread Pudding
I immediately wanted to know where I could get these other flavors since I had never seen any of them in the store. I hope to try Randall's or Lucas Liquors for these specialty ones since they are not your typical cider by far!

If nothing else, it gives me another good reason to visit Vermont!


PW Pizza = http://www.pwpizza.com

Woodchuck = http://www.woodchuck.com/

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