New Cider Alert!

Aloha sunshine!

Our newest cider is O.P.P. – Other People’s Pineapple! This new addition is made with Polynesian pineapples and freshly pressed North Georgia apples. Tasting notes include sun-ripened pineapple complemented with apple and a delicate touch of earthy sage.

O.P.P. will make its debut at our tasting room during a special launch party on Friday, April 12 from 4:30-10pm. The first 200 guests to purchase a pint of O.P.P. will receive a free 16oz UrbanTree glass, and Let’s Taco Bout It food truck will be on-site serving authentic Mexican cuisine!

We’ll also be serving a special O.P.P. cider slushie at the tasting room, just in time for warmer weather.

Come dressed in your Hawaiian best!

Calling All Pups!

Who let the dogs in?

We’re hosting our first ever Sunday Funday Pet “Paw”ty on March 31!

Dog lovers are welcome to bring their furry pals, meet fellow pet owners in the community, and gather at the tasting room and outdoor patio from 12:30-6:30pm.

During the event, guests may purchase special treats at the King of Pups vending cart and have professional photos taken of their stylishly costumed and dressed up pups by Cottrell Photographers. Organic, all-natural dog treats fromBig Daddy Biscuits will be complimentary with a small donation to Vintage Pet Rescue, and water stations will be placed throughout the space.

For the humans, we will serve special “Hair of the Dog” cocktails, including Bloody Marys and Mimosas made with UrbanTree cider, and of course, our flagship ciders and seasonal flavors. Food truck C-BO’s BBQ & Southern Cuisine will also be on-site to offer bites during the party.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Vintage Pet Rescue, a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing senior pets from shelters and assisting owners who can no longer care for their senior pets.

We hope to see you (and your pup) there!

Year 3 at UrbanTree

All good things come in threes!

Help us celebrate our third anniversary with a party that lasts all weekend long. There will be giveaways, food trucks, and more!

Friday – 4:30 – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 12:30 – 6:30 pm

Food Trucks:
Friday – Low-Co Motion
Saturday – Buena Gente Cuban Bakery
Sunday – Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

On Saturday and Sunday at 3pm sharp, order our Classic or Original cider for just $3 for 30 minutes! Guests will also have the chance to take home a ton of giveaway prizes, such as gift baskets, swag bags, Comedy Night tickets, Atlanta United 2 tickets, and more.

Planning to rideshare? Use code “URBANTREE3” in the Promos section of the Lyft app for 20% off a ride to or from the cidery during our celebration weekend.

We can’t wait to see you all there, and thank you for an amazing three years!

UrbanTree + Atlanta United 2!

We are so excited to share that UrbanTree Cidery has been named the Official Local Cider Partner oAtlanta United 2, the United Soccer League (USL) affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United!

We are huge fans of the team and love how they’ve brought our community together. To celebrate our partnership, we’re releasing UrbanTree FC “Fan Cider,” a medium dry and complex cider specially crafted for Atlanta United 2 fans. It features light apple notes and full-bodied flavors for a crisp and effervescent cider-  just what you want for a game-day drink!

You can find UrbanTree FC “Fan Cider” at our tasting room and on draft at our cider cart during Atlanta United 2 matches at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State. The first 100 guests to purchase a cider at the cart will also receive a complimentary team rally towel!

As part of our partnership, we’re also thrilled to host exclusive Club player appearances at our tasting room, so be on the lookout for your favorite players!

Join Us! Cider Cocktail Class on Feb. 23

The only thing better than sipping on cocktails is learning how to make them! Join us on Feb. 23 for our cider cocktail class, held in partnership with Still Pond.

During the class, you will learn how to prepare four different ’80s-inspired cocktails. At the end of the class, bring home those fun recipes and your choice of a 750mL bottle of cider.

The class will be held from 7:30-9:30pm and tickets can be purchased here.

Introducing Black Velvet!

The newest addition to our line-up, Black Velvet is a seasonal cider with notes of cherry and vanilla. It was barrel-aged in a bourbon barrel from Ghost Coast Distillery in Savannah since last May, and it pairs well with savory dishes such as strong cheeses, grilled foods, and roasted veggies.

The name for Black Velvet was submitted by one of our guest’s during our second anniversary celebration in March 2018. We held a competition encouraging everyone to come up with flavors and names for new releases, and we loved this idea!

Stop by our cidery in West Midtown to sip on Black Velvet, enjoy it as part of a seasonal cider flight, or bring some home with you in a growler. It’ll be around for a limited time!

Five hard ciders to try

“While Woodchuck and Angry Orchard continue to dominate the American cider market, their much funkier forefathers are making their way across the Atlantic. Weighing in at 6-percent ABV or less, ciders are a perfect sessionable alternative to wine or heavy-duty craft beers pushing the alcohol-by-volume limits. Like their English brethren, the fermented juice-producing regions of Normandy and Brittany in France and Asturias and Sagardoa in Spain have been churning out pressed gold for centuries, with palate-pleasers ranging from tannic, dry and sweet like Champagne to funky, acidic and yeasty like sour beer…”

Article continues on myAJC originally published on October 27, 2016.

Cider For Thanksgiving – Entrée

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and as travel plans are being made, so are preparations for making dinner for the big day. It would be an understatement to say we love cider here at Urban Tree, drinking or otherwise. Whenever I cook a big dinner, I try to include cider in the recipe if I can or at least find a cider to pair with the meal itself. In a typical Thanksgiving meal, the dishes tend to lean towards the salty and savory so we suggest pairing dishes like that with drier style ciders.

Our Original Cider complements a rich dinner by bringing out tart flavors to add a subtle sweetness rounding out every bite. We make this particular cider with white wine yeast so it mimics some of the flavors of white wine while tasting like something completely different. Our Red Rum cider was practically made for Thanksgiving. Using Georgia honey and cranberry juice, this tart cider uses classic fall flavors for a fruity aroma and a semi sweet sip that will want to keep you in a fall mood.

To try these ciders or to purchase them before Thanksgiving, visit us Wednesday night for extended Thanksgiving Eve hours and take home a growler for dinner the next day.

Cider For Thanksgiving – Appetizers

This time of the year when you grab a drink, we believe cider is the perfect go-to beverage for the season. Plus, because cider is made from apples, it pairs with a variety of dishes and is a great substitute for wine when used for cooking.

We’ll be sharing a recipe from Figs & Honey Catering that incorporates our cider as well as a few pairing choices for hors d’oeuvres.

The dish they’ve created uses our Classic Cider in a sauce with spicy meatballs. After the meatballs have cooked, you can add cider to enhance the spices and create a light gravy. This method can be used with other meals as well. Deglazing a pan with cider is easy and adds different flavors depending on what you’re serving.

 

A question we get a lot in our tasting room is what food pairs well with cider and we think the easiest (and most delicious) way is to pair it with cheese. For the sake of great food and drink, we took it upon ourselves to sample and rate a few cheeses to come up with a few suggestions. And remember, always pull your cheese out of the refrigerator at least an hour and a half before serving to bring out the flavor.

For our Classic Cider, gouda cheese was our choice because the flavor of salty sweetness in the cheese was brought out by the semi-sweet cider. Fresh basil also matches the sweetness with hints of anise or a savory pepper flavor.

Our Original Cider is dry and notes of tannins so we chose brie cheese because the crisp cider is balanced by the rich creaminess of the brie. Spreading the cheese on a cracker accompanied by a few pear slices adds some juiciness in between sips.

In a unanimous decision, our Rum Barrel Aged Cider was matched with blue cheese. The tang taste and buttery texture of the cheese balances the robust rum notes in the cider all while mixing with apple and oak flavors to create a complex bite every time.

Try these out this Thanksgiving  and remember to #PickCider this holiday season.

Also, remember for the whole month of November, we’re offering free shipping in Georgia when you buy a case!

Making our Sweet Heat cider

One of our fan favorite ciders at Urban Tree is an infusion of ginger and habanero called Sweet Heat, but what actually goes into making this spicy creation?

It started with an idea from our head cidermakers Tim and Jackie to create a uniquely spicy cider that wasn’t overpowering but had a well­ rounded and complex flavor we could enjoy every day.

First we hand-­cut local habanero peppers and grate fresh ginger. They are separately infused and aged to perfection. Once matured, we blend them with one of our select cider bases made from a variety of unique apples to create the perfect blend of flavors, textures and aromas.

Next we lightly filter through a customized filtration system. This is done separately from any of our other ciders and the result is a drink with a full bodied finish. Finally, Sweet Heat is transferred to small batch kegs to be carbonated, soon it’s ready to tap and enjoy.

My favorite part about Sweet Heat is the cloudiness and weight that the cider has which makes for a great drinking experience. The zing from the ginger and bite from the habanero pair with each other so well, it’s hard to drink only one!