Newtown Twist: Collab with Stowe Cider

Vermont staple Stowe Cider partners with digital cider guide CiderScene to create Newtown Twist

We are excited to announce a new collaborative cider crafted by Stowe Cider and CiderScene. Newtown Twist is an ode to a classic apple-forward cider with a twist of lemon and lime for a more modern appeal.

Newtown Twist is made from a base of Newtown Pippin apples and is delicately blended with lime and lemon zest for enhanced citrus notes. To bring balance, we have added local honey to add a touch of sweetness and carbonation for effervescence. Newtown Twist carries the spirit of traditional cider making while celebrating fresh ingredients and complex flavors.

“In an effort to learn the cider making process more intimately and help craft a new cider, we reached out to one of our favorite hard cider teams, Stowe Cider,” said Nolan O’Malley, part owner of CiderScene. “Not only do we have a love for east coast products, we have been long-time fans of Stowe’s Headliner, Vermont Grown, and Brainwaves series. They have a great team with a grasp on modern and traditional cider making processes. Not only were they excited to work with us, we were able to go through the entire process of making the cider which was the experience of a lifetime!”

Mark Ray, co-owner of Stowe Cider shared, “Our team really enjoyed collaborating with Trevor and Nolan. Their dedication and appreciation for cider is unwavering and that came through in all of our conversations involving cider. Their respect for all styles of cider made this a fun project as we were able to blend a little old school and new school into one awesome product. We look forward to working with them again on future projects.”

Newtown Pippin will be available for purchase on the Stowe Cider website starting on February 10th.

About Stowe Cider:
Stowe Cider was founded in 2013 in Stowe, Vermont with a vision of bringing something different to the cider scene- a version that boasted less than half the sweetness of most commercial cider. Head Cider Maker and co-owner Mark Ray is constantly developing unique recipes that you will not find anywhere else. Ciders range from simple and dry to more experimental ciders that exhibit local fruits, hops, and unique barrel-aged offerings. Stowe Cider’s mission is to stay ahead of industry standards by innovative innovative and world-class cider while having more fun than anyone.

About CiderScene:
Started in 2016 by twin brothers Trevor and Nolan O’Malley, CiderScene strips to create a space where cider fans and novices alike can congregate to learn about ciders and find out what ciders they may like. CiderScene aims to open the minds of beer and wine drinkers when it comes to the craft of cider. CiderScene tries to take a fun, light approach to the industry to spark more conversation and innovative ways to activate the cider and non-cider audiences on the web.


Stowe Cider’s Brain Waves Key Lime Pie

I’ve not traveled often or far lately, it’s true. I’ been both busy at home andve cautious. My trip to Michigan for GLINTCAP was definitely the biggest trip of 2021 so far, and it’s likely to stay that way. But I do find other kinds of exploration, including an online class through Morbid Anatomy about contemporary folklore and legend tripping. Last week, our teacher encouraged us to bring a tasty beverage to the last half of class, and I was happy to comply. I chose to bust out a can of Brain Waves: Key Lime Pie by Stowe Cider.

Stowe cider comes to us from Stowe, Vermont. The company maintains a small core of cider styles that are always available, but the majority of the offerings are seasonal, limited, or collaborative. Stowe Cider makes adventurous choices, often pushing the boundaries of what has been tried in cider.

Here are all of Stowe Ciders’ previous appearances on the blog.

Gin and Juice:

Juniper Sessions:

High and Dry:

Local Infusion Snow’s Raspberry Hard Cider:

My 2016 visit to the tasting room as part of my Great Vermont Cider Tour:

I recommend visiting Stowe Cider’s website to learn more:

Brain waves is a line of one time experiments by Stowe cider. I was stoked to try the Key lime pie after reading about it. Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite desserts in the world; I am practically obsessed. Stowe Cider did share this sample with me for review, so many thanks! Samples do not however sway my opinion or even guarantee a review. I’m afraid that my review queue is a bit full at the moment!

Here’s the description that caught my eye.

“Cider fermented with Suzie-Uie gluten free graham cracker crumbs, key lime, coconut, & brown sugar. 6% ABV

Appearance: Cloudy, floating bits, lemon curd

The cider really looks wild. As the picture shows, it’s totally cloudy. Where my hand is on the back of the glass, none of that is visible through the cider. The color reminds me of lemon curd. There are little floaty bits as well; that could be lime flesh, crumbs of graham cracker, or tiny bits of coconut. With this cider, anything is possible!

Aromas: Lime, apple, graham cracker, and coconut

Key Lime Pie smells emphatically like lime! I do get other notes, including some ripe apple, coconut, and graham cracker. The lime is what dominates though.

Sweetness/Dryness: Semi dry

It’s a little hard to tell how sweet this is because this cider’s acidity is off the charts.

Flavors and drinking experience: Lime, graham, apple, but mostly lime

The Brain Waves Key Lime Pie tastes mostly of fresh limes, but like with the aromas, I do get notes of apple and graham as well. The coconut disappears though. The drinking experience goes more purely lime as I keep sipping. It’s a full-bodied cider, which I really like. The acidity is delightfully intense. I did share this cider with a couple of fellow tasters, and I was the most fond of it. I think it will be more popular with devoted fans of lime!

This cider was a fabulous pairing with popcorn and fun spooky learning. I kept the snack simple, so my brain could be free to absorb the cool class!