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Seattle Cider Company

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number and varieties of drinks that have been transformed from kids’ drinks (juices and sodas, for example) into more mature (and alcoholic) beverages. Because sometimes what sounds the best isn’t beer or wine, Easy Monkey also offers hard cider from Seattle Cider Company.

What Makes Seattle Cider Unique?

As many people know, a wide variety of apples are grown in Washington state, and they’re shipped across the country and even around the world. Our apples are some of the best in the world! Even if you like apples, you may find some hard ciders too sweet, but that’s not the case with Seattle Cider Company’s ciders; they bring out and emphasize the natural taste of apples, so the ciders aren’t overly sweet.

Seattle Cider Company Varieties

Currently on tap, we have their Semi-Sweet and Dry ciders, both at 6.5 percent ABV; however, Seattle Cider Company also makes a Tangerine Turmeric and a Basil Mint Hard Cider, and both of those come in at 6.9 percent ABV, and are produced year-round; they also offer some seasonal and limited edition varieties, including but not limited to the following:

  • Pumpkin Spice is semi-sweet with autumn season spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon with just a touch of pumpkin; this variety is available August through November.
  • The addition of toasted oak chips make this maple syrup-sweetened Oaked Maple cider perfect for those cold winter evenings.
  • Gin Botanical is available from February through May; this aromatic and refreshing semi-dry cider features aromas and flavors of cucumber, verbena, orange rind, lemon, and juniper. It would pair well with fruit or anything herbed.
  • Speaking of pairings, if you’re a fan of goat cheese, nuts, and charcuterie boards, Berry Rosé is the ticket. Available June through August, this cider starts out a little tart and finishes a little sweet.
  • Jalapeno, poblano, and habanero peppers give the Three Pepper cider a unique spice with a slightly sweet finish.
  • If you’re looking for a cider that will go well with Thanksgiving dinner, pick up some Cranberry cider; it’s dry, a little tart, and is made with local organic cranberries.
  • As its name suggests, the Olympic Honey cider is made with honey; what you may not realize is that the honey is produced in the apiary on the top of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.

What’s in Seattle Ciders?

You won’t find any high fructose corn syrup in these delicious hard ciders – there’s a short list of ingredients – just a variety of Washington-grown apples, pure cane sugar (and sometimes maple syrup), white wine yeast, and (depending on the variety of cider) some spices.

More About Seattle Cider Company

You can find out a lot about this company on their website (https://www.seattlecidercompany.com/), including the myriad varieties of ciders they make, the kinds of apples (and pears!) they use, the steps they take in order to make their wonderfully delicious products, and you’ll be able to see a picture of the whole Seattle Cider team! Want to know why they do what they do? On the website, you’ll find a list of some tasty sounding recipes, news links, and job postings. Plus, learn more about their driving forces – their mission, vision, and values – and how they dedicate themselves to supporting their local businesses and community, just like we do at Easy Monkey!

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Thirst Quenching Beers for Hot Summer Days

Petula Clark had it right when she sang about forgetting all your troubles and cares when you go downtown; in fact, she could’ve been singing about Easy Monkey! When you’re here, you’ll find plenty of beers, ciders, and snacks perfect for hot summer days (or afternoons, evenings, or nights). You might ask what beers are usually preferred during the summer months; the answer to that is (usually) wheat or hoppy beers with accents of a variety of fruit, mostly citrus fruits. IPAs are popular in the summer, because they are well-hopped and some contain fruit and citrus flavors. Wheat beers like hefeweizens and wit beers are also popular during the warm summer months. Although we offer more than these delightful summer options, if you’re looking for a way to cool down with a traditional summer flavor, you might enjoy these beers:

  • Golden ales like Dirty Bucket Brewing Company’s “Dirty Blonde” (4.7% ABV) go hand in hand with summer. It’s light and refreshing, with a smooth oat finish.
  • Another light, refreshing beer – this one more traditional than the last, and with a sweet aroma – is Two Beers’ “Pilchuk Pilsner” (4.7% ABV).
  • At 5.7% ABV, with oats, malted barley, and three different types of local hops, Hellbent Brewing Company’s “Hop & Oats” is a pale ale with a smooth citrus and floral taste.
  • Speaking of citrus, what’s summer without citrus fruits like oranges, limes, and lemons? Big E Ales’ “Summer Haze” (5% ABV) uses oranges and orange peel in addition to its unique coriander twist.
  • Floral and citrusy – that’s the name of the game when it comes to thirst-quenching summer beers, and Georgetown Brewing Company’s Lucille IPA (7% ABV) is just that – perfect for a hot summer day.

What You Might Not Know About Summer Beers

With IPAs and hoppy beers much more in vogue now than in decades past, you may have seen people putting salt in their beers, but do you know why? Salting your beer is far from a recent discovery. Salt is known for enhancing flavors of meats (for example), but it does the same and more for beers: That hoppiness (and the accompanying bitterness) that features so prominently in IPAs is, in fact, reduced when salt is added.

Here is something else you might not know: IPAs are one of the quintessential “summer” beers, and Seattle has developed a reputation as one of the best places to get an IPA. Maybe that’s because the nearby Yakima Valley grows so much of the world’s – not just the U.S.’s – hops, which are such an important ingredient in IPAs. As a matter of fact, the Yakima Valley grows more than 70% of the world’s hops.

Looking for Something a Little Different?

Think you’ve tried it all? Try some of our other options:

  • At 6.5% ABV, and light, crisp, and fruity, with notes of lemon, orange, apple, and a cinnamon finish, you’ll love Seattle Cider Company’s Semi-Sweet cider. If dry cider is more up your alley, you’ll love Seattle Cider Company’s Dry cider, which is unfiltered, has the same ABV, and features aromas and tastes of lilac, blood orange, green apple, nectarine, peach, and cherry.
  • For $8.50, you won’t find anything more summer-y than our double smoked brat with sides of baked beans and chips or our grilled honey ham (from DD Meats) and two-cheese panini sandwich.
  • On the lighter (and vegetarian) side, $7.50 will get you a plate of our delicious roasted red pepper hummus with veggies and pita bread.

Easy Monkey has everything your summer-loving heart could desire, so what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see you, whether you’re a first-timer, a regular, or a visitor to the area, check us out; you won’t regret it.

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Special Events in September

Thursday Night Football:

Catch the game on three big screens with 11 Seattle microbrews on tap, three ciders and two wines.

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Seahawk Specials:

We will have all the games on and feature game day specials whenever the Seahawks play.

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Sunday Morning: Biscuits and Gravy for a Buck

Join us every Sunday to watch your favorite teams. We will have biscuits and gravy for only a $1 starting at 9:30am. Don’t miss them though as supplies are limited.

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Live music lineup for September:

Live music continues this month with a great line up of jazz, blues and Latin music from excellent Pacific Northwest bands. Join us every Friday night from 8-10pm for a new band each week.

Sept. 26: Coco Loco

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Sept. 19: Eric Madis

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Sept. 12: The New Rhythmatics

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Sept. 5: Lil Bill and Billy Stapleton

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New Hours at Easy Monkey!

We heard your feedback and we want you to know we are listening! Easy Monkey is happy to announce we are extending our hours of (h)operation and will now be open on Mondays! Come join us Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 3-11pm, and Sundays from 12-8pm.

Want more good news? Starting September 7th, we will open on Sundays at 9:30am and stay open until 9:00pm so you can come join us for all the big times. With three big screens, free peanuts and great drinks, what’s not to love?!

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