Prickle Me Pink – Prickly Pear Cactus Cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 towns Prickle Me Pink cider

This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases Prickle Me Pink, a limited Prickly Pear Hard Cider. Infused with the fruit of a cactus, this precocious cider leads with aromas of fig nectar, watermelon, and an unbelievable fuchsia color derived solely from the prickly pear. This is nature’s way of saying ‘yum!’

“When we saw the color of raw Prickly Pear, we were blown away by its outrageously pink flesh,” said Ian McKinnon, Lead Cellarman at 2 Towns Ciderhouse. “Prickle Me Pink matches the incredible color with an equally awesome flavor profile of fresh watermelon without a ton of sweetness. With its unique and spiny ingredients, it was one of our most challenging ciders to make yet, but well worth the fight!”

Prickle Me Pink (6% ABV) uses 100% fresh-pressed NW apple juice and California whole Prickly Pear. The fruit is naturally dense in color and lends the cider a hue that borders on neon. The cactus fruit can be found throughout the arid western states. Although the fruit is edible, the spines found on the outside of the fruit make it a formidable feat to forage.

Prickle Me Pink is now available in the 2 Towns Ciderhouse Tap Room and to distributors in bottles, and 1/6 bbls and 1/2 bbl kegs. Our ciders are available in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii and parts of Nevada and Minnesota.

About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Founded in 2010 by three friends living in the two towns of Eugene and Corvallis, OR, 2 Towns Ciderhouse strives to bring craft hard apple cider back to the people.  2 Towns Ciderhouse is proud to be a part of the resurgence of America’s first craft beverage of choice. In 2012 we began planting our own cider apple orchard, and since the beginning we’ve been committed to supporting local apple growers by insisting on using the finest fresh-pressed 100% NW apples. We never take shortcuts in the cider-making process—and never add sugar or essence flavorings—but instead let the fresh, naturally fermented ingredients speak for themselves.

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Discussion

  • Kate
    Kate
    Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:50 AM

    I tried this at Cider Summit Seattle over the weekend. Its tasty! Very unique with some berry type flavors with a hint of cactus fruit flavor & tartness. The color was literally fluorescent. My favorite cider from 2 Towns however is from their Traditions line (which uses cider apples vs. their regular line using dessert apples), Bourbon Barrel 2012. My favorite out of the 33 I tried at the event.

    • Drew
      Drew
      Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:41 PM

      I’ve definitely never had cactus cider before but it sounds delicious. I guess I need to head to the store to give it a try!