Local Apples. Local Cider.
A Community Cider from Mountain West and The Green Urban Lunch Box.
It was kismet. When Shawn Peterson, the founder and director of The Green Urban Lunch Box, heard about Mountain West Hard Cider, he had to try it. He is a huge fan of cider and found that many ciders available in Utah were too sweet for his tastes. “It was amazing to finally have someone in Utah making real cider,” he tells us. So, naturally, the next step was to team up with us – a community collaboration!
This passion project all started and ended with the help of the Utah community. Harvesting about 9,000 lbs. of fruit from 50 various locations across the Salt Lake Valley and even a bit beyond, The Green Urban Lunch Box pressed approximately 350 gallons of juice. A crew of six staff members and two faithful volunteers spent two 12-hour days pressing apples, while almost 400 volunteers put in more than 1500 hours to pick fruit that contributed to this juice.
Together, in the hands of trusted Mountain West cidermaker Joel Goodwillie, Mountain West Hard Cider and The Green Urban Lunch Box created a limited release hard cider with natural yeast fermentation. Less than one pallet of these one-of-a-kind 750mL bottle hard ciders will be available starting December 17th, 2016 so be sure to join us for the launch starting at 11:00am. It might be hard to find any other cider that is more local than this! Local apples. Local cidery. Natural yeasts (…can we call that ‘local yeasts’?). Local cider. Don’t miss out. It’s a perfect holiday gift from Utah, particularly for those cider lovers and we think that Shawn can probably attest to that! The Green Urban Lunch Box Hard Cider Launch event ends when the Mountain West Cidery closes at 5:00pm, but the Lunch Box Hard Cider will be available as long as supplies last. Read more about this community collaboration in the official press release here.