Calories make a difference to some people and one of the greatest issues that fans of adult beverages have is the excessive caloric content of their favorite drink. Craft beers and their kin typically have more than 200 calories per 12 oz. serving and calorie counters often feel guilty if they consume. Now, a Portland- based cider company is introducing a light cider that reigns in those pesky calories and paves the way to remorse- free drinking. The beverage is Ulee’s Light Cider, the first craft light cider and the only cider with just 99 calories per 12 oz. can.
Scott Gallagher, Ulee’s Light Cider President, says the new cider is perfect for that segment of the alcoholic beverage market that wants a drink with good flavor, but with fewer calories and lower alcohol.
“Craft light cider is a new category that appeals to consumers looking for all-natural alcoholic beverages made with local ingredients that are also lower in calories and alcohol,” said Gallagher.
Ciders typically contain caloric levels similar to or slightly lower than craft beer- around 150 to 250 calories per 12 oz. serving. These numbers can pile up quickly after just a few servings, but Ulee’s Light Cider offers a tasty, refreshing alternative that cuts back not just on the calories, but also on excessive sweetness.
“There are a lot of wonderful craft ciders being made in America,” said Gallagher, “but I’ve always liked drier, less sweet ciders. That became our goal—light on calories, big on taste and very, very refreshing.”
At present, product offerings include Ulee’s Light Cider Dry and Ulee’s Light Cider Citra. Both products are 100 percent all- natural and locally sourced using ingredients from the American Northwest. Washington grown apples and Cascadia water supply the two most important ingredients used in both of the company’s ciders. Citra hops are added the Citra cider and are also locally sourced, from the nearby Yakima Valley. Both ciders are naturally vegan and gluten- free and both contain exactly 99 calories. The ciders are presently sold in six- packs in select markets throughout Oregon and Washington state.
Ciders are an indulgence for those who are watching their caloric intake, but Ulee’s Light Ciders show that indulgence can be part of everyone’s vocabulary, including those who are watching their weight and carbs. Look for them in the American Northwest, and enjoy the occasional serving of fine cider without the associated guilt.