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New Virtue "Red Streak" Cider On Draft Around Chicago

By Anthony Todd in Food on Apr 17, 2012 7:40PM

2011_7_5_virtue.JPG Red Streak, the first new hard cider in the Virtue line created by Greg Hall (former Brewmaster of Goose Island) debuted late last week and is now available all over the city. If you want to get a pint of the good stuff, you won't have to work too hard or go too far.

Hall thinks that cider still has a long way to go in America, compared to craft beer. "Right now cider is in an embryonic stage in the United States, basically where craft beer was when I started brewing in 1988," explained Hall. "It is a great beverage with a lot of history in this country." Virtue cider is made from apples grown in Illinois and Michigan, and checks in at 6.3% alcohol.

Virtue will be releasing more ciders (including one aged in Bourbon barrels) later this fall, and plans include a dedicated orchard and production facility. Keep an eye on this, folks - in a few years, this will be one of Chicago's most famous exports.

You can get Virtue Cider on draft right now at the following locations:

- Bad Apple
- Delilah's
- GT Fish & Oyster
- The Hideout
- Hopleaf
- Lula Café
- Nellcôte
- The Publican
- Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden
- Uncommon Ground
- The Village Tap

Many more locations are coming soon.