"We had many accounts, particularly restaurants with limited draft, ask for a smaller format," says owner Brad Page. "We heard from many of our followers that 22 ounces are sometimes too much in one serving."
So, the four-year-old company has bottled four of their ciders this way, the Glider Cider, Glider Dry, Grasshop-Ah and Cherry Glider. By creating a four-pack option, Page hopes to get his craft ciders into more bars, restaurants and shops. Last year the package sales of their cider grew by 59 percent, and slowly they are pushing the boundaries of their industry — with Arizona as the first out-of-state market. But why not go for a six pack? Simple: like some high-quality craft beers, Page wants to differentiate his product from run-of-the-mill cider producers. Each batch is hand-made on a smaller scale and contains high-quality ingredients, many coming from the company's own orchards on the Western Slope.
Another distinguishing feature that makes these smaller bottles unique is the nutritional information printed on the label (something not common on alcoholic beverage packaging). For example, one 12-ounce bottle of Glider has 160 calories, ten grams of carbohydrates and one gram of protein.
For now, don't expect to see Colorado Cider Company's Newtown Pippin, Uvana, Ol' Stumpy or any of the other special releases in small format. But luckily, you can still purchase all ten of of the cider maker's gluten-free, 100-percent juice tipples in bomber bottles. As for taste, there aren't any real changes between the large and small bottles, though Page does say the experience proves a little different.
"When we first bottled Grasshop-ah I took it home and drank straight from the bottle," he says. "I had never had it straight from the bottle but always from a glass. It was liberating in a sense."