Reviews

Cider Review: Finnriver Cranberry Rosehip

3 January, 2016 | 0 Comments

While I’m on a roll with specialty, fruit-added ciders, I thought I’d share a few thoughts with you on Finnriver’s Cranberry Rosehip cider. The concept sounded intense, and this cider did not disappoint on that [...]

Cider Review: Ace SPACE Bloody Orange Craft Cider

1 January, 2016 | 0 Comments

I recently received a bottle of Ace’s new SPACE Bloody Orange Craft Cider–a cider fermented with blood orange puree. While the result is not what I’d call apple-centric, it makes for an interesting Mimosa of [...]

2015 Cascadian Cider Pilgrimage, Part 1

18 May, 2015 | 4 Comments

Onward to Cascadia! As many of your know, I’m obsessed with cider–whether it’s seeking out and sampling ciders, making cider, learning about (and now, growing) cider apples, or visiting cideries and cider bars. Some of you may not know that I also have aspirations of getting [...]

Cider Tasting Videos by Schilling Cider House

6 March, 2015 | 0 Comments

I recently stumbled upon some videos by the folks at Schilling Cider House of Seattle, WA, which detail some basic aspects of cider tasting, including: types of cider aroma acidity sweetness (brix) tannins mouthfeel Check them out; I think they’re well worth the few minutes each that they [...]

Cider Reviews: Two Rivers Blood Orange and Huckleberry

2 March, 2015 | 1 Comment

I recently had the opportunity to sample two ciders from Two Rivers Cider of Sacramento, CA. Each features a bright, refreshing apple base and an added fruit–in one case, Blood Orange and in the other, Huckleberry. How were they? Well, I’ll tell you. Read [...]

Cider Review: Cherry Daze by Big B’s Hard Cider

31 January, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cherry Daze is a semi-sweet hard cider from Big B’s Hard Cider of Hotchkiss, CO. Made from organic apple juice produced onsite at their own orchards, the crisp apple character of this cider is also accompanied by ample amounts of tart Montmorency [...]

Cider Review: Johnny Appleseed

16 January, 2015 | 6 Comments

I’m tempted to say that John Chapman–Johnny Appleseed–would be turning over in his grave if he knew about the quality of the commercial cider that now bears his name, but to be honest, I have no idea how good or bad the cider he had in life was. But one thing I do know: Johnny [...]

Perry Review: Ross-On-Wye Traditional

13 January, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ross-On-Wye’s Medium Dry Still Perry is an uncarbonated, farmhouse Perry from the UK made from Perry pears. It’s slightly funky, complex, and–in this reviewer’s [...]

Cider Review: The Bad Apple

14 December, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bad Apple is a strong (10.5% abv!), oaked, honey-fortified cider from Two Towns Ciderhouse. Highly carbonated, fairly dark, with a crabby bite and some oak complexity, Bad Apple certainly is bolder than many of the dry, west-coast ciders I’ve [...]
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