Hard Cider Review: Clos Normand Brut

6 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

While I’ve spent a lot of time and placed emphasis on the pursuit of traditional, dry English ciders, in fact there are multiple other regions of Europe that have their own cider traditions. Of these, Normandy is perhaps the best known, and this is where Clos Normand Brut is produced. In some [...]

Mead Review: Medovina Summer Solstice

3 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer Solstice is that rarest of animals in the commercial mead world: a relatively dry mead from a small producer who tends his own beehives. Medovina is the creation of Mark Beran of Niwot, Colorado, who has been keeping bees since the 90’s and who–as I’ve been reminded of a [...]

Hard Cider Review: Apricot Semi-Dry Cider by Tieton Cider Works

2 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

This week I was fortunate in that a friend, Joe, visited from California and brought me a few ciders from Tieton Ciderworks of Tieton, WA–which is about 30 minutes away from Yakima. The first one I tried is the Apricot Cider–a semi-dry hard apple cider made with–you guessed [...]

Hard Cider Review: Estate Winesap by Blue Mountain Cider Company

21 October, 2013 | 0 Comments

I discovered Blue Mountain Cider Company‘s products recently at Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar in Fort Collins, Colorado, and overall I’m liking their products.  Their Dry Creek semi-dry is particularly noteworthy, being remarkably champagne-like, refreshing, and festive. Like Dry [...]

Hard Cider Review: Blossomwood Cidery’s Frosty Snout Oak Aged Cider

6 October, 2013 | 0 Comments

Overview: Today, I’m happy to share with you a rarity in American hard cider—at least in Colorado—a hard cider from a small-batch, artisanal cidery in Cedaredge, Colorado, which distributes only locally, through farmers markets, and to four different liquor stores on the Colorado front [...]

Hard Cider Review: Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider

30 September, 2013 | 2 Comments

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider is an import from the United Kingdom produced by the Samuel Smith Brewery of Yorkshire, which has produced some excellent, traditional English beers and was founded in 1758. It’s a great example of a traditional English cider—relatively dry, with some [...]

Hard Cider Review: Ace Joker Hard Cider

26 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Overview: Ace Joker Hard Cider is made by California Cider Company of Sonoma, California, and is that company’s driest offering, at 9g of sugar in a 12-oz bottle. Tasting Notes: Joker is drinkable, but I have to say I’m disappointed in it—it’s reasonably dry and refreshing but [...]

Hard Cider Review: Glider Cider by Colorado Cider Company

23 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Overview: Glider Cider is a hard cider made by Colorado Cider Company of Denver, Colorado. It’s a relatively dry, natural cider whose ingredient list is all of two entries long: yeast and apple juice. Like the other Colorado Cider products, it is sulfited, however (this is generally done [...]

Perry Review: Pearsnickity Perry by Colorado Cider Company

19 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Overview: Pearsnickity is a Perry (fermented pear juice) made by Colorado Cider Company of Denver, CO, a relatively new company in Colorado which produces a number of hard cider and related beverages. It is relatively mild, at 6% alcohol by volume, and, as you might imagine, is fruity and [...]
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