Archive for the ‘Cider’ Category

Val and I watch a lot of “The Real Housewives” series. I don’t know why I enjoy them, but it’s the perfect thing to watch when I come home from work. When I’m watching it though, I wonder if they know if they are being filmed, because there are certain situations where they say things and then deny them and it comes up at the reunion. Anyways, let’s talk about a cider that Val picked out.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “The town of Williamson’s own McIntosh, Empire, Ida Red & Jonagold make up the entirety of this cider. Categorized as semi-sweet with a fresh apple aroma followed by a juicy, ripe apple finish make it hard to resist reaching for another.”

Random: Val picked this one out because of the label.

The cider poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. It went away by the time I took the picture. The body was perfectly clear and yellowish-green in color. There was a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some wildflower honey and a combination of red and green apples. The taste started with some green apple tartness and followed up with some honey sweetness. It had some floral aspects as well. The body was on the light side and had a lot of carbonation as well. It had a quick and sweet finish with honey. A can of this was $2.99, which came to $.25 per ounce. This was an easy drinking cider, but wasn’t all that complex. This would make for a good introductory cider or throw a few in a cooler for a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Wedding planning has taken over my life. I’m about 50 reviews in the hole and the closer we to February, the less time that I think I’m going to have. We’ve decided on a venue, which is about the only thing we’ve decided on. We both love the venue (it’s historic, not a wedding factory and has really cute fire tables) and it’s not too far from our house, although it’s equally inconvenient to every other person attending the wedding. More about that in some reviews to come, let’s get to the cider.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: This is made at their new Asheville, North Carolina facility.

Random: The show “Quantico” keeps getting more confusing every season.

This cider poured with less than a quarter finger of pure white head. It disappeared before I got a chance to take the picture. The body was clear and had a greenish-yellow tint and moderate carbonation. The nose had green apple skins and apple juice. It had very little else. The taste was also simple. It had the same green apple skins with tart apple juice. It had some honey sweetness to it and some white grape juice. I kept taking sips, searching for some depth, but this was a relatively simple cider. It was quite dry and had lacking carbonation. It was almost too thin as well. The finish was quick with apple juice. The can was $2.75, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a good introductory cider that didn’t pull any punches, but was a bit boring for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I started watching this celebrity dinner party show. I don’t know what the name of it is, but the show is awful. I can barely get through this. I need a cider to tolerate it…


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just like many pre-prohibition ciders, we’ve selected apples from Europe and Washington State. To preserve freshness, the fruits are harvested and pressed at the orchard, then delivered to our cidery in Austin, Texas. These apple varieties have the bittersharp and bittersweet components that bring character to our drink. Only the finest apples can create the best cider. With this base of un-compromised fruit, we also use a white wine yeast which has been selected for aromatic retention and slow, cold fermentation tolerance. This helps preserve the natural, fruity nose and complex flavor you experience when enjoying this drink. This ferment is fed nutrients at key stages to allow the perfect transition of fruit sugar to alcohol, like that of a wonderful Riesling or Gewürztraminer wine. Once fermentation is complete, we use state of the art filtration for gorgeous clarity, without stripping components that add to mouthfeel. This is extremely important because it ensures that we don’t remove any of the exciting attributes that our apples can present to you. Austin Eastciders is all about authenticity and commitment to quality. These ideals, along with our service to employees and community, set the stage for an environment of enjoying a tasty beverage with the company of good people.”

Random: I bet this show gets cancelled after one season.

This cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy light yellow with lots of carbonation. The nose had some sour apples along with pineapple. There was some white sugar as well. The taste started with sweeter apples along with pineapple. There was some honey as well. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation along with it. A can of this cider was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this cider. I think the pineapple was utilized well and the apples gave it some depth. This was quite pleasant.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

In two days, I start a new job. By the time you read this, I’ll have been there for over six months (hopefully). It’s always nerve-wracking starting a new job, especially when you’ve been at your last job for over four years. But, it’s a Monday through Friday job, which means that I’ll get to spend more time with Val. That’s something that we haven’t had since we got together. I’ll also be able to get more home projects done. Anyways, let’s get to this cider.


ABV: 6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Resembles a crisp Rose wine in color and taste. Fruity aromas of fresh strawberries, vanilla cream and honey lead to sweet citrus, melon and mineral flavors. Medium bodied and very well balanced. Starts slightly sweet but finishes dry, soft and lingering.”

Random: Whenever we’ve tried to grow strawberries, the bunnies eat them.

The cider poured with a three finger, pink head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, pink color with high carbonation. The nose was filled with unripe strawberries and apple juice. The taste was on the simpler side. It had honey, strawberries and a touch of tartness. Apple juice came through next. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. I don’t recall how much I paid for this one, but it was a very simple cider. I like strawberries, but this cider didn’t do them justice. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Val picked this cider out when we were browsing an aisle in the beer store. She popped this one open and let me have a few sips to give it a proper review.


ABV: 5.4%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A WINTERY MIX WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND: FRESH-PRESSED APPLE CIDER WITH A HINT OF VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP. Like all of our ciders, maple blend is unfiltered, using fresh-pressed apples from tom’s farm in stow. we add pure maple syrup from fournier’s sugar shack in lyndonville, vermont, and the resulting hard cider is light and refreshing with notes of vanilla and maple. just the thing for a day of skiing, shoveling or playoff football.”

Random: The older I get, the less I like maple syrup on pancakes.

This cider poured with almost no head that dissipated instantly and was gone by the time I took my picture. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy lemon yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had red apple skins, apple juice and maple syrup. The taste had some spice to it, specifically ginger and cinnamon. This went along with the maple syrup and transitioned right into a concentrated apple juice note. The body was on the thicker side for a cider with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy, sweet finish with maple syrup. A can of this was $2.37, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. This was a decent cider, it just needed some more balance between the apples and maple syrup.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the things that I enjoy about working in a warehouse is that I don’t have to wear a suit. One of the things I don’t enjoy is that my hands are almost always dirty. I need to start carrying hand sanitizer around with me. This is a cider that I believe Val picked up for me and is a seasonal offering from B. Nektar. Let’s crack it open.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Crisp apple and cherry forward. The sides of the tongue garner the tartness of dry apple and unripened berries while a mild sweetness rounds and balances. Medium body with a dry, refreshing finish.”

Random: This is available April through June.

The cider poured with no head on top of a cloudy, cranberry colored body. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tart berries. I specifically got cherries and blackberries along with apple skins and Red Delicious apples. The taste had a mouth puckering tartness with red wine vinegar. It then transitioned into cherries, blackberries and barely ripe blueberries. Apple came through as well, but it was more like a Honeycrisp apple. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tart blueberries. This set me back $7.99, which came to $.50 per ounce. This cider was interesting, but it was almost too tart for me. I still had no problem throwing it back and I’m glad I tried it, there are just a few better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I think I’m finally a morning person. Even on my days off, if I don’t set an alarm, I’m up by 5 AM at the latest. I always have these grandiose ideas that I’ll get to sleep in, but I never manage to. Since I have a cold, I’ve managed to sleep about 12 hours on and off today. Anyways, let’s get to the cider.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Made from 100% New Zealand grown apples and natural kiwifruit flavor, Moa Kiwifruit Cider has a typical crisp­ apple aroma, with a unique, tropical kiwifruit twist.”

Random: I love when kiwis are in a fruit salad, even though the seeds get stuck in my teeth.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, greenish-yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with kiwi, white grape and oak. Green apples came through next. The taste was dry and crisp. It had a touch of sweetness and acid from the kiwi with oak and vanilla. It had a lot of complexity to it and the oak note gave it some warmness. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with kiwi flesh and green apples. A bottle of this ran me $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. I really enjoyed this cider. The kiwi tasted authentic and it worked really well with the other flavors. I would highly recommend purchasing this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0