Spire Mountain Sparkling Pear

Today’s selection is a cider that Val picked up. I don’t remember where we got it, but ever since we picked this one up, I’ve been seeing their products everywhere. Let’s see how this was.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Festive and light, Spire Mountain Pear Cider is alive with delicate flavor. A blend of Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears gives this hard cider a gentle zest. Complemented by a soft sprightly sparkle, the scent of sunny orchard beckons from every glass. Enjoy this genial refreshment at your ease.”

Random: This is available year-round.

This cider poured with no head on top of a bright yellow body that was clear. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pears and pear skins. It also had a soapy note that I wasn’t a huge fan of, along with apple skins. The taste was much of the same. The pear that came through reminded me of a pear jelly bean (yes, they exist), apple cores and the same soapy quality. White sugar was there as well, and right at the end of the sip, it turned tart. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was quick and soapy with pear skins and apple flesh. This was $4 a bottle, which came to $.33 per ounce. I wasn’t a fan of this cider at all. I was looking for a cider with more fruit flavor without the soapiness. Val wasn’t a fan of this either.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale

My other half and I differ on a bunch of things. One of them happens to be how much shower gel we have in the shower. Currently, there are 22 different bottles because we need “variety.” Out of those 22, 2 of them are mine. I use the same shower gel every single day until it is empty and then go on to the next bottle and continue the cycle. This drives my other half a little nuts because she uses a different one every day based on how she feels in the morning. This would never work for me. Anyways, she bought me shower gel for Christmas called Broo, which has beer in it and smells amazing. I’m currently using the one that smells like citrus and I absolutely love it. If you get a chance, pick up a bottle and give it a try. You know what else reminds me of citrus? Hefeweizens. Let’s see how I liked this one.


ABV: 4%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fruity, refreshing, and touched with malt sweetness, Whistling Pig Hefeweizen is a bright reward for days under the sun. Crisp yet easygoing, Whistling Pig is an unfiltered wheat bier. Its classically cloudy appearance characterizes the best German hefeweizens. That a hefe this authentic is born in the great Pacific Northwest makes Whistling Pig Hefeweizen all the more delightful.”

Random: I also tried their oatmeal porter shower gel which was really nice for the winter.

This brew poured with a three finger white head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy light yellow color with lots of carbonation. The nose was very light, honestly way too light for the style. There was a touch of lemon peel and clove, but that was it. The taste was even lighter than the nose. It was like wheat beer seltzer. I got some wheat notes and a touch of lemon, but no banana, no real spice. It was just bland with lots of carbonation. The body was light with heavy carbonation. The finish was quick with a touch of lemon. This brew really didn’t do it for me and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0