Millstone Sidra Americana

Tonight’s selection is a cider that I picked up in New York. One of the beer podcasts that I listen to, did a beer versus wine dinner and they brought out a Basque cider for one of the courses. I can’t say that I’m very familiar with them, but everyone on the podcast raved about the unique flavors, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon.


ABV: 8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “A homage to the basque style ciders, crafted using wild yeast from a skin contact fermentation and aged and blended using our solera method. A wildly tart style with unique farmhouse qualities and a mellow tannic finish.”

Random: I hate wax topped bottles. I’m always afraid I’m going to cut my finger when I open them.

This cider poured with no head on top of a very cloudy, light yellow body. There was light carbonation visible, despite how hazy the cider was. The nose had apples and a tartness with yeast. It also had an earthiness to it that I couldn’t completely place. The taste was filled with unripe apples. It had yeast and a white wine grape note with white vinegar. It also had the same earthiness as the nose, that manifested like hay with some nutmeg too. It had significant tartness, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was light with light carbonation. It had a quick, dry finish with tart apples. A bottle of this wasn’t cheap at $20.75 ($.83 per ounce). I had no problem drinking this cider and it was really unique. I’ve been searching out Basque-style ciders and this one did not disappoint. I would highly recommend it, especially to pair with cheese.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Millstone Farmgate

Whenever Val wants a beer or a cider, she always tells me to pick something good. Normally, we only have reviewing beers/ciders in the house, so I’ve never had it, and thus I have no idea if it is good. Last week, she asked me this and I ended up opening 3 different bottles to find something she liked. This was the first one that I opened that she picked out at Half Time. I have a feeling she picked it out because the bottle was pretty.


ABV: 8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Unfiltered American traditional oak barrel fermented and aged cider with a blend of our tart heirloom cider apples. A sharp and smokey recreation of pure flavors, farm values, and heritage.”

Random: Not surprisingly, we are keeping the bottle because it is indeed, pretty.

This cider poured with no head on top of a very hazy, light yellow body. There was no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was fragrant with green apples, light oak and vanilla. The taste was intensely tart upon first sip. There was a lot of apples and lemon on this cider. There was some light toasted oak and vanilla as well. But the tartness was very strong. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a long finish with tart apples. It was way too tart and was missing depth. This was not a cider that I would have again, especially at $18.49 a bottle ($.84 per ounce). I would be willing to try their other offerings and give them another chance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0