Cider

Cider is made by fermenting apple juice and is an extremely popular drink in the UK and in the Normandy and Brittany regions of France, though it is also made in many other countries. In the U.S. there are two types of cider. In all other countries, cider is by default an alcoholic beverage, but in the U.S. non-alcoholic apple juice is also called cider, with the alcoholic variety typically called hard cider to distinguish it from the juice variety. U.S. sales of cider are slowly increasing, with an expansion in the numbers of craft cideries and improved quality, but it still lags a very long way behind beer. Cider has also traditionally been a local drink, varying regionally with the type of apples grown, although today apples are more easily imported. Most U.S. cider apples originate in Washington state, regardless of where the cider is made, and increasingly ciders are being barrel-aged or flavored with herbs, spices, or other fruit.

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Review: Wildcide Hard Cider

By Christopher Null | January 5, 2016 |

You won’t find his name anywhere on the bottle, but Wildcide (and Aurum Cider Co., which makes it) comes to us from Dan Gordon, founder of Gordon Biersch. His first cider, it is pressed from Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious varieties. As ciders go, Wildcide is decidedly not wild and is instead…

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Review: Crispin “15 Men” Blended Hard Cider Rum Cask Aged

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2015 |

Crispin’s latest limited edition cider is made from Colfax apple wine, aged in dark rum casks, and finished with wildflower honey and “dark candi syrup” — a fancy type of caramel that’s usually used in beermaking. What does the name mean? It comes from Treasure Island, meant to evoke pirates and buried treasure — and rum,…

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Review: Sonoma Cider The Crowbar, The Washboard, and Dry Zider

By Christopher Null | September 13, 2015 |

Two limited edition ciders and one very limited reserve release from Sonoma Cider. These ones aren’t exactly my favorites, but maybe the descriptions will entice your palate… Sonoma Cider The Crowbar – Dry cider, flavored with lime and habanero. Surprisingly spicy, with intense lime notes and quite a peppery punch behind it. It’s altogether a bit…

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Review: Woodchuck Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy, Summer Time, and Pink Hard Cider

By Christopher Null | August 10, 2015 |

Three new seasonal, rare, and “reserve” ciders from Woodchuck, all built with the summer in mind. Thoughts follow. Woodchuck Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy Summer Shandy Hard Cider – Not like any shandy I’ve ever had. The apple is quite sour and overbearing, not really letting any lemon character shine through at all. The initial palate…

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Review: Woodchuck Cheeky Cherry and Gumption Hard Cider

By Christopher Null | April 21, 2015 |

It’s time for two new ciders from Vermont-based Woodchuck. Here they are. Woodchuck Cheeky Cherry Hard Cider – Fresh apple melds with tart, sour cherry notes in this surprisingly balanced cider, which offers nothing unexpected aside from those two simple notes — apple to start, cherry to finish — but which drinks more like a…

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Review: Sidra Fran Ramos del Valle Spanish Cider

By Christopher Null | January 29, 2015 |

Most of the cider we see here at Drinkhacker — which seems to be growing week by week — hails from Washington state or thereabouts. Sidra Fran is based in the Asturias region of Spain — and rarely does it travel far from home. Imported cider? Here it is, and it’s a far different experience…

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Review: Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider

By Christopher Null | December 29, 2014 |

Vermont-based Woodchuck makes well over a dozen ciders. Recently we received this sample of Hopsation, a traditional apple cider that is infused with Cascade hops. As someone who’s hardly a cider fanatic, Hopsation is a surprisingly drinkable concoction. Some of that bitterness from a dosing of hops is just what that overly sweet-and-sour cider character…

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Review: Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider

By Christopher Null | December 6, 2014 |

Any product that tries to pull off the play on words by subbing “cinn” (meaning cinnamon) for “sin” is already off to a bad start, and Angry Orchard’s cinnamon-infused apple cider doesn’t do much to change directions. The light touch of cinnamon on this cider — evident primarily on midpalate as just a dusting of…

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Review: Angry Orchard “The Muse” Cider

By Christopher Null | July 18, 2014 |

Summertime is cider time, at least that’s what I hear. The latest addition to Angry Orchard’s apple-based specialty cider lineup — called the Cider House Collection — is The Muse, a semi-sweet concoction that’s been aged “on French oak staves” and is sold, Champange style, in a 750ml corked bottle. This cider pours with gentle effervescence and…

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Review: Six Ciders from Tieton Cider Works

By Christopher Null | June 3, 2014 |

It’s time for a gaggle of apple ciders from Tieton Cider Works, based in Tieton, Washington. TCW makes at least 10 different products. Here we review a half dozen, all spins on the classic apple cider formula, and arranged from dryest to sweetest. Enjoy. Tieton Cider Works Tieton Blend Cider Dry – English style cider,…

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