No, this isn't a late April Fool's Day prank. I've been noticing more hard ciders in my grocery store and bottle shops. Back in the day, when I didn't have access to good beer, I dabbled with ciders. I wasn't crazy about them because they were too sweet for me.
I've heard ciders have come a long way since the days of yore, so I thought I'd give them a try. But first, what exactly is hard cider? Here's a definition from Fox Barrel's website... "Hard Cider is apple juice that has gone through fermentation, the process of turning the natural sugars into alcohol. Once the fermentation is complete, the "must" is then filtered and blended with juice, thus increasing the fruitiness and decreasing the alcohol content (with a whole lot in between.)"
The guys at my homebrew shop told me about the cider making process. It seems to be quite a bit simpler than the beer making process, so maybe I'll give it a try this fall at apple harvest time.
But first, I need to see it I even like cider. I haven't had one in over 10 years. As with my beer reviews, I will not evaluate them according to style. I'll just describe them and decide if I want to drink them again. So here's what I'll be tasting:
- Crispin Light
- Crispin Brut
- Fox Barrel Apricot Pear
Who knows, maybe if I like them, I'll start a new blog. How does "The Mediocre Cider Blog" sound?? In the meantime, check out the cider trivia below from Fox Barrel's website.
Are you a cider drinker? I'd love your recommendations and advice about drinking cider.
In our country's early years, cider was consumed more than water because it was safer to drink.
During the 14th century, children were baptized in hard cider because it was cleaner than water.
Until declared illegal in 1878 by the British government, farm workers received a hard cider allowance as part of their wages (typically two quarts a day for a man and one quart for a boy.)
The average Massachusetts resident consumed more than 35 gallons of cider per year during the later 1700s.
The Boston Tea Party was nearly the Boston Cider Party. The ship immediately adjacent to the famous tea ship was full of cider. The mob decided to destroy the tea ship and then proceeded to steal and consume cider from the ship next door. (At least they had their priorities straight!)
And on a more regional note: Sutter's Mill in Coloma had a cider mill/cidery. There is a plaque that discusses the building where beer was brewed and cider crafted at the historic site.
And now you can give Cliff Claven a run for his money!!