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Old 09-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Commercial Hard Ciders

Last week I tried a couple hard ciders we had at work. The first was Crispin, which cam in a clear, 12 oz bottle. It was almost flavorless and had no mouth feel. Next up was Blackthorn. It came in a 16 oz. can. Equally flavorless and thin. I would not purchase either of these. We also have Redds Apple Ale on tap. Tried that and was blown away! Lots of apple flavor and pretty sweet. Tasted like Martinellis to me. I highly suggest this one.

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Old 09-25-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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Redds is beer, not cider. It has apple flavoring added. I'd look for smaller producer that don't use concentrate if you are looking for a more flavorful product. In your area, Julian Hard Cider or Tieton Cider Works are great places to start.

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I would buy Blackthorn before just about any other cider I've tried.
I just prefer dry, wine-like cinders over the Woodchucks and Hornsby's sugar bombs.

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Crispin’s artisanal releases are typically good. There are a couple stinkers, but most are really good.

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I have some news for you: you may not actually like cider.

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I dislike almost all commercial ciders since I started making my own. It turns out I like the dry stuff, and no commercial brewers make that

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Randzor, that's not an occasion for sadness, that's a badge of honor! One day, after enough of us keep homebrewing and spreading the gospel, the big American producers will sit up and take notice.

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I had an Angry Orchard Cinnfully Apple and I was actually fairly shocked that it had a fairly significant sulfur aroma to it. Tasted alright but the smell was still there...

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I dislike almost all commercial ciders since I started making my own. It turns out I like the dry stuff, and no commercial brewers make that
AMEN!!!

I shared some of my dry, tannic, slightly-funky ciders with some major-label cidermakers at the BBF camp last year, and one of them said, "Man, I wish we could make & sell stuff like this." Conventional wisdom in the business is that customers expect 'cider' to be sweet, so the big companies won't even try to market a dry cider. Yet.
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I dislike almost all commercial ciders since I started making my own. It turns out I like the dry stuff, and no commercial brewers make that
You need to keep a lookout for this stuff:




There are some bone dry, very tasty ciders out there, if you look around a bit. I had some of this stuff last night, and it was quite good. Very dry, hints of sourness, refreshing and tasty. I feel like it might have benefited from some additional age, but it was still very good.

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