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Title: Help me find good cider
Post by: mgriffin on December 31, 2013, 12:43:57 PM
I enjoy a good hard cider, but it seems the recent boom in popularity of cider has resulted in more "candy" ciders -- light and very sweet, with more in common with a Zima or a Bartles & James wine cooler than the dark, dry cider I enjoy.

Some of the craft breweries are offering cider now, but I'm leery of proceeding without recommendations. I don't want to spend $7 on a bottle of cider only to find it's sweet "alco-pop..."

Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: dreamin4ever on December 31, 2013, 02:33:13 PM
I enjoy a good hard cider, but it seems the recent boom in popularity of cider has resulted in more "candy" ciders -- light and very sweet, with more in common with a Zima or a Bartles & James wine cooler than the dark, dry cider I enjoy.

Some of the craft breweries are offering cider now, but I'm leery of proceeding without recommendations. I don't want to spend $7 on a bottle of cider only to find it's sweet "alco-pop..."

Any recommendations?

You try any of Julian's Cider?

http://julianhardcider.biz/wp-content/plugins/age-verification/age-verification.php?redirect_to=http://julianhardcider.biz%2F (http://julianhardcider.biz/wp-content/plugins/age-verification/age-verification.php?redirect_to=http://julianhardcider.biz%2F)

I'm not into cider or sour beers. I prefer IPA's and DIPA's, Belgian's and Stouts. I also homebrew.
Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: mgriffin on December 31, 2013, 04:36:33 PM
I haven't tried that one, but I'm open to the suggestion. I'll check it out.

Generally I'm not a huge cider fan, compared to my interest in craft beer and bourbon and Scotch, but sometimes I crave a good, dark, earthy cider. I figure there are so many clever folk visiting this forum, somebody will have ideas.
Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: mgriffin on December 31, 2013, 06:51:55 PM
Thanks, Immersion. I'm not sure I've seen that here, but I'll look for it.

I posted the same question on Facebook and received many quick replies. This leads me to believe my Facebook friends are more accomplished alcoholics than my Hypnos Forum friends. ;)

Recommendations I received there include Ace Joker and Woodchuck.

Tonight I'm sampling Spire Dark & Dry draft cider. It's not quite as dry as the name implies, but better than most I've tried. Still a little "light" for my tastes. Not quite cider nirvana.

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Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 01, 2014, 12:27:26 PM
It's not a dark cider, but the closest brand I have had here in the US (after a visit in England to a cidery and having draft cider) is Crispin Brut (Extra Dry). It's very dry, IMO, esp. when compared to a lot of other ciders. And it's reasonably priced, too. But I haven't sampled a lot of the more expensive artisan ciders, either. The main thing I like about Crispin (the Brut variety) is it really is quite dry, which what many of the English ciders I sampled while there were.
Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: mgriffin on January 01, 2014, 04:17:25 PM
I've seen Crispin in a lot of the stores. "Dark" is something I can be flexible about, but I have no interest in sweet, juicy ciders, so "dry" is a must. I'll add this Crispin Brut to my list. Thanks, Bill.

One of my Facebook friends pointed out that in SE Portland, there's a store called Bushwhacker that sells nothing but fancy ciders! Good old Portland...
Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: petekelly on January 02, 2014, 09:16:21 AM
I went down to Glastonbury years ago and bought a gallon of 'real' scrumpy from a farm. You wouldn't want to have too much of that stuff - gut rot indeed ! 
Title: Re: Help me find good cider
Post by: Seren on January 02, 2014, 09:51:42 AM
I went to glastonbury in 1979 - a friend and I were really looking forward to seeing Nik Turner's Sphynx play Xitintoday - unfortunately he drank too much of the scrumpy and was unrousable for the whole set.....