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Help me find good cider
« 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?
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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #1 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

I'm not into cider or sour beers. I prefer IPA's and DIPA's, Belgian's and Stouts. I also homebrew.

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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 06:37:10 PM »


From a well known swedish brew.. you can get 4% and up to 7% too..have not tasted the strongest one..
Very nice to drink ice cold.

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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #4 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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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 06:55:42 PM »
No problem I am not sure how it meets up to your standards though, but maybe if you are lucky you find a swedish import of it.

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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013, 06:56:15 PM »
that some really dark cider, I didn't know it could be that dark even...

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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014, 07:55:14 AM »
I did read about the kopparberg cider on ratemybeer.com, and among the "experts" it do not seem to get much good reviews.. so I think it will not be worth the effort, I have not tried many ciders and no "fine" ciders" only masts produced ciders, I am no expert.
I just like it, but I think it must due that it is ice cold in the summer. And as we know everything taste better ice cold... I am not sure how you drink yours..maybe not cold

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« Reply #8 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.
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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #9 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...
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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #10 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 ! 

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Re: Help me find good cider
« Reply #11 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.....