Cider Stereotypes Smashed

Author: Ambrosia Borowski
This month we tasted piles of ciders with layers of complexity. Entries from both home and abroad did not disappoint and familiar names once again dazzled our taste buds. The showing was far from the expected and reinvigorated our love of cider. Check out the tried and tru and and the eye-openers showing that traditional dry cider is for everyone.
Angry Orchard does it again

Angry Orchard does it again

Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Angry Orchard, makers of pleasant everyday ciders, has expanded to artisanal, orchard-driven expressions. The new expressions are made in a traditional method with New York apples. The cider house is also stepping outside of the pub and collaborating with renowned cider makers to bring the virtues of fine cider to American tables. My top pick? Understood in Motion 03 made in collaboration with Tom Oliver –still, dry and full of life.

France is back en Vogue

France is back en Vogue

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French cider by law must be made from 100% apples. As the saying goes, ''If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. With humble beginnings and steeped in tradition, French cider offers a trip to Normandy in a glass. Ferme de Romilly 2015 Brut Cidre de Normandie has made a splash in the US market, not only at Tastings, but also at the most recent GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition –the largest cider competition in the world), taking home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place best in class. Ferme de Romilly and numerous other producers are proving to us that French cider is nothing to shrug at.

Trending: Hibiscus

Trending: Hibiscus

Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Common Cider Company from California killed it at Tastings with their innovative additions of fruit, spice and everything nice. Coming up around the beer scene, they've embraced the true nature of cider. Aside from their stand out tangerine, their Hibiscus Saison Hard Cider was a judge favorite. The delicate floral aroma of hibiscus is this season's sweetheart for light, refreshing and playfully pink ciders. Watch your cider shelves for a variety of takes on hibiscus that don't hit you over the head with sweetness.

Far From Pear Shaped

Far From Pear Shaped

Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Pears are a kissing cousin to apples and are used in the same way when it comes to fermentation. A pear based ferment is called 'perry', and cider with pear added to it is called 'pear cider'. Whatever you choose to call it, the pleasures one can derive from a pear ferment are endless. Established Woodchuck Cider delighted the judges by combining ginger with a pear base in their Tank Series- Pear Ginger Cider. My personal favorite was Pear House Hard Cider, the traditional take by Oregon's Eden Valley Orchards with classic phenolic notes dancing around warm fruits.

Angry Orchard does it again
France is back en Vogue
Trending: Hibiscus
Far From Pear Shaped
Cider Stereotypes Smashed
This month we tasted piles of ciders with layers of complexity. Entries from both home and abroad did not disappoint and familiar names once again dazzled our taste buds. The showing was far from the expected and reinvigorated our love of cider. Check out the tried and tru and and the eye-openers showing that traditional dry cider is for everyone.

Angry Orchard does it again

Angry Orchard does it again
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Angry Orchard, makers of pleasant everyday ciders, has expanded to artisanal, orchard-driven expressions. The new expressions are made in a traditional method with New York apples. The cider house is also stepping outside of the pub and collaborating with renowned cider makers to bring the virtues of fine cider to American tables. My top pick? Understood in Motion 03 made in collaboration with Tom Oliver –still, dry and full of life.

France is back en Vogue

France is back en Vogue
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
French cider by law must be made from 100% apples. As the saying goes, ''If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. With humble beginnings and steeped in tradition, French cider offers a trip to Normandy in a glass. Ferme de Romilly 2015 Brut Cidre de Normandie has made a splash in the US market, not only at Tastings, but also at the most recent GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition –the largest cider competition in the world), taking home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place best in class. Ferme de Romilly and numerous other producers are proving to us that French cider is nothing to shrug at.

Trending: Hibiscus

Trending: Hibiscus
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Common Cider Company from California killed it at Tastings with their innovative additions of fruit, spice and everything nice. Coming up around the beer scene, they've embraced the true nature of cider. Aside from their stand out tangerine, their Hibiscus Saison Hard Cider was a judge favorite. The delicate floral aroma of hibiscus is this season's sweetheart for light, refreshing and playfully pink ciders. Watch your cider shelves for a variety of takes on hibiscus that don't hit you over the head with sweetness.

Far From Pear Shaped

Far From Pear Shaped
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Pears are a kissing cousin to apples and are used in the same way when it comes to fermentation. A pear based ferment is called 'perry', and cider with pear added to it is called 'pear cider'. Whatever you choose to call it, the pleasures one can derive from a pear ferment are endless. Established Woodchuck Cider delighted the judges by combining ginger with a pear base in their Tank Series- Pear Ginger Cider. My personal favorite was Pear House Hard Cider, the traditional take by Oregon's Eden Valley Orchards with classic phenolic notes dancing around warm fruits.