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I've discovered that if there is anything I like at all It is some cider! In specific Woodchuck. So far my favorite is the Fall Woodchuck, and I tend to favor the sweeter drinks. I haven't been able to try any other brands yet, and I figure there is a high chance I might like some others... Suggestions on what to try?
also rum + warmed regular cider.
laura loves ace's pumpkin cider. we were kinda meh about their apple though.
EDIT: Never mind, apparently it was just regular cider. WTF.
In summary so far here is the list we have:
J.K. Scrumpy's Organic Hard Cider
Tried Angry Orchard's Crisp apple and liked it a lot
I was hoping to get Strongbow this first time, but it was $11 while the others were $8 so I'll be trying it some other time. (What can I say I'm cheap!)
Woodchuck 802 is fantastic. It's more dry than the amber. Love it. The amber is good also. Wasn't a fan of the Private Reserve though.
Hornsby's I absolutely hate. Tastes too much like beer to me. Yuck.
I seem to recall Crispin being pretty good, but I haven't had it in quite a while.
There's another hard cider I tried recently, I think it was Fox Barrel Hard Cider. It was a really good spiced hard cider. Very natural, not filtered, seemed to add a lot of flavor (though you didn't really want to drink the last 1/8" or so).
2. Strongbow (+1 if on tap)
3. Woodchuck 802
They only sell in 750ml bottles, but if you can get your hands on some Distillery Lane Ciderworks Kingston Black, or the Jefferson both are very good. I'd say the Kingston Black is more dry, not quite as sweet, the Jefferson is a sweeter more fruity variety. Both are hard apple ciders, but they drink more like wine. I think the alcohol content for each is somewhere around 8%.
I don't care for Woodchuck and Angry Orchard, they tear my stomach up. I find them to be over-processed, and over-carbonated. To me, they are not real cider's, they are alternatives for would be beer drinkers.
Here in Indianapolis the pub I go to quite often, Red Lion Grog House in Fountain Square, has it on tap 24/7/365 (exaggeration). It is such a staple there that some people (including me) would raise a fuss (jokingly, of course) if they don't have it on tap.
Ah the Red Lion, decent booze (Or so I've heard) and Burgers as big as ya head, (as I can testify)
Alright... so my preferred grocery store now has a "Tavern" with 50 taps. Usually about 5 of them are hard ciders. New things I've found that are amazing...
McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve: this seriously tastes like apple pie in a glass. It's spicy and sweet and delicious. It's also way better on tap though. I bought a six-pack of bottles, but it's somehow just not the same that way.
Blake's Hard Cider Co. Flannel Mouth: This is my new gold standard for hard cider. Also, it's made in Armanda, MI which is about a 50 minute drive from ICHQ (hint hint hint). It's sweet, just a little dry... seriously, it's dangerously good. I have a pint of it pretty much every time I go grocery shopping at this point. http://blakeshardcider.com/
Edit: Also, dat ridiculous video:
Interesting. I'm about to start another batch (or two) of cider...I might have to experiment.