For serious beer drinkers, cider is a tough sell. It starts off refreshing, then the cloying sweetness starts to coat the toungue. Yet after many a happy day spent in rainy East Bay pubs drinking a cider, I have a soft spot for them. So I was pleased to find a box of Angry Orchard hard ciders on my doorstep.
Angry Orchard is named for the bittersweet apples they have grown for their ciders. Their apples are a blend of Italian culinary apples from the Apline foothills and french bittersweet apples from Normandy. They are serious about their cider!
The flavors I tried:
Crisp Apple: This is the traditional cider I expect. It’s sweet with a subtle dryness and has a fresh apple aroma. I recommend it for mixing. My favorite cider mix is a Snakebite: cider and a stout. We made these with the Crisp Apple and my husband’s homebrewed ginger stout. Yum!
Apple Ginger: This was the one I could drink on its own. The zip of ginger really complements the smooth sweetness of the cider.
Traditional Dry: I imagine this is what they are referring to in English chick lit novels when they say they are grabbing a cider.
Angry Orchard rerails for around $8.99 a six pack. If you’re looking for something different than the usual beer or a way to break wine drinkers into beer, I recommend picking up some. To find where Angry Orchard is served near you, visit the “cider finder”. Also if you see it on draft, definitely have the bartender make you a Snakebite. I prefer a craft stout but Guinness works too. I also enjoy using cider in cocktails such as the Fall Basket. By the way, Angry Orchard ciders are gluten free!
Do you enjoy cider? Which is your favorite?