Hard Cider

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  1. blowtorch

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    It's the perfect time of year for it!
    I prefer Boston Beer Company's "Hardcore Cider".
    I don't like the Woodchuck stuff, too wine-coolery for my tastes.

    what are some other good ones?
     
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    Now my dad is from Devon where Scrumpy is kind of a religion. I've had stuff there that I swear must have been weighing in at around 12%. So I thought that when Westons started putting Old Rosie on tap in pubs I'd be fine, but for some reason that stuff gets me leggless faster then necking shots of whiskey. After about 2 or 3 pints of that stuff I'm slurring my words and walking into walls.

    The fact they sell this in Wetherspoons pubs, which are situated on pretty much every street corner scares the s**t out of me.

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    I've had scrumpy and it must be an acquired taste. It was nasty. Shouldn't the taste or smell remind you of apples? I can't say I can name a really good cider.

    On the other hand, I've had some Quebec Iced Cider (it's a desert wine) and it was amazing.

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    I was staying at an old English farm-house converted to an Inn not too far from Bristol (nearer to Yate, actually). They had a nice little pub for locals and guests. I, naturally, set about to sample (liberally) all the fine beers they served.

    After a day or two, Strongbow was up. Boy was that first taste a surprise.
     
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    That is a slippery slope you are treading. Strongbow the tramp's drink of choice, kinda like the British equivalent of malt liquor in a brown paper bag.

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    Did not know that.

    I got off that "slope" right quick. Finished my pint, I suppose. But back to the beer toot sweet.

    This was also the place where I discovered John Courage Bitter. Yum.
     
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    my wife used to like a glass of champagne before dinner. After all her medical problems she lost the taste for it. One day she tried a glass of cider and she loved it. We tied all the usual suspects (supermarket availability - Strongbow and some other Irish brand) then a South African brand came up and she preferred that above the others...

    until we went to France and she found French cider. Apparently the UK/Irish ciders are brewed like beer, and the French version is brewed like --- champagne!

    now the French stuff is king of the roost... except we just went to Spain and had some nice Spanish cider (at E. 1.68 per bottle!)
     
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    Oh yeah, that Strongbow stuff is good! and cheap.
     
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    not a big fan, but I seem to like Woodchuck Amber the best....
     
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    I don't think I've had hard cider over the years, not the alcoholic stuff anyways.

    Maybe I'll grab a jar for the long weekend to try out ifn' they have it at the local store.
     
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    I make my own - planted a few cider apple trees in my orchard a few years back and now churning out some good stuff that gets you very drunk very quickly.

    Tastes good too!

    Stay away from the Strongbow - its not cider it's the devils urine.
     
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    I make a pretty strong cider when I get enough apples, in fact I have a bottle which needs "inspecting" right now...
     
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    I've had hard cider once. Don't remember what it was, but it was good. I'd like to learn to make my own.

    According to Ken Burns (Prohibition) hard cider was a staple in most homes back in the 1880's. They had a barrel by the door when you walked in...you'd get a mug full and go into the home. People were drinking either beer or cider for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Interesting documentary. In fact, he said they were drinking almost 3 times as much as we are today...IIRC?

    In fact, a lot of towns would ring a bell twice a day (morning and afternoon) and everyone would stop what they were doing, and get a grog of cider.

    I just want to know what's changed all that? LOL!
     
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    You needed to be reminded to drink?!
     
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    I had some Crispin pear cider the other day at a bar and it was very nice.
     
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    This!

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    Had it in the UK. It's great stuff. Can't find it in the US although I think it's available in NYC.
     
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    Chief Jay Strongbow....who woulda thunk it?
    This is The White Mountains and that barrel you see when you walk in - that's The Cider.
    Be careful - or You'll be hammered in no time.

    FWIW - John Adams began everyday with a tankard of Hard Cider.
     
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    Cider gives me a killer hangover but I'll still have the occasional pint of Addlestones.
     
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