Reviews

Angry Orchard 2015 Valley Flor First Flora

Angry Orchard 2015 Valley Flor First Flora

Another cider from Angry Orchard’s collection of craft ciders from their Walden Orchard in the Hudson. This one is given a natural fermentation using bittersweets and Sharps then aged in barrels previously used to age Calvados (nice touch). The cider pours a beautiful rich golden color bordering on orange. It’s still. The nose is a… Read more »

Angry Orchard Valley Flor Oval Nouveau

Angry Orchard Valley Flor Oval Nouveau

The Oval Nouveau from Angry Orchard is one in a series of ciders that highlight the work the company and their cidermaker is doing at the Walden Orchard in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Oval Nouveau is produced with bittersweets and sharps and put through a native years fermentation. Out of the bottle the cider… Read more »

2015 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cidre Bouché

2015 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cidre Bouché

2 Towns’ French-inspired 2015 Cidre Bouché delivers up a nice big head of foam out of the bottle before settling down to a golden-colored fizz of medium sized bubbles. The nose is an impressive approximation of the famous and distinctive Normandy keeved ciders with its sweet and indulgent ripe apple aromas. It also carries the… Read more »

2 Towns Cider House Return of the Mack

2 Towns Cider House Return of the Mack

Here Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse plays around with the McIntosh apple, letting its juice age for 12 months in large, wooden vats. It’s an unfiltered cider and this shows with the slightly hazy light straw color. The aromas trade on sweet whiffs of ripe apple without a stitch of funk. However, there are slight notes… Read more »

2015 2 Towns Ciderhouse Riverwood

2015 2 Towns Ciderhouse Riverwood

My first encounter with the Riverwood Cider came when it was bottled by 2 Towns under their now disbanded “Traditions” brand. I’m happy to see they kept this bottling around, but now under the much more ubiquitous 2 Towns label. The cider is produced with Jonagold and Porters Perfection apples grown in the stunning Willamette… Read more »

2 Towns Ciderhouse Suns Out Saison Peach Cider

2 Towns Ciderhouse Suns Out Saison Peach Cider

This limited release from Corvallis, Oregon’s 2 Towns Cider House is produced with a French Saison yeast and copious amounts of peaches grown in the Pacific Northwest. The release begins with quick foaming action that immediately gives way to a light straw color with fast rising small bubbles. Aromas of ripe peach and tart apple… Read more »

Wildcide Hard Cider

Wildcide Hard Cider

Enters the glass with a moderate amount of foaming that eventually gives way to a light golden/straw color with random bubbles moving up. The nose delivers straightforward, authentic apple notes with just a hint of swampy-ness. This is a light to medium bodied cider that lacks enough acidity to allow it to be drunk too… Read more »

Wildcide Wild Mule Ginger/Lime Cider

Wildcide Wild Mule Ginger/Lime Cider

Wildcide is a newish brand produced out of San Jose, California with culinary apples grown in the Hood River area of Oregon. This particular cider, with apples at its base, was designed to approximate or honor the cocktail, the Moscow Mule, and given the name, Wild Mule. Slightly cloudy with a very pale straw color…. Read more »

Brooks Dry Cider

Brooks Dry Cider

Brooks Dry Cider is a California cidery located in Sonoma County, a growing and important spot for craft cider. The Brooks Dry sports a clear, pale straw coloring that lets a few bubbles here and there meander up the glass. Aromatically, we enjoy the tart to ripe apple aromas with its thin veil of herbaceousness…. Read more »

Liberty Ciderworks Stonewall Dry-Fly Barrel Aged

Liberty Ciderworks Stonewall Dry-Fly Barrel Aged

A whiskey barrel aged English style cider from the marvelous Liberty Ciderworks in Spokane, Washington. With its clear, burn orange coloring, a quick foaming and quick dissipation of bubbles announced this cider. The nose is a tad reticent to begin, but can’t cloak the ripe apple aromas, notes of orange peel, and sweet vanillin aromas. The palate… Read more »