While it may seem like a recent trend, the story of Hard apple juice In America it dates back to the beginning of the country itself. In fact, it was the English settlers who brought their love of hard cider America. Patrick A. says: Coombs, director of Liquids and Advanced Cicerone® at Stem Ciders in Denver: “It took a while to grow enough apple trees for production, and there were a lot of things to solve—like increasing bees in order to ensure adequate pollination for the orchards.” Several stages of hard cider later, many return to the strip to see what the drink has to offer: clean and pure flavor profiles, variety food pairing capabilities and an ever-expanding world of components.
Powered by the craft beer movement, many ciders are venturing into new and experimental flavor territory. “This has called out a lot of adventurous drinkers looking to expand their horizons beyond what they often know as a sweet, viscous drink with relatively little complexity,” Combs says. “It also appears to have struck a chord in those looking for a drink option that is naturally gluten-free, often with significantly fewer calories than other bar offerings.”
Why is still apple cider a great drink? Cider is made from apples, and fall is apple season. Most apples ripen between late August and early November. Michael J. says: Neff, bar manager at Bar Loretta in San Antonio, Texas: “Squeezing and fermenting fresh apples makes fresh cider.” “Because apples are so seasonal, we are socially qualified to associate them with this season — fall means cider. These associations are more important in appreciating what we drink than crediting most people.”
You may not believe it, but hard cider is also good for beer lovers. This is especially true in the fall. The fruity, crisp, slightly tart flavors appeal to beer aficionados, pilsners, and even lovers of faded beer. The top ten tough ciders are targeted for the picky beer drinker.
1. Austin Eastciders Original Dry Cider
Austin Eastkids is a big name in the hard cider market for good reason. Every juice from this brand is unique and exciting, especially its classic dry cider original – 5% ABV, crushable, slightly tart, sparkling wine-like, dry cider made with bittersweet apples from Europe and candy apples from the United States.
[$10.99 for a six-pack; austineastciders.com]
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