The Cider Crate

Month: December 2017

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The Cider Crate – Best of 2017

So as we come to the end of 2017, we are happy to look back on some of the best ciders we had the past year and our favourite locales to enjoy them!  Have a look and we hope you tried a few yourself!  We sampled over 200 ciders all year, posting reviews of close to 70 of them!

~Bethany and Barry

Cider Crate Combined: Top 5 Bottles/Cans

401 Cider Company – The Gatsby
Brickworks – Mint and Basil
Heritage Estates – Dragon’s Gold
Hinterland Cider – Sparkling Cherry
Sea Cider Farm and Cidery – Birds and The Bees

Bethany’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. 401 Cider Company – The Gatsby
  2. Coffin Ridge – Forbidden Hopped Dry Cider
  3. Creekside Estate Winery – Rood Apples

Barry’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. Sea Cider – Birds and The Bees
  2. 401 Cider Company – The Gatsby
  3. Fraser Valley – Elderflower

Cider Crate Combined: Top 5 Ciders Enjoyed at Bars/Events

California Cider Company – Ace Pineapple [Her Fathers]
County Cider Co. – Blackberry Sage [Elgin Beer Project]
Revel – Tepeche [Union 613, Brother Beer Bistro]
Steel Town Cider Co. – Guav as Fuck [Toronto Cider Festival]
Sulkers Cider – Kombucha [Craft Coyote]

Bethany’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. Revel – Emergent Property [Union 613]
  2. Revel – Forks Not Spoons [Brothers Beer Bistro]
  3. Spirit Tree – Hopped [Toronto Cider Festival]

Barry’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. Garage D’or – Hailstorm [The Wolly]
  2. Revel – Tepeche [Union 613, Brother Beer Bistro]
  3. BX Press Cardamom BlackCurrant [Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smokehouse]

Cidery of the Year-

Revel Cider Co.
Runner Up401 Cider Company

Break-out Cidery of the Year

Sulkers Cider
Runner Up – Steel Town Cider Co.

Bethany Preference26 Acre Craft Cider Company
Barry Preference Garage D’or

Favourite Non-Ontario

Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse (Victoria BC)
101 Cider House (California, USA)

Favourite Cider Event

Toronto Cider Festival
Runner Up – County Brewmaster in Ottawa

Favourite Apple Drink

Nickel Brook – Green Apple Beer

Favourite Bar

Brother Beer Bistro (Ottawa)
Runner Up – The Cider House (Toronto)

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Beau’s – Lamb’s Wool

Apple Drink Profile:

Name: Beau’s – Lamb’s Wool
Sampled: December 2017

Brand: Beau’s All Natural Brewing
Type:
Apple Gruit Beer
Location of Brewing: Vakleek Hill, ON
ABV: 6.5%
Website Link: beaus.ca
Ingredients: Water, organic barley malts, organic unfiltered apple juice, organic yarrow, organic cinnamon, organic cloves, organic hops, brewer’s yeast.
Gluten Free: No
Sugar Content: unknownSize(s) available: 600mL Bottle
Availability:
LCBO (Limited Edition 2017)
Flavour:  
Apple
Colour:
Cloudy copper-brown
Carbonation:
Small amount of head/foam, no visible bubbles, carbonation from yeast.
 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong smell of a dark or brown lager, some hints of spice.
Initial Taste: Some bite from carbonation, with a slight apple hints that turns to brown lager taste quickly.
After Taste: Long-lingering dark semi-bitter lager with some spices.  Little apple flavours but from peel. Spices remain on the pallet leaving it semi-sweet, rich and warm finish.
On ice: No tested

Additional Notes: With only subtle hints of apple, this spicy brown or dark lager has some strong warm notes great for a brisk winter/fall day.  A rich, full flavoured all organic offering from Beau’s leaves a slightly bitter warmth in your stomach.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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Unibroue – Ephemere Apple

Apple Drink Profile:

Name: Unibroue – Ephemere Apple
Sampled: December 2017

Brand: Unibroue (Sapporo)
Type:
Apple Beer
Location of Brewing: Chamble, Quebec
ABV: 5.5%
Website Link: unibroue.com
Ingredients: Unknown
Gluten Free: No
Sugar Content: UnknownSize(s) available: 355mL Bottle
Availability:
LCBO Unibroue Mixpack 2017
Flavour:  
Apple
Colour:
Cloudy aprocot-yellow
Carbonation:
Small, streaming bubbles.  Foam for head.
 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong smell of Fruity wheat beer and apples. A little musty
Initial Taste: Smooth with little carbintion levels, some apples followed quickly by a creamy wheat beer.
After Taste: Wheat beer flaour remains throughtout the whole experience, with a consistant green, quebec style semi-sweet fleshy apple taste.  Taste lingers and has some resideu as you find in most wheat beers.
On ice: No tested

Additional Notes: If you’re a fan of the Blanche-De-Chambley from Uniibroue, you will really enjoy this flavoured wheat beer.  Its smooth and creamy, sweet but still obviously a beer.  Think 3/4th wheat, 1/4th apple.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 2
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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Sunnybrook 2014 Spiced Apple

Apple Drink Profile:

Name: Sunnybrook 2014 Spiced Apple
Sampled: April 2017

Brand: Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery Inc.
Type:
Wine – Flavoured
Location of Brewing: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
ABV: 12%
Website Link: sunnybrookwine.com
Ingredients: apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: UnknownSize(s) available: 750mL Bottle
Availability:
Limited – 333 cases; LCBO Vintages
Flavour:  
Spiced apple
Colour:
Pale yellow, almost clear
Carbonation:
No visible bubbles, still
 


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Mild smell. Dry white wine smell with cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Some apple aromas
Initial Taste: Quick presence of cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Slightly warms the palate. Has the dryness of a white wine. Variety of apple tastes comes through.  Astringent.
After Taste: Bitterness of the cloves comes through. Dry wine flavour and sensation remains on the palate. Flavours linger long with the stringency remaining. Apple flavours become faint quickly.
On ice: Flavour doesn’t change much, becomes slightly more tart and watered-down

Additional Notes: This wine is definitely an intermediate drink between a wine and a cider, having definitive elements of both. It is a very warming drink that would be perfect for a sunny fall dinner.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 1.5
Crisp – 2.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –TBA
More Sour – TBA
More Dry – TBA
More Crisp – TBA

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