KW Craft – Pumpkin Spice Cider [The Bent Elbow]
Bar Review: KW Craft – Pumpkin Spice Cider at The Bent Elbow in Kitchener, ON
Sampled: October 2016
One may over-look The Bent Elbow while driving down King Street in Kitchener, as it’s located in an average run-of-the-mill strip mall and it’s exterior isn’t glamorous. To drive past this bar is at your mistake however, as it is anything but average for drink offerings in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. With hundreds of unique beers, ciders and drinks – including a whopping 39 draught taps – is it one of the premier spots in the area for finding delicious craft and rare beverages. Luckily for us during our first visit to The Bent Elbow on the Thanksgiving weekend, they were offering the festive cider we were on the prowl for: KW Craft Pumpkin Spice Cider.
Regardless of where you enjoy a KW Craft Cider, it feels extra special to sample locally in the KW region. We’ve written about this cidery many times now, and despite our best efforts, they release new varieties of cider quicker than we can try them and write about it. At 6.3% abv, this cider has a golden orange hue – as one might expect with a pumpkin-themed beverage. There is a strong spice smell noticeable with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice detectable; and classic apple aromas also present.
Initially, the taste is a smooth apple cider flavour, similar in vein to KW Craft’s Flagship Dry Cider. However, a few moments after, the spices start to develop and build rapidly on the pallet for a strong burst of flavour; with some of the spices like cinnamon and nutmeg really hitting you in the back of the throat for a full-bodied experience. The spices do become smoother into the aftertaste though, with the cinnamon and nutmeg becoming sweeter (like it tastes when found in a baked good). The apple flavour continues and lingers for a long while – with a slight pumpkin flavour note detectable.
KW Craft Pumpkin Spice Cider is a rather crisp cider overall – with the spices becoming more tolerated and less sharp as you continue to drink the beverage. This cider is similar to another KW Craft Cider we have reviewed – their famous Hot Ginger/Thai Ginger cider – as the spices in both of these ciders will wake and warm you up.
We look forward to more of the innovative cider flavours that we expect KW Craft to release in the future and going back to The Bent Elbow to sample more of their menu of rare and unique beverages (all listed in their Beer Companion book).