The following are various tips and tricks about Cider (and related) that we have come across. It includes things we have discovered, and things we think you should know.
- Cider always tastes better on tap
Whenever possible, get a cider on tap as opposed to a can. Even some of the best cider that are bottled are still not as good as a poured cider on draught.
- Cider that is canned, and commercial, will be much more carbonated
As with tip #1, Bottle seems to better than cans. However, we understand it essentially it depends on the canning process and how long the cider will remain fresh. Carbonation and other preservative methods hurt the overall taste.
- The further it comes, the more likely its REALLY good or VERY commercial
If its in a nice fancy bottle, its prob on the good side.
- Smallbatch lasts 6 months, commercial closer to a year
Any longer and you will find it is flat and lackluster. However, some specialty ciders (and Ice Ciders) get better with age.
- Always end your night on a radler
Why? Because radlers are good also and you get some vitamins from the fruit juice to help prevent a hangover!
- Water between drinks
Especially between ciders or you wont get the taste, Food is good too!
- If you pay attention to the characteristics of a cider, like a wine drinker you will really notice the difference down the road
Same goes with the beer family, there are lots of type of beer, cider just doesn’t often spell out exactly what type your getting. Lower alcohol typically represents a more commercial, “mixed drink” type beverage (but not always true).
- If you talk about it, they will come
Which is not always great, it means sometimes people think all you will drink is a cider. Please don’t -there is lots more out there to discover.
Updated: October 2017
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