The Cider Crate

2018

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The Cider Crate – Best of 2018

So as we come to the end of 2018 and are third full year in operation, 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 which resulted in over 59,000 hits on the website!

~Bethany and Barry

Cider Crate Combined: Top 5 Bottles/Cans

  1. 401 Cider – Apple Pie
  2. Hard Way Cider Co – Rogue Apples
  3. Great Cider – Ice Cider
  4. Collective Arts – Honey and Lavender
  5. Bonnieheath Estate – Folkin’ Hard Cherry Bomb

Bethany’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. 401 Cider – Apple Pie
  2. Hard Way Cider Co – Rogue Apples
  3. Duxbury Heritage – 1650

Barry’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. 401 Cider – Apple Pie
  2. Shiny Cider – Bootleg
  3. Hard Way Cider Co – Rogue Apples

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

  1. Revel – Mithras [@ Tooth and Nail Brewing, Ottawa, ON]
  2. County Cider – Lychee Pear [@ Elgin Beer Project, Ottawa, ON & Toronto Cider Festival 2018]
  3. Heritage Estate – Heirloom Cider [@ Toronto Cider Festival 2018]
  4. Sulkers Cider – Rose-hip Hibiscus [@ Arabella Park, Kitchener, ON]
  5. Duxbury – Barrel-aged Haskap [@ Ciderhouse for the Duxbury & Cider Crate Event, Toronto, ON]

Bethany’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. Revel – It’s Character Forming [@ Union 613, Ottawa, ON]
  2. East Street Cider – Watermelon Mint [@ Toronto Cider Festival 2018]
  3. Revel – Mithras [@ Tooth and Nail Brewing, Ottawa, ON]

Barry’s personal preferences (In order)

  1. Revel – Soif [@ C’est What, Toronto, ON]
  2. Revel – Mithras [@ Tooth and Nail Brewing, Ottawa, ON]
  3. Thornbury Cider – Blood Orange [@ Toronto Cider Festival 2018 & Growler Pour from Lansdowne LCBO, Ottawa, ON]

Cidery of the Year-

Fieldbird Cider 
Runner Up –
 Revel

Break-out Cidery of the Year

Kings Mill Cider Company
Runner Up – Heartwood Farm and Cidery

Bethany PreferenceEast Street Cider Co
Barry Preference Kings Mill Cider Company

Favourite Non-Ontario

Reverend Nat’s Cider (Portland, OR)
Annapolis Cider (Nova Scotia)

Favourite Cider Event

Ottawa’s Craft Cider Celebration
Runner Up – Cider 101 with Duxbury at Cider House on Roncesvalles

 

Favourite Bar

Bar Lupulus (Ottawa)
Runner Up – Union 613 (Ottawa)

 

Thats all for 2018.  We also released our Map of Ontario!  Check it out and where/how you can sample our favourites!

Overlander Cider – Toronto Cider Festival 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
Overlander Cider - Toronto Cider Festival 2018
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Very traveled, the Overlander team tells us a bit about their adventures at the Toronto Cider Festival 2018

Rood Apples – Toronto Cider Festival 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
Rood Apples - Toronto Cider Festival 2018
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New to the festival, Rood apples talks to us a bit about their history at the Toronto Cider Festival 2018

McAdam Cider – Toronto Cider Festival 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
McAdam Cider - Toronto Cider Festival 2018
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Joining us from across the boarder in PQ, its new to market McAdam Cider at the Toronto Cider Festival 2018

East Street Cider – Toronto Cider Festival 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
East Street Cider - Toronto Cider Festival 2018
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Taking with East Street Cider – Our breakout cider of the year at the Toronto Cider Festival 2018

Red Rover Cider Tour (NB) – June 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
Red Rover Cider Tour (NB) - June 2018
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Talking with Adam and Nicola on the patio outside the Cider House, speaking about Red Rover and Coastliner Cider, the NB liquor scene, and of course, Cider.

York County Cider Company Tour (NB) – June 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
York County Cider Company Tour (NB) - June 2018
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We caught up with Ed when in Fredericton in early June, 2018 to talk shop with the York County Cider owner.

 

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Prince Edward County – 2018 (2 Day Tour)

We had a great time traveling through Prince Edward County over a 2 day weekend in May of 2018.  We were lucky enough to stop off at 11 locations that make cider, and we know there are more coming on-line in the next year or two.  here is our route (Coming in from Ottawa),  We made Hardway, Bergeron, Clafeld and Country Cider on the first day before settling in and the bugs came out.  Day two saw Fieldbird, Hinterland, The Old Third, Apple Falls, Empire and Kings Mill before we headed back to Ottawa.

We also took Sterling along for the ride!

Map of our travels:

Podcasts recorded:

 

Each individual page on our tours section:

 

Cidery Tour: Hard Way Cider, Bath, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Bergeron (Cole Point) Winery, Adolphustown, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Country Cider Co, Waupoos, ON (May 2018) -Pictures

Cidery Tour: Clafeld Cider, Waupoos, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Fieldbird Cider, Wellington, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Hinterland Winery, Prince Edward Country, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: The Old Third, Prince Edward County, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Apple Falls Cider Co. Prince Edward Country, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Empire Cider, Codrington, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Cidery Tour: Kings Mill Cider,  Stirling, ON (May 2018) -Pictures and Podcast

Photos:

Kings Mills Cider – Prince Edward Country Tour 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
Kings Mills Cider - Prince Edward Country Tour 2018
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One of the new cideries on the block, we visited the newly released tasting room with our final stop on the tour, a little north of PEC.

Empire Cider Co. – Prince Edward County Tour 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
Empire Cider Co. - Prince Edward County Tour 2018
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A return to Empire Cider Co let us catch up and see what has changed in the last two years at the family run business.

The Old Third – Prince Edward Country Tour 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
The Old Third - Prince Edward Country Tour 2018
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A quick stop at The Old Third and a chat with Jans about their very unique cider. We wont spoil it for you in the description, have a listen.

Fieldbird Cider – Prince Edward County Tour 2018

The Cider Crate Studio Presents: Podcast and Video
Fieldbird Cider - Prince Edward County Tour 2018
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Visiting the Kent-He Winery, we had a behind the scenes chat with Fieldbird and their very unique still-cider creations.