Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hard Cider

Fall means many different things to many people. The leaves change color, sweatshirts and flannel get broken out, wood gets split, and boats get put away. To me one of the best things about fall is apple cider. All over the country orchards are taking excess apples and pressing them into delicious cider. What is my favorite way to enjoy cider? Fermented.

I usually brew a couple of my own batches each year. The problem with home brewed cider is that a good batch takes 6 to 8 weeks at a minimum, so by the time its ready to drink, fall is almost over. Luckily every year more and more companies produce their own batches of cider, giving me something to drink while mine is fermenting. Besides its always good to do some research so you know what to compare your homemade stuff too, right? Best of all Harpoon Brewery will be having some free cider tastings around the Boston area next month.

Scrumpy's Organic - Michigan

Farnum Hill - New Hampshire

Doc's Hard Cider - New York

Black Star Farms - Michigan

Ace Hard Cider - California

Wild Fire Cider - Washington
Harpoon Cider - Massachusetts

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