Review of America’s Most Popular Cider

Review of America's Most Popular Cider

Angry Orchard is America’s most popular cider brand, holding something in the vicinity of 40% of the cider market. Owned and produced by The Boston Beer Company, home of Sam Adams Beer, Angry Orchard is the cider you are most likely to find on store shelves and even on beer and wine lists in restaurants. Among its ingredients is “natural flavor”, according to the bottle. I don’t know what “natural” flavor means, but I guess I’m happy it doesn’t include…

Apr 16, 2014

Wine vs Cider—An Exploration Beginning in Berkeley

Wine vs Cider—An Exploration Beginning in Berkeley

My continued exploration of hard cider here at Fermentation is a bit of an experiment as much as it is a personal pursuit. What I wonder as I mix reviews and posts on Cider with my coverage of wine is the extent to which there is any interest in cider among the primarily hard-core wine folks that have read this blog for the past nine years. The jury is out. However, on April 26 I will get a first hand…

Apr 15, 2014

Cider Review: Hogan’s Dry Cider from England’s Westmidlands

Cider Review: Hogan's Dry Cider from England's Westmidlands

Hogan cider out of England produces ciders and perrys from the famed orchard growing areas of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire counties. The various cider varieties are fermented separately at Hogan, then a blend is composed with the goal being to produce a cider that balances alcohol strength, tannins, acidity and sweetness. The Hogan Ciders win numerous medals at competitions across the globe. Proprietor Allen Hogan is active on Twitter and well worth a follow at: @HogansCider. Hogan Dry Cider Alcohol:…

Apr 15, 2014

Celebrating The Best Defined Wine Growing Region in California

Celebrating The Best Defined Wine Growing Region in California

One of the criticisms of the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system (our appellation system) in the U.S. is that it imposes so few rules on the use of a place-name that buyers can have few expectations of what they will be tasting when they buy a bottle of wine with “Russian River Valley”, “Sonoma Coast”, “Dry Creek Valley” or any other AVA on the label. Beyond requiring that a certain percent of the grapes used to make the wine must…

Apr 12, 2014

A Single Varietal Cider For Wine Lovers

A Single Varietal Cider For Wine Lovers

The Kingston Black apple is a renowned English cider apple that provides cider blends with the bitterness and acid that well-balanced cider will possess. The Kingston Black falls into the “Bittersharp” category of cider apples. It’s quite rare to find a cider, like the one reviewed here, to be made with nearly 100% Kingston Black apples. The producers are the folks from West County Cider, who have been producing Ciders from their Massachusetts location 30 years now. They use their…