Welcome to my (not so) humble cider review blog! It’s based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, so it’s limited in its breadth of reviews to what’s available in the province. Thankfully, cider availability has been increasing exponentially over the past year or two. Alberta went from only really having the big players, like Strongbow and Magners ciders, and locally-produced options, like Big Rock’s Rock Creek Cider, to being able to support dedicated cider-sections in liquor store coolers.

I’m slowly working my way through all of the available options. I’ve tried many more ciders than I’ve reviewed here on Hard Press’d but, because I’m working for you I’m willing to go back and review old favourites too. There’s no rhyme or reason to the order in which I review ciders– I choose based on my mood. That said, if you’re dead curious about a particular cider, drop me a line and I’ll move it to the top of the queue because you’re just that important to me.

Cider Creek Cascade Hopricot Hopped Hard Cider Review

[Part III in a series on Hopped Ciders. This post focuses solely on Cider Creek. Separate posts are home to Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider and Central City Hopping Mad reviews.]

Here she is: the final post in my Hopped Cider Trilogy. This has been an interesting journey for me. Not being a beer drinker, the idea of hopped ciders was immediately unappealing to me. Hops means beer, and beer means bitter, weird earwax flavours to me (don’t look at me like that, you know exactly what I’m talking about). So, exposing my bias, how did these ciders fare? Read on! Continue reading

Finnriver Dry Hopped Hard Apple Cider: a Review

[Part II in a series on hopped ciders, this post focuses solely on Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider. The Central City hopped cider review can be found here. A separate post is home to the Cider Creek review. Patience, friends. I can only drink & review so fast.]

I’ve only reviewed one of Finnriver’s offerings on this blog to date (their Habañero cider!) but I’ve tried others and been a fan of the cidery for a while. I like that they’re willing to take risks and play around with their ciders: when you think of hard apple cider, habañero and dry hops don’t immediately spring to mind as additives– but that’s how Finnriver do. And apparently, it’s that attitude that keeps them ahead of the curve; their Dry Hopped cider was the first I saw in Alberta. It was the beginning of an era… [CUE: sepia tone and player-piano music] Continue reading

Central City Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider: a Review

Dry hopping* ciders seems to be all the rage right now. I saw Finnriver’s version in the local shop cooler some months ago and, at that time, it was the only dry hopped cider available ’round these here parts. This past weekend I went to check in and noticed a couple of new additions: Central City’s Hopping Mad and Cider Creek Hard Cider’s Cascade Hopricot.

After seeing these newcomers, I just couldn’t not pick them all up to do a comparison of sorts. Continue reading

Hopped Ciders on the Horizon

New cider reviews on the way!!

Three different hopped ciders– interesting trend, right?! I’m looking forward to reviewing these [well, tbh, I already tried ’em but don’t want to give anything away before the unveil].