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

William Premium (Certified Organic!) Canadian Cider (For Drinking) Review

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William Premium Cider

It looks S’bowy.
It smells S’bowy.
But…does it taste S’bowy? And, more importantly, what the hell is S’bowy?

I’mma tell you straight up: this comes across as a Strongbow analog.

William Premium Cider‘s mouthfeel is a little different. It’s nicely carbonated (although if you’d asked me after my first sip, I probably would’ve said “aggressively carbonated.” That has more to do with sneezing upon taking a sip than the amount of carbonation, really. My nose hurts.) There’s a lingering “thickness” after you swallow. Read on, Macduff…

Pommies Dry Cider Review

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Pommies Cider: Alcoholic & Greenish!

I have been waiting quite a while to try this cider. I first heard about it this past fall from a woman who had just tried it on a trip to Ontario.  She raved about it so convincingly, that I was almost as heartbroken as she was that it was not (yet) available here in Alberta. I suspect that this combination of events didn’t do me any favours. As my mother always said:

“Enthusiastic recommendations from strangers + a long period to mull = unrealistic expectations of your cider.*”

*My mother has never once said this. Read on, Macduff…