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 →
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 →
As I’m sure you already know, Dear Reader: I love Strongbow.
After trying so many other ciders, after writing so many cider reviews (wink!), you may wonder why I’m so loyal to Strongbow. It’s not particularly exotic or nuanced, so why does it inspire such devotion? Whelp, Dear Reader, it’s because Strongbow was my first. Read on, Macduff…