Scotty’s Drink of the Week from BadgerCon 2014!
Strongbow – This cider represents a more traditional, dry approach to hard apple cider. This English style cider balances crispness with a subtle sweetness. A tasty harvest-time treat, Strongbow checks in at an ABV of 5%.
Woodchuck Hard Cider – This cider is as Americanized as it gets. The balance of English style ciders is cast aside for a sugary blast of extreme sweetness. Woodchuck represents the American style cider, which is to say it is very, very sweet. This is not an indictment of very sweet ciders, just a word of warning: Approach with caution. ABV – 5%.
The Anvil – The Anvil is the hard apple cider from Sonoma Bourbon Ciders. The bourbon barrel casking of this cider lends a dry, white wine-like quality to this new-to-market beverage. A rather nice surprise to have stumbled upon, The Anvil checks in at 6% ABV and is USDA Certified Organic!
The Pair Perry Cider – This Apple/Pear hard cider from Michigan-based orchard and brewery J.K. Scrumpy’s was our hands-down favorite. The blending of fruit flavors is expertly done in this USDA Certified Organic cider. Other than that, we’ll let this seasonal beverage speak for itself. ABV – 5.5%
Hard Pumpkin Cider – ACE Brewing out of California offers up this unique gourd cider. Frankly, it just sounded interesting to us. But honestly, it tasted like cold vomit. Thanks to a mid-show recommendation, we tried mixing this with spiced rum. A brief trip to the microwave later, we were rather enjoying what Steve termed, “Hangover Juice.” ABV – 5%.
Cherry Hard Apple Cider – This exceptionally tart offering comes from Blue Mountain Cider Company. We saved this cider for last under the assumption that it would be sweet, like a dessert. Catching us completely off guard, this cider can only have been crafted from the tartest cherries available through dark collaborations with the f**king devil. Not bad, but very, very, very tart. ABV – 6.25%