Reviewing the best craft and small-scale Real Ciders from Australia and around the world. Real Cider comes from real apples and it is made by real people. I want to educate people about the history of cider and techniques that crafts men and women use to create real cider.
Dickens Sparking Cider

Dickens Sparking Cider

Australian

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a real Australian cider so I’ve decided to have a look at what the Tamar Valley in Tasmania has to offer. Dickens Sparking Cider is the second cider I’ve looked at from the cold store house. Their Old English cider was pretty enjoyable so I’ve got high hopes for this real cider. Continue reading

Sydney Royal Beer And Cider Awards

Sydney Royal Beer And Cider Awards

Australian News

Last night Sydney Olympic Park played host to the 2014 Royal Agricultural Society Beer and Cider Awards. The evening was a great chance for some of Sydney’s beer and cider fans to sample some of the best brews that Australian craft producers are currently making .

In a competition first, a Champion Cider trophy was awarded, with The Barossa Valley Cider Company Pty Ltd crowned the inaugural winner. Based in Nurioopta, South Australia, their Squashed Apple Cider was judged the standout in what is only the second year of judging cider as part of the Show.

An authentic tank fermented cider made from a special blend of South Australian apples, it is renowned for its full rich and creamy flavour, coupled with the perfect balance of fruit sweetness and acid, leaving a crisp finish.

Proud owners of The Barossa Valley Cider Company, brothers Oscar and Hugo Bowen grew up on the family vineyard before turning their hand to cider – a cider that is now judged Australia’s best.

Chief Judge, Neal Cameron was deeply impressed with the quality of brews, saying it was a sign of the continued drive for excellence in the Australian industry.

Find out the rest of the winners after the break.

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Weka Apple Cider by Moa

Weka Apple Cider by Moa

New Zealand

Round three on my cider tour of New Zealand (from the comfort of the couch) sees me sampling a Weka Cider,  Moa Breweries entry into the cider game.

I come into this review with a level of scepticism. Weka is made by Moa. Moa is a beer company, a rapidly growing beer company. I’m always dubious of beer brewers making Cider. It seems the bigger the company the less chance that real apples are used in the cider. I got even more worried when I found out that one of the brewers on the Moa team is the ex-head brewer of Heineken, they don’t get much bigger than that.

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Zeffer Cider – Slack Ma Girdle

Zeffer Cider – Slack Ma Girdle

New Zealand

Zeffer Cider is the next in my series of Real Cider Reviews from New Zealand. Zeffer’s story is one about experimentation and having a goal in mind to make real ciders in the styles that  Sam (Zeffer’s head cider maker) wanted to make. “Slack Ma Girdle” is the most traditional in the range. So that seemed the best place to start. Continue reading

8 Wired Brewing Co’s Dry Oaked Sparkling Cider

8 Wired Brewing Co’s Dry Oaked Sparkling Cider

New Zealand

It’s fair to say that Kiwi ciders haven’t had a good run on Real Cider Reviews lately. I know they must have been making some quality cider so I’ve made a point to try a couple from across the ditch. 8 Wired Brewing Co is a beer company that has recently branched out into cider. Their first creation is the Dry Oaked Sparkling Cider. Continue reading

Yarra Valley Pure Pear

Yarra Valley Pure Pear

Australian Cider Maker Profile

A few weeks back I road tested the Jazz Apple by Yarra Valley. Today we’re jumping the orchard fence into the pear paddock. The Pure Pear Cider is the latest offering from Yarra Valley Cider. Lets have a look at the company behind the label and most importantly see what it tastes like.

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Small Acres Pomme Apple Cider

Small Acres Pomme Apple Cider

Australian Cider Maker Profile

In the central New South Wales town of Orange is the Small Acres Cyder House. Open to the public on most weekends, serving up food matched to their ciders. Small Acres is a story about people doing what they want in life and making something they want to drink. Today I’m reviewing their Pomme Cider, the most main stream of the award-winning range.

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Didi, Lucy M and The Gentle Folk Cider

Didi, Lucy M and The Gentle Folk Cider

Australian

The Gentle Folk is probably the smallest real cider company I have every reviewed. When I say company I really mean 3 wine makers experimenting with apples and letting the apples and wild yeast dictate what type of cider they want to be made into. So how does a cider made by the wine markers from such labels as Lucy Margaux, Shob Brook Wines (Didi is their experimental range) and Gentle folk stack up?

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