Reviews of 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. Real Cider Reviews is about educating people about the history of cider and techniques that crafts men and women use to create real cider.
Townshend Sitbee Cider

Townshend Sitbee Cider

New Zealand

Townshend Brewery is fairly unique as far as breweries go. While beer is their main focus, Townshend Brewery also make 2 ciders, all from apples in their own orchard.  All traditional cider apple varieties from  Europe. All go into the Sitbee Cider. Continue reading

Small Acres The Cat’s Pajamas

Small Acres The Cat’s Pajamas

Australian

Let me tell you a story about the 2013 Australian Champion Cider.  Orange in New South Wales is where you will find the Small Acres estate. In 2013 they released The 2011 Cat’s Pajamas. A vintage cider only made in the good years. To tell you the full story we have to go all the way back to 2010

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Appleman Primo Cider

Appleman Primo Cider

Australian

Appleman is new to the Australian Cider market. You probably haven’t seen the Appleman in any of the major retailers. But this cider by a wine maker is very well-traveled. Conceived in Bondi, made and grown in Batlow, some have been spotted in trendy South East Asia. It is such a globetrotter it has a postcard on the label. Continue reading

Australia, We Need Better Labels

Australia, We Need Better Labels

News

Every product you eat from the supermarket has a label. This label tells you what ingredients go into your food. New labelling laws are about to come into effect. Country of origin labels mean you’ll be able to tell if what you are eating is Aussie grown and processed or if it’s imported. This is great for knowing about what you eat,but what about what you drink? Alcohol has been left of the bill and Cider drinkers have the most to loose.

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Batlow OPA

Batlow OPA

Australian

Batlow Cider have a couple of tasty little ciders out at the moment. So recently, at the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, I made a beeline over to the Batlow stand. Out of tap number 3 with a new cider. The Batlow OPA, for those of you playing along at home, it’s not just a terrible play on the IPA, the juggernaut sweeping across craft beer world. In fact, it stands for Oaked Pear & Apple. The guys gave a midi of the OPA. “Worthy of closer inspection”, I said. Continue reading

Napoleone Methode Traditionnelle Pear Cider

Napoleone Methode Traditionnelle Pear Cider

Australian

Last year, Napoleone cider took out the top gong for the best Australian cider with their Methode Traditionnelle Pear Cider. After winning such an accolade the supplies quickly ran out at the tasting session the next day. Finally, I found a bottle to review.

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