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.
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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The Cidery Bitter Sweet Cider

The Cidery Bitter Sweet Cider

Australian

Bridgetown, a small town on the West Coast with a history of growing apples. This is where 20 years a hobby became a business. Today, that business  Blackwood Valley Brewing Company make a range of ciders by The Cidery. Lets start with the Bitter Sweet Cider.

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Maggie Beer’s Heritage Apple Cider

Maggie Beer’s Heritage Apple Cider

Australian

If you’re an Australian interested in food, even in the slightest bit, you will know the name Maggie Beer. More than a celebrity cook, Maggie is a champion of the produce of the Barossa Valley. Now she has added a cider to her pantry of gourmet goodies.When I saw it on the shelf I asked myself “Is this made by Beer, or is her brand jumping on the band wagon?” Continue reading

Behind the Pint: Kegstar

Behind the Pint: Kegstar

Cider Maker Profile

Ever wondered how your pint of cider got from the cider house to the pub? Most of the time it’s in kegs. Many of the companies I’ve reviewed are start-ups. Start-ups have huge costs in equipment. One of the biggest costs is the kegs. Both the physical keg and the logistics of moving the kegs back and forth to the pub. Kegstar saw an opportunity to make it easier to get beers and cider to pubs.

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