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.
Petersons Wine’s Pokolbin Cider House 2012 Vintage Cider

Petersons Wine’s Pokolbin Cider House 2012 Vintage Cider

Australian

Driving through the Hunter, we stopped for lunch at Peterson House. Peterson’s have made their name in sparkling wines. Along side the restaurant is a cellar door. Hiding in the corner I saw a cider: Pokolbin Cider House 2012 Vintage Cider. So I thought I’d have a look.

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Cider Festival Countdown

Cider Festival Countdown

News

The country’s best cider is about to be celebrated and the good folk of Melbourne are invited to the party.

More than 1500 people are expected to flock to this weekend’s Australian Cider Festival, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time.

Ormond Hall at The Village Melbourne will come to life on Saturday and Sunday, with over 20 stalls sampling dozens of cider and perry styles. Continue reading

Small Acres Cyder – Sparkling Traditional Dry

Small Acres Cyder – Sparkling Traditional Dry

Australian

This is the second time I have reviewed Small Acres’ Sparking Traditional Dry cider. I thought I had quite a good “Real Cider Review” typed up after sharing the 2011 vintage cider with some friends. We all had a glass, we all ooo-ed and ahh-ed at the appropriate moments. I tried my best to type as the opinions came forth. The Next day I came back to my draft to add the photos and prepare the piece for you to read, then…  Disaster!

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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