Apple Thief set themselves apart in the market by making ciders from single varieties of apples. The clue is in the name, Apple Thief Granny Smith Cider. David Purcell the owner and cider maker, grew up in the apple orchards of Batlow, New South Wales. He’s set himself a challenge making ciders without blending varieties instead it’s made exclusively from Granny Smiths.
Cider in a can, the last time I had cider from a can I was quite a bit younger and the cider was fake rubbish. Australian Brewery Fresh Press Cider wants to change this perception in the name of quality. By lifting the quality of the can and more importantly what goes into it.
When you think of hillbillies and alcohol you probably think moonshine. Well Hillbilly Cider is here to set you straight with the Hillbilly 2014 Vintage Apple Cider. Hailing from the Blue Mountains in NSW, this bottle condition cider is far more posh frocks at Royal Randwick than blue denim at NASCAR.
In the little town of Spreyton just outside of Devonport, Tasmania is a family business. The business dates back to 1850’s but it wasn’t until 1900’s when the 2 families planted the first orchard. Nearly 100 years later Spreyton Fresh started juicing those apples. In 2012 Spreyton Fresh started fermenting that juice and Spreyton Cider Co was born. Today I’m presented with the Spreyton Cider Co 2014 Vintage. Over 100 years in the making, was it worth the wait?
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.
This is the second time I have reviewed Small Acres Cyder Sparkling Traditional Dry 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!
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.
Last night Sydney Olympic Park played host to the 2014 Royal Agricultural Society Sydney Royal 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.