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.
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 Yarra Valley Pure Pear 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.
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 the Small Acres Pomme Apple Cider, the most main stream of the award-winning range.
Core Cider, from the hills just to the east of Perth, we find a traditional apple cider. On the back of the bottle it quotes the Dalai Lama and tells the story of the family farm. How hardcore is the Core Cider Hardcore Traditional Apple Cider? Lets review this bad boy.
The Gentle Folk Cider 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 (Lucy M), Shob Brook Wines (Didi is their experimental range) and Gentle folk stack up?
Yarra Valley is pretty new to the Victorian cider market. So new you might struggle to get it outside of the greater Melbourne region. Over the Next few weeks on Real Cider Reviews I will be reviewing two of their products including the Pure Pear. This weeks will be on the Yarra Valley Jazz Apple Cider.
If you’re into you craft beer you’ve probably heard of Bridge Road Brewers makers if Bridge Road Brewers Strong Scrumpy Cider. Based in country Victorian town of Beechworth, like all good start-ups they start out in dad’s shed. Today they have grown into a brewery producing over 20 different beers and a Cider. Is the Bridge Road Brewers Strong Scrumpy Cider just another beer brewer cashing in on the cider boom or is this a Real Cider?
Custard & Co just keep delivering. The tiny company have 3 ciders in their standard range. Today I’m trying something a little different with my Real Cider Review, I’ve tracked down a pub that sells Custard & Co, so I’m doing a taste test of the Custard & Co Vintage Dry Apple Cider live from the bar.