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 Beer 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?”
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.
If you’re stuck at the pub with no craft ciders in sight what commercial cider should you drink? We look at 9 of the most common ciders in Australia to find out, which is best, or if you should just go home?
Walk into any local pub and your probably going to see a Commercial Cider like 5 Seeds, Bulmers, Dirty Grany, Magners, Mecury, Monteith’s, Rekorderlig, Somersby or even a Strongbow cider. Well, Real Cider Reviews is going to taste them all, then rank all these ciders.
Down in Harcourt, Victoria its the middle of the 2015 Vintage. Fruit picking is in full swing. It’s beginning to look like a bumper crop. I called Simon Frost between truckloads of apples bins coming out of the orchard ready to be pressed and turned into Harcourt Apple Cider waiting for me to review.
Seven Oak Farmhouse Cider are a bit of a rare breed in Australia’s cider scene. We’re starting to see a few single variety ciders on the shelves. Most of these are made with eating apples; one or two might be English cider apples. Seven Oaks are making a single variety cider with the French “Rous Latour” cider apple.