A year or so ago I had the Bilpin Archibald cider. It was pretty dry but it did have a little back sweetening. Now the guys at Bilpin Cider co have released a version with out the back sweetening fresh juice and it’s bottle conditioned. I have high hopes for this the Archibald Extra Brut Cider.
I know I’m meant to be talking about Kiwi cider but let’s take a little side step over to Belgium. That’s where The Cider Factorie took inspiration for The Tripel, a bottle conditioned – triple fermented apple cider. You read that right, this is a triple fermented cider. The term Tripel is normally used to describe strong Belgian beers. Going with a bit of wordplay The Cider Factorie has decided to make a strong cider and ferment it 3 times.
Sometimes cidermakers make a cider that will have a wide appeal, to sell well and get their name out there. Sometimes they cut loose, experiment a bit and make something they want to drink. When you get your hands on one like that it’s probably something you want to pay attention to. That’s the back story for Lost Pippin’s Special Release 2014.