Two Birds Brewing is Australia’s first brewery founded by and an all-female team. Their Two Birds Cider is their first cider release. Brewers haven’t had the best reputation with interesting ciders. Can Two Birds Cider get it right? Read More
Flying Brick from the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria have many ciders, but I don’t think I have ever really thought about their Original Cider. Time to set that straight. Read More
Rusty Bike is a small winery in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. The company has been making cider for a while but now they have released the Easy Rider range with the Apple Cider and the Pomegranate. I’ve got a bottle of the apple cider, and I’m keen to see how it rides. Read More
Got problems with bower birds? Curly hair getting you down? Dr Pilkington’s Miracle Cider Is here to help. The real question here is this a good cider or is Dr Pilkington just snake oil? Read More
Eden Wood Tasmanian Cider is, as the name suggests, a Tasmanian cider. Made by Cheviot Wine Company. Served in an elegant black bottle with gold trim.
And it’s all so boring.
There are some interesting things happening on the South Australian Cider scene at the moment. The brothers at The Barossa Valley Cider Co. with their Squashed Apple Cider are a great example of this, going from strength to strength in the market.
As Somerset is to the Glastonbury Festival, King Arthur and the Exmoor National Park, but we’re talking cider here so its more like The Wurzels. The Charmer By Orchard Pig is as they say is “Rooted in Somerset”, part of the West Country, the spiritual home of cider as far as most people are concerned. Back in the 18th century, local farm hands were paid in part with around 4 pints of cider for a day’s work, more if they earned it. This meant most farms had a small orchard to make their cider. Out of this the West Country cider tradition was born. Today a few farmhouse style cider houses are still making cider. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to stop by one of these you will know the unique smell of yeast eating the apple juice sugars turning the juice into cider, as well as splashes of last years batch soaking into the woodwork going a bit vinegary. Its a good place to be, so its happy smell for me. Read More
Rochdale Cider has the privilege of being the first Cider I’ve reviewed from across the ditch. New Zealand has a strong apple-growing heritage, particularly developing favourites like the Braeburn, as seen in the Lucky Duck Cider. Rochdale Cider has a lot going on – it may be too much.Rochdale has used some interesting marketing on the label. The abundance of facts about company, the product and what you can expect is a bit over whelming.