Apple Cart Cider is the 2nd vintage release by Rusty Bike Wines. Table cider is a small category of the market but it is one of my favorites. The idea is that a large bottle of cider with higher alcohol and deep flavours is designed to be shared over a meal. So does the apple cart fit the bill?
Bilpin is a little town in the Blue Mountains, home to Bilpin Cider Co and is located just to the west of Sydney. Frosty winters and high altitude makes it a great region to grow apples. This season they have a new release. Named after the explorer of the region. Archibald Cloudy by Bilpin Cider.
Appleman Primo is new to the Australian Cider market. You probably haven’t seen the Appleman in any of the major retailers. But this cider by a wine maker is very well-traveled. Conceived in Bondi, made and grown in Batlow, some have been spotted in trendy South East Asia. It is such a globetrotter it has a postcard on the label.
Batlow Cider have a couple of tasty little ciders out at the moment. So recently, at the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, I made a beeline over to the Batlow stand. Out of tap number 3 with a new cider. The Batlow OPA, for those of you playing along at home, it’s not just a terrible play on the IPA, the juggernaut sweeping across craft beer world. In fact, it stands for Oaked Pear & Apple. The guys gave a midi of the OPA. “Worthy of closer inspection”, I said.