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?
A cider, by wine makers, Napoleone Apple Cider is a family operation that grows, presses and ferments the fruit themselves. This gives them total control over the end product, which has earnt them a silver medal in the 2013 Cider Australia Awards for medium ciders (specific gravity between 1005 and 1012).
The Napoleone family immigrated from Italy in the 1940’s settling in the Yarra Valley. They set about planting apples for the eating market. Today they have around 250 hectares of apple trees. In the late 1980 vines were planted and was later turned to wine sold under the Punt Road label.
I’m here to chop wood and drink cider, and I’m all out of wood. The Golden Axe Cider is here, but I think this lumberjack has been cutting hay.
Golden Axe Cider caught my eye with some great graphic artistry on the label. Featuring a computer generated caricature of a lumberjack, the Golden Axe really stands out on the shelf. That’s only superficial. The geeks behind the cider sound like my type of people.