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Old 10-02-2012, 17:08   #1
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Best Hard Cider?

Going to try some hard cider this week. Out of the commercial brands, which ones are good?

Also, the local orchard sells fresh cider. They claim to treat it with something to prevent making your own hard cider out of it. Is this possible?
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My wife is a huge fan of the Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider.

She's allergic to gluten, so that's about all she really consumes when she drinks alcohol, anymore.
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Old 10-02-2012, 17:20   #3
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Because there's nothing better than some Hard Dickens Cider.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:04   #6
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Angry Orchard Crisp Apple or Woodchuck Amber. A distant 3rd is Magner's.
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My wife is a huge fan of the Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider.

She's allergic to gluten, so that's about all she really consumes when she drinks alcohol, anymore.
FYI, in case she does not know there are gluten free or extremely low gluten vodkas (made from variously corn, potatoes, grapes, pineapples etc.) and there are a few gluten free beers as well.

There is/was, I think it might have been a one barrel thing, a gluten free single malt whisky (think scotch) made from human pee.
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I'm on board with the Angry Orchards, particularly the Ginger.

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I also enjoy Woodchuck. Every once in awhile I come across Woodchuck Pear which is some seriously tasty stuff.

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My wife is a huge fan of the Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider.

She's allergic to gluten, so that's about all she really consumes when she drinks alcohol, anymore.
I am allergic to wheat and have been thinking about trying some Hard Cider. I'm not much of a drinker, so it's not on my top of priorities list.

There are some very good small wine companies that make excellent wine. Your wife should try some of those. Prairie Berry Winery out of Hill City, SD is excellent. Rum is also a good alternative.
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The best hard cider is the one that matches your panties, miss.Buy yourself a bottle of whiskey and be done with it.
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My wife is a huge fan of the Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider.

She's allergic to gluten, so that's about all she really consumes when she drinks alcohol, anymore.

Angry Orchard is good!
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I also enjoy Woodchuck. Every once in awhile I come across Woodchuck Pear which is some seriously tasty stuff.

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Having my second Angry Orchard Crisp Apple.

It's awesome!!!

I also picked up some Woodchuck Fall cider.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Having my second Angry Orchard Crisp Apple.

It's awesome!!!

I also picked up some Woodchuck Fall cider.

Thanks for the suggestions.
I go out of my way for tasty Micro Beers and Ciders. Those two are easily obtainable top of the liners.
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Thanks y'all. We've found some potato vodkas that she stomachs well. We've also found a few beers; she's fond of Redbridge.

Wines -- have not ventured that route, yet. She's a huge fan of Allegro Moscado. Yeah, it may give her some "troubles" but she's willing to deal with them for that wine.
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The Woodchuck Fall Cider is superb. It tastes like a brisk morning or evening walk through rustling leaves, and then relaxing by the fire with the smells of fall cooking.

This has to be the most unique and flavorful drink that I have ever had.
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Old 10-03-2012, 19:57   #21
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Angery orchard, strong bow, and samuel smiths organic hard cider. Can't go wrong with any of those
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Going to try some hard cider this week. Out of the commercial brands, which ones are good?

Also, the local orchard sells fresh cider. They claim to treat it with something to prevent making your own hard cider out of it. Is this possible?
The cider plant where I sell my cider grade fruit uses potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate as preservatives, both of which will prevent fermentation. They also flash pasteurize which can reduce the delicate flavor qualities.

I can buy untreated apple juice from them but I have to sign an affidavit acknowledging the risk and releasing them of liability. In '09, I bought a 55 gal. barrel of juice to make apple wines which turned out great. It was pretty cheap, about $1.57 a gallon, and it saved me the labor of crushing and pressing my apples.

You might be able to buy that way if you tell them you'll make wine. But the lower alcohol level of hard cider probably won't protect you from serious pathogens if they are present

I started a couple apple wines last week and will do a few more, but probably just process the apples myself.

BTW, I like Woodchuck, the green apple has a great apple flavor.
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This stuff is the best!
The Okie Corral

And the one with some cherry added in, Cherry Bomb (wife's favorite)
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My wife's favorite way to consume Woodchuck Pear is to add about a shot of Chambord and give it a slight stir.

She had it one night while out; it was called "Hummingbird Water". Not my cup 'o tea, but I'll admit, it is DAMNED good.
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I dont like that stuff. In Lausanne, there is a "English Pub" (Called the Great Escape) that has it fresh on tap. Didnt care much for it.
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