We seem to be past that weird hot and humid weather – at least for the moment – and crisp, cool fall weather has finally arrived. While we typically yip-yap about the joys of craft brews, now that there’s a pumpkin on every front stoop and bushels of apples at every roadside stand, we thought we’d turn our attention to another fave libation; hard cider.
Most, if not all, BBCs will have a hard cider or two on tap throughout the year – yumminess is, after all, season-less – but there’s something extra special about a cold glass of apple-y goodness in autumn.
A random sampling of hard ciders on tap and where (as of late-September; things change often) and what those in the know are saying:
In Manchester, Danvers, Westford, Walpole, Worcester, Hyannis & Sandwich:
- Downeast Cider House Original Blend – This Boston-brewed baby rates 4 stars on Untapped with one user describing it as, “…very complex, with some tartness, very juicy on the tongue, smooth and crisp finish with just the right balance.”
In Framingham & Pembroke:
- City Cider The Dirty Mayor – Another 4-star-rated cider on Untapped. Beer God Blog says, “The ginger in this was really nice. At first sip, I was a little worried that it was going to be too much, but after a few sips, it was just perfect.”
- Embark Ciderworks Strawberry Rhubarb – Coming in at a strong 4.5 start rating on Yelp, this puppy is a fruit cocktail of juicy goodness. One Yelper said she was, “…pleasantly surprised with this one, it was a little tart but sweet at the same time.”
In Downtown Plymouth:
- High Limb Hard Cider – This Attleboro-brewed elixir was recognized as one of the best New England hard ciders by Boston Magazine and is yet another fave of Untapped tasters.
- Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – The tasting notes from the brewery describe this one as “… a perfect balance of sweetness and bright acidity,” while Cider Connoisseur says, “It’s clean, very fruity and sweet and it has a kick of “crisp” that the brewers nailed down.”