And for my first review (drumroll please!), a lovely little cider I tried last night:
Cider: Honey Bear
Cidery: Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Cidery Location: Winthrop WA
How Supplied: 750 ml (25.4 oz) clear glass bottle with a resealable top
Description on Bottle: Honey Bear Hard Cider is a sweet, carbonated, refreshing cider with no hint of bitterness. Honey Bear is wonderful after an active day of hiking or biking – a perfect compliment to a summer day. Store in a cool dark place and serve chilled.
Price: about $15 (although apparently you can return the empty bottle to the cidery for a $0.75 refund lol)
Where Bought: Special Brews in Lynnwood WA (awesome bottle shop & bar by the way)
How Found: lucky enough to stumble across it (had wanted to try some since reading about it at the Bad Rider cider & beer blog)
Where Drank: home
Opinion: Tasted like honey, and in a good way! This was a yummy cider, especially suited to summer. It was very smooth and easy to drink, and I unfortunately finished off the bottle by myself over the course of the night. It was quite sweet (more of a dessert cider probably), but not in a gross syrupy sweet way. The flavor profile was pretty complex. Maybe it is just the sweetness, but it reminds me of ice cider (a sweeter variety of hard cider where they use frozen juice, although it typically has a higher alcohol content than this did). Overall, if you like sweet ciders, I’d recommend trying it. I feel lucky to even have found it, as apparently it doesn’t have a wide distribution net (definitely not outside of WA). Other offerings from the Methow Valley Ciderhouse include Pinnacle Goat (ginger infused), Howling Wolf (hopped), and Eagle Screechin’ Scrumpy (English-style Scrumpy).