Cider: Kinda Dry
Cidery: Brooklyn Cider House
Cidery Location: Geneva NY
How Supplied: 750ml bottles (this is the first time I’ve seen a twist-top; usually they use crown caps and sometimes corks for cider; I imagine it would work well for ciders with low carbonation)
Style: American craft semi-dry cider
Availability: Only in New York; see this page of retailers.
Cider Description: Kinda Dry transports you to an orchard on a crisp, fall day. Fresh tart apples greet you, waking the palate up. But give it a second and it transforms into a friendly finish that is an ideal picnic companion. We think of it as our perfect casual sipper. Like your favorite jeans, our Kinda Dry is ready for anything.
Each of their ciders are made from a blend of 7-9 apple varieties, ranging from table apples (like Macintosh and Cortland) to bitter apples and crab apples. This cider won silver in the “New World Cider – Heritage” category at GLINTCAP 2016.
Cidery Description: All our ciders are born out of traditions from Spain, France, and America. They are made as naturally as possible from apples hand picked in upstate New York. Our apples are simply crushed and their juice left to ferment the same way the traditionalists do it in Europe and the way it used to be done in Brooklyn before the Temperance Movement ended the party.
Like fine wines our ciders are expressions of place, but unlike wine our ciders are meant to be gulped not sipped! Some are bubbly, some are dry, and some have a hint of natural sugar, but all are meant to celebrate the simple pleasures. So join us in a toast to tradition, friendship and, of course, to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Cider House was started in 2014. They have an orchard and tasting room in the Hudson Valley in New Paltz New York, Twin Star Orchards.
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: n/a
First Impression: Light straw yellow. Low carbonation. Smells mild, of white grape juice.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, tannins, or funk. Notes of white grape, mineral, pineapple, citrus, and green apple. Moderate flavor complexity. Low apple flavor. High sessionability.
My Opinion: This was by far my favorite of the three ciders (and all my tasting companions agreed). I enjoyed it as I prefer ciders with more flavor intensity, which most often occurs with sweeter ciders. I found it sweeter than their Half Sour, although it has less residual sugar per the label. This is a great spring and summer cider as its light and fruity.
Most Similar to: 2 Towns Cidre Moscato (although that special release cider had higher acidity) and Cider Brothers William Tell Dry Hard Apple with Pinot Grigio (although that was sweeter and had green apple candy notes). This cider also reminded me some of Moscato grape wine, although not as sweet.
Closing Notes: I think this cider is a great value for a $10 retail price, being that its a craft product made from local fresh-pressed New York apples. I’d recommend it for folks who like a slightly fruity semi-dry cider.
Have you tried Brooklyn Cider House ciders? What did you think?