Review of 2 Towns Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, a new seasonal lemon raspberry cider. It is my first time trying this, but I’ve had their Bright Cider, Bad Apple, Serious Scrump, Out Cider, Cherried Away, Made Marion, Cidre Moscato, Throne of Thorns, Cider Master Reserve Batch No. 01 – Barrel Select Blend, Prickle Me Pink, Nice & Naughty Nice & Naughty Bourbon Barrel Aged, Dark Currant, Riverwood Brut 2014, Rhubarbarian, Pommeau (2013 Harvest, 2015 Release), Ginja Ninja, Sun’s Out Saison, Return of the Mack, Hop and Stalk, La Mûre, Cot in the Act, Hollow Jack, Traditions Cider Bouche 2015, Traditions Riverwood 2015, Flight of the Kiwi, Prickle Me Pink ^2, Afton Field, Traditions Cidre Bouche 2016, Man Gogh, Pacific Pineapple, and Passion Statement.
<This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by 2 Towns. Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received this for free. The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review que, considering it is a new release and the info may be helpful for folks deciding to purchase it. I love free stuff, especially cider! Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here? Contact me.>
Cider: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
Cidery: 2 Towns
Cidery Location: Corvallis OR
How Supplied: 500ml bottles (and kegs)
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples with lemons and raspberries, soured with lacto
Availability: seasonal, in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Chicago and parts of Minnesota (see their cider finder)
Cider Description: Citrusy and refreshing, Easy Peasy will have you leisurely drifting your way through summer. Crafted with fresh-pressed Northwest apples, Meyer lemon, raspberries and soured with lactobacillus, it’s summertime and the livin’s squeezy!
Cidery Description: At 2 Towns Ciderhouse we believe that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right. Starting with the highest quality whole ingredients from local farms, we take no shortcuts in crafting our ciders. We never add any sugar, concentrates or artificial flavors, and instead use slow, cold fermentation methods to allow the fruit to speak for itself. As a family-owned company, we are committed to the growth of our team and enrichment of our communities. We take pride in producing true Northwest craft cider.
They were founded in 2010 and have a tap room in Corvallis Oregon.
Price: retails for $6.99
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: n/a
First Impression: Hazy pink lemonade hue. Still. Smells of lemon and raspberry.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Light bodied. High tartness and acidity. Hints of sourness and bitterness. No tannins or funk. Notes of lemon, raspberry, granny smith apples, and grapefruit. Quick finish. Low apple flavor. Low to moderate complexity and flavor intensity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I really liked the flavor, and the sweetness was spot-on, but it was a bit too mouth-puckering tart for me. I didn’t read that this was soured with lacto until after trying it, and I wouldn’t really have guessed, as it was mostly front of the palette tart, not back of the palette sour. Good for me, as I don’t like true sour ciders (like Spanish sidra and rustic/farmhouse-style).
Most Similar to: an alcoholic version of a less sweet than normal raspberry lemonade (my favorite lemonade is Crabbie’s Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade, which like this is less sweet than typical, but I can’t seem to find it anymore)
Closing Notes: I’m surprised they are only releasing this in bottles (at least for now), as I imagine this would be a great cider to have in cans for summer.
Have you tried 2 Towns Easy Peasy? What did you think?