A Note on This Beer
Prepare your palates Cider fans, because today you get to stock your fridge with a trifecta of unusual apple brews!
First up is 522 Black Currant English-style Cider from Virginia’s Winchester Ciderworks. This ruby-hued pour is dry and fruity, like something you’d get in a traditional UK pub. And no wonder — the operation was founded by an English Cider aficionado and a fifth-generation Virginia apple grower!
Together, they’re creating fantastic English-style brews on this side of the Atlantic, and 522 is one of their flagships! With its semi-dry body and passionfruit-like black currant tang, it goes great with meat pies, fish and chips, or just about any staple pub fare.
Next, there’s Lavender Honey Cider from a third-generation orchard in the heart of Washington’s apple country: Tieton Cider Works. The first sip is like biting into a crisp apple, followed by a dollop of sweetness from local honey. Then, look for floral nuances on the finish from whole-bud lavender flowers.
But even in the Evergreen State, this limited release is tough to track down. As @Laura E. on Untappd says: “Hard to find, stock up when you do!”
Finally, we’ve got Lingonberry from Seattle’s Greenwood Cider. For most folks, the sweet-tart tang of Lingonberries recalls Scandanavian jams. But native peoples in North America have been enjoying them for thousands of years!
The cider experts at Greenwood source apples from wild trees and abandoned orchards to create their semi-dry Cider, then add the berries for a pop of bright fruitiness. The result is a complex sipper that balances sweet and dry with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Snag all three of these rare brews, and you’ll have a fridge that any cider fan would be proud of!
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Great with swedish meatballs
Not as sweet as I thought but still tasty.
Interesting new flavor.
Very light, had a wine vibe to it