Last night I attended my husband’s beer club meeting since their guest speaker was Brad Page, owner of Colorado Cider Company. It is interesting about cider that it really isn’t a beer, yet its not a wine either….and maybe that is a good thing for cider! Unfortunately for cider I think people do not understand its unique and delicious characteristics and believe all cider is like drinking sweet apple juice. And that is NOT the case!!! Hopefully as more people experience good cider, like those being produced by Colorado Cider Company, cider’s reputation as an enjoyable beverage will grow.
During the presentation we tasted a variety of ciders, some off-dry, some dry and all delicious. Colorado Cider has three trademarked ciders….Glider, Ol’ Stumpy, and Pearsnickety. We also tasted Newtown Pippin named after an apple and one of my favorites. But here is what was REALLY interesting…..first, you need to know that I am not a “hop head” and avoid an IPA beer at all cost, and second, I loved Grasshop-ah, which has hops in it! During the beer club meeting we learned about “dry hopping” and how if you leave the hops in the beer too long it has a “grassy” taste that isn’t always a good thing. But the type and amount that Colorado Cider puts in its Grasshop-ah is perfect.
After we tasted Colorado Cider’s varieties we tasted a few “commercial” ciders, and to me, they were what people think cider to be…sweet and apple juicy. So how do people get away from the commercial ciders and begin to explore what true cider is all about?? I have two suggestions….first, travel around to the various cideries in our state (by the way we have 7 along the Front Range) and sample a variety of ciders…you will find they are not all sweet and appley. Second, attend the Cider Days festival in Lakewood on October 3 and 4 where you will be able to sample over 50 ciders. Click Here for a link to the festival.
As my slogan says: “Explore and Enjoy” and try some delicious Colorado ciders, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!!Read more →