We all know that craft beer is the "Eminem" of the big beer world. Causing a huge ruckus with the big players, and all the "everyday" folks get to enjoy something true and genuine that comes from within the creative masses instead of the wealthy few. Well fortunately, beer is not the only branch of alcohol to take this route. I introduce - Craft Cider.
With traditions reaching as far back as 5000 + BC, cider, or HARD cider in America, has been paralleling the process of wine-making from culture to culture for millennia. The difference? Simple... APPLES not GRAPES. And CRAFT cider is our "psuedo-forced adjective" to differentiate cheaply made, "corners-cut", cider, from fresh pressed, locally sourced, NO cut corners, traditional, old-world style ciders.
Hard Cider, especially CRAFT CIDER is having a huge renaissance in not just America, but the ENTIRE world.
Here are the Top 5 reasons to NOW drink Craft Cider:
1) You love the CLASSICS
Craft Cider is as original of an artisan product as you can get. Having historically originated in Kazakhstan millennia ago, cider has made its way through the annuls of history. From being named Sicera, origin for English CIDER, from 4th century Gallo-Roman Saint Gerome. They have chronicled the production of cider, traditionally using only fresh apples and traditional yeasts. Cider is as original and beloved as a drink as wine or beer.
2) "Whiskey makes you nauseous , and beer just makes you fat" - Texas Music Legend, Roger Creager
We all know the phrase "liquor and beer, in the clear" or "beer & liquor, never been sicker". Well the phrase you have not yet heard is "Cider at night, next day you're alright". Craft Cider is filled with only fresh apples and yeasts. Having fresh apples be the only ingredient seems to sit well with a majority of people compared to the others with added sugars, alternative ingredients, and other add-backs.
Also, PS, Cider and Orange Juice is the worlds BEST "morning after" drink. Filled with all the vitamins and nutrients of the two fruits, plus the little kick of alcohol to get you level headed.
3) You're now "Gluten Sensitive" and you feel like a wimp cause you can't drink beer or whiskey:
Who cares! Everyone loves a nice beer, and whiskey coke takes everyone back to college. But a nice cider is no means for depression. So step back from the ledge my friend. Chilled just like a beer, packaged just like a beer, sold in the beer section, BUT tastes like a lighter, less filling APPLE CHAMPAGNE, with typically higher alcohol. Seriously, who couldn't asked for anything better after you find out you can't drink grain based hooch anymore. So stop whining and get back out there … theres no crying in craft culture.
4) It tastes WAY better now than you remember
We ALL had cheap, sweetened ciders that resembled a mix between capri sun, freeze pops, and jolly ranchers back when we were in college. They were good for a 12 oz bottle worth, but then after that you either had a diabetic seizure from sugar, or your head throbbed like crazy the next morning. Well good luck fortunes those who wait - cider is once again DRY! Traditional Old-World style cider is typically much more like a dry Chardonnay, or apple Prosecco, than an uber-sweet wine-cooler. There is a reason why the French, Spanish, and English have made and drank cider/sidra for centuries - but never were huge fans of "boons farm".
5) It is more versatile than a Swiss Army Knife
Traditional cider, when done right, should be a lot like a lighter, yet complex apple wine or champagne. But the beautiful thing about cider is that it not just drinks wonderful as is, but it can be utilized in many different ways. From blending with spirits to make the perfect cider infused cocktails, orange juice for delicious cider mimosas, cooking with them as an "apple champagne" sauce, or my personal favorite (for uniqueness) is freezing them in margarita machines on the hot Texas summers and making Cider Coladas or Frozen Cider Margaritas! The ideas and options are endless!
Craft Cider is BRAND NEW, yet unbelievably old. It was like the dormant volcano Pompeii, yet with delicious cider to be consumed instead of people below. Imagine that we ALL are in year FOUR of Wine. That is the perfect analogy for this renaissance which has emerged in the world around modern craft hard ciders. It is so great to watch it from the inside out, as well as from the outside in.
I hope this was a very exciting look into why you SHOULD drink Craft Cider.
- leprechaun cider company