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I became a big fan of hard cider on a trip to England in 2000 with a group of brewers from Goose Island. We visited several breweries on the trip, but the highlight was visiting a pub called The Maltings in York.
They were hosting a cider festival with casks from small producers all around the English countryside. We were all blown away by the variety, complexity and just plain wonderfulness of those ciders.
Here are five of my favorites, in no particular order.
Five Hard Ciders to Try Right Now: Gregory Hall
1. Herefordshire Sparkling Dry Cider - Oliver’s Cider and Perry
2. Organic Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie - Etienne Dupont
3. Sarasola Sagardoa
4. Dooryard Cider - Farnum Hill Ciders
Traditional cider is such an agricultural product and Dooryard shows that well. There is usually enough tannin and acidity to pair with a bowl of New England clam chowder.
5. Smackintosh - Tandem Ciders
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