Cider, The Final Frontier

Gene Roddenberry – you were a clever man.   “Space.  The final frontier” indeed.  Matt Sulker – you’re an equally clever man.

In a wine blog that covers everything from home-made gin, to craft beer, to even occasionally writing about wine, i think i may have found my final frontier. It’s either Sours or Cider – but for today it’s cider.  Craft cider has taken a meteoric rise [see what i did there trekkies?] in popularity.  The Only, one of my favourite pubs on the Danforth, recently devoted about one-fifth of their taps to ciders. Cider flavoured with cherries, dry ciders, and even a sour cider [cleverly combining my two final frontiers].

Here’s where my man Matt comes into the picture.  A clever home brewer who spends his commuting time coming up with combinations such as a coconut, lemongrass Kölsch, has devoted a significant portion of his spare time creating ciders. Sulker Ciders will almost certainly have a tap in a bar near you soon if my ability to predict the future is as good as i think it is.

This Super-Dry cider that i sampled was made with 100 % Ontario apples [mathematically the most possible] and London Ale yeast. Unlike the big commercial ciders there is no sugar added post-fermentation.  It was dry and crisp with nice subtle yeast flavours.  He served them to me in his “made for cider” glasses, which are made for drinking at warp speed.  Not really, they’re made to enhance the bouquet and stuff … and junk. Delicious.


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