I spent most of last week in the business of research and espionage – finding out the incider secrets to producing, kegging, and partying with cider. The friendly, but unsuspecting victims of my espionage? Sulker’s Cider [now brewing cider at a secret location in Guelph] – more specifically Matt and his partner N. I blogged about them last year in Cider: The Final Frontier. I infiltrated the world of cider through friendly connections – my daughter, M, who has played the role of “best friend” to these people for years – heh.
What i found was dry cider flavoured with hops, kombucha , passionfruit, rose-hips and hibiscus, and several other ciders that i do not pretend to understand [actually i pretended to understand everything while i helped Matt and N keg and sample the cider]. Later this weekend I partied with them at a launch party at Her Fathers Cider Bar in Toronto [a good city to stay anonymous in – important in the espionage business].
When any of these get on tap at a bar near you demand one from your server. Or ask politely.
These were my my favourites from the launch party.
- Sulker’s Dry-hopped Kombucha blended cider. 6.0% – blended dry-hopped cider and kombucha. It appealed to my sour loving palette
- Sulker’s Super Dry. 6.3% – clean with minimal sweetness- hints of tannin
- Tie – Sulker’s Super-Dry with Rose-Hips and Hibiscus because they remind me of collecting rose-hips for gramma, and the Super-Dry with Pasisonfruit because who doesn’t love passionfruit – the most alien looking of all fruits.
This is what the party looked like …
This is what the research looked like …
Oh, i didn’t bother to change anyone’s name to protect anyone in this article. All the characters are NOT fictitious.