In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Roak Brewery. It is their fall seasonal and it is called Roaka Cadabra Spiced Apple Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this young and upcoming craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan base craft brewery. Let us get into Apple Ale.
It has a dark brown color with light tan color head. The smell has an apple to sweet malty notes. The taste of this medium body beer has a sweet malty to apple pie notes. There is a slight cider sweetest. The aftertaste has a dry apple finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Ending, every beer that I have from this brewery I have to give them more and more credit. There is not too many new craft breweries that are trying to push the limits of beer. The new breweries are doing the same beers that are already on the market. Roak and Canton Brew Works are looking to challenge the craft beer drinkers. Their seasonals are not same boring beer styles. They did not want to do an Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ale. I was pretty happy to hear this fact. They purchased cider from Blake’s Farm and brewed this Apple Ale. I love the fact that they are using Belgian yeast. I like it but I can see people loving to hating this beer. This is a great beer and I cannot wait for their winter seasonal. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer (cider) blog, we are going to get into the summer seasonal from Blake’s Hard Cider. It is their Wake Fire Cider. If you read my earlier cider blog posts on their ciders, you know the history of this cider maker. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan cider makers. Let us get into this summer cider.
It has a white to lemonade color without a head on this summer seasonal. The aroma has a faded apple and slight orange notes. The taste has a heavy sweetest of orange and apple with a sweet tart cherry aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable cider.
In the end, I am pretty excited for everything that comes from this cider maker. This is their new summer seasonal. I like how the cherry comes off as a tart like notes. The front part of the cider notes are sweet with apple and orange notes. This is a perfect cider for the hot summer days if it ever comes to a town near you. It is different. I like it and I can see others that will love it. I highly recommend this cider. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer (cider) blog, we are going to get into a special cider from Woodchuck Hard Cider. It is Local Nectar. If you read my earlier cider blog posts on their ciders, you know the history of this East Coast Cider Makers. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Woodchuck. Let us get into this Cider.
It has a clear off yellow color. It is almost a white yellow color like a Belgian White Ale color. The smell has a sweet hard cider apple notes. The taste has a sweet to slight dry apple notes. The aftertaste is sweet apple tart finish. It is pretty drinkable cider. It is perfect throughout the summer months.
Core Ciders | Available Year Round | Woodchuck Hard Cider
Woodchuck® was born and raised in Vermont and our roots remain firmly entrenched in our home state. This cider was handcrafted using apples solely from our orchard partners in Vermont. It is light and crisp, semi-dry, and a pure reflection of the fantastic apple crop Vermont is known for.
*Local Nectar is also now available in Michigan.
Closing, I always love to see craft breweries and cider makers try something different. I am kind of new to the cider world. I am always trying to open my mind to other things asides beer. Everyone knows that I love my craft beer. I have to say between Woodchuck and Blake’s. They are making respect the cider more. I respected them in the past and I was not really a fan of cider. They say every ten years your taste buds change. I believe my taste buds might be changing. I like it. I might buy it again but the price is higher for a normal dry cider. It makes it special because it is made with Michigan apples to us that live in Michigan. I recommend it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer (cider) blog, we are going to sample a new and special release cider from Woodchuck Hard Cider. It is their Out On Limb Cheeky Cherry Sour Cherry. If you read my earlier cider blogs posts on their ciders, you know the history of East Coast Cider makers. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Woodchuck Hard Cider.
It has a clear red cherry color without a head on this hard cider. The aroma has sweet to slight sour cherry notes. The taste has a heavy sweet cherry with a slight sour to tart cherry aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable cider.
Here is a description from the cider bottle:
Get your cell phone out and prepare the selfie cam people! This cider features a bright pop of crisp apple and sour tart cherry notes that are sure to have your face in prime selfie shape. Cheeky Cherry is crafted from bittersweet balanced between the sweet juice and sour cherries which are infused post-fermentation. Check out Cheeky Cherry if you are looking for a next level cider.
Get your cell phone out and prepare the selfie cam people! This cider features a bright pop of crisp apple and sour tart cherry notes that are sure to have your face in prime selfie shape. Cheeky Cherry is crafted from bittersweet cider apple varieties and perfectly balanced between the sweet juice and sour cherries which are infused post-fermentation. Check out Cheeky Cherry if you are looking for a next level cider.
Closing, I gave anyone credit from a brewery or cider maker to do something or different. I love cherries and I had to pick up a bottle of this cider. I am not a huge fan of ciders but I am willing to try them. It is average but good. I can see cider drinkers love this product. I love the aroma to taste profile. I recommend this cider and please give me your thoughts. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this cider blog, we are going to the first cider from Blake’s. It is their El Chavo. There is not much history on their website. I do know they have been in business less than five years. They make several different Hard Cider. There is about 12 different Hard Cider on tap in their Taproom. Let us get into this Hard Cider.
This cider has a clear light yellow color without a head. The smell has a slight mango and hints of Habanero peppers. The taste has a mango to earthly notes with pepper hot aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable but I can see becoming sipping cider.
We like spicing things up. That’s why we put dimmers on the lights in our Cider House. And it’s why we created this sweet, heated blend of Habanero Pepper, mango and our famous Blake’s apple. Experience a hard cider that’s really, honestly, truly like no other. Experience El Chavo.
Closing, I have to say I am not a huge hard cider fan. I am always willing to try it at least two times to see if I can find one that I like. I have to say between Woodchuck and Blake’s Hard Cider. I have found two cider companies that I enjoyed drinking their products. In the few times, I had some of Blake’s Hard Ciders. I did not have time to write tasting notes. I had to write-up for this special and unique cider. I like it. I did not know how the peppers would go over with apple and mango notes. The Habanero Pepper starts to shine through the end part of the pint. It is not overpowering which I liked. There is a nice balance in this Hard Cider. I highly recommend this cider. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer (mead) blog, we are going to get into a style that many people might not know about. It is mead. I am kind of new to mead scene but my studies, I know what a mead is. I just need to try them. I will get into the history of mead and then Meadery featured on this post. I am talking about B. Nektar Meadery. The mead being feature is Evil Geniues IPA Style Mead. Mead is a honey and water with fruits, hops, grains, and other spices to add character. It is a wine base product. It is normally made as a base of a honey wine. B. Nektar Meadery was founded in Ferndale, Michigan in 2006. Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer founded this meadery. They make several different mead styles. They sell their products around the country but mainly the midwest to the east coast. Let us get into this Mead.
It has a bright yellow to white color without a head on this Mead. The aroma has a honey with a hint of earthy notes. The taste has a sweet honey with earthy undertones. The aftertaste has sweet honey with a slight bitter finish. It is pretty drinkable.
Here is a description from the mead bottle:
In an obsure industrial lair resides the man known only as the evil Dr. IPA. Using his hadron collider hidden deep underground, he has conducted his most remarkable experiment to date. The result is a perfect balance of honey and hops. But there are side effects… his lab rats can’t get enough of the stuff. And soon, neither will you. Introducing the Evil Genius. The big bang is no longer a theory, it’s your reality.
Closing, I had a few meads and they are all from B. Nektar. I do not know many more meaderies in the market. If there is, I will be trying them soon. I find some of these meads pretty sweet to way too sweet. This is one of them. I do not get too much from the hops. I love this mead at first. The more and more I was drinking it. I just found that it was way too sweet for me. I just feel if it was 10oz pour I would be in better shape. I can drink meads and some sweet ciders. I just find that they become too sweet for me. Keep in mind, I am a hophead, porter, and stout type of beer drinker. I recommend this mead. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this cider blog, we are going to sample out a new cider from Woodchuck Hard Cider. It is their Cellar Series Chocolate. If you read my earlier blogs on their ciders, you know the history of this Northeast Cider company. If you have not, please, read those blog posts to get to know this cider company. I bet you have heard of Woodchuck and already know the history. Let us get into this special and new cider.
It has a beautiful clear light brown color without a head on this cider. The smell is a heavy chocolate notes. The taste is chocolate with apple cider at the end of the drinking experience with an apple cider aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Woodchuck Cellar Series Chocolate features our original small batch hard cider, complemented by cacao beans. The inclusion of crushed cacao beans notes of artisan chocolate throughout the nose and taste of the cider. A hint of caramel accompanies the full apple flavor with a dry finish. Cellar Series Chocolate is one of the most unique ciders we have ever crafted, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers! John Matson Cider Maker
In the end, I was pretty excited to see them post on their twitter account that they were releasing a new cider. However, it was not just a new cider, it is a pretty unique one. This is a chocolate cider and then I was pretty nervous and interested. There is a ton going on in this cider and it is pretty good. I love the chocolate notes but it does not overpower the cider part. It is pretty well balanced cider. I love the smells and it is awesome. This is great beverage to enjoy on a nice winter day with a ton of snow. We all this year has received a ton of snow. Go out and get a chocolate cider from Woodchuck Hard Cider. I recommend it. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this cider blog, we are going to get into our first review of a cider. I am happy it will be Woodchuck and their Winter Hard Cider. Woodchuck came from a winery which at the time most wineries were not making cider. In 1990, Woodchuck was born. They wanted to give beer fans something else to drink that is why their “802” and “Amber” cider was born. By 1996, they had two successful ciders and sold over half million of cases. A year after they added their “Granny Smith Cider.” A few years later, they added “Raspberry” and “Pear.” They just added some seasonals to their line up. I found all this information from their website (www.woodchuck.com). Let us get into the cider.
It has a clear slight dark yellow color with some small bubbles. It does not have a head on it. The smell is a cider and apple notes. The taste has hints of vanilla and a little oak to apple. It is a pretty drinkable hard cider.
Here is a description from the bottle:
Winter Cider is a balanced culmination of premium French and traditional American Oak, giving the cider great complexity and broad characteristics that neither style could produce on its own. This cider has tremendous depth starting with an attractive oak taste and finishing with a touch of vanilla, all crafted in Woodchuck tradition… Independent to the core.
Somewhere between a delicate snowflake drifting down to your tongue and a hard-packed snowball to the teeth, the power of this winter Cider is a balanced culmination of Premium French and Traditional American Oak, giving the cider great complexity and broad characteristics that neither style could produce on its own.
In closing, I am not a cider guy. I wanted something different and sweet. I did not want anything over the top sweet but just enough. I thought a cider might be it. I try it and I thought I would write a review. I will end up writing not just one review but I will have two more after this one. I love barrel age beers so I thought this Winter Cider would be in my wheel house. I was right. I loved the apple with the hints of vanilla and oak. It was pretty drinkable and had pretty good kick. I highly recommend this cider and I will be trying some more of these ciders. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/