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 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 (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 fall seasonal cider blog, we are going to get into one of two fall seasonals from Woodchuck Hard Cider. This is their everyday seasonal cider. It is apple pie cider. If you read earlier beer blog posts about their ciders, you know the history of this cider makers. If you have not read those posts, please, read them to get to know Woodchuck. Let us get into this fall cider.
It has a clear dark golden color without a head. The smell has an apple pie notes of cinnamon and apple. The taste a cinnamon up front sweetest notes and finish like an apple pie aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the cider bottle:
The fall harvest brings farmers and communities together to celebrate another year of fruitful labor. It is a time of shorter days, cooler nights, and great apples. This cider has a complex and elegant character full of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg balanced out with a hint of american white oak. A true taste of the season.
The fall harvest brings farmers and communities together to celebrate another year of fruitful labor, It is a time of shorter days, cooler night, and great apples. This cider has a complex and elegant character full of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg balanced out with a hint of American White Oak. A true taste of the season.
In the end, I have to say this cider makers made me a fan of ciders. I am on my fall seasonal kick and I like to start trying them early to get as many in as I can. I know a few of these fall seasonals disappear from the market quickly. I know this will not but it is nice to get it in early. I know towards end of the season. I will be burned out on them but I highly doubt it. I say that every year. There is a nice complex tasting notes going on in this cider. It is not another boring hard cider. They put some thought into it for this type of season. I love the fact that it does taste like liquid apple pie. I highly recommend this cider. It is a nice way to kick off the fall season and wrap it before the winter season. 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 another cider from Woodchuck Hard Cider. The cider that will be feature is their Cider Cellar Series Dry Hop. If you have read my blog posts the last few days, you know the history of Woodchuck Hard Cider. If you have not, please, read those blog posts to get to know cider company. Let us get into the cider.
It has a see through and clear golden color without a head on it. The smell has cider, apple, and hints of citrus. The taste has a sweet cider notes and then turns into citrus hop notes. The aftertaste is a bitter hop finish. It is a drinkable cider to most but to me it is a sipping cider.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Woodchuck Cellar Series Dry Hop represents our imagination at work. We start with our original small batch hard cider. Then add an aggressive amount of Cascade hops to impart rich hop flavor and aroma. This extensive dry hopping process infuses the cider with crisp citrus and pine notes. The smooth apple character of our signature hard cider balances perfectly against the bitterness of the hops. A truly rare and very limited treat straight from the Woodchuck Cellar. Cheers!
Woodchuck Dry Hop is the first cider in our new Cellar Series line. Infused with hops, Woodchuck Dry Hop brings a new unique flavor to the cider category and it represents our dedication to pushing innovation in hard cider. Like all of our styles, Dry Hop is naturally gluten-free.
Closing out the tab, I saw this cider and I thought this will be pretty interesting. I am a huge hop head so I had to pick this cider up. Woodchuck made a dry hopped cider. I love the color and aroma this cider has going on in it. The drinking experience is extremely different and unique. I love it. I was pretty stun and impressed with this dry hopped cider. To me, the dry hopping gives my hop head something in a cider. I recommend this cider if you want something a little different and unique then a beer or normal cider. Go get some! 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/