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Our Top 7 Cider Picks for OCC Week

Ontario Craft Cider Week 2016 is amongst us and we are extremely excited to be supporters of the Ontario Craft Cider Association. As the leading organization representing craft cider producers in Ontario, OCCA aims to provide support and exposure to cider in Ontario. Their mission is to ensure that Ontario is recognized as a centre for cider excellence and innovation!

Cider is the fastest growing category in the LCBO and yet, 77% of all cider offered through this channel is imported, despite the fact that Ontario is home to some of the world’s best apples and thus ciders. Ontario’s cold climates create the perfect cider apple! In fact, this past April at GLINTCAP 2016 (the International Cider & Perry Competition), Ontario Craft Cideries took home a total 46 different medals – This is something to stand behind!

In 2008, there was one Craft Cidery in Ontario. Fast forward to 2016 and Ontario is now home to 20 different Ontario craft cideries! We are in the midst of a craft cider renaissance and it’s our time that we do our part! Here are our top 7 picks for the OCC week:

(Ciders are in no particular order)

LUCY’S LUCID DREAM | Revel Cider Co. | Stoney Creek, ON | 6.9% | (May 26th - All Beertown Locations - CASK)

Fermented with wild yeast for a kick of funk and dry hopped with Citra and Hop X, Lucy’s Lucid Dream is best described as a super tropical, sour cider. While you may have heard of Citra, Hop X is rare! Grown south of Collingwood by Clear Valley Hops, Hop x is the result of an incredibly rare mutation unique to the soil and growing conditions of Ontario.

DRY HOPPED CIDER | Spirit Tree Estate Cidery | Caledon, ON | 6.0% | DRAUGHT (Available at Beertown Cambridge)

Spirit Tree’s Dry Hopped Cider is the result of taking their flagship cider (made with a unique blend of Cortland, Gala, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, Golden Russet and Tannic Apples) and dry-hopping it with a mixture of Ontario grown Cascade, Chinook and Hallertau hops.

STRAWBERRY CIDER | KW Craft Cider | Waterloo, ON | 6.7% | DRAUGHT (Available at Beertown Waterloo)

Made with Ontario Strawberries, this cider has a beautiful rosé colour and fruity nose with notes of fresh apple and strawberry flavours.

FORBIDDEN ARTISINAL CIDER | Coffin Ridge Wineries | Annan, ON | 6.5% | DRAUGHT (Available at Wildcraft)

Forbidden Artisanal Cider is made from 100% organic Ontario Grey County apples which are then cold pressed and filtered to preserve the fresh, crisp, new harvest apple flavours.

CIDLER | Pommies Cider Co. | Caledon, ON | 6.0% | DRAUGHT (Available at Sociable Kitchen + Tavern)

A spin on the classic Radler; made from a custom blend of five heritage Ontario apples, fermented with a white wine yeast and blended with a fresh grapefruit juice, The Cidler is refreshing to the last drop. A nice balance between dry and sweet.

HAMMER BENT TRADITIONAL APPLE PEAR | Twin Pines Cider House | Thedford, ON | 6.2% | DRAUGHT (Available at Sociable Kitchen + Tavern)

The Hammer Bent Apple Pear boasts a rich nose of layered poached pear, apple and wild honey notes. The palate reveals spiced apple, quince and touch of sweetness that is balanced with refreshing acidity. Bronze Winner at Glintcap 2016 in the Fruit Cider category!

WILD OAK | West Avenue Estate Cidery | Hamilton, ON | 8.2% | 750ml BOTTLE (Available at Sociable Kitchen + Tavern)

Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels used by Niagara’s Tawse and Le Clos Jordanne wineries, followed by 6 months of bottle conditioning. This is a cider that explores the outer boundaries of a brave new world for this exciting.

Honourable Mentions:

HERITAGE DRY CIDER | West Avenue Estate Cidery | Hamilton, ON | 6.5% (Available at The Bauer Kitchen)

DARJEELING INC. | Revel Cider Co | Stoney Creek, ON | 6.9% | DRAUGHT (Available at Beertown London)

MALUS-HUMULUS | Great Lakes & West Avenue Cidery | 6.9% (June 2nd - All Beertown Locations - CASK)

APFELGOSE | Revel Cider Co. | Stoney Creek, ON| 7.0% | DRAUGHT (Available at The Bauer Kitchen)

SPICED CIDER | KW Craft Cider | Waterloo, ON | 6.7% | DRAUGHT (Available at Beertown Waterloo)

Join us as we take a tour of some of Ontario’s Finest Ciders

In celebration of Ontario Craft Cider Week 2016, we are featuring a different Ontario Craft Cider on draught at each of restaurants. Take part in Ontario’s Craft Cider Revolution and join us on our Craft Cider Crawl for a chance to try 12 different ciders from a total of 7 of Ontario’s Finest Craft Cideries!

Contributors: Jennifer Tamse, Evin Lachance, Cindy Perri

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