Today I had the great fortune of patronizing Lion’s Pride in Brunswick, Maine (http://www.lionspridepub.com/). They are open from 11:30 ’til close, seven days a week and I highly recommend trying them out. They carry 36 beers on draft that represent a whole range styles, tastes, breweries, and crazy beer experiments. And with samples to the tune of 25 cents a piece, you can’t go wrong!
Okay, back to the review of the goods…Of the four hard ciders I sampled, UFF’s Dry Hopped Cidah really blew my skirt up.
First and foremost, it’s a product manufactured in Portland, Maine. I do love supporting my fellow Mainers whenever given a yummy chance. Urban Farm Fermentory (UFF) specializes in the fermenting of foods (i.e. pickles, sauerkraut) and beverages like cider and wine. They also produce honey and sustain a micro farm. The vision is to operate very much like a community supported farm as they encourage involvement and sharing of skills towards the overall project at UFF. So git yer bee keeper suit on and knock on their door; take grandpa’s mustard pickle recipe over with a case of Mason jars; lend your permaculture expertise. Or…just buy some products from them. Check them out at http://www.urbanfarmfermentory.com/home
Second reason to love the cider: it’s hopped like a beer. In case you don’t know, hops are plants that are added to beer to impart bitterness and aroma. There are many different hop varieties and I am unsure of the variety they use, but it is an amazing choice. Hopped cider is definitely new to my palate and nothing I had ever heard of before today. So let me try to describe…
The first sniffs reveal a lovely bouquet of floral, honeysuckle-type notes from the hops. I couldn’t stop huffing it. If they made a perfume out of it, I’d spray it on myself! The first taste is a dry cider that finishes with a faint reminder of the sweet, floral notes. I really enjoyed it…and you can, too!