Nov. 15th, 2015

I went to Cider Days last Sunday and tweeted some things about it, mostly during the Cider 101 tasting event. Here they are.

Only missed one cider. Whew.
November 8, 2015

Perry! Good variety names; Bloody Bastard, Butt, Merrylegs. Tastes nothing like pears, but good.
November 8, 2015

Oh crap, perry has naturally occurring sorbitol. Cross fingers I don't get a migraine. D:
November 8, 2015

Oliver's Traditional Perry from England, made with wild yeast, strong delicious smell of sweet pear. Going from dry to sweet is a good plan.
November 8, 2015

Possible flavors in this cider: smoke, cloves, band-aid. (Audience: band-aid?!)
November 8, 2015

Herefordshire cider: smoky tannic no thank you
November 8, 2015

French process of cider making is called "keeving", results in Martinelli's only alcoholic. In French it's called "defecacion", hmm.
November 8, 2015

West County Redfield cis ?% ABV, really delicious, beautiful amber color due to red-fleshed apple.
November 8, 2015

(I later found the West Country open warehouse sale and bought two bottles of this! Another one, too, very champagne-like. Probably saving them for Thanksgiving.)
Redfield trees are apparently beautiful too! Pine Hill Orchard will sell me juice, apples are bad for eating but good for pie.
November 8, 2015

(They would not, actually, though I got many apples and petted a baby pygmy donkey.)
I like vinegar a lot, but Millstone Farmgate cider is a bit much for me.
November 8, 2015

They're making the valid point that more acetic ciders are better paired with foods than sipped straight. I probably would love it with fish
November 8, 2015

Busting out the weird aerator corks for the natural cider from Asturias. Still very acidic!
November 8, 2015

Basque cider! Definitely more funky than the Asturias varieties, and fun stories from the speakers about their cultural cider adventures.
November 8, 2015

Would have been handy to have L along for driving purposes. Whee. Hope I can find a food in historic downtown Deerfield.
November 8, 2015

(I could not. Where was the small fair that we found last year? Not near the hall where they held the tasting, but I couldn't figure it out.)
Last one! Eden Ice Cider Heirloom Blend, v sweet and 10% ABV. Tricky to get apples to freeze on the tree, harvest & juice then concentrate.
November 8, 2015

I waited a little bit to sober up, then looked up the other event locations on my phone and drove to a market with burgers. They had a maple burger! It was delicious. Ate it outdoors in the wind and great fall weather.

Unfortunately my later adventures took place in rural hilly areas and were thus not tweetable. Lots of very pretty countryside, though.

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