One day the chill
of the morning arrives, the darkness in the morning and evening
hints at the return of winter. As the farmer's turn to tuning up
the farm machinery and the leaves change gradually from green to
yellow, to orange, to red, to brown the thoughts of pumpkins, indian
corn, and halloween enter most peoples minds. Autumn is here and
people are doing autumn things such as hayrides, bon fires, and
drinking cider. AND DRINKING CIDER...!!!!!!
In keeping with these
autumn thoughts I have decided to review a small and
less popular type of bottled beverage - draft cider. During my latest
pass through the local drive thru I picked up a six pack of Woodchuck
Draft Cider. Woodchuck Cider
is produced and bottled by the Green Mountain
Cidery in Springfield, Vermont.
Rated 4BBBs. A fine
taste for a change of pace. Especially if you are not into Zima
or any flavored beer.
The company self
proclaims the drink as The Original Vermont Draft Cider,
but at the time of writing this I was unable to drink enough cider
to verify that fact. The box does say that it was created by New
England settlers three and half centuries ago, so if this statement
is true the other might be as well. But enough of the history lesson
on to the taste.
For those of you
who have never tasted draft cider, yes, it does taste like cider.
In fact, if your Great Grandmother kept cider in the 'frigerator
for to long (hard cider) and then had you drink it as a child, you
pretty much know the flavor. (We sure had some great games and giggling...
I mean conversation). Woodchuck
tastes much like hard cider but a little smoother. Because cider
is made from fermented apples and not barley and
hops it is much sweeter than beer and is not bitter. A plus for
most romantic drinkers is the fact that it does not leave a nasty
aftertaste, but a mild taste of apples (this depends on what you
are eating). I am not sure what food goes with draft cider (I had
a burger and fries) but I think it would be awsome for any autumn
specific event such as bonfires, hayrides, etc.
I did not keep the
receipt but estimate a six pack to cost about $6.00. For those of
you worried about your wasteline it has nearly 200 calories per
bottle and those of you who think it may be a non-alcoholic drink,
sorry, 5% alcohol by volume. The label is kind of cool...I think...well
maybe... - It has a woodchuck standing on a rock (it gets a better
view of its kingdom that way) holding or eating an apple. The label
also has a slogan across the bottom stating Marmota monax monax
and after consulting my Latin dictionary I don' t know what in the
wild world of sports that means. If anyone knows please e-mail me
out of 5 BB&B's.
$6.00 a six-pack