Monday, November 29, 2010

Fastest Brew Ever and Beereview: Woodchuck Hard Cider

So I was sitting there yesterday, sucking on a maple syrup lollipop (yeah, it was intense). I decided that I need to brew something for the holidays. The kegs are full of beer, and I've brewed my #4 High Octane which was intended for the winter. What else though? Something different.

Cider. HARD Cider.

As we speak the fermenter is sitting in the closet. I'm really excited for this outcome, because I love cider. Brewing was ridiculously simple as well. I searched amongst a few recipes on beerrecipes.org and I found one that sounded easy enough. 3 Gallons of cider, 2 cups of brown sugar, and yeast. That's it. I went crazy and added two cinnamon sticks to give it a Christmas-y kick to it. From what I've read online, it should be ready in around 3 weeks. I can't wait.

In honor of my cider brew, here's a beereview for you which stretches the definition of "beer."

Woodchuck Hard Cider!

In line with my comment about how much I love cider, I also love Woodchuck. It comes in an array of flavors, but today we're sticking with the original. It comes in a short green bottle, with a bright red label on it adorned by, what else, a woodchuck. Which of course, begs the question... how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Frankly I think this is a serious question, because I believe woodchucks can chuck would rendering this question a hypothetical no-more. I digress...

Down to basics. Woodchuck is a 5% ABV beverage. It pours a very clear, pale yellow reminiscent more of apple juice, than cider. Within the aroma is apples, with a waft of alcohol goodness. I believe Nick described it once before as an alcoholic soda, and that comment definitely holds water. Woodchuck is quite fizzy, and verges on the edge of sparkling cider, but not as dry. Still sweet, and very tasty. There's really not a whole lot to say left. The cider isn't huge on body like a beer would be, but as Nick said, close to an alcoholic apple juice soda. That said, if my cider comes out anything close I'm going to be thrilled.

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