ok, WTF is going on with cider these days?
The same people who buy Carlsberg and Carling – or if not the exact same people ones who are very similar. Look on the plus side – it means cider is becoming more mainstream which might mean there are more people drinking proper stuff (I’m a born again cider drinker after getting bought some for Xmas a couple of years ago – more often than not will choose to drink that rather than beer at home, though I’ve yet to order one in a pub).Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
white lightening and frosty Jack have been popular for years among a certain group, get over it sweet cheeks, nothing new. Just big brands jumping on the bandwagon after the ship has long since sailed. As said above, some will discover the good stuff, others will wallow for a bit and then go back to whatever pish they drank before.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I ordered a koppaberg cider the other night. Turned out it was Pressed Metrosexual Berries or somesuch, it was pink and tasted of jelly. I think in some drinking establishments it would have got me stabbed. (but it was really nice)
It’s not proper cider if it doesn’t come in a jerrycan.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Fourbanger is right; the alcopops generation have grown up without an ounce of descrimination over what they pour down their necks and their tastes are now changing; advertising gives cider an edgy urban chic so they are switching over. The drink must be expensive and must have silver foil on the bottle otherwise it can’t be any good.
But it’s garbage and it tastes like garbage.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
Real cider production:
That’s Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester = each a tiny 1200 gallons.
The biggest wooden casks at Westons are Pip, Squeak and King George V (42,000 gallons each)
The best names are Wallace, Grommet, Wendolene, Shaun and Preston.
This is my more modest Stoner’s “Squirrel-Fondler” production facility:
Made from a special blend of anything apple shaped, maggots and wasps. It brings tears to your eye, so it does. The perry is far more palatable though.Posted 4 years agoDrPMember
I recall the time I was holidaying in the West COuntry with friends, and we went into a small country store to buy cider – picked up a bottle of ‘something’ and the chap behind the counter said “you don’t want to buy that – that’s polished up for the tourists”
Of course we don’t we thought, and bought a ‘tub’ of the cloudiest, most rancid rat urine substance he had.
Cue much wincing after only a few sips, we soon realised that, as tourists, we maybe made the wrong purchase…
DrPPosted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
I spent quite a while installing packaging machinery and conveyors at Thatchers at Sandford in Somerset a few years ago. Their generic “for public consumption” ciders were nothing special, but they had a little factory shop where you could by the “special cider” in gallon plastic bottles for a fiver a time. They did some called Mendip Dry which was like cloudy piss to look at but good god it got you battered…Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
Normal Lambrini has always been Perry – aka pear cider – so it’s not really a big step for them.
I have Somersby many times in Denmark, it’s not great but it’s not been made as part of this latest cider fad, just new to this country.
The best cider is the colour and translucency of a first of the morning piss.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
Cider should be bought in gallon plastic containers from farms
All the worst cider I’ve drunk has come like that. If you’re after cider to get you battered are you really so far away from those drinking Carlsberg cider? I’m with DrP and sticking to stuff which comes in bottles, is quality controlled and not full of muck. Not a niche monger, just like something which tastes nice.Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
My Mrs is a Cider buyer for Tesco! 😳
I get a LOT of freebies which is nice, but there is a lot of shite being sold.
It’s a trend thing, Magners revitalised the Cider market for the masses, and you now see loads of people drinking it in the summer swimming with ice. Everyones jumping on the bandwagon trying to grab a share of the market. It’s a HUGE one by the way.
Kopparburg naked apple is nice, it’s no niche scrumpy, but a nice drinkable pint, it’s alright.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Who buys this shite?
have you tasted it? Just asking as you didn’t say, I haven’t either so I’ve no idea whether its shite or not. Couldn’t give a monkeys who makes it, it’s all about the taste (that sounds like it might be some products tag lines, any ideas?)
I’ve always drunk cider one of the very few alchoholic beverages I can stomach, but even with cider there’s only a few that I like. Strongbow, westons, stowford press, thatchers* are all ok, like some french ciders, some perrys (perries?) don’t like a lot of the new stuff tho and the red fruit ones just seem weird. I like some scrumpy, don’t think I’ve tried and of the hardcore stuff people are talking about tho.
What’s the deal with ice in cider? is that a “water it down to get the lager drinkers on board” tactic or is it a tradition in some places? Can’t be doing with nu-style cider with ice myself, if I wanted to drink watered down pish I’d drink lager like everyone else 😉
*thachers do some pear cider at about 9% don’t they? 750ml bottle too, tastes lovely but pure rocket fuel.Posted 4 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
I worked for Bulmers for a while. The mill at Ledbury produces, processes and stores all their apple sludge as concentrate. As far removed from wood casks and fermenting vessels as it could be.
The rubbish that went through the mill was whatever was lying on the orchard floor. So the old joke of dead rats and rabbits are true if the guys manning the presses don’t pull them out. The boiling and pasturising gets them in the end though.Posted 4 years ago
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