Today is my Friday(yayyy!!) I am heading to New Orleans tomorrow for a much needed long weekend! If you have any recommendations please send them my way. Currently on the radar: patio drinking, a swamp/air boat tour, a spooky night-time tour of the red light district, and seafood at every single meal.
Anyways, as you probably already know I have a deep passion for cider. This past weekend I got the opportunity to attend the Chicago Cider Summit and it was amazing! I tried a ton of new varieties by brands I already love and also sampled a bunch of new brands.
Below are a few super tasty ciders that I enjoyed!
Best Overall: Two Town’s Ginja Ninja
If you are going to try one cider on this list, this should be the one. Two Town’s is hands down my favorite cider brand overall and I am constantly impressed with their product. All Two Town’s cider is made with no added sugars, which is AMAZING! This cider is light, but has a sharp note of ginger that gives it a very unique profile.
*My other favorite cider of all time, made by Two Town’s of course is Made Marion, however it was not poured at the Cider Summit!
Best Fruit: Stem Cider Raspberry
If you are looking for something fresh and fruity look no further than this raspberry cider. It is sweet and tart with a dry finish. This cider is the first I’ve tried by Steam and I have to say I will definitely be trying more. Their coffee cider is next on my list, how good does that sound?
Best Hopped Cider: 2 Fools
What’s hopped cider you ask? Well think of your favorite dry cider a little bit hopped up, and there you have it. This cider has a somewhat similar finish to a farmhouse ale in my eyes, which is perfect for sipping on a patio(*cue the Chicago sunshine).
Best Traditional: Ramborn Traditional Cider
Ramborn was a completely new brand to me at the summit, and let me tell you their line never really seemed to dwindle. Ramborn is the first Luxembourgish Cider producer and their traditional did not disappoint. The Traditional is crisp and effervescent with a medium body. Stay tuned because you are sure to see Ramborn popping up all over the place soon enough.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup, becuase I sure did enjoy tasting all of these ciders!