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An Apple (Cider) A Day?

July 1, 2011

You know the old adage…”an apple a day keeps the doctor away?”

Remove apple and insert cider.

Hard ciders hold a long history in the United States drinking culture.  The colonists brought with them numerous amounts of apple seeds to plant in their new home. Apples became abundant, thus making cider an easy and cheap product. Water filtration had clearly not been invented back in the 1600’s–leaving the water as toxic as the Charles River back in the 1980’s. So, drinking an alcoholic beverage was the safest path to hydration…

Fast forward four-hundred years. Ciders are alive and well–but unrecognizable to the version of the past. Heavy, laden with fruit concentrates and added sugars; todays cider has been a sloppy, sweet mess of a drink.

Julian cider has opened a window in time.

Made in California, their philosophy and mission is simple:

“Since the first American settlers arrived to our country over 300 years ago until prohibition in the 1920′s, hard cider was the original drinking man’s beverage on the farm, in the factories and through our coastal shipyards. Located in the frontier gold mining town of Julian, California, our growing company continues the American tradition of handcrafted, quality hard cider production using the finest ingredients, painstaking attention to detail and good old fashioned hard work.”

Their hard work speaks for itself. The cider pours a very pale yellow with the slightest inflection of gold. Delicately fragrant and flowery on the nose, with scents of blossoms and golden delicious apples. The flavors echo the delicate nose–but followed up with zippy tartness and it’s completely champagne-like in style. Bone dry, with teensy bubbles that skip across your tongue and down the gullet. This cider holds the best aspects of all the apples out there–it has the sweetness of MacIntosh, the soft, fruityness of a Golden Delicious and the zippy acidity of a Granny Smith. Roll it all together and you’ve got yourself one refreshing drink. What’s probably the most surprising; the alcohol content–it clocks in at 6.99% abv, but drinks like a sessionable beer–so watch out!

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Julian Hard Cider a few weeks ago. After years spent perfecting this one recipe; he’s finally ready to expand on his craft–and he’s whet my appetite for more. According to him, there’s a pear cider and a cherry cider in the works.

I may have just drooled a little bit…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2011 4:02 pm

    I love cider, so maybe I’m biased, but this Julian Hard Cider is so clean and fresh that I could drink it quite often! It makes me feel very patriotic… the perfect Independence Day drink!


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