Is Cider a Beer?

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We changed it up at work for crew tasting today. One, we are slowly running out of new beers to try (a few new opportunity beers coming next week from Mission Brewing, Coronado Brewing and Mission Street), second I wanted to try something new that I never had adventured into, ciders.

Soooooooo…is cider a beer? I looked it up and it said it is not quite a beer and not quite a wine. The process of making a cider is similar to a beer and it is made with fruit. I may be wrong with this but that is what I read when looking up more information. Either way, it was fun to try something completely new to my pallet.

Beers (Ciders) Tasted: 

Brooks Dry Cider
ABV 6%
Notes: Crisp and easy to drink. Light body with a little sweetness at the end. Not bad for my first cider.

Blackthorn Hard Cider
ABV 6%
Notes: This beer had a taste of cooked apples in an apple pie. Not the warm apple pie, but the pie that has been sitting out for a bit and just the apple in the pie. Well, I got a little crust taste too.

Dan Armor Cidre Poire (Pear Cider)
ABV 4.5%
Notes: Smelled like dirty socks. Tasted like dried fruit (ones that we carry). I did not, not like, but did not know what to compare too. It was okay.

Dan Armor Cuvee Speciale Cidre Brut
ABV 5%
Notes: It smelt like a fart. Straight up! Ummmmm….I did not know much about this cider. It just smelled off and tasted off but could be the Champagne yeast they added.

So this was new and unique. The crew did enjoy that we did something new and adventured off. Favorites were the Blackthorn and Brooks. We all felt the same about the last two ciders. We just were not sure what to think. But overall good times, good conversation and good experiences.