Tag Archives: Cider

Beer of the Week: Angry Orchard Strawman

Earlier this year the Boston Beer Company, makers of Angry Orchard Cider, launched their all new Cider House Collection. Their first two forays into this arena are Iceman and Strawman.

At 10%abv, and 750ml in volume, these small batch ciders are modeled after traditional European cider-making processes, and use a blend of apples from the Northern Alps and Normandy. These ciders are then fermented with wine yeasts and aged in wooden barrels. So does all this effort, paired with a higher price tag, actually provide something you would want to consume? Let’s find out.

The Strawman pours a rich gold with a fizzy beige head. Lots of tart apple and oak aromas. The taste is tart, with lots of crisp apple, some vanilla notes and woody astringency. The finish is bone dry, very wine like, with just a hint of acetic acid. It would pair extremely well with pork belly, cream sauces and rich seafood. This is a cider that is decidedly different than the bulk of the mainstream american ciders, and if you treat it more like a wine than a cider, definitely is a decent value for the money. Cheers!

MxMo: Made From Scratch

mxmologo Made from scratch. This is an excellent topic, as it gives me a nudge to stock up on homemade ingredients for the holiday season. Winter is fast approaching, and what better way to welcome the winter months than with some beverages made to ward off the cold, and improve the holiday spirit.

One of my favorite winter drinks is the Hot Buttered Rum. Warm, spicy, sweet, and full of rum, that’s how I like it. Now since this is a made from scratch event, better make sure that your drink is freshly made and full of all the right stuff.

Hot Buttered Rum
2oz dark or spiced rum (I like Sailor Jerry’s or Myers Dark)
4oz hot water, or hot cider
2 heaping barspoons compound butter
Cinnamon Stick

Mix rum, butter, and half the water/cider in an irish coffee glass.
Mix well and fill with water/cider
Grate fresh nutmeg on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

This drink will taste the best made with fresh apple cider, but if you don’t have a cider press in your basement, store bought will do.

Compound Butter
1lb butter
2tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup french vanilla ice cream

Mix well and place in container in the freezer. Use as needed.

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