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Kerne Craft Organic Dry Cider 
Posted: 10 October 2015  Beer Republic 8.0 
Kerne Craft Organic Dry Cider from France Kerne's Craft Organic Cider (known as Kelty's) is a different drink in every respect from the non-organic version which has the Kerne brand name on the label. Since Kerne is keeping the price for organic similar to the non-organic, I can only assume then that the varieties of apples used in the organic are a cheaper sort whose price then subsequently gets jacked up because of the costlier expenditures associated with organic farming.    
Avg price/liter: USD 10.66   ABV %: 4.5  Type: Cider    
       


Everyone is into organic these days.  We know pesticides, herbicides, fungicides ain't doing our bodies any good.  Alcohol doesn't either, but we can always convince ourselves to drink just one more if the drink is at least organic.        

When I originally ordered this organic dry cider, noting it had the same ABV as the non-organic dry, I wondered if Kerne grew similar varieties of apples in both organic and non-organic varieties.  This would actually be a stupid idea, because if the two ciders did taste substantively similar, it would defeat the purpose of having an organic cider at all.      

The organic version, which has the name Kelty's instead of Kerne on the label, doesn't incur a price premium. Quite the opposite actually. I was able to initially get the Dry Cider, the Sweet Cider, and the Organic Cider for about $6 per 750 ml bottle. Loving them all, I eagerly went in for reorders while the price was more than halved. In the interim, the Dry Cider had climbed by 30%. The organic dry remained at discount levels.       

Kerne's Craft Organic Cider (known as Kelty's) is a different drink in every respect from the non-organic version which has the Kerne brand name on the label. Kerne must grow a certain types of its more than 20 varieties of apples organic. The rest are grown with the chemicals and sprays. When it comes time to craft a cider by mixing together the different juices, the organic Kelty's can only include the apple varieties grown organically.       

Since Kerne is keeping the price for organic similar to the non-organic, I can only assume then that the varieties of apples used in the organic are a cheaper sort whose price then subsequently gets jacked up because of the costlier expenditures associated with organic farming.       

Kerne Craft Organic Cider isn't a better drink or a worse drink.  We'll leave it as just a different drink, but another in the Kerne family that goes down the gullet with a smile on the face.        

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