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Savanna Dry Cider 
Posted: 27 October 2015  Beer Republic 5.0 
Savanna Dry Cider from South Africa Savanna's catchphrase for this dry cider is "It's dry, but you can drink it."  My amended catchphrase:  "If you're in an isolated area and Savanna is the only cider you can find, you can drink it." If you're on an isolated beach and desperate for cider, Savanna at $3/bottle is like a gourmand finding an average Indian restaurant in a small town in Kenya.   
Avg price/liter: USD 8.01   ABV %: 5.5  Type: Cider   
       


You find surprises in the least likely of places.  My wife and I were near Krabi, off southern Thailand's Andaman coast, at an idyllic beachside getaway where no four wheeled vehicles can drive.  Supplies have to be boated in and are marked up accordingly.   Thai beers are easy to find at corner marts at 70% markups        

This is not the sort of place where you find craft beers or ciders. Or, should I say, ciders of any kind, as Savanna Dry Cider is anything but an artisanal craft cider.  I'd never heard of it at the time I noticed it, but I later discovered that Savanna, not yet 20 years old, is South Africa's leading cider export and the third-largest cider brand in the world.          

I had never spotted the brand at import shops in Bangkok. Seeing it on East Railay Beach and at less than $3 a bottle was astounding. We picked up four bottles.      

Savanna's catchphrase for this dry cider is "It's dry, but you can drink it."  My amended catchphrase:  "If you're in an isolated area and Savanna is the only cider you can find, you can drink it."  Like all companies today who want to put an artisanal spin on their marketing, Distell Group,  who manufacture it, want us to believe these 'amazing' ciders are produced from the savory crushed apples grown in South Africa's Western Cape.  And, yes, they are -- but only after they're turned into apple juice concentrate.          

If you're on an isolated beach and desperate for cider, Savanna at $3/bottle is like a gourmand finding an average Indian restaurant in a small town in Kenya.  Any Indian is good Indian when the other choices are mundane or intolerable.  Savanna ain't worth a pit stop if you have plenty of other options.       

Will I be searching it out in Bangkok?  About as likely as I'd be searching for a gourmet African restaurant.         

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