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Review: Brothers Apple Cider
Brothers Apple Cider
Posted: 6 November 2015
Brothers Apple Cider isn't bad. It does have added
sugar though and tastes like it. Brothers doesn't cut
corners left and right and overall, it's a satisfying cider
for a satisfying price. I suspect, however, that
Brothers makes other ciders more satisfying than this one.
Avg price/liter: USD 6,50
ABV %: 5.5
The Showerings like to play
up that they've been brewing cider since 1658. That
may be a bit of a stretch. The wouldn't have been
lying if they'd said they'd been brewing ciders for over 60
years though. Turns out the four brothers' very own
father started a massively successful pear cider operation
in the UK known as Babycham, which was acquired in 1968 by
Allied Breweries for £108 million.
The brothers did grow up in
the cider trade. Their current operation employees 110
people and sells £46 million worth of product annually.
Not bad for a company that only started offering its
products to pubs and in retail outlets since 2005.
As apple cider is THE cider
everyone thinks of when they hear the word cider, the
quality of an operator's apple cider stands to make more of
an impact on what a consumer may think of a brand.
Ironically, when Brothers was first invited to sell at the
Glastonbury Festival, they were limited to selling only perry,
otherwise known as pear cider.
Gone is the apple juice from concentrate seen in the Toffee Apple. The company describes this one as bittersweet, a crisp and medium dry cider.
It's not bad. It does have added sugar though and tastes like it. Lots of ciders, I know, have sugar added, because the natural sugars from the apples getting eaten away by the yeast during fermentation. This cider just tastes like the sugar was added.
I am not fooled for a moment that the sugar might have come
from the apples.
I'm more of a stickler than
most on natural goodness. Brothers doesn't cut corners left
and right and overall, it's a satisfying cider for a
satisfying price. I suspect, however, that Brothers
makes other ciders more satisfying than this one.