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Brothers Apple Cider 
Posted: 6 November 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Brothers Apple Cider from UK 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  Type: Cider   
       


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. 

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