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Brothers Strawberry Cider
Posted: 19 November 2015
Here's a 'secret' you need to know about Brothers, and it
will help you appreciate their ciders a bit more. Brothers
is really just a producer of pear cider (perry).
Basically, this is just strawberry infused pear cider. The
strawberry here isn't overly sweet or smack of artificial
strawberry candy flavor. I drank this after a yoga workout
in a humid Bangkok park. Consume it that way and
you'll be fine.
Avg price/liter: USD 6,50
ABV %: 4.0
Brothers from Somerset.
Master marketers with a great story. Four brothers
teamed up to brew a world class cider in the heart of cider
Just bear in mind that is all
a story. There are four brothers. They do brew
ciders in Somerset. Since 1658 may be a bit
exaggerated, but the four brothers' father became a
multimillionaire brewing a different brand of cider.
The bros did grow up in the cider business.
I was a bit hard on the
brothers. I slammed them for not being anything close
to artisanal. Forgive me for the act, but over here in
Thailand, Brothers and its ilk are all sold as premium
European produce, and there isn't much of a difference in
price between something horrid like
something a helluva lot better. In Europe, the price
difference between the two could be more marked.
Here's a 'secret' you need to
know about Brothers, and it will help you appreciate their
ciders a bit more. Remember, despite the marketing
bluster, Brothers isn't sold as a high end cider and to
expect freshly pressed juice in every bottle is probably
asking a bit much. The secret: Brothers is
really just a producer of pear cider (perry). .
Brothers got its start selling perry at the Glastonbury Festival. People, the story goes, asked where they could buy it, so
Brothers started bottling and shipping and retailing.
Apple Cider does use real apple juice. That's probably the one variety you can't use perry as a base and flavor with apple and get a true tasting apple cider.
But the Toffee Apple?
Perry with apple juice concentrate.
And so it goes with this
Strawberry Cider. It's perry with strawberry juice from
concentrate. Basically, this is just strawberry
infused pear cider.
Fresh squeezed juice is
always better, but day to day, let's face it. Most of
us drink our juices from concentrate. And even if
these were made with fresh squeezed juices, you wouldn't be
drinking them fresh. You drink the beverage months
later after the sugars have fermented, the cider has been
bottled, and the stuff has sat on a grocery shelf for so
The strawberry here isn't
overly sweet or smack of artificial strawberry candy flavor.
Overall though, Brothers ciders are a little on the too
sweet side, and the Strawberry Cider doesn't benefit by
being one of them.
I drank this after a yoga
workout in a humid Bangkok park. Consume it that way
and you'll be fine. Treat it like a fine wine and
you're an idiot.