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Brothers Wild Fruit Cider 
Posted: 19 November 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Brothers Wild Fruit Cider from UK Brothers Wild Fruit Cider just substitutes blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry juice from concentrate for the strawberry.  This becomes a berry infused pear cider. Wild Fruit is a nice sounding but meaningless name for this one.  None of those berries is particularly wild, especially when they come from concentrate.  That should give you another insight into the brand.
Avg price/liter: USD 6,50   ABV %: 4.0  Type: Cider   
       


Brothers Wild Fruit Cider sounded, long before I had the chance to try it, like some extra special fruit juice blend you could drink a gallon of.    

The reality is very different. 

After the epiphany I had when drinking Brothers Strawberry Cider,  I realized that nearly all their blends were just pear cider -- they must process and ferment their own pears -- infused with various from-concentrate juices and then overly sweetened on top.  When you comprehend that that's what you get with any Brothers cider, you start judging them on how well they achieved their very unlofty goals.      

Brothers Wild Fruit Cider just substitutes blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry juice from concentrate for the strawberry.  This becomes a berry infused pear cider.     

A huge criticism among many, including myself, is that the products, including this one, are much too sweet, a sign that the other flavors within aren't all that premium.  In Thailand, there's a famous drink called the Thai Iced Tea.  For all intents and purposes, this is sugar with some Thai-made Assam tea, food coloring, and artificial tamarind and star anise flavorings.  You mostly taste the sugar.  If you were to make a premium Thai iced tea, using first class strongly brewed Ceylon tea, and fresh orange blossom water, crushed tamarind seeds, etc, I'd warrant you'd include a lot less sugar.       

And so it goes here. If Brothers was making the finest perry throughout England and infusing that with the freshest juiciest berries in the Western hemisphere, would they also be adding half of Jamaica's sugar crop to each bottle?   Wild Fruit is a nice sounding but meaningless name for this one.  None of those berries is particularly wild, especially when they come from concentrate.  That should give you another insight into the brand.  It's about nice (revamped) bottles, great cursive Olde Style writing, and easy-to-sell stories and names. 

You build up a sweat and want something sweet and refreshing and carbonated, you reach for a Brothers Wild Fruit Cider.  A fresh class of Western England's finest?  None of the brothers, I think, would hand you one without guffawing first. 

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