We’ve been tasting all of the Australian cider at our local bottlos. Here are our thoughts.
Bacchus Brewing – Farmhouse Cider
The Farmhouse cider is brewed on British and Australian apples and fermented on French oak. Complex multi-dimensional flavours and made in Capalaba. More like a British scrumpy cider. 6.2% ABV. 4.5 stars.
Colonial Brewing Co – Bertie Cold Pressed Apple Cider
A sweet apple cider with a nice rounded flavour. Look out for the lime green can with the smiling apple drawing. The recipe is based on Victorian grown apples like Red Galas and Sundowners, resulting in a refreshing medium-dry finish.
The cold press cider is made in Bertie Street Melbourne. It’s brewed in the very same building that once produced the popular Australian show bags containing Bertie Beetle chocolate treats. An Australian owned and Australian made cider. 4.6% ABV. 3 stars.
Newstead Brewing Co – Apple Cider Johnno
Newstead’s apple cider is named after David Malouf’s book Johnno. The lime green label with a sketched bicycle is eye-catching. It’s made with 100% fermented apples resulting in a very likeable cider. 5.5% ABV. 4.5 stars.
The Tasmanian Cider Company was established way back in 1911 in an old convict-built warehouse on Hobart’s docks. The company is now called Mercury (produced by Carlton and United Brewery). They make three main types of cider:
- Mercury Genuine Draught is a classic style cider with a slightly darker hue. 5.2% ABV.
- Mercury Hard Cider has a light golden appearance and only a hint of apple flavours. Look for a black can with a font fantastic label design. 6.9% ABV. – 5 stars.
- Mercury Dry has a fruity, apple cider flavour with a cleansing dry aftertaste. 5.2% ABV.
Little Creatures – Pipsqueak Apple Cider
The green label says it is crisp and refreshing with a 2 out of 7 flavours on the flavourmeter (I’m not sure what that means?). This apple cider is very sweet but it’s is made on freshly crushed apples sourced from the Adelaide Hills. 5.2% ABV. 2.5 stars
Will Smith – Traditional Cider
Will Smith & Sons are based in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. This is a traditionally styled cider apple blend made with heirloom French and English cider apples. 100% Australian apples and nothing artificial. 3 stars.
Young Henrys – Cloudy Cider
Young Henry’s cloudy cider is very agreeable. It’s a farmhouse style of cider made with locally grown Royal Gala and Pink Lady apples. There is no added sugar, syrups or water. This results in a cider that has a natural fruit sweetness with a tart apple finish. As a bonus, it’s also gluten-free and vegan-friendly. 4.6% ABV. 4.5 stars.
What’s your favourite Australian apple cider? Please leave a comment and let us know.