The cider, there is much fizz

Another sign of the ongoing cider boom: Anheuser-Busch is making its own hard cider product -- "Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider" -- at its brewery near Syracuse. MillerCoors (Smith&Forge) and Sam Adams (Angry Orchard) already have their own cider products. And, of course, there's the fermenting craft cider scene around the state -- including right in Albany. [Syracuse Post-Standard] [via Biz Review]

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Interestingly, I helped pour beer for Saratoga Eagle at last year's SPAC Wine and Food Festival, and one of the products was a Stella Artois Cidre. Two interesting items about this product: 1) it's more of a Norman/French style cider in that it's very dry. 2) the reps claim that the a very large percent of the apples are from NY State and the product (like the AB one mentioned above) is brewed (fermented?) in western portion of the state.

@AddiesDad: I'm pretty sure the Stella cider (er, cidre) is produced at the same plant in Baldwinsville, New York (near Syracuse) as the AB Johnny Appleseed product.

If you look very carefully on the labels of mass produced ciders, you will find an alarming number of them are adulterated with flavoring.

Let the buyer beware.

@Daniel: I've come to think of some of these mass-produced ciders as "cider products" instead of just... cider.

I'm interested in this boom but I dont' know that I'd actually buy them..unless from our local cidery only because I can't help but look at the commerical stuff and think "Apple Wine Cooler".

That being said, I've got some apple mead of my own fermenting in a jug... should be ready in October. it's not cider per se but dang it's delicious

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