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(Oregon Live)   Portland hipsters proclaim hard cider OVER, are now into mead. "I think a lot of people are looking for something more interesting," says beekeeping supply store manager   (oregonlive.com) divider line 226
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2014-02-25 08:44:11 PM  

Pribar: Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...


Or, bee population in America saved by hipsters.
 
2014-02-25 08:44:55 PM  

meatofmystery: CygnusDarius: I would be a lot warmer and a lot happier with a bellyful of mead.

stupid bees and their stupid honey


You see those warriors from Hammerfell? They've got curved swords.

/Curved
//Swords
 
2014-02-25 08:46:36 PM  
I just can't take anything seriously from a hipster that wears a cardigan in 95 degree summer heat.
 
2014-02-25 08:46:37 PM  
Make mine a cyser or a braggot. If you like mead. and you like cider or ale, why not have both at once?
 
2014-02-25 08:47:50 PM  

GuySaults: Mead is so 2012.  My son's blackberry mead is known as "liquid panty remover" in Bowling Green.


Um, does he plan to start selling this so called "panty remover", and if so, the web site, please.

/ For research only, of course, to see if his claims are valid, and stuff like that.
 
2014-02-25 08:48:05 PM  
I just got this year's meadow foam mead into the bottles, so I'm getting a kick, etc...

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-25 08:48:54 PM  

CygnusDarius: meatofmystery: CygnusDarius: I would be a lot warmer and a lot happier with a bellyful of mead.

stupid bees and their stupid honey

You see those warriors from Hammerfell? They've got curved swords.

/Curved
//Swords


That's not the only curved thing they have.
 
2014-02-25 08:50:06 PM  
My wife like that hard Dicken's cider.

Also, I dig the use of the ironic tag.
 
2014-02-25 08:50:34 PM  
Makes sense. Hard Cider is so 1930s Depression.

Mead is more in line with fantasy literature and sexy stuff like Game of Thrones.
 
2014-02-25 08:50:37 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: Reverend J: [www.runewebvitki.com image 850x378] All approve

12 out of 13 warriors agree.


Honey, it's made from honey!
 
2014-02-25 08:50:52 PM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: duffblue: Ren fair crowds? Do you mean fat shut-ins?

I prefer to think of them as pleasantly plump girls, with big boobs, pushing out of corsets.


As one of those girls, I'm just hoping that this doesn't mean my mead gets more expensive.
 
2014-02-25 08:51:07 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Pribar: Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...

They started doing that two years ago. Your hipster-hate is behind the times!


Not so much hipster hate as amateurs getting into a potentially dangerous hobby in order to be part of a fad, if its your genuine interest then more power to ya, but spending money and risking injury just to be part of a passing craze? sorry but I will sit back and laugh at the resulting carnage, be you hipster, prepper, bro, or any other fad seeking sect.
 
2014-02-25 08:51:20 PM  
Anybody who likes cider damned well better be making their own. Dead easy. Bucket. Juice. Yeast. Plus/minus some flavor or alcohol boosting additions. Yum. Sure, you can get more complex, but even at its most fancy / difficult, it's dead easy.

Also, high hop IPAs are awesome.
 
2014-02-25 08:51:38 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Great, so we're going to have hipsters at Renaissance Fairs now?


Also, why is it a Ren-faire, yet all I use is Medieval stuff?.
 
2014-02-25 08:52:39 PM  

Pribar: Zarquon's Flat Tire: Pribar: Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...

They started doing that two years ago. Your hipster-hate is behind the times!

Not so much hipster hate as amateurs getting into a potentially dangerous hobby in order to be part of a fad, if its your genuine interest then more power to ya, but spending money and risking injury just to be part of a passing craze? sorry but I will sit back and laugh at the resulting carnage, be you hipster, prepper, bro, or any other fad seeking sect.


Easy. You get the honey from the beekeeper, not the hive.
 
2014-02-25 08:53:00 PM  

CygnusDarius: God-is-a-Taco: Great, so we're going to have hipsters at Renaissance Fairs now?

Also, why is it a Ren-faire, yet all I usesee is Medieval stuff?.


FTFM.
 
2014-02-25 08:53:55 PM  

Ginnungagap42: I just got this year's meadow foam mead into the bottles, so I'm getting a kick, etc...

[img.fark.net image 450x600]


OMG WANT.

When I got to the Ren Faire last year they were out of meadowfoam honey for the year.  It was a sad day.
 
2014-02-25 08:55:11 PM  
No one tell the thrice damned hipsters about perry, OK?

Oh yeah, been drinking mead since 1986.
 
2014-02-25 08:55:25 PM  
Mead: alcohol for people who thought pixie sticks weren't sweet enough.

Mead: alcohol for people who drank Smirnoff Ice right up until they bought their first broadsword.

Mead: some things get left behind for a reason.
 
2014-02-25 08:57:31 PM  

buckler: Pribar: Zarquon's Flat Tire: Pribar: Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...

They started doing that two years ago. Your hipster-hate is behind the times!

Not so much hipster hate as amateurs getting into a potentially dangerous hobby in order to be part of a fad, if its your genuine interest then more power to ya, but spending money and risking injury just to be part of a passing craze? sorry but I will sit back and laugh at the resulting carnage, be you hipster, prepper, bro, or any other fad seeking sect.

Easy. You get the honey from the beekeeper, not the hive.


No they started making "urban hives". I'm on mobile so I apologize for the lack of a link. But Pribar is right, it's a good time to invest in Epi-pen makers.
 
2014-02-25 08:57:34 PM  
"After seeing what was in his opinion poor quality mead...."

Hmm, yeah, about that, there has been some truly excellent mead being brewed in this country for well over a decade now.  This pretentious moron must have led a sheltered life and only ever had Chaucers or that fake mead-like crap they serve at many Renn Faires.
 
2014-02-25 09:00:45 PM  

CygnusDarius: Pribar: Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...

Or, bee population in America saved by hipsters.


As the internet saying goes if I had a lightsaber I might become a Jedi but the most probable outcome would be self dismemberment, well the same logic would apply here, yes theres a chance they may save the bees, but the most probable outcome would be funny youtube videos for my enjoyment....
 
2014-02-25 09:01:10 PM  
Well Portland hipsters, I guess this means mead is over.
 
2014-02-25 09:01:46 PM  

fusillade762: I thought komucha was the new hotness?


Oh god no.

Fermented tea with snot globs in it is so 5 years ago.
 
Poe
2014-02-25 09:01:59 PM  

buckler: Make mine a cyser or a braggot. If you like mead. and you like cider or ale, why not have both at once?


This. A current favorite of mine is Zombie Killer, from the B. Nektar Meadery.
 
2014-02-25 09:04:44 PM  

Pribar: CygnusDarius: Pribar: Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...

Or, bee population in America saved by hipsters.

As the internet saying goes if I had a lightsaber I might become a Jedi but the most probable outcome would be self dismemberment, well the same logic would apply here, yes theres a chance they may save the bees, but the most probable outcome would be funny youtube videos for my enjoyment....


Why not both?.
 
2014-02-25 09:04:45 PM  
My great great great great great great great grandfather Aethelstan was into mead before the time before it was cool.

And he had a wicked beard too. Ironically. As in he used a cold forged iron blade to trim it.
 
2014-02-25 09:05:06 PM  
Zarquon's Flat Tire: Buckler: Easy. You get the honey from the beekeeper, not the hive.


No they started making "urban hives". I'm on mobile so I apologize for the lack of a link. But Pribar is right, it's a good time to invest in Epi-pen makers.


Yeah, but I posted that considering those who are allergic or live with / near someone who is, and wouldn't consider a hive. Then I remembered who I was considering.
 
2014-02-25 09:07:10 PM  
can we please firebomb Porland?
 
2014-02-25 09:07:55 PM  
I met a guy who made his own meade...in 2002.

Not sure this is all that groundbreaking, or new.
 
2014-02-25 09:08:00 PM  
I'm still on northwest style sours.
 
2014-02-25 09:08:59 PM  
I only drink Ambrosia.
 
2014-02-25 09:09:17 PM  
I've yet to have decent mead. Not that I haven't searched madly for it.
 
2014-02-25 09:09:36 PM  

sn0wblind: can we please firebomb Porland?


I'm sure they'll get triple-digit temps this summer without your Dresden fantasies, thanks.
 
2014-02-25 09:09:46 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: /ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.


So, as someone who kind of likes cider but finds it too sweet, what brands do you recommend that are nationally available that are still high quality and not as sweet as, say, woodchuck?
 
2014-02-25 09:10:06 PM  

sn0wblind: can we please firebomb Porland?


No.

They still make good beer.

Measles and whooping cough will take care of the problem soon enough.
 
2014-02-25 09:11:10 PM  

Reverend J: [www.runewebvitki.com image 850x378] All approve


You win the thread.
 
2014-02-25 09:11:17 PM  

Lord Jubjub: Call me when I can find straight applejack at the local liquor store.  All I could ever find was cut 2:3 with neutral spirits.


There are one or two applejacks, but the only one you can reliably find is Laird's which is, as you say, at least 1/2 gns.
 
2014-02-25 09:14:03 PM  
The real problem with hard cider is that most varieties of apple make lousy cider. Real cider apples are difficult to find and quite expensive. If you want to grow your own for your cidery it can take a years to get an orchard to production.

Honey, on the other hand, is just expensive. You might not have certified organic single-origin lavender/hawthorn honey (which is Ambrosia of the Gods), but at least you have something you can turn into mead.
 
2014-02-25 09:15:43 PM  

llortcM_yllort: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: /ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.

So, as someone who kind of likes cider but finds it too sweet, what brands do you recommend that are nationally available that are still high quality and not as sweet as, say, woodchuck?


Angry Orchard Traditional Dry
 
2014-02-25 09:16:11 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: We have an entire bar in SE Portland that is nothing but hard cider. They make their own and have a decent tap selection. Best bottle selection I've veg seen anywhere though. Bushwhacker - if you're in Portland and want amazing cider, it's a must. I wasn't big into cider until I moved to the PNW. Too sweet corporate mass produced shiat wasn't for me. Our cider up here though is epic, high gravity, dry, scrumpy, and eveyprythung in between. Hell we have dry hopped ciders that are epic. Two Towns Cidery out of Salem OR is well worth checking out if you're up here. The Bad Apple at 11% is no joke and is delicious and the Brightcider is on draft at many places in town.

I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.

/ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.


Have you been to Reverend Nat's or Wandering Aengus' tasting rooms?
 
2014-02-25 09:18:17 PM  

llortcM_yllort: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: /ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.

So, as someone who kind of likes cider but finds it too sweet, what brands do you recommend that are nationally available that are still high quality and not as sweet as, say, woodchuck?




UK ciders like Strongbow and Magners are good options for easy to find ciders. Try the Magners on ice in the summer on a hot day. My horrible mother-in-law loves that one and it's the only the I respect about her. Crispin in the green can is an English dry, I prefer that with hot buffalo wings. If you find anything called a scrumpy you'll probably enjoy it. Unfiltered and cloudy looking, sometimes even a smoky flavor.

/in Utah this week for work
//good luck finding a decent beer, let alone cider.
 
2014-02-25 09:19:09 PM  
I'm happy to see a much larger assortment of hard ciders.  I was really hoping that it would lead to a Applejack Renaissance.
 
2014-02-25 09:19:14 PM  
Will they get into skooma next?
 
2014-02-25 09:19:38 PM  

quo vadimus: Mead: alcohol for people who thought pixie sticks weren't sweet enough.

Mead: alcohol for people who drank Smirnoff Ice right up until they bought their first broadsword.

Mead: some things get left behind for a reason.


You've never had a dry mead made with an actual mead or wine yeast, have you?
 
2014-02-25 09:19:44 PM  

AlHarris31: llortcM_yllort: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: /ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.

So, as someone who kind of likes cider but finds it too sweet, what brands do you recommend that are nationally available that are still high quality and not as sweet as, say, woodchuck?

Angry Orchard Traditional Dry


detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: llortcM_yllort: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: /ask me your cider questions, it's my favorite shiat.

So, as someone who kind of likes cider but finds it too sweet, what brands do you recommend that are nationally available that are still high quality and not as sweet as, say, woodchuck?

UK ciders like Strongbow and Magners are good options for easy to find ciders. Try the Magners on ice in the summer on a hot day. My horrible mother-in-law loves that one and it's the only the I respect about her. Crispin in the green can is an English dry, I prefer that with hot buffalo wings. If you find anything called a scrumpy you'll probably enjoy it. Unfiltered and cloudy looking, sometimes even a smoky flavor.

/in Utah this week for work
//good luck finding a decent beer, let alone cider.


Thanks for the suggestions.
 
2014-02-25 09:20:45 PM  
So it's safe to drink hard cider again?
 
2014-02-25 09:20:48 PM  

anuran: The real problem with hard cider is that most varieties of apple make lousy cider. Real cider apples are difficult to find and quite expensive. If you want to grow your own for your cidery it can take a years to get an orchard to production.

Honey, on the other hand, is just expensive. You might not have certified organic single-origin lavender/hawthorn honey (which is Ambrosia of the Gods), but at least you have something you can turn into mead.


meh

I live in Vermont.

Acres of apple trees and land of hives.

My lover woke with a beege and told me I had huge, wet farts all night long.
She did not disappoint..
 
2014-02-25 09:21:17 PM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: duffblue: Ren fair crowds? Do you mean fat shut-ins?

I prefer to think of them as pleasantly plump girls, with big boobs, and their gunts oozing out of corsets.


FTFY.
 
2014-02-25 09:21:41 PM  
I live deep in the land of the uncool, and there is a very nice Mead that has been made here for decades. Check out Valley Vineyards sometime.

www.valleyvineyards.com
 
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