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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
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2014-02-25 07:44:55 PM  
I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.
 
2014-02-25 07:52:13 PM  
I thought komucha was the new hotness?
 
2014-02-25 07:57:54 PM  
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.
 
2014-02-25 08:13:21 PM  
Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.
 
2014-02-25 08:13:27 PM  
The dream of the 90's is alive in Portland... the dream of the 1390's
 
2014-02-25 08:13:29 PM  

vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.


Not quite that long, but mead has been popular with Ren fair /SCA crowds forever.

The last couple of years it has been much more available, and I am okay with that since I don't have time to make my own these days.
 
2014-02-25 08:15:05 PM  
Ren fair crowds? Do you mean fat shut-ins?
 
2014-02-25 08:15:33 PM  
Great, so we're going to have hipsters at Renaissance Fairs now?
 
2014-02-25 08:16:42 PM  
www.runewebvitki.com All approve
 
2014-02-25 08:16:59 PM  
Dammit.

Now I'll have to stop drinking it just to disassociate
 
2014-02-25 08:17:22 PM  
Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.
 
2014-02-25 08:18:36 PM  
Hard cider isn't hip anymore?  Good, just means more for me.
 
2014-02-25 08:19:45 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.


Bargetto Winery out of Monterey/Santa Cruz mountains has some good fruit wines. I don't think there's a problem with shipping to your state if your profile is current. I'm also a big fan of the reds they produce.
 
2014-02-25 08:19:55 PM  

vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.


This
 
2014-02-25 08:20:45 PM  
I've had one mead that was palatable, the rest were treacly and foul.
 
2014-02-25 08:21:51 PM  

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


They're just going to walk around loudly proclaiming that they were into jousting and wearing tights way before it was cool in the 14th century.
 
2014-02-25 08:23:24 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.


In the US, apparently, rhubarb is legally a fruit, so I can in good conscience say that you should go buy some of Prairie Berry's rhubarb wine. That stuff was probably the best purchase I made on my way through South Dakota (though the tickets to see the Badlands, Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse were all worth it).
 
2014-02-25 08:23:47 PM  
Oh please let them get into beekeeping as their new fad, Lord the followup articles from the emergency rooms would be epic...
 
2014-02-25 08:24:08 PM  
I've liked mead since I was old enough to drink.
 
2014-02-25 08:24:21 PM  

Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.


I agree. It's freakin silly. Pointless. A waste.
 
2014-02-25 08:24:26 PM  

Creoena: Hard cider isn't hip anymore?  Good, just means more for me.


THIS
 
2014-02-25 08:25:06 PM  

Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.


The sooner the better!
 
2014-02-25 08:25:06 PM  
Now I feel lame for keeping mason bees for my garden.

Until the vegetables and drugs start coming up, then those bees rule man, they rule.

Bzzzzzt.
 
2014-02-25 08:26:01 PM  
 
2014-02-25 08:26:20 PM  
Mead is so 2012.  My son's blackberry mead is known as "liquid panty remover" in Bowling Green.
 
2014-02-25 08:29:57 PM  
Well shiat. I decided to try making mead this year, got nearly all the equipment assembled, and now I find out mead-making has gone hipster? This is really not helping my non-hipster cred. At least I don't wear those stupid black-rimmed glasses that I want to rip off the face of every cute chick I see.
 
2014-02-25 08:30:02 PM  
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.
 
2014-02-25 08:30:13 PM  

He_Hate_Me: Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.

The sooner the better!


I'm glad we're all in agreement.
 
2014-02-25 08:30:35 PM  

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


Why is everyone telling you about your son's ability to remove panties?

TofuTheAlmighty: I've had one mead that was palatable, the rest were treacly and foul.


This has been my experience as well, although I've only had a few different meads.
 
2014-02-25 08:30:53 PM  
Unpasteurized, of course!
 
2014-02-25 08:30:58 PM  

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


Lo I see the land of my father.

/love that movie
 
2014-02-25 08:31:06 PM  
So long as it's Hunningbrew and none of that Nordic crap.
 
2014-02-25 08:31:08 PM  
My only problem with mead is leaving it in the bottle long enough for it to properly age/mellow.  I have to hide it from myself.
 
2014-02-25 08:31:16 PM  

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


I've been to one, in the 90's, and that's enough for one lifetime.

/ "Would ye like a barbecued turkey leg?"
 
2014-02-25 08:32:57 PM  
i46.tinypic.com
 
2014-02-25 08:33:30 PM  
I leaned that for some reason strip clubs in Portland have different areas for 18-21 year old dancers, and 21+.    They have to be segregated for some odd reason.  But everyone who worked there was topless.  Good times.  And the place I think was called El Diablo, but the receipt said Casa Dia Mexican restaurant.  Nice touch.  I also learned I won't wait in a line for donuts, no matter how good you say they are.  The tram system was convenient.  Enjoyable place.

/openstack summit
 
2014-02-25 08:33:30 PM  
It has been mead for a while now.  Saw it at a Renaissance Faire a few years back and have noticed it here and there since.
 
2014-02-25 08:34:34 PM  

duffblue: Ren fair crowds? Do you mean fat shut-ins?


I laughed way too hard at this.
 
2014-02-25 08:35:07 PM  

SkittleBrau: They've been making this for several decades at this winery:

http://www.valleyvineyards.com/orderonline/index.php?main_page=produ ct _info&cPath=19&products_id=12


Ah, awesome. Valley vineyards is only about thirty miles from my house, I think I'll be making the trip once the weather warms up.

Additionally, I can't be the only one who immediately thinks about skyrim when mead is being discussed.
 
2014-02-25 08:37:21 PM  

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.
 
2014-02-25 08:39:08 PM  
Man I miss this stuff:
res.cloudinary.com
 
2014-02-25 08:39:38 PM  

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


12 out of 13 warriors agree.
 
2014-02-25 08:40:50 PM  

fusillade762: I thought komucha was the new hotness?


Eh, kombucha seems like more of a fad for the "urban farmer" yuppies (NTTAWWT), and the New Age crowd touts it as some magical elixir, but I do like it.

It won't fark you up, like mead, though.
 
2014-02-25 08:40:55 PM  

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!
 
2014-02-25 08:40:57 PM  
Have these people not heard of a Bee Sting? (roughly 1 part each mead and hard cider.  My wife loves them to pieces!)
 
2014-02-25 08:41:13 PM  
Bought some birch mead in Alaska about 5 or 6 years ago. Stuff was AMAZING.

I had never had it before, and was just trying it as a matter of curiosity..but holy cow it was awesome.
 
2014-02-25 08:42:19 PM  
I would be a lot warmer and a lot happier with a bellyful of mead.
 
2014-02-25 08:42:23 PM  

deeyablo: Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.

I agree. It's freakin silly. Pointless. A waste.


Show us the pictures where you have been forced to drink them at gun point.  Put'em up or shut up.

/ I'm not a big fan of lagers, but, I don't piss and moan every time I see one.
// Don't buy them and your problem is solved
 
2014-02-25 08:43:46 PM  

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


stupid bees and their stupid honey
 
2014-02-25 08:44:09 PM  
Darn this is depressing. The local great place "Sprechers" has just started doing a mead blend. They used to be above the curve for interesting things, their being behind only allows for quality, good stuff, etc. hopefully they rise above the curve for the "pretentious" and keep doing awesome brew. (Yes, joking).
 
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
 
2014-02-25 09:22:26 PM  

vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.


What he said.
 
2014-02-25 09:22:37 PM  
Pabst blue ribbon still cool right?
 
2014-02-25 09:23:20 PM  
I've been making mead for about 5 years.
Google 'Joe's ancient mead' if you would like to try making a very good, easy orange mead.
You can thank me later.
 
2014-02-25 09:24:52 PM  
If we point out that having a life is very mainstream these days will the hipsters die?
 
2014-02-25 09:30:48 PM  
I have been into peaty Scotch and aged port wines lately. I have found 30 years to be the sweet spot. More flavor and body than the 20 year, not as harsh as 40 year.
 
2014-02-25 09:33:24 PM  

vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.


What spices do you use to mull mead? for wine I use a orange peel, some raisins, 4 cloves and half a stick of cinnamon shavings packed into a cheesecloth pouch
 
2014-02-25 09:34:12 PM  
Drank mead for years, good ones aren't that sweet...more dry than that.  My favorite commercially bottled mead is Chaucer's (partly because the bottle includes bags of spices for mulling).  I find that if you let the mead "air" for about a day it takes on nice, dark, notes that taste a bit like port wine.

Also I will likely be mocked for this, but I swear that when I am buzzed on mead, I can "hear" music better,  it makes more sense to me somehow, can hear individual instruments more clearly etc.

This doesn't happen with beer, whiskey, or cider but it does with mead.  And historically there always has been an association with mead and bards and skalds
 
2014-02-25 09:34:19 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.


Umm, you seem like you've been tippling and will be a decent source of info.
No judgement.

/PDX native
//lived in neighborhoods before they were cool
///many
 
2014-02-25 09:36:38 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Man I miss this stuff:


Me too. I was working at a liquor store when they replaced that with their godawful pear shiat. Delivery driver said every store had the same disappointed reaction. Since then it's been Strongbow for me.
 
2014-02-25 09:37:24 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.


Fox News informs me that 98.6% of American Households have a freezer.

Just sayin'...
 
2014-02-25 09:40:02 PM  
Here in Indiana, we've been all about hard cider (Johnny Appleseed is buried here) AND mead

sipology.files.wordpress.com

DELICIOUS
 
2014-02-25 09:40:37 PM  

DeaH: 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.


If you're ever up in Canton check out Meniru Meadery & Brewery LLC, very very good meads, braggot, cysers, etc. I happened upon them while looking for a microbrewery on my way to a scouting event. The owner is a doctor who started as a hobbyist but decided to go commercial after winning a bunch of awards.
 
2014-02-25 09:42:30 PM  

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


s.mlkshk.com
 
2014-02-25 09:46:23 PM  

fusillade762: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I always thought cider was a girls drink, turns out it's amazing and perfect for crippling alcoholics like me.


That my favorite Kids in the Hall sketch if all time

/30 Helens agree
 
2014-02-25 09:54:25 PM  
Skyrim is over two years old and people are just getting into mead?
 
2014-02-25 10:00:14 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.


Can't get Calvados in your area?
 
2014-02-25 10:03:26 PM  
Mead shall come in pottery bottles, served cold and shall be shared with friends over roasted boar and watching a witch burn. So festive an ambiance.


http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/hydromel-fortifie/intermiel-mediev al -reserve/11259296


s7d9.scene7.com
 
2014-02-25 10:07:10 PM  
You guys, you can KEEP your filthy "skooma".
 
2014-02-25 10:07:32 PM  
Nothing's better than a warm Dicken"s Cider -  Dickens Cider
 
2014-02-25 10:08:45 PM  

minoridiot: 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.

Can't get Calvados in your area?


Calvados is a clear, unaged eau de vie. Applejack is a variously barrel-aged (ideally) pure-fruit brandy. The color, smell and taste are worlds apart.
(And freeze-distilled applejack is a great way to concentrate everything from popskull to fusel oils in your drink)
 
2014-02-25 10:15:55 PM  
I always knew that, at some point in my life, my laziness regarding facial hair would eventually come in style.
 
2014-02-25 10:21:22 PM  

Gunny Highway: It has been mead for a while now.  Saw it at a Renaissance Faire a few years back and have noticed it here and there since.


Heck, I was drinking mead at the North Faire in 1976.
 
2014-02-25 10:21:54 PM  
/CSB

I used to work with the owner of Beethinking in IT before he became a beekeeper.  I also briefly worked for the company.

/homebrewer
//also lives in PDX
///getting a kick
 
2014-02-25 10:22:56 PM  
whynotboth.jpg
 
2014-02-25 10:45:27 PM  
I prefer rum, aged rum, stout, and cognac.  My tastes change about every 5 years.
Not sure if I work with any hipsters, but if I do they would be the only ones I know.
I just drink whatever seems good at the moment.  Aren't most people like that?
 
2014-02-25 10:46:28 PM  
What happens if i like what i like and damn anyone else who likes or doesnt like it?

I could care less about hipsters but dont care to make the effort to overrule the cultural memes ive absorbed about then.
 
2014-02-25 10:47:05 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.


Sounds like you're looking for a melomel and not a mead. Melomels are made with honey and fruits, not just honey
 
2014-02-25 10:50:29 PM  
Wassail bars, the future is here.
 
2014-02-25 10:51:40 PM  

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

12 out of 13 warriors agree.


"I cannot taste either the fermentation of grape, nor of wheat..."

-laughing-

"What, why do you laugh?"

"Honey...it's made from honey!"
 
2014-02-25 10:58:00 PM  

ransack.: Here in Indiana, we've been all about hard cider (Johnny Appleseed is buried here) AND mead

[sipology.files.wordpress.com image 214x515]

DELICIOUS


Oh man, a sunday drunk drink back in the day in B-town in the 80's!  I love Oliver Winery.

Coolest story bro man dude (if you are, in-fact, a  dudemanbro) is that this is now available at the local liquor store down here in Florida -- and at an affordable price.

/go hoosiers
 
2014-02-25 11:01:09 PM  
mead in the meadow is yummy
 
2014-02-25 11:15:16 PM  

Creoena: Hard cider isn't hip anymore?  Good, just means more for me.


THIS^

/we can share
//sipping a Crispin Classic English
 
2014-02-25 11:16:25 PM  

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


My pyment (grape mead) and my perennial ginger meads have worked very well in that respect for over a decade. Not gonna say they never fail, but man...they have certain charms!
 
2014-02-25 11:17:15 PM  
I was going to post how I have been drinking it for years, then I realized that's the same as saying I was drinking it before it was cool, which is what a hipster would say...but I just did say it...which means I just acted like a hipster...but I hate hipsters...entering hipster douche bag spiral...can't pull up...getting dizzy! I'm going to crash!

Mmmm mead.
 
2014-02-25 11:19:27 PM  
2 more weeks and my order of a bottle of cherry mead and a bottle of 2 year aged mead will be ready.  I've never had it but I drink damned near everything so it'll find a special place in my belly.
 
2014-02-25 11:20:18 PM  
Hah.. I would love to see some hipster douche try one of my favorite mead:  Viking Blod . Would probably knock them out of their skinny jeans and cabby hats.
 
2014-02-25 11:21:49 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.


You're lucky - I don't live in an apple-growing region so I have to make my cider from kits. NZ Black Rock is great - 750 grams dextrose, 250 grams dried corn syrup, and 2 cans of unfiltered pear juce makes a nice, dry cider that's perfect on a hot day. Takes a while after it's bottled to really shine, but it's worth the wait.
 
2014-02-25 11:27:30 PM  

fusillade762: I thought komucha was the new hotness?


Is that fermented mare's milk?
 
2014-02-25 11:27:31 PM  

ol' gormsby: 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.

You're lucky - I don't live in an apple-growing region so I have to make my cider from kits. NZ Black Rock is great - 750 grams dextrose, 250 grams dried corn syrup, and 2 cans of unfiltered pear juce makes a nice, dry cider that's perfect on a hot day. Takes a while after it's bottled to really shine, but it's worth the wait.


I fin dry ciders on hot days are the BEST! The little hippy chicken wing place by me has these amazing raspberry habanero wings and Crispin in a can. Summer days with that are hat to beat. I'm ready for summer, f this rain stuff (although it's supposed to be 55F and decent this week).

Cheers on your cider tho, sounds delicious!
 
2014-02-25 11:31:03 PM  
 
2014-02-25 11:33:57 PM  

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


God I want to make that happen. Nerds vs. Hipsters. Fight! Now kiss!
 
2014-02-25 11:35:22 PM  
This thread has given me hope in mead. I will bookmark and study the info collected here as I can hope there will be one post which will result in a recommendation which does not taste like honey-water with a shot of vinegar. I've tried the stuff 3x from differing sources (including a popular commercial brand from Poland) and have been disappoint each time.

(And by "disappoint" I mean "disappointed". [Geez, oh Pete, I simply can *not* do Internets.])
 
2014-02-25 11:38:33 PM  
We have a meadery that finally opened up here last month. They got hosed with the government shutdown last year and have been jumped through hoops of fire just to get started up. Their cyser with a shot of Fireball Whiskey thrown in is pretty tasty.
leakyroofmeadery.com
 
2014-02-25 11:39:06 PM  

anuran: minoridiot: 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.

Can't get Calvados in your area?

Calvados is a clear, unaged eau de vie. Applejack is a variously barrel-aged (ideally) pure-fruit brandy. The color, smell and taste are worlds apart.
(And freeze-distilled applejack is a great way to concentrate everything from popskull to fusel oils in your drink)


Calvados is required by French law to spend at least 2 years in wood, but 20 years is not uncommon.
 
2014-02-25 11:41:16 PM  

Big 900: Satanic_Hamster: Man I miss this stuff:

Me too. I was working at a liquor store when they replaced that with their godawful pear shiat. Delivery driver said every store had the same disappointed reaction. Since then it's been Strongbow for me.


The Dark and Dry is good, though no where near as good as Colonial.  I'd be going through a case of that a month regardless of what else I was drinking.
 
2014-02-25 11:45:53 PM  
Grog, biatches, grog
 
2014-02-25 11:46:29 PM  

zimbomba63: deeyablo: Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.

I agree. It's freakin silly. Pointless. A waste.

Show us the pictures where you have been forced to drink them at gun point.  Put'em up or shut up.

/ I'm not a big fan of lagers, but, I don't piss and moan every time I see one.
// Don't buy them and your problem is solved


Thank you for saving me the keystrokes.

/IPAs aren't going anywhere
 
2014-02-25 11:46:56 PM  
145 comments and only one use of the word buzz.

No jokes about "They're looking for a new buzz" or "the local buzz is all about mead" or "bzz bzz bz bz bzzzz bz bzzb bz bzzzz"
 
2014-02-25 11:54:56 PM  
Nice. We're almost ready to bottle a batch made from fireweed honey done with some pear and white oak. We're letting it get pretty dry this time, about 1.008.
 
2014-02-25 11:58:14 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Big 900: Satanic_Hamster: Man I miss this stuff:

Me too. I was working at a liquor store when they replaced that with their godawful pear shiat. Delivery driver said every store had the same disappointed reaction. Since then it's been Strongbow for me.

The Dark and Dry is good, though no where near as good as Colonial.  I'd be going through a case of that a month regardless of what else I was drinking.


Honestly I've never had the dark and dry, but I'm pretty faithful to the 500 ml cans of Strongbow. My wife became a huge fan of the stuff while she studied in Scotland, so it's pretty much a requirement in our beer fridge. Even more so since her favorite thing to do after, um, "relations" is to go grab a can for us to share.
 
2014-02-25 11:58:47 PM  

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

12 out of 13 warriors agree.


www.zuguide.com

Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.

They bid me take my place among them.
In the halls of Valhalla where the brave may drink mead forever.
 
2014-02-26 12:02:00 AM  

Cuthbert Allgood: Grog, biatches, grog


Found the Limey.

/I've spent all me tin with the lassies drinking gin
 
2014-02-26 12:04:56 AM  

Damnhippyfreak: Nice. We're almost ready to bottle a batch made from fireweed honey done with some pear and white oak. We're letting it get pretty dry this time, about 1.008.


I always thought cranberry blossom honey would make pretty interesting mead. Here in WI we have a ton people making cranberry wine and lots of people selling the cranberry blossom honey. You would think it would be a natural progression.
 
2014-02-26 12:05:31 AM  

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.


Are you referring to Bushwacker for the cider?

I like that place.
 
2014-02-26 12:13:47 AM  
Mead is gross.

I enjoy the novelty as much as the next guy, but there's just no getting around the fact that mead is gross.
 
2014-02-26 12:15:31 AM  

Big 900: Damnhippyfreak: Nice. We're almost ready to bottle a batch made from fireweed honey done with some pear and white oak. We're letting it get pretty dry this time, about 1.008.

I always thought cranberry blossom honey would make pretty interesting mead. Here in WI we have a ton people making cranberry wine and lots of people selling the cranberry blossom honey. You would think it would be a natural progression.



That does sound interesting. So much to try out, so little cellar space. We would make more of the stuff, but at least to me, mead isn't something you can drink a lot of, especially if it's on the sweet side.

Once the swarm of hipsters move on, hopefully more people will get into mead.
 
2014-02-26 12:15:41 AM  
Note to self: read an entire post before replying.
 
2014-02-26 12:16:13 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: 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.


My ancestor Adam was drinking mead he made with honey from a hive in this harden he lived in.
 
2014-02-26 12:19:39 AM  

davidphogan: Note to self: read an entire post before replying.


Bushwhacker is the shiat- when I lived next to PSU it was a short ride over the Powell bridge. Terrifying when riding home hammered with a bag full'o'booze but damn I love that spot. Got a buddy that lives in Brooklyn now so I just crash on his couch after gettin wrecked there now. Cheers mate! Probably my favorite bar in PDX.

Moved to the Pearl this year. Can still streetcar the CL over that way kinda but it's not the same.
 
2014-02-26 12:19:42 AM  
Y'all keep that up. In the meantime, I'll stick to beer, bourbon, rum, and gin, and be happy. Maybe some sake when I'm feeling all gigi and make sushi at home. You stick to the classics, and let the hipsters spend their money on trends and frippery, and keep the good stuff for your own damn self.
 
2014-02-26 12:24:49 AM  

ransack.: DELICIOUS


Meh. Oliver is decent (I wouldn't hesitate to drink a free glass), and it's really nice how readily available it is (several grocery stores in town carry it), but it's not all that spectacular as mead goes.
 
2014-02-26 12:32:31 AM  

Cuthbert Allgood: Grog, biatches, grog


Aye
 
2014-02-26 12:38:17 AM  
I recently made my own homebrew beer fermented with apple cider.  It was pretty good but tastes vastly different depending on the weeks it aged in carbonation.
 
2014-02-26 12:39:52 AM  
Keepin it Weird™.
 
2014-02-26 12:46:30 AM  

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


This.  Gonna kinda suck, at least carnies and fairgoers are a  fun kind of oddball, since it's mostly about being inappropriately drunk in public and not giving a fark in general.  Snide people whose entire subculture is based on being a huge douchebag to everyone hanging around "ironically" is gonna be a pain in the arse.
 
2014-02-26 12:56:18 AM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: ol' gormsby: 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.

You're lucky - I don't live in an apple-growing region so I have to make my cider from kits. NZ Black Rock is great - 750 grams dextrose, 250 grams dried corn syrup, and 2 cans of unfiltered pear juce makes a nice, dry cider that's perfect on a hot day. Takes a while after it's bottled to really shine, but it's worth the wait.

I fin dry ciders on hot days are the BEST! The little hippy chicken wing place by me has these amazing raspberry habanero wings and Crispin in a can. Summer days with that are hat to beat. I'm ready for summer, f this rain stuff (although it's supposed to be 55F and decent this week).

Cheers on your cider tho, sounds delicious!


Thanks, it is :-) I'll have to try the habanero chicken wings before summer goes away (I'm downunder in OZ). I was looking for something extra to help things along during winter - even at the right temperature, it seems cider yeast is a little sluggish in colder months. I remembered reading the ingredients list on "bread improver" once, and followed that up with a bit of googling. Turns out that vitamin C is a bit of a kickstarter for baking and brewing yeasts, so now I add the juice of a lemon to cider brews during winter. Seems to help, as they're not sluggish anymore.

/ Beer before dinner
// Wine during
/// Cider after, maybe with some runny cheese and crackers
//// no wonder I'm getting fat
// gave up smoking last year - that must be it
 
2014-02-26 12:57:46 AM  

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.

What fat SCA/Ren fair women may look like:


http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q220/LladyRusty/Zafira/Pennsic200 8. jpg

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/20/09/78/200978408ba114b6c55e 57 d36dcd1b8b.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/523308_407629195951329_1 17 2805056_n.jpg

Seriously though, I've been in the SCA since '97 and that's where I fell in love with mead. Almost everything I've had is home made by SCA members. It's usually a bit on the sweet side so it may not be for the types that prefer dry spirits, although like in everything there is a great deal of debate on what makes a good mead. I've tried a couple store bought meads but didn't care for then, as they were a bit dry.
 
2014-02-26 12:59:56 AM  

minoridiot: anuran: minoridiot: 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.

Can't get Calvados in your area?

Calvados is a clear, unaged eau de vie. Applejack is a variously barrel-aged (ideally) pure-fruit brandy. The color, smell and taste are worlds apart.
(And freeze-distilled applejack is a great way to concentrate everything from popskull to fusel oils in your drink)

Calvados is required by French law to spend at least 2 years in wood, but 20 years is not uncommon.


You learn something new every day. What they sell here as "Calvados" isn't appellation controlle and is as white as vodka
 
2014-02-26 01:00:32 AM  
So let me get this straight, Hipsters™ are hippy offspring that pride themselves liking something before anyone else. Does that about cover it?
 
2014-02-26 01:10:32 AM  

Spare Me: So let me get this straight, Hipsters™ are hippy offspring that pride themselves liking something before anyone else. Does that about cover it?


More like "Anyone younger than me who doesn't wear a suit and likes things I don't like or never heard of"
 
Sio
2014-02-26 01:11:14 AM  
If you're after truly decent mead and don't want to take the time to make your own, allow me to drop in Meadery of the Rockies, they make some very lovely meads. They are part of the Talon Wine Brands out of the Western Slope of Colorado. The fruit wines out of St. Kathryn are stellar, and the Riesling from Talon I got a few months ago was one of the best I've had in recent memory. You can have it shipped to you in most places, that's what I do so I don't have to drive over the hills in the winter for it!

If you ever find yourself in Palisade Colorado, check out their actual location. If you've got all day, take the self-guided Fruit and Wine tour through the area. (you can google that on your own if you care)  Better yet, take one of the "tours" so you can sample all the various wines and such without worry. I was pleasantly surprised at how many good little operations there are, it's a beautiful area of the state.
 
2014-02-26 01:26:19 AM  

insertsnarkyusername: Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.


I know it's the next country over and a ferry ride, but the next time you're on Vancouver island check out the Silverside Winery near Duncan.   Bonus is that there is a great cider place along with lots of wineries in the region.  The wine is cheaper on the farm when you buy it from the pretty farmer's daughters.
 
2014-02-26 01:34:52 AM  

anuran: Spare Me: So let me get this straight, Hipsters™ are hippy offspring that pride themselves liking something before anyone else. Does that about cover it?

More like "Anyone younger than me who doesn't wear a suit and likes things I don't like or never heard of"


Okay, I think I get it. All the things from the late 60'd to the late 80's were lame..somehow. I'm just trying to wrap my my around Hipsters™ mentality. Sounds like an age thing.
 
2014-02-26 01:35:56 AM  
Mead is made from honey, yeast and water.

Hell, add a few handfuls of bees to add some sting to it.
 
2014-02-26 01:37:33 AM  
Damn the man I get it. don't trust anyone over 30.
 
2014-02-26 01:44:59 AM  
Mead is a singularly unpleasant way to get drunk. I mean I used to drink pretty much anything, have drunk the best meads in the world, and mead just tastes like something rotted.
 
2014-02-26 01:52:59 AM  

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


It gives them the runs?
 
2014-02-26 02:17:39 AM  
Some mead is good. Other mead is garbage. There's a winery out of Salem by the name of Honeywood that makes a bunch of good meads and fruit wines. Tasty things. And they have been long before Hipsters have ever got their hands on them.
 
2014-02-26 02:43:09 AM  

hubiestubert: You stick to the classics


Well, mead has been around since at least 2,500BC or so.
 
2014-02-26 05:24:42 AM  
So I can start drinking cider again?

/I`m into stuff nobody else is into...
 
2014-02-26 05:25:41 AM  
Also if you want classic, that`s beer.
 
pc
2014-02-26 06:10:34 AM  
Sorry, but I'm not trendy. I stay with the classics

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-26 06:14:41 AM  

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


This pisses me off to no end. However if they MUST, there is a honey shop at maryland renfest that sells mead kits. Run by a local woman, no less. Buy local and authentic, and all that.
 
2014-02-26 06:58:40 AM  

Big 900: Honestly I've never had the dark and dry, but I'm pretty faithful to the 500 ml cans of Strongbow. My wife became a huge fan of the stuff while she studied in Scotland, so it's pretty much a requirement in our beer fridge. Even more so since her favorite thing to do after, um, "relations" is to go grab a can for us to share.


It's been over ten years since they discontinued Colonial and you haven't tried their other products?  Dude!
 
2014-02-26 07:27:20 AM  
Mead is farking disgusting. They can have it.
 
2014-02-26 07:37:52 AM  
Pansy assed hipsters waiting for the honey to ferment and stuff. Us real men get it straight from the source. That's right I suckle bees.
 
das
2014-02-26 07:45:42 AM  
Mead sucks.
 
2014-02-26 08:25:47 AM  
Surely mead is, like wine or bread or juice or cereal, a rather broad term to have anyone who isn't specifically averse to, for example, alcohol or bees or sugar or the drinking of beverages, claiming it is absolutely anything other than an alcoholic beverage made from the sugary product of bees. Flavors, aromas, colors, viscosities, brix, alcohol levels, these are all wildly variable, especially if you allow inclusion of sub-types and blends under the umbrella term "mead." I only had limited experience with it before I stopped drinking, and even I with my barbaric palate found enough variance to like and dislike more than one meadery's product or find some version of it appropriate for particular gustatory circumstance.

Every so often I am made to renew my astonishment that so many who claim to have knowledge of a thing will determinedly stuff a vast topic into a half-vast statement. These verbal blivets can be as seemingly sensible when half-glimpsed in passing through the window of a fast-moving train of thought as "Drugs are bad" or "We shouldn't be eating chemicals" or "Recursion is the root of all language" but like the non-linguistic form of blivet, you don't want to slow down and get too close to them because they stink something fierce and are likely to pop messily if you poke them even a little. Better to just ignore and avoid them altogether.

No, I do it, too. But I'm an idiot with the occasional moment of thoughtfulness. I stumble over things I didn't notice all the time. Those with higher (e.g.: average) intelligence should strive to avoid such conceptual and conversational caltrops, especially when it's so easy to sidestep them with a little fine-tuning, such as "I haven't enjoyed any of the meads that I've tried" or "The meads I've tasted were either too sweet or too sour" or "My neighbor made the only mead I've ever had and it was like gasoline filtered through compost" or "Mead once made me wake up three days later, half-naked in a strange tent in a park in Goodyear, Arizona, surrounded with chicken bones and condom wrappers, covered in vomit and calamine lotion with a massive headache and a live, sleeping coyote curled up on my groin while a large group of septuagenarian motorcycle enthusiasts played loud mariachi music outside." The truth of such statements cannot be easily impeached, while hard, blanket statements of obvious logical fragility don't really do much more than make people doubt your qualifications for making them, which in turn loses you the interest and bonhomie of your reader as well as points in the debate. And that's a foolish waste of credibility, as I'm certain everyone here is some form of master debater. At least once in awhile, anyway.

So yeah, mead is an old beverage that has been quenching thirsts, cooling throats, warming bellies, preventing disease, easing discomfort, teasing appetites, inducing sleep, lubricating social and other forms of intercourse, teaching chemistry, passing through loopholes, staying the wrath of gods and monsters, in sufficient quantity giving rise to poetry and song and story and sometimes a recent meal, daunting the uninitiated, initiating the undaunted, finishing off a deal, finishing off consciousness, making the homely beautiful (and relatedly, providing the origin of the term "honeymoon"), and generally sweetening lives for thousands of years. Now that bees are becoming endangered and the climate is going wonky which will doubtlessly affect the availability of mead, it only makes sense that those who have sensed the possible opportunity for cache or simply cash will be shifting their, or rather the public's, attention to it.

Also, I used to like going to Ren Faires and SCA events. I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'd do it again, too, but I'm not young or fit or wealthy or presentable or sociable or networked enough these days. I do miss my collection of commemorative tankards and goblets, though. Also attending the musical performances and buying the cassettes and CD's afterwards. And Ded Bob back when he was the original guy. And the shopping. And wearing the clothes. And the women wearing the clothes. And the women who didn't wear so much of the clothes. But not "Faire nose" afterwards. Or gritty, sweaty sunscreen residue everywhere and still getting sunburned.

/Feh. See what happens when I don't sleep?
//Funny how this subject comes up right after the new season of Vikings starts getting advertised.
/// :: Sigh! :: ...Whatever.
 
2014-02-26 08:33:57 AM  
We tried making mead back around '88-'89. My friend's grandmother, who lived with his family at the time, caught us. She laughed at our attempt and showed us how they did it back in prohibition times. Granny knew how to make a tasty, potent concoction. We spent the entire summer drunk on that stuff.

/CSB
 
2014-02-26 08:55:32 AM  
MY EMPIRE IS CRUMBLING! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2014-02-26 08:56:10 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Big 900: Honestly I've never had the dark and dry, but I'm pretty faithful to the 500 ml cans of Strongbow. My wife became a huge fan of the stuff while she studied in Scotland, so it's pretty much a requirement in our beer fridge. Even more so since her favorite thing to do after, um, "relations" is to go grab a can for us to share.

It's been over ten years since they discontinued Colonial and you haven't tried their other products?  Dude!


In my defense, I had tried every other they made and thought it was garbage. And as I said, about that same time I discovered the greatness that is Strongbow. I saw no reason to bother with an inferior product. To be honest I have never seen the dark and dry, and I spend an inordinate amount of time wandering the local purveyors of the drink. If I do I'll give it a shot I suppose.

/ More of a beer and whiskey drinker anyway
 
2014-02-26 09:26:18 AM  
One of my favorites, but nearly impossible to get locally:
cdn2.bigcommerce.com

Normally, I stick with the only one I can find on a regular basis locally:
www.aromanticsperspective.com
 
2014-02-26 09:41:46 AM  

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

12 out of 13 warriors agree.

[www.zuguide.com image 570x359]

Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.

They bid me take my place among them.
In the halls of Valhalla where the brave may drink mead forever.


Actually all 13 Agree...."I may not drink of the fermentation of the grape"
"(laughing) this is Honey"
*grab* *guzzle*
 
2014-02-26 09:49:55 AM  
Meh.  REAL hipsters are busy drinking their own fermented urine.

\the taste, I've been told, is very similar to PBR (as long as you don't eat asparagus)
 
2014-02-26 09:54:09 AM  

Big 900: In my defense, I had tried every other they made and thought it was garbage. And as I said, about that same time I discovered the greatness that is Strongbow. I saw no reason to bother with an inferior product. To be honest I have never seen the dark and dry, and I spend an inordinate amount of time wandering the local purveyors of the drink. If I do I'll give it a shot I suppose.

/ More of a beer and whiskey drinker anyway


Tried but never been a fan of their other stuff.  But this is my regular hard cider drink in the post-Colonial era:
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-26 09:58:43 AM  

zimbomba63: deeyablo: Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.

I agree. It's freakin silly. Pointless. A waste.

Show us the pictures where you have been forced to drink them at gun point.  Put'em up or shut up.

/ I'm not a big fan of lagers, but, I don't piss and moan every time I see one.
// Don't buy them and your problem is solved


Stop liking what I don't like!

Actually, I agree.  I hate hoppy beers, but do not get offended when I see a lot of IPA's on the beer menu.  I just order something else.  Problem solved.
 
2014-02-26 10:14:12 AM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Crispin in the green can is an English dry, I prefer that with hot buffalo wings.


Crispin Browns Lane is freaking delicious, and is what made me want to start making cider on my own.
 
2014-02-26 10:21:37 AM  

adder1: One of my favorites, but nearly impossible to get locally:
[cdn2.bigcommerce.com image 425x566]

Normally, I stick with the only one I can find on a regular basis locally:
[www.aromanticsperspective.com image 235x750]


Disgusting swill.

/First batch of mean: 1992
//This year I break 200 career gallons
 
2014-02-26 11:12:41 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Gawdzila: hubiestubert: You stick to the classics

Well, mead has been around since at least 2,500BC or so.

longer than that... try before 4000bc


Indeed. No need for silly things like agriculture or pottery. Just some bees who made a hive in a hollow tree and some rain.
 
2014-02-26 11:15:21 AM  
Cider... haha that is cute.

I have a couple of friends that have been making mead since the 1970s. I don't know how our ancestors drank as much of that stuff as they did. It gives me the WORST hangover.

//but somehow I always go back for more.
 
2014-02-26 12:21:31 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: 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.



Why hello there cousin! Direct descendant of Wulfnoth Cild here. And I do like my mead. My current fave is Dansk Mjød Viking Blod, and is a Nordic mead (yeah, I know some hate on it) with hibiscus and hops added for flavor. The recipe supposedly dates from the 1500's , and it is a nice 19% ABV. Very tasty stuff.

cdn2.bigcommerce.com
 
2014-02-26 12:23:42 PM  
After years of progressively worse malt beverage "ciders" (Hornsby's, Redd's, I'm looking at you.) pushing the good stuff off the shelf, I knew the hipster cider trend was over when I saw this:

www.anheuser-busch.com

And now, we're only a few months away from Stella Artois Honey!
 
2014-02-26 12:25:20 PM  
SFBay area has had this hidden gem for at least 12 years now:

Rabbit's Foot Meadery

...and they have a tasting room at the meadery, so you can go try their various wares, including cysers and ciders. Smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley. Mmmmm.

The pear mead is incredible, the dry mead is sublime, the blackberry cider is a velvet hammer.

/Think I'll crack open a cider tonight
 
2014-02-26 12:29:08 PM  
can we just have hunting season for hipsters now, please please please.

///HumpDay!!
 
2014-02-26 01:11:34 PM  

adder1: One of my favorites, but nearly impossible to get locally:
[cdn2.bigcommerce.com image 425x566]

Normally, I stick with the only one I can find on a regular basis locally:
[www.aromanticsperspective.com image 235x750]


Nice. I posted about Viking Blod above. 2 bars in my area carry it. One on tap which I thought was unheard of.
 
2014-02-26 01:12:40 PM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Genju: Hah.. I would love to see some hipster douche try one of my favorite mead:  Viking Blod . Would probably knock them out of their skinny jeans and cabby hats.

I did a little research on that one and DAMN it sounds good. I am trying to see if I can get it in Florida now.


What area of Florida? The World of Beers in Viera and Tampa (SoHo) had it within the last few weeks. That covers east and west.
 
2014-02-26 02:22:58 PM  

washington-babylon: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: 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.


Why hello there cousin! Direct descendant of Wulfnoth Cild here. And I do like my mead. My current fave is Dansk Mjød Viking Blod, and is a Nordic mead (yeah, I know some hate on it) with hibiscus and hops added for flavor. The recipe supposedly dates from the 1500's , and it is a nice 19% ABV. Very tasty stuff.


Sounds like a mead well suited for hand to hand combat.
 
2014-02-26 02:57:45 PM  

big pig peaches: vudukungfu: I was into mead before hipsters parents thought about making hipster babbys and before it was cool.
Hot, mulled mead.

Not quite that long, but mead has been popular with Ren fair /SCA crowds forever.

The last couple of years it has been much more available, and I am okay with that since I don't have time to make my own these days.


I was drinking homebrew mead in Eugene in 1996 before it was cool.
 
2014-02-26 03:11:39 PM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Gawdzila: hubiestubert: You stick to the classics

Well, mead has been around since at least 2,500BC or so.

longer than that... try before 4000bc


Well I did say "at least"; it's just that that was the earliest date that I had remembered hearing.
 
2014-02-26 03:17:32 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: washington-babylon: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: 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.


Why hello there cousin! Direct descendant of Wulfnoth Cild here. And I do like my mead. My current fave is Dansk Mjød Viking Blod, and is a Nordic mead (yeah, I know some hate on it) with hibiscus and hops added for flavor. The recipe supposedly dates from the 1500's , and it is a nice 19% ABV. Very tasty stuff.

Sounds like a mead well suited for hand to hand combat.


It will make you feel like you are, even when you really aren't. And it runs me 32 dollars a 750 ml bottle. I may have to pick up a new one soon as I am down to half a glass worth and will probably wipe that out after work today.
 
2014-02-26 03:30:59 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Cuthbert Allgood: Grog, biatches, grog

Found the Limey.

/I've spent all me tin with the lassies drinking gin


Now across the western ocean you must wander?
 
2014-02-26 07:23:19 PM  
MycroftHolmes: zimbomba63: deeyablo: Oldiron_79: Call me when hops bomb IPAs die out and are old news.

I agree. It's freakin silly. Pointless. A waste.

Show us the pictures where you have been forced to drink them at gun point.  Put'em up or shut up.

/ I'm not a big fan of lagers, but, I don't piss and moan every time I see one.
// Don't buy them and your problem is solved

Stop liking what I don't like!

Actually, I agree.  I hate hoppy beers, but do not get offended when I see a lot of IPA's on the beer menu.  I just order something else.  Problem solved.



I'm not offended by the fact IPAs are available for the hop heads that like them, I'm just

A) tired of hearing about them
B) not a fan of anything more hoppy than traditional IPAs before they started putting IBU ratings on them and everyone started racing to have the highest IBU,
C) I just honestly prefer a malty dark beer like a bock or a porter if I'm gonna drink beer
and D) honestly prefer liquor rather than beer anyways
 
2014-02-26 08:11:18 PM  
... yeah, well next time you are Medieval Times, root for the Black Knight.
 
2014-02-26 08:55:50 PM  
 
2014-02-26 09:35:24 PM  

Magorn: Drank mead for years, good ones aren't that sweet...more dry than that.  My favorite commercially bottled mead is Chaucer's (partly because the bottle includes bags of spices for mulling).  I find that if you let the mead "air" for about a day it takes on nice, dark, notes that taste a bit like port wine.

Also I will likely be mocked for this, but I swear that when I am buzzed on mead, I can "hear" music better,  it makes more sense to me somehow, can hear individual instruments more clearly etc.

This doesn't happen with beer, whiskey, or cider but it does with mead.  And historically there always has been an association with mead and bards and skalds


You do realize that Chaucer's is pretty much considered the worst mead available, right?

/And another thread to remind me to do something with the rest of my bucket of honey.  I've got about enough left for one more batch, then I've got to find more honey.
//Doesn't everybody buy honey in 5 gallon buckets?
 
2014-02-26 10:11:37 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.


2 towns cider isn't from Salem. It's based in Corvallis!! Bushwacker Cider is a fantastic bar, I love that they stock all the different ciders from the PNW. That being said - 2 town's Made Marion cider is the absolute best. I stock up on that during the summer since it's seasonal. <3
 
2014-02-26 10:17:09 PM  

Tinkerhelly: 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.

2 towns cider isn't from Salem. It's based in Corvallis!! Bushwacker Cider is a fantastic bar, I love that they stock all the different ciders from the PNW. That being said - 2 town's Made Marion cider is the absolute best. I stock up on that during the summer since it's seasonal. <3


You are absolutely right, I was thinking Anthem at the time. I was a few beers deep sorry! Also Bushwhacker just got a new release from 2 Towns today per FB (some sort of cherry I believe). Holy crap does it look awesome.
 
2014-02-26 10:59:36 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Tinkerhelly: 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.

2 towns cider isn't from Salem. It's based in Corvallis!! Bushwacker Cider is a fantastic bar, I love that they stock all the different ciders from the PNW. That being said - 2 town's Made Marion cider is the absolute best. I stock up on that during the summer since it's seasonal. <3

You are absolutely right, I was thinking Anthem at the time. I was a few beers deep sorry! Also Bushwhacker just got a new release from 2 Towns today per FB (some sort of cherry I believe). Holy crap does it look awesome.


Yes, Cherried Away! Cherries and Rhubarbs! I've enjoyed the various flavors they're put out over the years, except for Ginja Ninja - not a fan of anything ginger. Made Marion and Nice & Naughty are my favorites. Too bad those are seasonal! Next time you're in Corvallis, bring a growler or 2 and fill up! :-D
 
2014-02-26 11:00:17 PM  

erik-k: insertsnarkyusername: Mead is nice but I prefer it blended with some sort of fruit wine. That's what I'd really like to see, you can't buy a decent fruit wine barely anywhere and I live in the land of hipsters.

In the US, apparently, rhubarb is legally a fruit, so I can in good conscience say that you should go buy some of Prairie Berry's rhubarb wine. That stuff was probably the best purchase I made on my way through South Dakota (though the tickets to see the Badlands, Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse were all worth it).


Seconded. I hate wine (reds nauseate me for some reason and I associate the feeling when I smell whites) but the "strange" bases Prairie Berry uses for their wines are fantastic.

-Red Ass Rhubarb (rhubarb)
-Lawrence Elk (black currant)
-Buffaloberry Fusion (buffaloberry)
-Pheasant Reserve and Chokecherry Medley (chokecherry)
-Poker Face (pear and pineapple)

/Have always preferred ciders to beer and wine.
 
2014-02-26 11:10:50 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?


If you can get it Ace is pretty good (fairly easy to get, drier than Woodchuck, their Perry is the best), Strongbow (fairly dry, English).  That being said, I'm sure there are better one's out there, but these are the best I've found nationally.  Just promise you'll never drink Hornsby's....awful apple flavored white wine "cider."
 
2014-02-26 11:12:48 PM  

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.


Magner's is good and dry, but I feel like the flavor (intensity) is weaker than Strongbow or even Blackthorn.
 
2014-02-26 11:17:21 PM  

deadlyplatypus: 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.

Magner's is good and dry, but I feel like the flavor (intensity) is weaker than Strongbow or even Blackthorn.


I would agree, it's very light but not overly sweet. And Blackthorn to me tastes and smells a bit like pee.
 
2014-02-26 11:18:49 PM  

anuran: Spare Me: So let me get this straight, Hipsters™ are hippy offspring that pride themselves liking something before anyone else. Does that about cover it?

More like "Anyone younger than me who doesn't wear a suit and likes things I don't like or never heard of"


Hipster like typing detected...
 
2014-02-26 11:22:33 PM  

Jclark666: After years of progressively worse malt beverage "ciders" (Hornsby's, Redd's, I'm looking at you.) pushing the good stuff off the shelf, I knew the hipster cider trend was over when I saw this:

[www.anheuser-busch.com image 500x499]

And now, we're only a few months away from Stella Artois Honey!


ya...not dumb or brave enough to try that.
 
2014-02-26 11:23:49 PM  

Honest Geologist: The Irresponsible Captain: Cuthbert Allgood: Grog, biatches, grog

Found the Limey.

/I've spent all me tin with the lassies drinking gin

Now across the western ocean you must wander?


Its all for his beer and tobacco.
 
2014-02-26 11:26:39 PM  
You know, I was sad when the idiot hipsters adopted cider because everybody thought I drank it just because it was popular.  But at the same time...the choices now...incredible.
 
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