So Stella Artois decided to release a cider. Although I suspect that it was AB InBev who decided to release a cider, and they chose the Stella Artois brand as the route they would take for marketing. Unfortunately this cider—which by virtue of being a cider brewed in New York has nothing to do with the famous Belgian pilsner—is a rather dull tasting affair.
Recently my family went to a wedding on Salt Spring Island. While we were there, we made a valiant effort to sample many of the local products, including this signature blend cider.
Last week England played Wales in Euro 2016 at 6 AM, and so I excitedly got up early and prepared tea, bacon, eggs, and toast for the morning meal. Oh ya, that day was also my university convocation, and so my parents duly came down from the Okanagan to watch me walk across a stage for about thirty seconds. The ceremony itself wasn’t a big deal to me, but the chance to watch the match with my father and to later go for a picnic on the beach made the whole thing worthwhile. Whilst at the beach, my father and I shared a Merridale Scrumpy.
A few days after our honey beer comparison, Ivy, Stephen, and I shared a bottle of the BX Cidery’s the Crackwhip, a cider with hops. Back in the summer of 2015, I visited the BX Cidery and wrote a post about it, with the fullest of intentions to conduct more reviews. It took me awhile, but I have finally done another review on one of their ciders!
Sea Cider is a lovely cidery located on Vancouver Island, just north of Victoria towards the ferry. While I have yet to pay them a visit, it has been on my to do list for some time. Their many different varieties of ciders can be found in many liquor stores across the province, and I have had the pleasure of sampling several over the past few years. Their Wild English intrigued me enough to purchase a bottle for closer inspection. One Friday after work, picking pine cones in the seed orchard, Ian and I shared my bottle and jotted down some observations to the tune of Plants and Animals’ album Parc Avenue.
For those who like to say that Vernon is boring and nothing ever happens here, perhaps a trip to the BX Press Cidery would open their eyes a little to the wonders of the area.
Last Sunday my sister and I hosted a Winter Solstice Party at our parents home in Vernon. It was also an ugly sweater party, and a potluck. For my contribution, I decided to make a wassail, being the anglophile that I am and the appropriate time of year for one! I used this recipe and found that it quite met my expectations. Making it was rather fun, and drinking it was even more fun. It must be admitted that not everyone was a fan of it, but then again not everyone had the blood of their English ancestors pulsing through their veins, eager to taste that frothy spiced cider and brandy again.
During the party I also tasted a peanut butter stout, which had been pointed out to me at the local BC Liquor Store by an employee who knew I explored beer and was eager for my opinion on the brew. I tasted it with my friend Ian and we recorded some tasting notes.