Craft cider ale is growing and gaining an appreciative audience.

What is a cider or a cyder ale?

Cider or cyder ale is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from fruit juice, most commonly and traditionally apple juice, but also the juice of peaches, pears or other fruit. Cider varies in alcohol content from 1.2% ABV to 8.5% or more in traditional English ciders. In some regions, cider may be called “apple wine”

Cider may be made from any variety of apple, but certain cultivars grown are solely for use in cider are known as cider apples. Much cider today is made from apple pulp rather than fresh apples and may contain added sweeteners or flavours. (wikepedia)

Craft cider ale in Australia are growing, but it’s not just the big beer brands that are being overlooked, it’s also the big companies that are being passed up for their cooler, craft cousins.

“I think the punters are noticing there’s more to cider than just Strongbow and Bulmers.

They’re revisiting it more often,” says Ben of Milton’s Scratch Bar, one of the many small bars championing craft ciders.  Scratch Bar is offering a different kind of drinking environment to your standard ‘big pub, big names’ venues.

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