Bitches Drankin’ Cider

We kept the fun going last Saturday with Ciderfest at Castle Hill. Ciderfest featured six different cideries from around Virginia, artisan pizza, dank ass barbecue, and LOVE CANNON! It was a magical day.

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We tried ciders from each of the six different vendors, but our favorites were Old Hill and Potter’s. Old Hill had a bourbon barrel aged selection that impressed everyone in our group, from lovers of sweeter ciders like Bold Rock, to those like Maddy who prefer something dryer (or don’t even like cider). Stayman and Winesap apples give the Cidermaker’s Barrel its tart, apple, flavor but the smoky, dry finish keeps it from being too sweet. We would have liked to try the other three ciders offered by Old Hill, but the line was always too daggon long.

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Each taster was given ten tickets to use at the different vendors, and we used four at Potter’s. This could partially be the fault of the good lookin’ pourers, but it was largely because of their new, still unnamed, hopped cider. “The hopped one,” as we kept referring to it, smells like an IPA, and after the first sip we immediately noticed the hop presence. It was the only cider we felt we could have multiple glasses of without getting a stomachache (we are beer girls after all). They have a nice barrel aged selection as well, the Oak Barrel Reserve. We definitely plan on visiting Potter’s soon!

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Glasses of Potter’s cider in hand, we spent the last hour of Ciderfest jamming to Love Cannon’s bluegrass 80’s covers. We’re excited to report that we didn’t even have to beg them to play “Legs.” Can’t wait for Ciderfest 2014!

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