A new line of ciders has just entered the New Orleans market.
Now, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that excited when I heard another cider line was coming in. We carry Harpoon, Strongbow & woodchuck in the bar already. All three of the ones we carry now are good, different and appeal to their own unique customer base and none appeal much to the craft beer drinker. I told the sales rep when he came in the morning that I wouldn’t be interested…didn’t need another cider (I may have even rolled my eyes).
Beer salesmen (and cider salesmen for that matter) don’t take no for an answer easily, so a few minutes later the Vice President of the company came in with samples! Just to be polite – and because he was introduced by one of my favorite beer reps – I sat down and listened to what he had to say. He poured the samples and I drank them…again, just to be polite.
I know…I sound jaded…but its rare that a beer (or cider in the case) really pleasantly surprises me. I do my research on new brews coming into the market and Ive gotten pretty good at guessing what I think will work at the pub even before I’ve tasted it. In the case of this cider line I had read the reviews and the marketing information weeks ago and none of it stood out as something that my customer base would like.
What they brought in for me to taste was in no way similar to the reviews I’ve read on their ciders or what I expected to taste. No overly carbonated apple juice in this lineup! Possibly this is because they sampled out to me some of their very small batch ciders and a new cider they have made in England. In any case my normal due diligence wasn’t good enough in this case and I’m very glad the salesman talked me into actually tasting his creations. None of these ciders are overly sweet or syrupy…even the pear…some are just downright dry. The Artisanal reserve series are nuanced and one is unfiltered. As you will see two of them are made with classic beer yeast which give them a craft beer flavor and depth. They arent hop monsters but for those of you with more European tastes I really think they will appeal.
This Thursday we will have the owner of the company in house to give you the same opportunity I had this morning.
From 6pm to 8pm we will open bottles of their various ciders for a loose tasting and I think many of you will agree these brews have a place in our bar!
We will pour a 4 ounce glass of each for $8.50. If you like it enough to order a bottle on your own or buy a pint, Crispin will give you a cider goblet to take home!
- Crispin Artisanal Reserve “The Saint” – made with Belgian Trappist Yeast
- Crispin Artisanal Reserve “Honey Crisp” – made with Organic Honey
- Crispin Artisanal Reserve “Lansdowne” – made with Irish Stout Yeast
- Crispin Classic English Dry Cider
- Crispin Pear Cider
Learn more about Crispin Ciders here