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Interesting hard ciders, at the LCBO or at restaurants?

My husband and I have become hard cider devotees, and were wondering how many varieties are available in the GTA, and which ones can be bought from the LCBO. Also, are there any pear ciders available?

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  1. you can get strongbow, growers, blackthorn, magners and sir perry at the lcbo

    1. FYI, you can search the LCBO's inventory at www.lcbo.ca.

      1. And Waupoos Cider, which is from Prince Edward County - it's wonderful.

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        1. re: thenurse

          My girlfriend is a major cider fan and out of all that are available at the LCBO, she loves Waupoos.

          Something that's not a cider but is appley is Nickelbrook's Green Apple Pilsner. It doesn't have the tart edge that ciders have but is more rounded, a little sweeter and overall just a really nice beer to drink especially during hot summers.

          1. re: lister

            is waupoos available at the lcbo ???
            i heard from a friend it's great.

            1. re: dannyboy

              It is great. They're got it at Allen's and C'Est What. I've never seen Sir Perry or Waupoos at the LCBO. Maybe at the store near Summerhill?

              1. re: lissar

                Summerhill has them, but very limited supply.

              2. re: dannyboy

                Yes Waupoos is available at the LCBO. It's in pack of fours. Check for stock on lcbo.com.

          2. County Cider in the 4 pack is widely available at the LCBO. I buy it regularly so I don't have to feel left out amongst beer drinking buddies.

            I haven't had the tub of Waupoos Premium Cider. I understand it doesn't taste exactly the same.

            Last I checked, the only two places in Toronto that have the fabulous Prince Edward County Ice Cider were Caffe Volo and my home. Your experience may vary.

            1. Does anyone know if classic French ciders are available at the LCBO? I used to absolutely LOVE Cidre Brut with my crêpes, and I've never really found the same thing here. Very very sad.

              1. Sadly, the selection of ciders at the LCBO is pretty small and poor. Most of what you'll find there are the ones listed in the first response to your post: canned ciders from big UK companies that are generally made with cheap apple concentrate and artificial carbonation. These are the Blues and Buds of the cider world.

                However, there are a few highlights:

                The Waupoos cider mentioned by a few people is pretty good. Not quite up there with some of the artisanal ciders I've tried, but well worth checking out.

                Also pretty good is Stowford Press English Export Cider, which is available in large bottles at some LCBO locations. This cider is from Weston's, a medium-sized UK cidery. The LCBO also brought in a gift-pack of three other Weston's ciders for Christmas, and there are still some of those kicking around. Search for "Weston's" at lcbo.com

                And then there's my favourite LCBO-available sparkling cider, Domaine du Minot (listed on lcbo.com as "Du Minot Sparkling Cider"). It's from a Quebec cidery that is known mainly for their Du Minot des Glaces ice cider. It's drier than most of the UK ciders, and very good.

                1. I'm answering my own question now - I just did a search and it appears that VINTAGES carries a number of different french ciders. Woohoo!

                  1. Some caution. The currently available French ciders seem to be only 2% alcohol rather than the true 'hard' items that are so good. And they're OK - just not what we'd like to see.
                    And there's a bunch of 'beer-style' ciders from UK (i.e. in cans and 5-6% alcohol) which are mass-produced.

                    The best I've tried (even though only 2%) is DUCHE DE LONGUEVILLE MUSCADET DE DIEPPE CIDRE BOUCHE DE CRU. I found the 'Antoinette' from the same producer too sweet - but it's 4%.
                    I'm still searching for a locally produced cider that would entice me to try a second bottle!
                    My current favourite - OK it's sweet but excellent value and possibly the cheapest around, is the Sir Perry Pear Cider 6%(must be some weird regulation reason for calling it that as, of course it is a Perry). Just a can of pleasure (but don't think too much about the real stuff).

                    1. French cider generally has two monikers and levels of alcohol
                      Doux, which is 2%, and
                      Brut, which is 4%.

                      Not sure what the LCBO has, but in France, it's generally served in bowl-like mugs, alongside crêpes. British hard cidre is a different beast.

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                      1. re: mrbunsrocks

                        Correct - partly. Those are the two bottom levels. The top level is Cidre Tradition, which starts at 6%. At least it is in Normandy, which produces the most (and I think best) cider.
                        Given your mention of crepes, maybe you're used to the Brittany version (also a significant producer).

                      2. Does anyone know what brand of cider is served at the Tranzac Club in Toronto (Bathurst/Bloor) -- I used to go there years ago and really liked the cider they served....

                        1. Have you tried Archibalds just north of Bowmanville?

                          They have won many awards for their fruit wines. They have at least two hard ciders. You can visit their Website (link below). If you are looking for a good daytrip (they are only an hour from TO), head out to their locale and you can taste everything they sell. In addition to the tasting room, they have a selection of gifts and food items. During the summer they have kid-related things to do also as well as a small 9 hole golf course through the orchard. They have some products listed with the LCBO, but I am not sure about their cider.

                          Also, if you head further north on Liberty Street, you'll come to Tyrone Mills. This is a turn of the century mill that still produces their own organic stoneground flour and oats etc. You can wander around the mill, look at the old equipment etc. But best of all is their fresh, made-on-site, donuts--mmmmelt in your mouth. They also have tarts, pies, local honey, ice cream, etc.


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                          1. re: dinin and dishin

                            I think you posted about Archibalds before and I wanted to thank you. We went last fall and had a lovely time. We enjoyed the samplings (and went home with more than we know what to do with - I need to post on Home Cooking for some ideas!). The fruit wines (with the exception of the dessert wine) were not at all sweet which was a pleasant surprise. We did buy some cider which we enjoyed, especially for cooking. But I'm not a cider expert so I can't recommend it in the context of this thread.

                            I didn't know about the mill though - thought it was a historic site rather than still a producer. Next year!

                            1. re: julesrules

                              So glad you enjoyed it!

                              Yes, Tyrone Mills sells more than just wood, and their donuts are one of my weekend guilty pleasures. I've been meaning to try their organic flour, but I haven't gotten around to it yet...I usually don't get past the dounts. We also have several parts of our house built from wood we source through them. It is always nice to keep some money in the community.