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Jun 20, 2009 05:38 PM

Where can I buy English style hard cider in LA?

I just got back from a trip to London. I drank a considerable amount of a wonderful drink known as "cider" to them, but apparently it's "hard cider" to us here in the US. Where has it been all my life? Upon returning, I found a brand called Hornsby's in the grocery store, but it didn't seem the same at all. I live the the Glendale/Pasadena area. Does anyone know where I might be able to find some more of this yummy yet potent drink, maybe even on tap somewhere? Or is there a store that might carry a few more brands to try?

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  1. The Trader Joe's near me almost always has Strongbow Cider, which is the same you'll find all over Britain. You might also want to check your local BevMo, but I think you'll find that cider isn't too tough to locate. As for on tap, most British pubs I've been to have had it. I'm not too familiar with the Glendale/Pasadena area, but I've had cider on tap at the Cat & Fiddle in Hollywood, for example.

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    1. re: whrimcc

      Lucky Baldwins usually has a couple of ciders on tap. Located in Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

    2. BevMo Stores carry a variety of (really ) hard ciders imported from all over, freshness I can't attest to.

      1. As others have mentioned, TJ's is the most consistent and accessible source for hard cider. I do see the usual supermarkets carrying it as well but can't attest to the brands. Bevmo and just about all other beverage stores will carry at least one or two varieties. My favorite is Wandering Aengus from Washington State. They make four varieties of organic cider - I've tried only one but was really impressed by it - the Heirloom Blend. It really tasted of fresh apples - not apple juice. And the alcohol didn't snub the flavor - just enough to let you know it was there. Very food-friendly - we'd have it with roast chicken or cheese and bread. I used to get it at Beverage Warehouse in Mar Vista, but for whatever reason, they haven't been carrying it lately.

        Here's a recent thread from the "Beer" board, as well as Wandering Aengus's website:

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          Excellent! Thanks for the link to the other site, that helps a lot. I will keep an eye out for the Wandering Aengus.I just found Blackthorn at my local Trader Joe's. It's okay, but hardly carbonated at all. I don't know if this bottle just went flat, or if it's supposed to be this way. Oh well. I will enjoy the process of exploration.

        2. Every British pub I've gone to in LA has had cider on tap -- just as in England.

          1. Village Idiot in West Hollywood has a number of them on tap.