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English cider in San Francisco?

monopoly Aug 18, 2009 07:50 PM

I just got back from a trip to England, where I rediscovered cider, which I had loved drinking while an exchange student over there years ago. It was even better than I remembered! I tried a long time ago to find it in the US, without success; nothing tasted the same, and gave up. Now I've got my hopes up again. I'd love to find real English cider on tap somewhere, and also would love to buy it to have at home. I live in San Francisco and work in Redwood City. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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    Portofino Aug 4, 2012 02:14 PM

    Try Upcider over Polk, they have almost 50 different cider foreign and domestic
    1160 Polk @ Sutter

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      Vermin Feb 25, 2010 05:07 PM

      My girl's of the English flavor, and I cannot drink beer anymore. We've been looking for good cider here as well, but nothing is quite like the regional ciders and scrumpies available all over England.

      The best we've had are from Sebastopol's Ace Cider (whose pub, the Ace In The Hole, sadly just closed in December) and Red Branch in Santa Clara (who also make some respectable meads under the name of Rabbit's Foot). I recommend Ace's Joker--stronger and drier than the rest of their ciders. I don't remember what we had from Red Branch, but it was tasty, and a visit to their tasting room is an absolute pleasure.

      1. Tripeler Aug 18, 2009 11:35 PM

        What kinds of cider were you drinking in England? Chances are, if it was cider from a small artisinal (microbrew) type producer, there is little chance you will find the same level of quality in the U.S. There are a few ciders brewed in California. You could be on the lookout for those...

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          kcchan Aug 18, 2009 10:44 PM

          The Pig and Whistle has Strongbow on draft - and it was as good as I remembered it in England.

          Pig and Whistle
          2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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            pininex Aug 18, 2009 07:59 PM

            For pubs in SF, I would try Mad Dog in the Fog and Kezar Pub. You can buy Blackthorn and Babycham bottles at BevMo. Magners is Irish cider and also readily available at BevMo.

            Mad Dog In the Fog
            530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            Kezar Pub & Restaurant
            770 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA

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              Piperdown Aug 18, 2009 08:03 PM

              BevMo also has Strongbow cider, and I've seen it in a few pubs as well, but can't remember the names off hand

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