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Real Cider in Toronto?

I'm not often a beer drinker so in the summer when my usual red wine or gin and tonic doesn't feel very seasonal, I'm partial to hard cider. I don't mind the regularly available English/Irish varieties--Strongbow, Gaymers, Bulmers, Blackthorn, etc--as well as Grower's and the Swedish berry-flavoured stuff I've seen lately at the LCBO that's sort of like an alcoholized fruit punch. All the same, I'd rather have the real stuff.

I've had the good fortune of having "real cider" a few times, the stuff made from fermented pressed apples, rather than the standard sort that's chock-full of added glucose/fructose and filled with carbonated water. Does anyone have brand recommendations or know of branches of the LCBO that carry what I'm looking for? I've tried a few LCBOs in the west end and have only seen the same old brands.

I don't claim to be very knowledgeable about the stuff, but I'd like to broaden my knowledge of it and taste some of the best of what's available in this province. I'd prefer to get varieties I can drink at home throughout the summer but if anyone knows of some bars that have a fair variety available, let me know about those too! Thanks everyone!

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  1. I'm no expert either, but I see Waupoos cider on the lists everywhere as the cider of choice. I don't usually see more than one choice for cider on the menus.

    1. These are worthwhile Ontario, BC, and Quebec ciders at the LCBO. They come in a variety of styles and prices, so you'll have to try them all (no hardship by me). OR -- check with a Product Consultant at a larger LCBO store.

      1. 09POM'OR TRADIT. SPARKLING CIDER (CIDRERIE ST-NIC
      Canada | Ciderie St Nicholas
      VINTAGES | 179473 | 750 mL | $ 12.95
      4. CLOS SAINT-DENIS BOURG SAINT-DENIS CIDER 2007
      Canada | Mondia Alliance
      VINTAGES | 89490 | 750 mL | $ 12.80
      5. COUNTY CIDER PET
      Canada | County Cider Company
      | 459370 | 1000 mL | $ 7.75
      7. CREMANT CIDRERIE ST-NICOLAS
      Canada | Ciderie St Nicholas
      | 61671 | 750 mL | $ 10.50
      13. GROWERS GRANNY SMITH CIDER
      Canada | Vincor International Inc.
      | 384800 | 6x341 mL | $ 10.95
      18. PEELER PREMIUM LIGHT CIDER
      Canada | Thornbury Village Cidery Inc.
      Limited Time Offer | 146043 | 4x341 mL | $ 10.95
      28. WAUPOOS PREMIUM CIDER
      Canada | County Cider Company
      | 612804 | 4x341 mL | $ 13.25
      30. WILLIAM PREMIUM CIDER
      Canada | Cidrerie Solar
      | 173039 | 473 mL | $ 2.75

        1. I don't think the Waupoos cider is a patch on several kinds I tried in Quebec. I find it too fizzy and too cloying. The Clos Saint-Denis is superb.

          1. Thanks for the replies!

            I'm hoping to try some of the fancier ciders--the sort that come in wine bottles rather than cans or plastic containers--and I'll start with the Clos Saint-Denis. Frankly, I'm primarily looking for kinda "beer-equivalent ciders" that I can drink from a can or pint bottle but aren't crap loaded with sugar.

            I've had Waupoos at bars; it's not bad, so thanks for the reminder. I'll seek some out.

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            1. re: Gumbril

              A link you may well have seen...
              http://www.countycider.com/products.html

              So you have never had scrumpy from the barrel?