This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Strongbow Hard Apple Cider - Honey.
With this being the Shabbos that we welcome in Chodesh Elul, I figured that it was close enough to Rosh Hashanah to start auditioning a new honey beer for the sweet new year. Yes, I know that hard apple cider is not beer, but the honey flavoring seemed enough of reason to buy and sample it for the SNS post.
Having tried this cider tonight on its own, I can tell you that it is probably too sweet to have with an yom tov meal. When bringing the cup to my face, I could smell the sweetness and each successive sip was more of a one note sweetness which built upon itself. There was no tartness or bite to this cider. Additionally, although the cider bills itself out as made with natural honey, there was no honey listed in the ingredients. Additionally, much like my first experience with the Gold Apple Hard Cider (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2015/06/sunday-night-suds-strongbow-gold-apple.html) I have a hard time believing the label's claim that this is 5% abv.
If you are looking for an aperitif to have after your RH meal, you may want to consider serving this in small quantities. However, if you are looking for a honey beer to have with your meal...keep looking.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer (or cider) unless there is no designated driver.
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