InCider Info: Circling The Sun by Collective Brewing Co. – AND – Singapore Sling by King’s Highway Fine Cider

When I was in Connecticut visiting my parents a few weekends back, I safely took my mask off on a few occasions and sampled some new – to – me hard ciders in the safety of one of their many backyard porches. My hometown’s large wine & spirit shop – Stateline Wine & Spirits – often has a great selection of ciders to choose from. They’re usually local, as in NY State or New England-based – you’ll see a lot of King’s Highway and Citizen Cider – but every now and then, I’ll find a gem. This past weekend, that gem was Circling the Sun by Collective Brewing Co., a perfect cherry apple cider that goes hand in hand with a fully-in-swing cherry season.

Circling the Sun by Collective Arts Brewing Co.

Based out of Canada, this brewery not only has an impressive selection of beers (that I wish I could drink, but…you know…can’t, haha…) with highly unique and awe-inspiring artwork on their cans, but they have produced a few ciders, Circling the Sun making down to Connecticut for distribution. Their website boasts the use of Ontario Montmorency Cherry juice; in another cherry hard cider I’ve had recently, I also had Montmorency Cherry juice – Montmorency Cherry Cider by Slate Valley Cider, to be exact – so that must be a go-to cherry for cideries to use. With a nice dryness – and maybe a little bit too much foam on a few pours – this cider makes for a delightful summer afternoon sip. I left two cans of it at my parents’ house, and I can only hope they’ll be there again whenever I can return. Ha!

Circling the Sun by Collective Arts Brewing Co.

Next up, I finally sampled a can of King’s Highway Singapore Sling that I bought at Broadway Dive many months ago – I do literally mean in May – that I brought home to try. One, the can exploded on me when I opened it in a fashion so comical, it made me wish that someone had been secretly filming me. Once the suds subsided, I wiped down my arms and legs and poured what was left into a glass. Like Circling the Sun, there was cherry in this, though it was not the predominant extra fruity flavor note. Pineapple and lime were in the mix, but it was a light herbaceous gin botanicals that won me over. I have a love / hate relationship with gin, though, thanks to Drumshanbo Gin, which recently sent to me by a PR company I’ve done with with over the past two years, I’ve developed more of an appreciation of what a properly made gin should be. I noted that with the Singapore Sling. The botanicals were a tad bitter, but not off-putting. If anything, they made the drink more refreshing.

Singapore Sling by King’s Highway Fine Cider

Needless to say, I got in some good summertime drinks while I was in Connecticut. With this pandemic, I can only hope I get another chance this summer to sample to ciders while in the comfort of my childhood backyard! Time will tell…as well as coronavirus transmission rates. Haaa.

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InCider Info – Hudson Valley Peach Smash by King’s Highway Fine Cider

I have been a long fan of King’s Highway Fine Cider for a myriad of reasons, but my top two are that they are local to where I grew up – I grew up about 15 minutes away from Millerton, NY! – and that their ciders boast NO SUGAR! They’re break down how and why they keep their ciders dry right here, and I am thankful for that. I’ll admit that I love a few sweeties, but I largely enjoy drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – that have little to no sugar in them. When it comes to ciders, give me tart, give me sour, give me quenching!

Hudson Valley Peach Smash by King’s Highway Fine Cider

While home in Connecticut for the long 4th of July weekend – socially distancing while masked and sanitizing my hands, but of course – I eyed this Hudson Valley Peach Smash calling out to me. With peach season really getting into swing over these next few weeks, I enjoyed this as a precursor to biting into a juicy peach sooner than later.

Hudson Valley Peach Smash by King’s Highway Fine Cider

With an ABV of 6.9%, this one had me feeling a little more tipsy than if I had just consumed a regular ol’ peach from a tree. Gee…I wonder why… 🍑 😏

I definitely recommend this cider for some great summer vibes! 😎

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InCider Info – Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.

Though the ratings for this on Untappd are rather low – the average is only a 2.8! – I have found myself gravitating towards it on these hotter summer evenings.

Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.

Produced by the Peak Organic Brewing Co., this is a wonderful combination of rosé + organic dry cider. Some people have complained on Untappd about a bubblegum-like flavor. By both smell and taste, I do understand what they are getting at, but it does not deter me. I do not feel as if I am drinking an effervescent pint of Bubble Yum by any means. While I can taste that bubblegum note – which is subtle to me – my palate tends to pick up more of a grapey wine flavor…like rosé, lo and behold!

This cider comes in at a 6.9% ABV, so one is certainly enough to hold me over.

Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.

I’ll stand by my love of this cider, and welcome anyone else to join me. Haters, pass on by, please.

Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Rosé by Peak Organic Brewing Co.

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