Originally Posted by NewChief
I know this isn't technically beer, but I'm looking for good recommendations for cider.
Most of them seem to just taste like a glorified wine cooler or champagne with a single note of flavor. I've really like the Woodchuck Winter cider, because it seems to have a little more complexity.
Anyway, my wife has gotten into cider due to the gluten free nature and because red wine doesn't agree with her any longer, so we're trying to look for good ones.
I'm in a similar boat. My girlfriend prefers cider to wine or beer. So I've been trying to find ciders that are actually interesting. Which is tough in Alabama. I imagine it'd be easier in more populous areas.
Crispin does some OK work. They put out a variety of inventive ciders (one with sake yeast and rice, one with molasses and an Irish stout yeast, one with a Trappist ale yeast strain), but the enjoyability of them is hit or miss.
My favorite cider I've ever had was a Woodchuck Private Reserve seasonal release: Belgian White. It's brewed with a witbier yeast strain; delicious stuff. Woodchuck just put out a Bourbon barrel-aged cider, too. I haven't tried that yet, but I will.