Last weekend we kicked off Edmonton’s Next Cider Superstar with a cider tasting party in our alleyway!
We served 14 kinds of cider to our guests and asked them to give us feedback online.
You too can take your seat on the judges panel for Edmonton’s Next Cider Superstar!
Edmonton’s Next Cider Superstar
Category is: yegcider
Throughout the summer we will be hosting tasting events where you can try this year’s ciders. Cast your vote for your favourite and let us know your feedback on our website.
Each week the bottom two ciders will be up for elimination. These ciders will face off in a social media poll and the lowest performing cider will sashay away. (And if you haven’t tried the cider, you can still vote! Just vote based on your thoughts about the flavours.)
Over the summer, only the strongest competitors will remain until we crown Edmonton’s Next Cider Superstar!
So now, we introduce you to this year’s cider competitors.
Meet the Ciders
Its time for Dry Apple to steal the crown. Some other ciders say I need more sugar but gurl, I don’t need more sugar, I have never needed more sugar. If I wanted more sugar yes I could probably go out and get some, because I am what? Delicious! *throws self in your face*
Sweet local apples with bitter sharp crabs form our driest and most tannic cider. The flavour is bitter and astringent. If you aren’t used to these flavours, try a couple sips before making up your mind. The flavours tend to grow on people and they find themselves coming back for more!
Semi Dry Apple
Semi Dry Apple here to show these other imitation ciders who the real superstar is. As I always say, don’t get bitter, get better. I don’t need to be extra for people to love me. My beauty is in my simplicity. I don’t define cider, cider is defined by me.
We hear it time and time again – apples can’t grow on the Prairies! You can actually grow fruit in Alberta? But we know that there are over 150 documented varieties of apples in Edmonton. We are on the hunt to find the best ones for cider!
A combination of tart crabapples and sweeter apples make this a refreshing and easy drinking cider that highlights some of the amazing varieties of apples Edmonton has to offer. With fewer tannins than the dry apple blend, this cider brings out more fresh fruit flavours.
My name is Crabapple. I didn’t come to make friends, I came to win! I’m a pageant cider with a fresh twist. Some of the other ciders might say I’m too bitter to take the crown, but have they seen all these flavours in this gorgeous bottle. *cap pop*
This is the yegcider take on a unique Prairie-style cider. Edmonton is full of crabapple trees – both in people’s yards and in public parks. We picked the crabapples for this blend on 124st, Westmount Dog Park, Oliver Square, Queen Mary Park, Highlands, Ritchie and a few other of our favourite places in the city!
This cider is wine-like and gets a unique tartness from crabapples. The addition of bitter crabapples provide some tannins. Flavours of green apple, witch hazel, caramel, butter, and nuts.
Hey, I am Boreal and I am going to bring you pure camp. My style is very mountain man meets Johnny Appleseed. One sip will make even the most ardent urbanist beg for my outdoor elaganza extravaganza!
We have spent a lot of time in the Boreal forest: camping, hiking with our dogs, getting lost! It is something we greatly missed when we were traveling and living overseas. There is nothing like the smell on the air while in the Boreal forest. This cider is our attempt to capture that aroma and experience.
Boreal forest flavours like spruce & pine build on a cider base. The rugged aroma and taste of the coniferous forest is combined with a bright green apple flavour.
Hi, my name is Saskatoon and I will berry my competition. You’ve had my pie, but now I’ve aged and I am no longer your Baba’s berry. I may have lost some sweetness but I know that makes me better than ever.
Saskatoons are such a Prairie flavour! The conditions were just right last summer, so 2017 was a bumper year for this fruit. We picked all the saskatoons we needed to make this cider from one bush that lives beside our family’s cabin at Laurier Lake, Alberta.
Tart crabapples with a hint of earthy and nutty saskatoons.
Rye Barrel Raspberry
Hi, I am Rye Barrel Raspberry and this crown is mine, its nearly in my rasp. My Rye aged barrel haute couture will have you YAASing all night. Time to crown it, BAM!
We picked bucket loads of raspberries last summer. Our dog Piggy even learned to use her lips to gently pick the berries off for herself! These raspberries were collected in our yard and Nathan’s mom’s yard – without Piggy’s help.
The tart raspberry flavour is softened with local apples and aged with rye-soaked charred oak. Bright raspberry flavour contrasts with the smokiness of the oak and spicy rye notes.
I’m Sage and I know I’m fabulous Mawma. I come from a very versatile family who excel in so many areas from medicine to cooking! My style is very earthy, some might even say I’m a bit of a hippy but really I’m just nutty!
On the way home from some cider travel in the States, we stopped to forage sagebrush in Southern Alberta. When we got home, we realized there was some growing at the park right beside our house… this variety is silver sagebrush (Artemisia cana).
Semi-Dry. The earthy and herbal sage is combined with local chestnut crabapples, which have a nutty flavour.
I’m Northern Pear and I will parry my way through this competition! *fan thwoorp* I am a full bodied cider. You will want to devour my luscious full body! Drink it all up!
We will let you in on a secret – Edmonton has a ton of pear trees! They are not typical sweet pears, but cold hardy northern pears. They are planted as decorative fruit, but we like the earthy, slightly bitter flavour. We picked these pears from trees near the Science Centre.
Flavours of fresh ripe pear with a slightly bitter, earthy flavour. Blended with crabapples that give this a tart, medium sweetness.
After a long night of fermenting, cidermaker didn’t like the flavour so he had doubled me…and left me to steep.. but I didn’t die… gurl, I crystalized… and now I’m a Double Hopped Glamazon cider, ready for the runway!
Even if you normally don’t like hops, we think you should try our take on hopped cider. While some of our early experiments with hops were… less than successful… we feel like we’ve learned through trial and error. To make hopped cider, you use a dry hop method that creates a more subtle flavour and aroma without the added bitterness that hops sometimes imparts.
This tart cider is dry hopped with Citra and Cascade hops, which gives it a fruity aroma. This cider has the strongest hopped flavour, without the bitterness found in some hoppy beers. Flavours of fresh apple, stone fruit, pineapple, and green tea.
Hey Gurl, Im Haskap Pear and I’m straight up fruity. My refreshing take on pears is taking Edmonton by storm. I’m a beautful unique magenta colour, in fact I’m perfect, I’m beautiful, I look like Linda Evangelista, You will drink me up every time!
Haskap berries are native to Alberta and taste like a combination of blueberries and raspberries. These haskaps are from our friends at Destination Gardens. Some local pear juice accidently ended up in this batch – but it was a happy accident!
Alberta haskaps with a hint local pear. These flavours combined with local apples makes a tart, fruity, and refreshing cider.
Hops & Blackcurrant
Hi, I’m that berry that backpacked in Europe for a month and now thinks it’s special, Blackcurrant! And I’m the face that launched a million drunk texts, Hops! Welcome to MMMMmmmmm, our cider, where we make any flavour we want ’cause it’s our cider, and not yours.
We like to use any and all fruit that is available to us locally. Sometimes that means experimenting. Sometimes that means coming up with fun new combinations. This cider is the result of getting too much hops and having more blackcurrants than we thought we would get in our urban orchard! While this method of using what’s available doesn’t always work out, this combo turned out great!
A medium flavour cascade and citra hops with a hint of black currant. Citrus and tropical flavours from the hops combined with the unique floral and berry flavours of the currants.
Howdy, my name is Shelter Belt and I’m a country cider y’all! I can be sweet but don’t cross me. My style is very farmyard couture.When me and my partner Brett get the party going, you know there is going to be a hoedown.
Inspired by the shelter belts around farms across Alberta, this cider includes trees like spruce and chokecherry. To keep the theme going, we used Brett (Brettanomyces) Yeast which contributes “farmyard flavours” to the cider.
Medium Sweetness. The Brett yeast adds a funky farmyard taste combined with a hint of sweet cherry and tart spruce flavour.
I’m Strawberry Rhubarb and I’m here to make it clear, I know you love me baby, thats why your brought me here. Sweet and tart but full of heart, my flavour combo is the best part.
We created this blend in memory of Maggie – a very special person to our cider family, who passed away last year. The sweetness of the strawberries combined with the tart, zippy flavour of the rhubarb is our nod to Maggie’s beautiful, fun and always welcoming personality.
Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries dominate the flavour of this pie-inspired cider. One of our sweetest, but the addition of some sharp crabapples with the rhubarb keep the sweetness in balance.
Rye Barrel Ice Cider
My name is Ice Cider and I am here to send these other ciders back to liquor mart where they belong. I may be icy, but that just leaves you begging for more. Don’t let my sweetness deceive you, I punch harder then any of these other ciders. One taste is all you need.
This Ice Cider was made through “cryoconcentration” meaning local apple juice was concentrated by freezing. The water freezes separately from the sugary juice and then the ice is removed. It leaves a sugary concentrated juice that is fermented into a higher alcohol drink.
Tart and sweet alternative to dessert wines. Aged with charred rye soaked oak. This is meant to be sipped!
Join us for a little ridiculous cider/RuPaul’s Drag Race pun fun! Voting starts next week! Stay tuned to see who will be up for elimination first.