This past Saturday Sean and I went to the South Loop Beer & Cider Fest which combined several of our favorite things – Cider, The Southside, and #ciderfriends. The weather was great which, coupled with the cider and beer, made for an amazing tasting experience.
All the cider and mead makers were located together in a prime tent spot and we were able to overhear several conversations for beer drinkers being introduced to cider the for the first time (and being thoroughly impressed with the variety and complexity.)
The 3 ½ hour sampling session, which went too fast, gave us a chance to try amazing ciders and meads from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Blakes Hard Cider Co., Eris Brewery & Cider House, Ferro Farms Cider, Misbeehavin’ Meads, Right Bee Cider, Rushford Meadery and Winery, The Northman Cider Pub, Stem Cider, Uncle John Hard Cider, and Virtue Cider.
Misbeehavin’ Meads brought “Prickly Pare” an off-dry cider blended with the creamy-sweet flavors of the Prickly Pear.
Rushford Meadery and Winery had two impressive ciders. A “Semi-Sweet” cider which well-balanced crisp blend & A “Hopped Semi-Dry” which had very muted hops that accentuated the clean apple flavors.
We can’t wait to try it all again next summer!!