Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
I realize I’ve already posted about cider in this month’s “21 Days” series, so I ask your indulgence as I delve in the cider arena once again. I recently had the opportunity to sample ciders from Bull City Ciderworks at the first Cider Fest held at Mattie B’s Public House in Durham. I was impressed so with each of the three ciders that Bull City Ciderworks brought that I feel it bears repeating – this cider rules.
Five entrepreneurs have been making preparations to release their hard ciders (made from North Carolina apples) to the public. The tanks have been installed in place at 113 S. Elizabeth Street downtown Durham (just off East Main Street) close to Golden Belt and as of early April all the appropriate permits had been secured. It shouldn’t be much longer before cider sales start in local bars and restaurants, some time in the next month.
I tried each of the three ciders planned for production and I don’t think I could pick just one favorite. The Sweet Carolina is a semi-sweet cider from pink lady apples. They described the Brightleaf as an English-style dry cider that’s created from a blend of apple varieties. Off Main is their flagship cider created from a blend of four kinds of apples and fermented with traditional yeast. It was just the right balance between dry and sweet. I could easily imagine having a bottle (or growler) of each on hand, you know, just to sip on.
Interested in learning more about hard cider? I found this Food Republic article from last April very enlightening and informative. Take a few moments to read up on hard cider then get ready because Bull City Ciderworks is coming soon!