Thursday, October 25, 2007

Good old cider

Well, I'm home from San Francisco. We did finally manage to find a great breakfast: a mile walk up Market and Geary to Dottie's True Blue Cafe, where Cathy had banana-butterscotch french toast and I got an omelette with lamb-rosemary sausage, goat cheese, spinach, and roasted garlic. Excellent. Bumpy ride home, but all was well, and Little Mister Dog was just ecstatic.

So, about that cider. Cathy visited her mom last week, and while she was there, stopped by an orchard and cider mill. She picked up some apples (Honeycrisps, I love 'em) and a gallon of cider. I didn't notice that it was unpasteurized...until this morning, when I grabbed the jug to have some with my breakfast. Hey... this jug is bulging! Sure enough, the top popped! off, and the aroma was invigorating, and the fizzy stinging stuff inside was alive. Ah, nothing like hard cider in the morning, a link to our colonial past. Cheers, John Adams, and damn all interfering busybodies who insist on pasteurizing cider!

6 comments:

sam k said...

Pasteurized cider looks and tastes like crap! Love ya, Louie. for what you did for beer, but cider's a whole other story. And speaking of breakfast, the best one I've had in the last year was the Crab Imperial Omelet at the Hon Cafe in one of the Baltimore neighborhoods. Nothing but egg, cheese, and barely warm lump blue crab meat. Expensive, but well worth the investment!

Lew Bryson said...

I'm with you, Sam, but to be fair, this stuff wasn't that great until it 'turned'! I have had some good experiences with some small orchards that used UV treatment on their cider; evidently that's "allowable" to the scaredy cats, and it didn't seem to muck up the cider. Although it will never get better after it's been treated!

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

And now you know why a bucket of fresh, oak-aged cider is showing up at the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival..........

Anonymous said...

For all you all in Central PA. Landon Orchards in Canton, PA sells unpastuerizes, no additives and not UV trated cider.
i heard to day that they will try yo be open until the 1st weekend in december.
fr bob

2hp said...

Dotties ROCKS! End of story. I think all the folks griping about the long lines just haven't been inside yet.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous on October 28, 2007, I just bought a half gallon of Landon Orchards (canton PA) apple cider this weekend in Gaines PA. The label says "UV Treated".