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Thirsty Thursday: Woodward Cider

We get asked all the time whether beer is all we do: NO! We just love it. We also love us craft cocktails, local ciders, wine...gosh, we love to drink (responsibly of course).

So because you asked for it, we're prepping you for the weekend, but expanding your pallets and showcasing a locally brewed cider that we've been dying to try for ages: Woodward Cider. We've heard nothing but great things, so we were delighted when our friends at the Blind Bay Village Grocer found some shelf space for these tasty bottles.

Made in Kamloops, this cider is made by 3 brothers who are all engineers (anybody recall my theory that engineers brew some of the most bad-ass beers we've tasted?!)...well, turns out the apple doesn't fall from this theory tree, and also applies to cider. A good family story always gives us the feels: all 3 boys grew up on the family farm in Kamloops and have now taken to creating craft ciders.

First let's talk about bottle design: y'all know I love some great labels. Their bottles stand out on the shelf with their bold colors and simple graphics. Each bottle is reminiscent of the mood they illicit. This one? All about hang-time at the lake with the dog. They had me at hammock!

I came home with 2 bottles, but for tonight, I'll shine some light on what to expect

from their Hang Time cider. Gluten free with a little peach and made with 100% BC apples, this seems like a guilt-free beverage to me.

The label highlights this sipper on the dry side, which admittedly it is. But it doesn't have that puckering, drying mouth feel I've experienced in other dry ciders. It certainly showcases the sour you'd expect from a tart apple, but the peach rounds this out beautifully. And let's talk about the peach: fruit additives always leave me a bit tepid as they are often added with a heavy-hand and tend to overwhelm the natural beauty of many beverages...but not this one. The label says "a splash of natural BC peach juice," and indeed it's just that. Bright, juicy and just enough to counter the dryness of this cider.

Sometimes, it's the simple things in life. This cider is uncomplicated, and it's simplistic nature results in clear, clean sips.

As I mentioned, you'll find these ciders in the fridge at BBVG in the Shuswap, at Stag's Head in Kamloops or right at the cidery. We can't wait to pay these guys a visit this summer, in the meantime, we're grateful to be sipping on their creations!

What's filling your cup on this #ThirstyThursday? We wanna know!

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