Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cider Sunday - Sydney Cider

Happy Cider Sunday!

What a beautiful day it is today in Sydney, a stark contrast to yesterday and the last few weeks where we have seen nothing but rain and grey skies. It's been borderline doona weather.


This week's cider comes from my home town - the city of Sydney - It is brewed in the heart of the city at Sydney Brewery which is part of the Schwartz Brewery Hotel - otherwise know as 'The Mac' or Macquarie Hotel on the corner of Goulburn Street and Wentworth Avenue. It's an interesting pub which has been occupied since 1888.

To coincide with the wonderful name of this week's cider, I have included a few pics of this amazing city below. Of course, I am slightly biased.

Having frequented this hotel many times for drinks after work or the occasional lunch, I was pleasantly surprised to find they had their own cider on tap and that it was actually brewed in the basement of the hotel. For those who are interested, you can wander downstairs into the basement and check out the brewing process on your way to the amenities.

Sydney Tower
What I find interesting about this cider is that the apples used are fermented with champagne yeast. This results in a more complex cider with wine characteristics. The flavour of the apples is nice and it has a crisp clean finish. The sweetness of this cider is nicely balanced and not overly sweet.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - Botanical Gardens
The guys who brew this cider believe this cider provides a good accompaniment to seafood and spicy Asian food and I would have to agree. This cider is balanced and has a slight sophistication to it's structure - which is obviously a result of the champagne yeast.

Sydney's Luna Park
Interestingly, this cider is reported to provide 66mg of vitamin C per 330ml bottle. So there you go, it's somewhat of a health tonic.. ha ha.


Enjoy x
Sunrise over Bondi Beach


At 4.5% alcohol, a 330ml bottle of this cider will provide you with 1.2 standard drinks.

Available at The Oak Barrel & The Macquarie Hotel, Sydney.

RRP
$59.95 per carton of 24 (330ml)
$5+  per 330ml bottle (sold individually)
On tap @ The Mac



Tell me, have you visited the city of Sydney or 'The Mac'? What did you think?



6 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

We really do live in a beautiful city don't we! And how fabulous is today? I saw the weather forecast last night and hubby was very skeptical but I'm glad that it turned out sunny! :D

Jamie said...

I'll have to come over and try one!

Maureen said...

Cider!! I was afraid cider was over for good :) I could probably drink this with just about anything I could hold in my hand.

Lizzy (Good Things) said...

Delicious post!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Sounds fabulous, love the name too. Reminds me I haven't been to Sydney in so long.

Mark Sindone said...

Wow, such a mouth-watering blogpost. I really like the paragraph stating that this cider goes really well with seafood. Now, I am craving for just that! I would definitely go dropby Sydney and get this cider by the carton. I think it is more cost effective that way. But I need to find proper storage for the entire carton to ensure each bottle remains fresh until the day I open them up one by one.

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