Cider 101: Celebrating Crisp, Ontario Made Cider

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Cider 101: Celebrating Crisp, Ontario Made Cider

Cans of Growers being chilled.

Depending on the region and the producer, some ciders are bubbly and fresh, while others are flat and savoury tasting. This diversity ensures that there is a perfect cider for every palate. In Canada, we’re a little on the sweeter side. The sweetness in cider comes from the natural sugars present in the apples, which are often blended with other fruits to create delightful, fruit-forward profiles.  

Canadian cider makers take pride in using the finest local produce. The result is a range of ciders that are not only refreshing and easy to drink but also bursting with the essence of Canadian orchards. 

Fun Facts About Cider

Made from crushed, fermented apples, cider – unlike beer – doesn’t require heat in its production. Cider has a lengthy history that dates to around 55 B.C., when Romans marched into Kent, England, and discovered locals fermenting the juice of apples into an alcoholic beverage.

Traditional cider apples are notably different from the apples we commonly eat. These apples are sour and bitter, high in tannins, making them unpleasant to eat but perfect for creating a complex and flavourful drink. The experimentation with cider doesn’t stop there. Producers continually push the boundaries by incorporating other fruits, oak aging, and even hops to create unique and exciting flavours.

The History of Growers Cider

A can of Growers extra dry flavoured cider.

The story of Growers Cider begins in 1922 in Saanichton, British Columbia. Five innovative fruit packers sought to expand their horizons and tap into new markets for their berries. They started by creating berry wines from loganberries and blackberries, which quickly gained popularity. By 1936, their repertoire had grown to include brandy and wine, and it wasn’t until 1962 that they ventured into cider production. This pivotal move marked the beginning of their dominance in the Canadian cider market, establishing Growers as a household name. 

At Wine Rack, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse selection of beverages, including popular flavours from Growers, Canada’s original cider brand. Here are some top picks to sip on this season: 

Growers 1927 Extra Dry Cider: The 1927 is a classic! Crisp, refreshing, and made from the best fruits in Canada, it’s perfect for those who appreciate a dry finish. 

Growers Triple Orchard Berry: This cider bursts with flavours of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, offering a delightful natural sweetness that’s hard to resist. 

Growers Tropical Clementine Pineapple: Ideal for a summer patio session, this crowd-pleaser balances tropical fruit flavours with a zesty addition of clementine. 

Growers Rosé Cider 1L: With notes of apple blossom on the nose and a crisp finish, this cider, made with a splash of rosé wine, is the perfect summer refresher. 

How to Enjoy Cider

Growers stone fruit cider being enjoyed with snacks.

The best way to enjoy cider is, of course, to drink it! But there are many ways to enhance your cider experience. Here are a few tips:

  1. Serve it Cold: Cider is best enjoyed chilled, especially on a warm day. Keep your cans or bottles in the fridge or serve over ice for an extra chilly and refreshing treat.
  2. Pair with Food: Cider pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods. Try it with cheese, charcuterie, or even fruity dishes. The acidity and sweetness of cider can complement and enhance the flavours of many dishes, from salty to spicy.
  3. Experiment with Cocktails: Cider can be a great base for cocktails. Mix it with a splash of spirits, from bourbon and spiced rum to tequila for a crisp and delightful twist.
  4. Share with Friends: Cider is best enjoyed when shared with friends or family. It’s perfect for picnics, barbecues, and gatherings of all kinds.

Exploring Cider at Wine Rack

Cider, with its rich history and spectrum of flavours, offers a world of diversity that caters to any palate. This variety is what makes cider so special and universally appealing. Each cider tells a different story, influenced by the apples used, the fermentation process, and the creativity of the cider maker. 

At Wine Rack, you can explore a wide selection of summertime beverages, from crisp ciders and refreshing wine spritzes to local wines and bubbly sparkling. Come see for yourself by visiting one of our over 160 locations in Ontario! Our team of local wine experts is there with a helpful recommendation any time you pop in. Plus, Wine Rack offers an easy-to-find experience online if you prefer shopping from the comfort of your home with doorstep delivery available.  

Whether you choose a dry or sweet cider, every sip is a reminder of the rich tradition and vibrant future of this versatile beverage. With its diverse flavours, adaptable nature, and storied history, cider offers something for everyone to enjoy. Cheers to that! 

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