Purity Brewing’s Pure Hopped Cider 4% abv.
The drinks sections of bottle shops, supermarkets and convenience stores seem to be groaning under the weight of a rainbow coloured selection of fruit flavoured ciders. Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Kiwi, Mango and Plum are just a few of the cider varieties offered by one major supermarket chain. One does tend to think that Cider is apple flavoured to start with and should not need any artificial flavours or colours to make it marketable. Cider is an ancient drink made of fermented apple juice and has always been popular in the UK, especially in the West Country.
Purity Brewing’s Hopped Cider is something completely different.
The cider is made purely from Hereford apples with the addition of British Target hops which add a distinct citrus flavour. The idea of adding hops to cider came from the USA where heavily hopped beers are very popular and some brewers had experimented with adding hops to cider. Pure Hopped pours a very pale cloudy straw colour and has a tart apple juice aroma. It is has a clean dry, slightly astringent taste with the tart apple juice being complimented by the citrusy hops. It certainly gives the cider more depth of flavour. A good quaffing drink which would go well with spicy food. Pure Hopped is available in 330 ml. cans or on draught at selected pubs.
I find that most cider is too sweet and that Pure Hopped would make a good substitute drink for someone who usually drinks beer. It may appeal to lovers of Sour Beers, which are normally associated with Belgium. Coeliacs cannot normally drink beer as they are gluten intolerant and most grains such as barley and wheat contain gluten. Cider is gluten free and this hopped cider may also appeal to a coeliac who misses the hoppiness of beer.
Purity Brewing Company were formed in 2005 and are based on a farm in Warwickshire. They produce a wide range of beers including Gold, Amber, Black, IPA and Lager. Pure Hopped Cider is a collaboration between Purity and Westons who first started making cider in Herefordshire in 1878. They make over 30 types of cider including Stowford Press, Mortimers, Caple Rd, Wyldwood and Henry Westons.
Cider is a popular drink amongst rock fans, especially the stronger brews. Yet, curiously seems to be uncelebrated within the canon of rock music. I am of course excluding the execrable, I am a Cider Drinker (Paloma Blanca) which novelty band The Wurzels took to No 3 in 1976. Instead pour yourself a glass of Pure Hopped Cider and sing along to The Lancashire Hotpots whose, Bitter, Lager, Cider, Ale, Stout. It seems to sum up my own feelings about the pointlessness of novelty drinks.
If you have not come across this band they seem to be a Northern version of Chas and Dave, except that they are actually quite funny.