Brew in Review: Angry Orchard Apple Ginger

angry-orchard-ginger-apple-ciderGinger is a hard sell to some people, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. Granted, I am a big fan of spices, but the complexity that ginger can add to a beer is, frankly, astounding. In a cider, ginger is just plain awesome.

Angry Orchard does a fantastic job of balancing the sweetness of the apples with the sharp spice of the ginger, and the brew is, on the whole, very smooth and refreshing. Being so drinkable on its own, I would hesitate to pair this with anything other than pub and/or BBQ, but the fall season that this beverage is often timed with lends itself to have missed the boat on burgers and hot dogs. This is why I usually am enjoying one alongside a cider donut or stirring it into a Hot Toddy. While I’m sure there are many things an Apple Ginger cider would be great with (thai food? chicken salad?), they really are just so delicious on their own, why bother?

Reference Point: DRINK IF YOU LOVE autumn-season treats BUT WISH THEY WERE served cold