From the website: “LoneTree authentic dry cider is made from a tantalising blend of old world cider apples, such as Belle de Boskoop and Bramley, then fermented with crisp fresh table apples; MacIntosh, Spartan and Golden Delicious. LoneTree authentic dry cider; a refreshingly crisp and natural alternative to beers and coolers.”
- Appearance: Golden
- Aroma: Macintosh, Cinnamon, Green Apple
- Taste: Macintosh Apples, Cider Apples, Green Apple
Background: From the folks at Whistler Brewing Company, “a small BC-owned company, making cider the old fashioned way. We start with real BC cider apples from an old-growth orchard, deep in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Our authentic dry ciders are natural and real – from apples that are crushed and fermented, then filtered fresh clear and pure – much like a premium quality wine.”
First Taste is: Tasty! It’s slightly sweet, slightly dry, with a mild taste of Macintosh and Cider Apples. There’s also a muted taste of cinnamon/spice that is a nice touch. If you only know Okanagan Premium and Growers as ‘cider’ This is a great place to start in your journey and soon-to-be love of real cider. If Growers is on one end and traditional English cider is on the other. This is somewhere in the middle. It’s a real cider and it’s real good. It’s honest work from one of the pioneers of the BC craft beer movement.
What’s in it? No ingredients listed. It does contain sulphites and added sugars according to another review by The Primalist. I did email them to find out but did not get reply at this time (I’ll update it later if I hear back).
Overall: It’s an enjoyable cider. I appreciate the gap that LoneTree is trying to cross. It’s a big jump from sweet heavily carbonated cider to traditional English cider and LoneTree, Wards Hard and Rock Creek help bridge the gap for the everyday consumer. Blazing an important trail for other small local craft ciders and making a great beverage along the way. Here’s something to think about; are you going to break out a wine bottle of cider when you are hanging with your buddies around the fire? Probably not. But how about a can of cider? YES!… Genius!
Would I buy it again? Yup. I will probably have bought it again by the time you read this…
Where to get it? LoneTree is pretty easy to find in cold beer and wine stores and BC Liquor Stores anywhere in the province.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
X-factor: Due to the availability and tastiness, this is my goto cider when shopping with the government.
Full Disclosure: The first time I had LoneTree was at a Joel Plaskett (fellow Maritimer) concert. There was so many hipsters wearing toques (beanies) you would have thought you were at the Winter Olympics not an indoor concert in April.