On a recent visit to my local Acme I noticed that they offered a build your own six-pack. While I know that Trader Joe’s also offers a build your own six-pack, the closest TJ’s is over thirty minutes away. I’m usually very hesitant to buy new ciders or craft beers because I fear that I won’t like them after shelling $9+ for a six-pack. So I was very excited to be able to take advantage of building my own six-pack and trying some new beers and ciders! Each month I’m looking forward to highlighting some new beers and ciders that we’ve tried, thus the monthly “Six-Pack.” Here is a review of September’s six-pack :
1911 Hard Cider – This cider is produced at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards in Lafayette, New York where the first apple tree was planted in 1911. I tried the original flavor of this cider. The cider was light but dry. It’s definitely not as sweet as I like. According to the company website, this cider is semi-dry. I’m curious to try the 1911 Blueberry Hard Cider and Grapefruit Hard Cider.
Angry Orchard Summer Honey Cider (Seasonal) – Angry Orchard is one of my favorite hard cider brands. While this isn’t a new cider to me, I just had to grab one for my six-pack since it’s one of my favorites and it’s seasonal!
Badass Hard Cider: One Bad Apple – Badass Hard Cider has an interesting label and fun cider names. However, my kids weren’t a fan of the “badass” name! This was the most recent cider that we tried and I have to say that this was my least favorite. The cider’s name is “One Bad Apple” and I thought it tasted like bad apples and had an off taste. My husband thought it had a wine-like flavor. We won’t be getting this one again!
Badass Hard Cider: Quite A Pear – We preferred this pear cider over the other Badass selection. We really didn’t taste pear in particular, but the flavor was good overall. So far, we won’t be rushing out to buy either of the two existing Badass flavors that they produce.
Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Splash – I had been wanting to try these Bud Light -Ritas for awhile now, so I was excited to see this one in the build your own six-pack section. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this Lime-A-Rita. I found it light and refreshing and something new that I can add to my preferred drink rotation. There are a bunch of different flavors in the -Rita line, both in bottles and cans. Bud Light recently introduced a limited edition Cherry-Ahh-Rita as well.
Effortless Grapefruit Session IPA – This was the only beer that we tried this month. I didn’t realize that this beer is produced by Captain Lawrence, a local Westchester County brewery. While I’m not a big beer drinker, my husband enjoys a good beer. While he appreciated the distinct grapefruit flavor of Effortless Grapefruit IPA, the overpowering taste is from the bitterness of the peel. This pale ale wasn’t a favorite of his.
Strongbow Hard Apple Cider Honey – This was my first time trying Strongbow cider. I’m usually confident that I’ll like any cider with “honey” in the name and this one didn’t disappoint. This was a fruity and sweet cider, which is just what I like. Strongbow also makes Gold Apple, Cherry Blossom and Ginger varieties.