When it comes to having drinks with friends or after a long day to unwind, I’m pretty selective about what I reach for. Over the years I’ve developed a preference for red wine and vodka, and not much else. I don’t like my drinks too sweet, and either prefer a rich glass of cabernet sauvignon or a refreshing vodka soda with a splash of lime. I’ve never been a beer drinker (I really tried in college though!) and have often found most ciders to be too sweet and sugary for my liking. Then I discovered Brickworks Cider.
After having a taste at last year’s VOCAB Lounge, I was immediately hooked. It was the first cider I’d ever had that was crisp, light and not overly sugary – it really just tasted like a fresh carbonated glass of apple juice (deadly if you start putting them back like juice). I told everyone I knew about it and hunted down cans in every LCBO in the city I could find, clearing the shelves whenever I could get my hands on it. When the invite came through to celebrate the launch of their latest cider, Queen Street 501, I cleared my schedule and made sure I could be there to taste what they’d done next!
The event was easily one of the coolest I’ve been to in recent memory. Starting at Betty’s on King Street East, we kicked off the night with cider in hand and had a first taste of the new batch. Since it was named after one of the city’s most interesting streetcar routes to ride, we all hopped aboard a vintage streetcar to partake in a traveling party for the night. With live jazz coming from the centre of the car and Fancy Franks hot dogs to nosh on, we drove along both King and Queen street, taking in what makes our city great – the sights and people. The party ended at the Firkin on King where we got to sip on cider a little more and enjoy ourselves.
The cider itself was amazing as expected, and will easily be my go-to summer drink when I’m sitting on a patio this year. With the only ingredients being straight up apples, it’s refreshing, tart and crisp, and goes down so smoothly. I’ll continue to shout from the rooftops how incredible this cider is.
Keep yours eyes out for it – I believe it hits shelves this July, if not sooner! Follow Brickworks Cider on Twitter to stay updated on the latest.