Cider has been fermented / brewed for a number of centuries and is particularly popular in the UK, France, Portugal, Northern Spain and Northern Italy as well as other commonwealth countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Although this wonderful tipple has been popular for centuries the popularity seems to be growing with many great brands popping up around the countries mentioned as well as others such as in the US.
So what are some alcoholic Apple cider drinks? before we get into that lets look as some ways to enjoy cider.
How to enjoy cider
Of course everyone has their favorite way to drink and their favorite brand of cider but one way that has increased in popularity over the years is to drink cider with ice which adds to the refreshing nature of this wonderful tipple. One famous drink that is certainly not for the fainthearted is to add half a pint of cider with half a pint of lager which is extremely potent drink and adding blackcurrant turns a fantastic dark color, the name of these drinks is snake bite and black known for its vicious bite.
Did you known that you need around 5Kg and 6.4KG of apples to produce 4.54 liters of cider?
Top 30 Cider and Perry Brands worldwide
The world of cider does in fact include Perry also, cider as mentioned is made from apples but Perry is made from pears. So, what is the top selling brands of ciders and Perry worldwide based on 2018 figures.
|Global Brand Name||Global Brand Owner|
|2||Hunter’s||Distell Group Ltd|
|4||Angry Orchard||Boston Beer Co Inc, The|
|5||Savanna||Distell Group Ltd|
|6||Kopparberg||Kopparbergs Bryggeri AB|
|7||Magners||C&C Group Plc|
|8||Thatchers||Thatchers Cider Co Ltd|
|9||Stella Artois||Anheuser-Busch InBev NV|
|10||Bulmers||C&C Group Plc|
|11||Rekorderlig Cider||Åbro Bryggeri AB|
|12||Weston||H Weston & Sons Ltd|
|13||Lambrini||Halewood International Ltd|
|14||Frosty Jack||Aston Manor Brewery Co Ltd|
|15||Strongbow||Anheuser-Busch InBev NV|
|17||El Gaitero||Valle, Ballina & Fernández SA|
|18||Réal||Cía Cervecerías Unidas SA|
|19||Growers||Arterra Wines Canada Inc|
|20||La Victoria||Cía Cervecerías Unidas SA|
|21||Del Valle||Bodegas Cuvillier SA|
|22||Old Mout Cider||Heineken NV|
|23||Toohey’s||Kirin Holdings Co Ltd|
|24||Bulmers Original||Heineken NV|
|25||Rekorderlig||Åbro Bryggeri AB|
|26||Loïc Raison||Agrial Groupe|
|28||Cereser||CRS Brands Indústria & Comércio Ltda|
|29||Orchard Thieves||Heineken NV|
|30||Blackthorn||C&C Group Plc|
Top 10 Cider brands UK – Recommended
Below is the list of the top 10 cider brands that are enjoyed in the UK.
- Bulmers – also known as Magners Original Irish cider when produced for Ireland owned by C&C group plc. Bulmers produce a huge range of different variants including pear, crushed apple, black cherry to name a few and also have a sub brand called orchard pioneers
- Strongbow dark fruits – Brewed by AbIn Bev
- Thatchers Gold – some other fantastic brands including Rose and Cloudy lemonade cider amongst others
- Strongbow – Brewed by ABIn Bev
- Koppaberg – very famous pear cider and the first to launch that took the market by storm
- Henry Weston’s vintage cider – Family owed and some wonderful other products including organic, Rose, old Rosie and Perry
- Somersby – other flavor variants include cranberry, apple burst, blackberry, organic and pear cider
- Frosty Jack – they produce a white cider as well as the usual colors
- Bulmers Original – as detailed above
- Blackthorn – based in the South West of England
The above list is of course the large producers that are popular in the UK however there are several different brewers around the UK that produce cider on a small scale.
Some Recommended Cider Brands From Other Countries
Zeffers cider – New Zealand – Hawkes Bay – They produce some fantastic ciders as well as an expansive range of seltzers and alcoholic ginger beers.
Rekorderlig – Sweden – A premium hard cider, created and imported from Vimmerby, Sweden. A naturally gluten free, vegan friendly, lightly carbonated fruit hard cider with only 110 calories and 4.5% ABV. A variety of different flavors including pear cider, passion fruit also available.
Angry Orchard – USA – New York- owned by the Boston Beer Company. It makes hard cider using apples from their own 60-acre orchard located in Hudson Valley, New York. In its first year, the cider was only available in New England, Colorado, Maryland, and New York. These Hard Apple Ciders are delicious and flavorful and the perfect blend of apple and cider.
Please see Some great options of companies to order from depending on where you are in the world.
If you are based in North America than the following sites are highly recommended, just click on the links below:
Saucey.com– Saucey have a huge variety of beers and ciders and can deliver within 30 minutes within certain areas, that’s some going! check out their website to see if they deliver in your area.
If you are in the UK/ Europe(they can also deliver worldwide) I recommend:
The Drink Shop– A great range of products that supply everything you can think of as well as gifts bar ware and mixers that and also supply bars and restaurants and even do wine pairings. They are based in the UK they can deliver worldwide.
Skinny Booze.co.UK– Skinny Booze is the only alcohol store in the EU giving you the nutritional facts for everything they sell. Reduced Sugar, Carb and Calorie Beers, Wines, Spirits and more with all nutritional information available. Their range is impressive covering all the categories from liquor to beer.
Beer Cartel – If you are based in Australia this is the company to order from as they have a fantastic range of ciders and craft beers amongst other drinks and you can even set up a subscription and get some great beers delivered automatically.
My Bottle Shop– Also based in Australia this online liquor delivery store that have over 10,000 products available and a fantastic variety of ciders.
If you are looking for something more specialist that also deliver worldwide than I recommend the following:
Amazon.com– Amazon can deliver anything that you can think of including alcohol and anywhere in the world.
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