I've never been a beer drinker, so when I go to a pub and everyone else is ordering beer, I generally order cider if they have it. I've noticed that a lot more places have cider now than even, say, five years ago, so I think I'm probably not the only one who would rather have it than beer.
Used to be that a lot of places had no cider at all. Now, almost everywhere has cider, at least in the can, and some even have it on tap. Usually if they have it on tap, it's the old standby - Strongbow - but a couple of nights ago, I went out for supper to a pub, and they actually had Sir Perry's on tap! I couldn't believe it.
So, what's your favourite cider? For those of us in Ontario, there are some nice ones at the LCBO. (Not sure what other provincial liquor stores carry.)
Strongbow - the first cider I started drinking, in my late teens. I still have it now at bars, but when I buy cider at the store, I tend to go for other stuff.
Gaymers - I love this one, although you don't see it much in bars. It's one of the cheaper ones at the LCBO, but it's amazing. I like it better than Strongbow. More apple-y, very nice.
Rekorderlig - This one is gooooood. It's not an apple cider - it's a wild berry cider, but it still has that cider tang, even though it's considerably sweeter than the usual dry apple ciders. It's really yummy. If you like fruity drinks, but also like that kind of "tang" that cider has, you'll love this stuff. Even if you're not the type to like fruity drinks, this might get you.
Sir Perry - This is a pear cider as opposed to an apple one. It's SO GOOD. It's a dry cider - you'd expect a pear cider to be really sweet and cloying, but not this one. It's delicious.
Blackthorn - I'm not crazy about this one. Not sure why - just don't like the taste. But I know other people who swear by it.
County Cider - From The County! Prince Edward County, for those of you not from Southern Ontario. :) When people from The County say "The County" it's like Torontonians saying "The Centre Of The Universe." :D Anyhow, County Cider isn't too bad, although it's not my favourite. I'll drink it if nothing else is around.
Wapoos - Made by County Cider. Don't like this one much at all, although again, I know others who love it.
Other County Ciders - This is interesting, haven't tried their other stuff. I'll have to check them out the next time I'm visiting my dad. I might like their other fruit stuff better.
Bulmers - Tried this one at a bar one time. It is quite expensive, but I liked it. But I don't like it enough to pay a premium for it at the liquor store when I can get Gaymers and Rekorderlig there for considerably less.