Way back in my beer days I loved to sip on the summery grapefruit IPA’s — they were tart and crisp with that hoppy nose and body. I missed that when I transitioned to cider and having one of those, was enough of a push to make me want to try my hand at making one. Bucking the tradition of orchard to bottle cider, we vied to have something with a little “beer influence”, but still be called a “cider”.
Ophelia is lightly dry-hopped (Citra hops) and has a late addition grapefruit peel steep. It is lightly tart with a beautiful nose that marries well with the grapefruit while still letting the Cider shine through. Our first season we did the Ophelia was a HUGE success. I like to think it is a perfect cider for warmer months — whether you’re just mowing the grass, sitting on the rooftop deck, or lazily drifting off on a beach somewhere. It is a completely bright summery drink that is highly sessionable.
Check out this review by Cidercraft Magazine and stop in the cidery to get some while it’s in season — we will run out!