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13 February 2018

6 Lip-smacking BG Ciders

It was once quoted that cider was literally happiness in a bottle. Refreshing and delicious — what’s not to love? Great cider comes from great natural ingredients, and as the producer of WA’s best apples, it only makes sense that our ciders are amazing too.


    This Donnybrook boutique establishment has rapidly taken Australia (and afar) by storm, ranked in the top three cider producers in the country, savoured by Heston Blumenthal, and labelled the “rockstar” of the industry by national reviewer James Adams from All About Cider. Owner, Ian Rayner is determined to produce a quality, handmade, organic and chemical free product. At Custard, each apple is handpicked! Their Original Cider (4.5% ABV) is 100% filtered which makes for one light, sparkling drop with huge stone fruit flavours created by wild yeast strain. Perfect over ice, with a slice of lemon to bring out the apples natural acidity. In Bunbury, you’ll find Custard & Co at Lost Bills, Market Eating House, Mojo’s, Casellas, The Rose Hotel and Frankel Street Liquor Store.
    Seventeen years ago, Karl Hillier chose Harris River, near Collie as the perfect backdrop to establish his winery. Today, with wife Julie, this amazing property includes a 24-hectare vineyard and winery, cider-making operation, micro-brewery, equestrian agistment centre, restaurant and self-contained chalets. Refreshing and full of flavour, their Harris River Estate Rivercide Apple Cider is packed full of delicious locally grown fruit. The palate is crisp and slightly sweet. Visit Harris River Estate to try a bottle today.
    One of Western Australia’s best brewers with multiple brew awards under their belt, Mash Brewing also creates a scrumptious cider. Though technically made at their Swan Valley facility, there is nothing better than enjoying a drop in their Bunbury Brewery overlooking Koombana Bay on the beautiful Marlston Waterfront. Be a little bad with a Bad Adams Sparkling Apple Cider (3.5%). This beauty is crafted from local Southwest apples; clean and crisp with a medium to dry finish. Fermented nice and dry with juice added back to tank just before carbonation to round out and lift the mouth-feel just a touch. At a reduced level alcohol, this cider is both a responsible and delicious choice.
    Moody Cow in the Ferguson Valley operates under the loving care of Grant and Karen McClintock, who have won a few prestigious awards at the Perth Royal Beer Show. All their beers and ciders are handcrafted on the premises using the finest of ingredients; they use only malt, hops, yeast and Ferguson Valley water to create mouth-watering brews. Moody Cow’s Apple, Pear & Ginger Cider (4.2% ABV) is a dry to medium, unfiltered cider. The hint of ginger adds to the flavour and creates a well-rounded product.

    Next time you are driving along Forest Highway, plan a stop at Old Coast Road Brewery, near Myalup. Those who love a beverage will have choices galore with 20 taps of beer and cider all made on site, plus exceptional whisky and gin. Their traditionally Scrumpy Cider (8% ABV) comes from the very best Donnybrook apples, grown, crushed and hand-pressed by Chief Brewer Steve Ryan. Served from English hand pumps, it has a slightly tart, dry palate and is low on carbonation. At more than 8% alcohol we recommend you find a designated driver before indulging! If not, don’t fear, they have another three cider options with lower alcohol levels for you to savour.
    With some of the best views in the Ferguson Valley, Wild Bull Brewery sits proudly on top of Pile Road offering premium locally made beer, food, wine, art, and music. Jennie and Danny Drummond with daughter Christie welcome you to try their range of speciality-brewed products. Their Pear Cider (3.5%) is expertly handcrafted, exploding with the sweet taste of pear, low on the fizz and perfect on a hot day. Team it with their woodfired pizzas, beef cheeks, smokey ribs or amazing Dardanup beef burgers for a fabulous day out.

    Whilst we tried to stick to six we had to mention the newest cidery in the region – Runamuck Cider Co. If word on the street record sales at the @beerfestau in Fremantle is anything to go by, you need to get your hands on one of these babies! Runamuk is a family owned and run business situated in Stratham (sorry, not open to the public). They use locally grown apples to produce a traditionally fermented all natural medium dry cider with a fresh, crisp taste which is a joy to drink. For those of you with a sweeter palette Runamuk also produces a slightly more fruity version using only the apples natural sugar. With a wicked sense of humour – Runamuck promises that all apples were harmed in the making of their cider and claim that they are intent on causing mischief and mayhem, by defacing the traditional, stuffy cideries of old and reclaiming cider for all the apples in the orchard. Bring on the harvest revolution! Check out their Facey for their ever-growing stockist list!