Bereziartua Sidra Natural

Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak is a family owned cider producer, established in 1870 in Ergobia, Basque Country, Spain. In 1970 they moved to their current location in Astigarraga. Their natural sidra received Gold at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) in 2015 and Bronze in 2016. Moreover, in 2015 and 2016 Sidra Natural was awarded Pomme d’Or at the International Apfelwein Weltweit in Frankfurt.Company: Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak
Place of Origin: Astigarraga, Basque Country, Spain
Apples: Txalaka, Urtebia, Judeline, Judo
ABV: 6.0%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or just any glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange. No carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose has yeast, tart apples, fermented apples, grapefruit, lemon, orange and a distant vinegary note.

Taste: the first taste is watery with medium acidity and a light vinegary and lemon-like note. The mid-palate has a yeasty flavour with fermented apples, mouth puckering moderate tannins, and a gentle note of sauerkraut and grapefruit. The aftertaste is dry with a lingering astringency, grapefruit-bitterness and a touch of vinegar.

Overall: Sidra Natural is a very refreshing and rich cider. Nicely drinkable if you don’t mind the vinegar note and a quite high level of dryness typical for Spanish sidras. Although I enjoyed it I can’t call it remarkable. But I wouldn’t mind having it again. 4/6

Availability: from their online shop, Opily Jabko. Grau Online. Locally from InCider Bar, Dobry Cider in Prague.

Price: purchased in InCider Bar in Prague at 180 CZK (6.90 EUR)

Where to drink/buy cider in Prague?

As a natural follow-up to my visit to Prague back in June when I attended Slavnost Cideru 2017, I was going to compile a list of bars, shops, where you can find cider in Prague. However, after spending four days in Prague I made an interesting observation that cider is available almost everywhere in this city. Even at a kiosk, I noticed bottled cider from a craft cider maker, F.H. Prager (I reviewed their Perry here). It might not always be craft cider or real cider that is on offer, but I think it is a huge progress and it shows that cider indeed massively gained in popularity over the last few years in the Czech Republic! Also, I must admit that in terms of availability of my favourite drop, Prague is a long way ahead of my home city Berlin.

Since cider is widely available in Prague, I have decided to focus on spots dedicated to Czech craft cider.

Bars

  • InCider Bar (Krymská 440/26 Prague 10) CLOSED! Update from 3rd January 2018 

InCider Bar is a cider bar and, thus a must-visit spot in Prague for every cider pilgrim. Based outside the touristic area in Vršovice, which is a popular neighbourhood among locals with a great selection of bars, restaurants and cafes. InCider Bar is run by Vašek, a very warm and friendly guy, who knows everything about cider and can easily recommend you a cider that will satisfy your taste buds. Usually, there are three different ciders on tap available, the Harry Sparrow from Aspall and two rotating ciders from various Czech craft cider makers. You can find their current tap offer here. Also, in the InCider Bar you will find a great selection of bottled ciders from mainly Czech cider makers, but also Slovak cider makers, and to a lesser extent Spanish, French, English, German and Dutch cider makers. For offered bottled ciders in the InCider Bar check here. If you’re overwhelmed by their cider selection and don’t know what to go for, just ask Vašek to assist you. Overall, I highly recommend visiting InCider Bar when you are in Prague!

Another spot worth mentioning here is the BeerGeek Bar. It’s actually a craft beer bar, but they usually have at least one cider available on draught. Last time when I checked they had a cider from Edge Brewing Barcelona. Click here for their list of beers & ciders currently available on draught. In addition, they stock bottled ciders from Cidrerie Kliment (I reviewed their Demi-Sec here), Magnetic Apple and Rossbach.

Cider available in Eska restaurant is exclusively produced for them by a vineyard from South Moravia, Vinařství Mühlberger. I have reviewed their cider here.

  • Putica (Francouzská 75/4, 12000 Praha 2- Vinohrady)

Putica is a small restaurant serving tapas and burgers. Apart from beer they also stock cider from Cidrerie Kliment.

SHOP

Dobrý Cider is a shop dedicated to cider. They have a wide selection mainly of cider from Czech cider makers such as A.K. Cider (click here for my review of their Limonka), Magnetic Apple or Cidrerie Kliment, just to name a few of them. They also stock a number of foreign ciders featuring English cider from Aspall and Dunkertons, Spanish sidra from Bereziartua and French cidre from Le Brun or Val de Rance. If you want to drink cider on the spot, you can have Aspall, which is available on tap. In addition, they run an online-shop, but when I reached out to them via email earlier this year to ask, whether they ship abroad, there was, unfortunately, no reply to my enquiry from their side.

If there are more cider spots in Prague worth mentioning, just drop me a line! I would be happy to update my post.

F. H. Prager Perry

Although the name indicates that F.H. Prager comes from Prague, guys from this Czech cidery, Ondřej and Cyril are actually based in Kladno. As per information that you can find on their website, their ciders and perry were inspired by English cider and Spanish sidra, but the guys decided to make cider using their own Czech way using Czech apples and pears.Company: F.H. Prager
Place of Origin: Kladno, Czech Republic
Pears: Czech pears
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
ABV: 4.9 %
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear dark golden with a petillant carbonation and a thin white ring around the glass. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is very intense as if this perry was just waiting for me to open the bottle to take a sniff. So, on the nose, I can sense fresh and ripe pears with a very distant acetic acidity and cloves. The aroma is slightly sweet and dry at the same time with a touch of white wine along with fruity and floral notes. There is a hint of fermented apples as well. Beautiful aroma! Very inviting!

Taste: it starts with a moderate level of sweetness and light acidity. On the medium palate quite strong bitter taste resembling grapefruit peel. The intensity of bitter notes reduces quickly bringing to light a mild acetic-acidity with a touch of cloves. The finish is dry and still slightly bitter with a hint of fresh pear and minor astringent notes.  

Overall: I’m not a big perry fan as perry tastes usually too sweet to my palate. So I was very skeptical towards Perry from F.H. Prager. But, wow! I’m amazed. This is the most impressive and the best perry I have tried until now. I think it will be difficult to really beat this perry. The nose is just brilliant, very rich and complex. The taste is medium sweet, but not overly sweet as some perry’s are, with a touch of acidity to break the sweetness. I can’t wait to try their ciders! Guys, you have set the bar very high. Congrats!  5/6

However, due to the quite bitter taste in the beginning (and by writing this I really mean it) I think this perry will not appeal to everyone’s palate.

Availability: F.H. Prager has their own online.shop. As per InCider Bar’s blog perry is seasonal and they have it when it’s available. My favorite Czech online shop, Opily jabko also has it.

Price: purchased online from Opily jabko at 38 CZK (1.43 EUR)

 

 

ČESKORAJSKÝ CIDER

Only little information is available about ČESKORAJSKÝ CIDER. It comes from Český raj (which means Czech Paradise) in Czech Republic and was manufactured by Kuba and Zuza. Judging by their FB page they are really passionate about cider making.

Ceskorajsky Cider.jpg

Company: Jakub and Zuzana Kynčl
Place of Origin: Český ráj, Czech Republic
Apples: a blend of Czech apples
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6%
Package type: 500 ml green glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Note: unfiltered, no sulphites added.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow with no head. Carbonation is gentle with small beading bubbles and seems to be natural. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is quite wild and has barnyard, leather, apple skins notes and apple flesh with beeswax. Crisp and refreshing.

Taste: in the first sip there is acetic acidity on the palate although there is no vinegar smell on the nose. There are also some phenolic barnyard notes with moderately bitter taste. Looks like it underwent malolactic fermentation as I can taste some lactic acid followed by the slightly watery palate. Aftertaste is long-lasting and pleasant. Some distant grass and green leaf notes are also perceivable. There is also a minor sweet note in the aftertaste.

Overall: Despite vinegar and lactic acid notes, which are usually associated with bad cider I really do enjoy drinking this one. These notes are not disturbing to me but add complexity. However, ČESKORAJSKÝ CIDER is not going to be everyone’s favourite. So if you don’t mind acetic and phenolic notes this cider is for you. If you don’t belong to this group then you should pick something else. Personally, I loved it! I will try to get another bottle in a while to see if other batches taste vinegary as well. 4.5/6

Availability: Currently only locally in the Czech Republic. You will surely find it at InCider Bar in Prague.

Price: purchased online from Opilý jabko – eshop s kvalitním ciderem at 68 CZK (2.5 EUR). They ship abroad upon request. Just get in touch with Daniel.

 

Kliment Demi Sec 2014

It’s time for Czech Cider!Cidrerie Kliment Demi Sec.jpgCompany: Cidrerie Kliment
Region of Origin: Prague, The Czech Republic
Apples: as per website a combination of different varieties of Czech apples
Sweetness as per label: demi-sec
ABV: 3%
Package type: 750ml champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: flute

Appearance: pours a clear, deep golden body with a thin head, nice sparkling, heavy carbonation

Aroma/Nose: the nose is sweet and full of apples. Apple aromas are really overwhelming! Some vanilla and woody notes are also present. Absolutely fantastic!

Taste: I was a bit frightened that it might be too sweet as I am more of a dry cider drinker. But to my surprise, the level of sweetness was still acceptable to me as it was well balanced out with tart apples and taste of ripe apples. I can taste also some woody notes probably coming from the oak vat? On the other hand, this cider is not astringent and bitter at all.

Overall: This is one of the first Czech ciders I have ever tried but it seems that Czech can produce a really decent cider. I will be for sure getting more of them. Demi Sec is still too sweet for my palate but it is just a matter of personal preferences. Next time I will go for the Brut or Extra Brut. I only hope that Kliment Cider will be soon available in other parts of Europe than the Czech Republic as well! 4.5/6

Availability: wine and craft beer selling stores in the Czech Republic.

Price: bought at 140 CZK (5 EUR) in InCider Bar in Prague.