#550 Strongbow Original Cider

And the beer I chose for my 550th is…….a cider! Strongbow Original Cider to be exact. I know, it’s not very American craft beer of me but after a long day of work in the hot sun all I wanted was a cider. So Ryan and I stopped off at Rackams Waterfront Restaurant & Bar for lunch before heading home from work. We both got the Fish N’ Chips (pictured below).

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And now to the beer stuff. Or cider stuff in this case. Strongbow Original Cider was brewed by H. P. Bulmer (which in turn is owned by Heineken UK) located in Hereford, England and came in a 330 mL bottle with a black front label that reads Strongbow Original. This cider was light golden in color with a very faint white head mostly consisting of little bubbles. If blindfolded, you could gather this was a cider from the apple in the aroma. The taste reminded me of apple juice with some acidic/sour apple notes.

The bottle lists Strongbow Original Cider as an English Style Cider at 5% alcohol by volume. As of 2014, Strongbow Original Cider has been discontinued in the United States by Heineken, replacing it with two much sweeter ciders (Strongbow Gold and Strongbow Honey & Apple). Since the switch, numerous customers have complained on both Strongbow’s Facebook page and the USA Heineken Strongbow page.

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Name: Strongbow Original Cider
Brewery: H. P. Bulmer (Heineken UK)
Brewery Location: Hereford – England
Style: English Style Cider
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 5%
Location Purchased: Rackams Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
Date Sampled: February 4, 2015

Information about cider found at:
www.ratebeer.com/beer/strongbow-cider/3001/
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strongbow_(cider)

#535 Savannah Dry Premium Cider

After work yesterday, Ryan and I decided to watch the Liverpool vs Swansea City English Premier League football game at Lone Star Bar & Grill on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Spoiler alert Liverpool won 4-1.

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While we were there we had a few beers, a few ciders, and split an order of their Texas Cheese Fries. These consisted of a shredded mix of jack and cheddar cheeses melted over steak fries and topped with scallions, jalapeños, and ranch dressing!

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The Cider I tried was Savanna Dry Premium Cider from Distell Group Limited, located in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This Cider came in a short, 330 mL bottle with a round, white label featuring umbrella thorn acacias in green. Savannah Dry Premium Cider weighed in at 6% alcohol by volume (ABV) according to the bottle.

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Name: Savannah Dry Premium Cider
Brewery: Distell Group Limited
Brewery Location: Stellenbosch – South Africa
Style: Cider
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 6%
Location Purchased: Lone Star Bar & Grill (Grand Cayman – Cayman Islands)
Date Sampled: December 29, 2014

Information about cider found at:
www.ratebeer.com/beer/savanna-dry-premium-cider/25582/
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savanna_Dry

#532 Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer

For my most recent post I decided to go in a different direction. Alcoholic ginger beer! Sunday night Ryan and I went to SIDEbar in Grand Cayman Beach Suites to take part in their happy hour. You can’t beat half price drinks and complementary popcorn.

While at SIDEbar, I tried Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer (4% ABV) from John Crabbie & Company located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer was served in a tall pilsner glass over ice, and was quite refreshing after a long hot day at the beach. The taste, as expected, was mostly ginger, with good carbonation and a light body.

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Name: Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer
Brewery: John Crabbie & Company
Brewery Location: Leith – Edinburgh – Scotland
Style: Ginger Beer
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 4%
Location Purchased: SIDEbar – Grand Cayman Beach Suites (Grand Cayman – Cayman Islands)
Date Sampled: December 14, 2014

Information about ginger beer found at:
www.crabbiesgingerbeer.co.uk/drinks/original/

Let Me Get You Up To Date (#61-75)

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Name: Wild Wacky Wit
Brewery: Moon River Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Savannah – Georgia – United States
Style: Whitbier
ABV: 4.8%
Location Tried: Moon River Brewing Company (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 8, 2013

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Name: Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Brewery Location: Newport – Oregon – United States
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 5.3%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 8, 2013

63

Name: Brew Free! Or Die IPA
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
Brewery Location: San Francisco – California – United States
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7%
Location Tried: The Distillery (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 9, 2013

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Name: Southern Tier Imperial Oat
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Lakewood – New York – United States
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11%
Location Tried: The Distillery (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 9, 2013

65

Name: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Brewery: Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
Brewery Location: Lexington – Kentucky – United States
Style: English Strong Ale
ABV: 8.19%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 10, 2013

66

Name: Summertime
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
Brewery Location: Chicago – Illinois – United States
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 4.7%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 10, 2013

67

Name: Son Of A Peach
Brewery: RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Spartanburg – South Carolina – United States
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 6%
Location Tried: Grayson Stadium (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 11, 2013

68

Name: Dale’s Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Brewery Location: Lyons – Colorado – United States
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.5%
Location Tried: World Of Beer (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 12, 2013

69

Name: Magners Pear
Brewery: Bulmers Ireland (C&C Group)
Brewery Location: Clonmel – County Tipperary – Ireland
Style: Perry
ABV: 4.5%
Location Tried: World Of Beer (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 12, 2013

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Name: SweetWater Blue
Brewery: SweetWater Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Atlanta – Georgia – United States
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 4.9%
Location Tried: Huc A Poos (Tybee Island – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 14, 2013

71

Name: New Holland Dragon’s Milk Oak Barrel Ale
Brewery: New Holland Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Holland – Michigan – United States
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 16, 2013

72

Name: Golden Monkey
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Downington – Pennsylvania – United States
Style: Tripel
ABV: 9.5%
Location Tried: Green Truck Pub (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 16, 2013

73

Name: Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale
Brewery: The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Brewery Location: Farmville – North Carolina – United States
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Location Tried: Green Truck Pub (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 16, 2013

74

Name: Midas Touch
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery
Brewery Location: Milton – Delaware – United States
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
ABV: 9%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 19, 2013

75

Name: Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA
Brewery: Heavy Seas Beer
Brewery Location: Baltimore – Maryland – United States
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.25%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: July 19, 2013

Information about beer and perry found at:
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/

Let Me Get You Up To Date (#16-30)

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Name: Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company
Brewery Location: Athens – Georgia – United States
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 5.3%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 10, 2012

17

Name: Dead Guy Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Brewery Location: Newport – Oregon – United States
Style: Maibock / Helles Bock
ABV: 6.5%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 11, 2013

18

Name: Dundee Irish Red Lager
Brewery: Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Brewery Location: Rochester – New York – United States
Style: American Amber / Red Lager
ABV: 5%
Location Tried: Kroger (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 11, 2013

19

Name: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Brewery Location: Chico – California – United States
Style: American Barleywine
ABV: 9.6%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 11, 2013

20

Name: Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)
Brewery: Full Sail Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Hood River – Oregon – United States
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 6%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 11, 2013

21

Name: Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
Brewery: Anheuser-Busch
Brewery Location: St. Louis – Missouri – United States
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 5.2%
Location Tried: Kroger (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 13, 2013

22

Name: Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager
Brewery: Dixie Brewing Co.
Brewery Location: New Orleans – Louisiana – United States
Style: Scharzbier
ABV: 5%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 13, 2013

23

Name: Terrapin Golden Ale
Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company
Brewery Location: Athens – Georgia – United States
Style: Cream Ale
ABV: 5%
Location Tried: Habersham Beverage (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 13, 2103

24

Name: Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Petaluma – California – United States
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 9.7%
Location Tried: Green Truck Pub (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 14, 2013

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Name: Bootlegger’s Bourbon-Barrel Hard Root Beer
Brewery: Sprecher Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Glendale – Wisconsin – United States
Style: Barrel-Aged Hard Root Beer
ABV: 5%
Location Tried: Green Truck Pub (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 14, 2013

26

Name: Tybee Island Blonde
Brewery: Coastal Empire Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Savannah – Georgia – United States
Style: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.7%
Location Tried: B&D Burgers (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 15, 2013

27

Name: SweetWater Happy Ending Imperial Stout
Brewery: SweetWater Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Atlanta – Georgia – United States
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 9%
Location Tried: B&D Burgers (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 15, 2013

28

Name: St. Bernardus Abt 12
Brewery: Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Brewery Location: Watou – Poperinge – Belgium
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV: 10%
Location Tried: B&D Burgers (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 15, 2013

29

Name: Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
Brewery: Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Brewery Location: Dunbar – East Lothian – United Kingdom (Scotland)
Style: English India Pale Ale
ABV: 5.3%
Location Tried: World Of Beer (Savannah – Georgia – United States)
Date Tried: June 15, 2013

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Name: Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Brewery Location: Escondido – California – United States
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 7.2%
Location Tried: World Of Beer (Savannah – Georgia – Unites States)
Date Tried: June 15, 2013

Information about beer and hard root beer found at:
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/