Before we get into the article, I would like to welcome our new Canadian writer, Tasmine. She will be covering the cider movement in Canada for our team. Now, let’s see what happens when Tas finds herself in front of some pineapple ciders.
Pineapple ciders are still cider made with apples. Generally, the pineapple juice is added after fermentation for flavor or the apple juice and pineapple juice are co-fermented. Pineapple ciders are also, of course, alcoholic and range in ABV from cidermaker to cidermaker, company to company.
In this case, since the pineapple is co-fermented or the juice is added after, it will be classified more as a pineapple cider. If you were to just ferment pineapple juice, and add some of the other main ingredients, you would be more in line with make tepache. In Tas’ case, she was getting to know the former, pineapple ciders.
Pineapple is making its mark in the cider world with an increasing amount of cideries using this flavor to make incredible tasting summer drinks. I would not say they are easy to come across, but when I do see them, I make sure I give them a taste!
I recently took a short trip away from Canada in order take a break from my hectic work schedule and relax. My destination? San Francisco, California! I had an incredible time checking out the tourist spots, trying new foods, doing a 17km bike ride across the golden gate (don’t ask how I lived), and, of course…hunting for ciders. I originally had planned to have a tasting at Ace Cidery, but unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out. I did, however, manage to snag their pineapple cider from Total Wines and Spirits. If you have never been to Total Wines, it is like the Costco of alcohol stores and, I’m not going to lie, I gasped when I walked in.
The Ace pineapple flavored cider is 5% alcohol content and is brewed in Sebastopol, CA. This company is known for their pineapple offering, but they craft many other flavors including apple honey, pear, and berry. They also do tastings and have live music on Fridays 1-5pm.
What pineapple ciders do you enjoy?