Beer and cider review — Batlow and Holgate

Batlow Premium Cider 330ml 4-pack $16
What a contrast between the sweet, bland, mass-produced ciders and the crisp, crunchy apple-in-a-bottle taste of Batlow Premium – an off-dry, tart, cider made from apples grown within a 30 kilometre radius of Batlow. The company says it uses only freshly crushed apples, not concentrate, and adds no sugar. And it tastes like it.

Holgate Brewhouse Temptress Chocolate Porter 330ml $6.50
It’s not a heatwave brew, but at a tad over six per cent alcohol, Chocolate Porter suits those cool Canberra nights. It’s a porter, made from seven different malts, boosted by the addition of cocoa and vanilla beans. The vanilla sits well in the background. But the cocoa adds luxurious chocolate flavours and texture.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First publisehd 30 January 2013 in The Canberra Times