To start off, the sampling was spread out into 3 main tents in addition to a dedicated tent for Woodchuck products- a monumental improvement to the overcrowded one-tent event last year. Also like last year, it was a hot ass day, so it was nice to see the food trucks lined up in the shade. I myself started the afternoon with a delicious veggie sandwich on an authentic pretzel bun from Fresh Phood. It was definitely the perfect base for all of the Drunk Bitchery that was about to happen.
There were a ton of new ciders this year, way more than last year. I was really into some of the more unique ones, like Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie. It was a delicious French cider that was very crisp and dry, just like I like my cider. The sweet ones in my opinion tasted too much like juice, and they just make me feel like an alcoholic child, which no one likes. I also went back several times for the Elderberry Cider by Original Sin. It was very balanced and unique, and again not too sweet.
I honestly am usually not a hard cider fan, but Pour the Core has really opened my eyes to the diversity of hard ciders. I definitely recommend stepping out of the Angry Orchard box and trying some of these new, local and delicious ciders. I doubt you will be disappointed.
What's your favorite hard cider? Let me know in the comments. I'm definitely looking for new ones to try.
Stay drunk, bitches!