…but chances are, I probably will anyway.
Last night I stuck my bottle of 146 Cider‘s Batch #15 in the fridge. It was a limited release of just 146 bottles, made from a special batch of apples originally intended for their Wild West cider.
This evening, I opened that bottle. It smelled and tasted lovely, one of the first ciders in a while I’ve really enjoyed. I consumed about two thirds of it and then my mind turned to the bottle of Brewdog’s Hardcore IPA I put in the fridge to replace it. That is where the fun/stupidity/madness/ingenuity (delete as applicable) began.
For a few months now I’ve been mixing stouts and pale ales (and sometimes their imperial counterparts) as part of my Black and Tan Experiements. A few weeks ago, I started doing a similar thing with other styles, discovering that London Pride and Honeydew make for quite a nice combination.
Tonight, I have crossed the line into mixing beer with cider.
It is of course, not a new thing. I can not lay claim to having invented such a thing, I expect though, that if you asked any drinker that wasn’t a student what they thought of mixing the two, the reaction would be one of horror (much like the reaction from some beer drinkers if you mix two beers together.).
I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting anything special. I started off with just a little bit of each mixed together in a small glass. What I ended up with was something a lot nicer, I’m tempted to say than either of the two component ingredients. It ended up tasting like another beer I’ve had before. Something in my mind says either a Mikkeller single hop, or 19.
The thing with this blend is it was a one off. Batch 15 was a limited edition. Only 146 bottles were made, and although there might be a few left at Bitter Virtue, it’s more than likely that I won’t get to drink this again. It’s a moment of madness lost in time, with the exception of this blog post. I did it because I could, because I thought it would be fun to see what I would get if I mixed a nice appley cider, with a nice, highly hopped and rather bitter DIPA. Most people probably would have said I shouldn’t have even tried it. I say it’s their loss.
I dare say this could become a “thing”…