Whenever we end up travelling east on the 401 one thing always happens: we absolutely MUST stop at the Big Apple. Either we are on a long trip to Montreal or we have an epic weekend of camping ahead, regardless, that giant red apple on the horizon is cause for excitement. 

Then a cidery opened up inside it. 

Talk about perfection. 

That cidery is called 401 Brewery and it’s the subject of today’s post. 

They have a wide variety of ciders available including the subject of this review but also including things like pear ciders, black currant ciders and more. 

I’m going to be honest here – it didn’t dawn on me until writing this review that the name is based on the highway you get off of to get to them. Not sure how I missed that. 

As mentioned, you can find this brewery inside the Big Apple off of the 401. The bottle pictured above is $3.50 and sits at 6.5% ABV. 

On to the tasting notes:

Appearance: Hay bale gold. No head at all. Filtered.
Aroma: Bruised apple first. Red Delicious. Blueberries.
Taste: Not as sweet as expected, no more hint of bruise. Very tart and refreshing. High acid.  
Aftertaste: The bruise comes back in the aftertaste, kind of a caramilk hint as well.  
Overall: Better than expected but probably bolstered by my love of the big Apple. Have it with a salad. A bit overpriced for the quality. 

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com