Cider in DC!
Supreme Core Cider’s tasting room opened on May 12th, and I had a chance to visit on its second weekend.
Located in the NE, very close to the National Arboretum and New York Ave, it’s a good bike ride on a weekend. Currently open Saturday and Sunday (12-8pm).
The interior is nice, roomy with a high ceiling. The staff members were friendly and helpful in describing the cider options. It’s also dog friendly, like breweries in DC.
I tried a sampler, $10 for 4 tasters, and added fifth later ($3 each if bought separately).
Most of the ciders I tasted were tart and dry. All of them have relatively high ABVs.
My favorite of the five was The Youngin’. They call it a ‘live cider’, since it is still fermenting even as it’s being consumed (presumably). It’s the sweetest cider they have, and cloudy, with an almost orange mimosa shade. At 4%, it was by far the lowest ABV.
Untappd Rating: Too new for a rating (Note: I was the first person to check-in to this cider, so I gave it a good first rating at 4.25!)
Here’s how I would rank the ciders I tasted:
1) The Youngin’ (4% ABV)
2) Cherry Bloom Double (6.9% ABV) – bright red, and the most sour of the bunch, but tasty.
3) Farmhouse Saison (6.9% ABV) – tart and funky, and easy to drink. They describe it as ‘a touch of barnyard upfront’ and even if I don’t quite know what it means, it gives it an air of intrigue.
4) Touch of Wisdom, Series 2 (8.4% ABV) – put in gin barrels from One Eight Distilling, you can really TASTE the gin influence. As someone that’s not a huge fan of gin, it was still good for the novelty.
5) Nother Mother (6.9% ABV) – just okay, the grapefruit taste didn’t help.
Also, Vampire Weekend was coming in over the speakers, so thumbs up.
Supreme Core Cider (2400 T St NE, Washington, DC 20002)