It's not beer, neither wine. It's cider! There are different sort of ciders all around the world. It is very well known in Germany, France, England but still not as popular in Holland as in the other countries. Still, we've just visited Holland's first cider festival at Fenix Food Factory in Rotterdam!
Wouter Bijl opened the first cider shop in the country. The recipe is simple: whoever tries it, loves it! This festival was a perfect opportunity to present great ciders to the public.
Both the beer drinkers and wine lovers found special tastes and pleasures in the different variations of apple and pear ciders and different apple wines. There are different sorts depending on the amount of apple juice and of course the alcohol they contain.
In England cider must contain at least 35% of apple juice, which is 50% in the States and purely 100% in France. With additional sugars the amount of alcohol can be increased. These fermented apple drinks over 10% of alcohol are considered as apple wine.
Apple vinegar is made with acetic processes and a second fermentation. The making of these drinks have exact processes just as wine making.
We most certainly recommend you to try quality ciders and apple wines! Fortunately on this festival we could try some extraordinary glasses of dutch apple wine made out of delicious dutch apples, and some of the finest french pear and apple champagne along with pleasantly acidic german apple wines and refreshing english ciders.