Have You Tried Brickers Ciders from the Sunshine Coast?

Russell from Brickers Cider pouring some samples

Russell from The Bricker Cider Co pouring some samples

Have you ever tried apple ciders?  I started drinking more ciders after my trip to Scotland where I had many traditional style ciders.  These ciders were dry, with higher acidity, and have deep apple flavours.  BC grows apples so I started to sample BC ciders.  But you may not consider the Sunshine Coast as being an apple-growing, cider-making area.  But it is.  I visited the family-run, The Brickers Cider Company in West Sechelt.

I spoke with Russell, one of the owners, about the cidery.  They grow four different varieties of apples at the cidery, plus his father has an apple orchard with 80 varieties of apples, and they also get apples from the Okanagan.  The ciders that Russell poured for me to taste and my reviews of the ciders follows.

My Cider Tasting Notes

A lineup of Brickers cider bottles and cans

A lineup of Brickers cider bottles and cans

Brickers Original Dry Cider – This is the traditional style of cider that you would get from the UK and what brought me into the cider fold. It has a fresh apple nose.  Dry and lean with a light creamy bubble.  Deep and crisp ripe apple flavour, with a shorter length. 4 out of 5 stars

Brickers Cascadia Dry Cider –  This is a dry-hopped cider, so if you like a hoppy beer, this is the cider you should try.  Hops, floral, tropical, and coriander aromas.  Dry with a medium body, and a thicker mouthfeel.  A nice acidic prickle on the tongue.  Citrus a light bitter hops on the finish.  A mix of creamy and biting bubbles.  I really like this cider. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Brickers Frambo Dry Cider – This is a blend of apples and raspberries co-fermented.  A medium intensity clear copper-red colour.  A fresh raspberry nose.  Higher acidity, dry with creamy bubble.  Medium-bodied. Sweet and floral raspberry, and tart red fruit flavours.  A refreshing cider.  Very tasty. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Brickers Cider samples to review

Brickers Cider samples to review

Brickers Earl Grey – A cider made with earl grey tea leaves.  The aromas of this cider reminded me of a creamsicle.  Lots of vanilla.   This cider is dry with higher acidity.  Creamy bubble.  A light orange and stronger vanilla flavour. 4 out of 5 stars

Brickers Strawberry Kiwi –  I was a bit skeptical about this blend, but once I tasted it, I was converted.  It is an off-dry cider and people that may not like dry ciders will like this one.  It has a light-intensity strawberry nose.  Higher acidity but not biting. Very small creamy bubbles.  Quite tart to start.  Apples, kiwis, and strawberry flavours knit together on the finish which is quite nice.  Subtle flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Brickers Rose – This cider is made with apples and cherries.  A pale orange copper colour with a light intensity nose. It is dry with higher acidity, some creaminess, and saltiness.  Very light cherry flavour and a light finish. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Brickers Wild – this cider is fermented with indigenous yeasts from the apples. This cider has a very toasty nose and toasty flavour.  Dry with medium body.  Soft mouthfeel.  Very light apple flavour. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Apples ripening for Brickers cider

Apples ripening for Brickers cider

Where Can I Buy These Ciders?

You can purchase these ciders online from Brickers. Some Everything Wine stores carry Brickers Cider.  Other private liquor stores may carry these ciders but you need to ask.

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