Happy Friday everyone! Now that we are getting out and about, I want to ensure that we experience London to the fullest. Of course I want to visit famous sights, such as Westminster Abbey, explore the city, and take in the Thames. If anyone has suggestions of places and things to do, I would love to hear them. But this posting is about experiencing another aspect of our new city. That is sampling new brews.
Recently I tried Old Rascal, which is a cider. I have been fond of cider for years. However, in Boston I struggled to find a variety of options. My usual liquor store only had three different brands. Other stores offered less or none. In London, I am in cider heaven. Several of the local pubs have one cider on tap and some have more. I’m loving it.
Thatchers began in 1904 when William Thatcher started to make cider for his farm workers. Then he started to sell his ciders to others who did not work on his farm. Ultimately he started to sell his cider to clubs and to pubs. Today the company is still family owned.
Old Rascal is named after a legend. According to the legend, each night, an old fox would break in to sample his favorite brew. All attempts to prevent the fox from getting in were useless. The workers started to say, “The old rascal’s been at it again!” So if you can’t beat the old rascal, use him.
Now that the history is covered, let’s get to the good stuff: the cider. I tried this drink over ice on a quiet night at home. According to the label it is a full bodied medium dry Somerset cider. They use Dabinett and Redstreak apples and it is aged in oak vats. And I appreciate all the work and the traditional recipe. The cider was delicious. The flavor was crisp, not too sweet, and it had a little bite from the apples. A perfect blend for cider lovers. One drink down, hundreds more to go. Life is good. If you have any suggestions for English beers and ciders please let me know. It would be a shame to miss one.