AAC Features

Scoring System

I have now adjusted my scoring system and giving the 'out of ten' mark the old heave ho. I found this system too limiting and have now converted to a more conventional mark out of twenty. All ciders reviewed previously will remain scored under the old system - so no need to get those dusty calculators out. So ciders will be ranked accordingly:

3 Points for Colour and Carbonation
7 Points for Nose
10 Points for Palate
18-20: Outstanding
17.5-16: Excellent
15.5-14: Very Good
13.5-12: Good
11.5-10: Average
Under 10: Poor
Articles are my own views on the Cider Industry in Australia and abroad. I want my articles to be thought provoking and make people really think about what they are drinking. I am not scared on saying what I think regarding the direction of our relatively young Industry in Australia. I have quietly sat back and watched our Cider Industry become what it is today in silence, but I now believe the time is right to voice my opinion.

The articles are a working progress and topics covered I believe are important and need to be highlighted. I also love to hear from producers and consumers who agree, or disagree with the things I write, so keep your emails flowing.

Articles are usually posted every one to two months - or sporadically, especially when a topic pops into my head which I think needs addressing.
 Cider of the Month

Here there is no lengthy review with a pesky score, just a 100% All About Cider tick of approval. It gets the nod by combining class, sophistication and overall awesomeness. It's the player you'd pick first on your school team, so get out there and get your mits on it!! No nonsense, just flat out recommendations!

Watch out for 'Cider of the Month' towards the end of the current month.

Ginger Beer Reviews

So right now as I speak, there is an alcoholic beverage that is hopping onto the popularity train and about to catch up to its mate cider. I am talking about alcoholic ginger beer. With its intense ginger and aromatic flavourings, it’s a beautiful drink which takes skill to successfully make right. It has that charisma about it which I am sure will win over many new fans and be consumed in large quantities this summer. Already we are seeing an influx of traditional English examples making their way into Australia. Just like cider, I am confident we will see an explosion of great craft ginger beers being produced in Australia in the not so distant future. There are a few decent Australian examples kicking around at present, but with Bulmers now releasing their ginger beer to the Australian market, the popularity will undoubtedly rise fast (Obviously because a select group of consumes still think for some weird reason that Bulmers is the best cider you can buy!!). I can really see ginger beer being a highly successful alternative to beer or cider if made right. The key to ginger beer is refreshment, refreshment, refreshment. And what do parched Aussie palates crave on a hot 40 degree summer day? You bet ya, refreshment!!

So I thought I would start reviewing ginger beers from time to time amongst the cider, as I have always been a huge fan of the stuff – if anyone doesn’t like Bundaberg non alcoholic ginger beer then you’re crazy. Also anything made at a craft level be it beer, cider or ginger beer then I am sold. The reviews will have no scores, but a general description of my opinions and observations and will be a little more informal to what my cider reviews are. It’s all just a little bit of fun!

Meet the Maker
Meet the Maker is a unique and intimate chance to hear the thoughts and insights of Australian Cider Makers. It's not only educational for consumers to hear straight from the horses mouth, but also acts as a testament to these cider trailblazers. What I hope readers (and myself) get out of this is a rare opportunity to understand how the Australian Cider Industry is travelling, and hear what makes Cider Makers tick. I really hope you enjoy this feature, as I am very excited to bring it to you.  
I would also like to thank all Cider Makers who participate in  'Meet the Maker' and giving up their time, as it really gives consumers a rare glimpse into Cider Making in Australia.  

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