By Leesy Latronica
Throughout its 19 years in the industry, Sunnyvale, Calif.,-based Red Branch Cider Company has perfected the art of craft cider at its Bay Area cidery—and it’s clear from the moment you pop the cap off a bottle of Hard Raspberry.
Immediately, a burst of fresh raspberry hits the nose. Delayed gratification goes out the window, as berry fans will likely find themselves enticed to dive right in for a sip of this apple nectar. Those looking for a cider more juicy and thirst quenching than bone-dry won’t be disappointed by Red Branch’s combination of Pacific Northwest-sourced apples and honey (traditionally known as a cyser). With the addition of juice from real raspberries, a ripe fruitiness and fizzy texture dazzles the taste buds, distinguishing this blend from a sea of average berry-infused ciders.
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