By Leesy Latronica
A solid gateway option for both the hop-shy and the cider-wary beer devotee, Doc’s Draft Dry Hopped offers a taste of the cidery’s award-winning original recipe, further enhanced by a secondary hop kick.
About 50 miles from Manhattan, the New York-based cidery is an offshoot of Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery—but its unique hard cider combinations are anything but an afterthought. Part of a varied lineup of flavors including Cassis, Pumpkin, Framboise and Sour Cherry, Doc’s Dry Hopped marries upstate New York apples with Centennial and Chinook hops. The hops’ citrus and herbal characteristics give a lemongrass edge to the semi-dry, mild sweet apple base. The result is a distinctive blend of tart, sweet and earthy, or as Doc’s puts it, “it’s like being in a freshly mowed orchard.”
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