woodchuck and spring

When we were in Normandy I developed a taste for hard cider. That and when I was a boy my father would set a glass bottle of cider ( they came in gallon glass jars then ) behind the house for a while. Then over my mother’s laments, we would strain it out through cheesecloth ( removing any bugs who went for a swim ) and I would get a tiny glass. It was rough stuff, but I still remember the fizz as we filtered it.

woodchuck hard cider

woodchuck hard cider

This modern pasteurized version was pretty good, and very well strained. It made one more parting in the merger a little bit easier. Sorry about the Budweiser glass – some bars just don’t understand.

May you find that fizz where ever you are.


13 Comments on “woodchuck and spring”

  1. mindfuldiary says:

    Great story! Cider rocks on a cold summer day. To add about kvass, it’s sort of like a malt drink, popular in Eastern Europe and Russia. I remember standing in queue to buy some as a kid, but of course we has limited variety of soda too at that time. Somehow your stories take me back on a memorylane. 🙂 thanks.

  2. I don’t like cider, but I love your story!

  3. When my parents first came to Canada they worked for an apple orchard farmer. Later when we were born and older we would visit as a family and have the cider they made there. Good memories.

  4. Even it’ s 7 in the morning here, I would love a glass of good cider. Not too typical for me but…most definitely I have been “motivated” by your post. 🙂

    • billgncs says:

      A great way to start the morning. Especially if you are just coming in from the night before.

      Do you have a local beverage you enjoy from where you are, or your youth ( which may be now 🙂 )

      • Hehee, I wish it was late night turning into a difficult morning but no…just a regular one this time. 🙂
        Looking back in the past I think kvass is the beverage that comes to my mind – from my childhood as well as the years of youth (that are in the past). It is a fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread and is often flavored with fruits or herbs.


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