10 Hard Apple Ciders for Fall

10 Hard Apple Ciders for Fall

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You know what goes great with the fall season? Cider, obviously. And, if you're over 21, hard cider wouldn't go amiss either.

During the colonial era in American history, hard ciders were the most popular alcoholic beverage and it was only until German immigrants brought over beer and the techniques to make it that changed the general public's opinion. And later, Prohibition sealed cider's fate. However hard ciders are still very popular across the pond, in England, and if you're keen enough you might be able to find some winners in America as well.

Ciders are low-carb and gluten-free because instead of using wheat to make them, like beer, they use fruit.

Know that not all ciders are created equal. Those that are made with pear or raspberry are very sweet and almost like fruit juice. While ones that are made with apple are very crisp.

So if you're 21 or older, American or you've found yourself in America, and you're thirsting for something sweet or maybe just want to find something new. Here are some ciders to keep an eye out for.

Angry Orchard

This is one of the most popular ciders in America and is relatively easy to find. It's relatively fruity and is very crisp.


This one is very popular in England but is harder to find in America. They have a few cider's on the market. They tend to be on the sweeter side, so if you have a sweet tooth this might be for you.

Doc's Draft

This is made by a New York-based winery and distillery so I'm not sure how available it is to those not on the east coast. Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider has won a gold medal in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition. It's not as carbonated or as sweet as some others on the market.

Harpoon Craft Cider

While the packaging on this cider is pretty nice looking it has some mixed reviews. One positive is that it isn't sweet at all. So if that's what you're looking for maybe give it a try.

Woodchuck Hard Cider

This one is brewed in Vermont and some say is a little sweeter than Angry Orchard. They have a Woodchuck Private Reserve Ginger Cider. Before you scroll past, the ginger works with the apple in a great and unique way.

Argus Cidery

Argus Cidery cider is brewed in Austin, Texas. They have some that have a "straightforward apple palate" that is dry and crisp and not too sweet. They also make a Ginger Perry. It's Argus's first unpasteurized fermentation with ginger, fruit, and citrus flavors

Fox Barrel

Fox Barrel cider is brewed in Colfax, California. They have a Fox Barel Pacific Pear Cider which lives up to its name, so if you like pears be sure to pick this one up

Square Mile Hard Cider

This cider is brewed in Portland but they import their apples from the northwest. This one is very carbonated and less sweet than some of the other ciders. It's got a hint of ginger as well.

Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider

This is a sweet one. It's made by Anheuser-Busch, the same company that makes Budweiser. It's recommended to be enjoyed over ice. But I'm not kidding. This stuff is sweet.

Reverend Nat's, Revival Hard Apple

Most of Reverend Nat's ciders have won awards. It is brewed with beer yeast which helps build both aromas and flavors. So if you're traditionally a beer lover this one might be worth a shot. It's described as being semi-sweet and with lots of tropical flavors.

So the next time you want to try something new why not try one of these.

Please enjoy responsibly!

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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

And the responses you wish you could have said...

As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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5 Restaurants That Prove Pittsburgh’s Strip District Is A Foodie Destination

Eat up, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is known for its successful professional sports teams and its abundance of bridges, but these five restaurants are transforming the Steel City into a foodie paradise. From fresh fish markets to colorful island cuisine, these local restaurants will satisfy all of your food cravings in the Strip District.

1. Gaucho Parilla Argentina

You won’t find a better cut of steak in Pittsburgh than at Gaucho, a traditional Argentinian eatery that serves up wood-fire grilled meats and a variety of delicious sides at its cool location in the Strip District. Gaucho has an extended menu that features its award-winning steak sandwiches with your choice of cut served on fresh bread with grilled peppers and caramelized onions and topped with chimichurri sauce, a staple of Argentinian cuisine.

The restaurant also serves other types of meat and fish, hearty salads, and delicious sides including empanadas, provoletta, and roasted cauliflower. Don’t let the long line out the door scare you away from Gaucho—it’s well worth the wait.

2. Smallman Galley

This incubator houses four ‘restaurant concepts’ under one roof in the Strip District that change on a yearly basis. This modern space will please everyone with its wide variety of options. The current restaurants housed at Smallman Galley include IronBorn, a Detroit-style pizza joint, Brunoise, an upscale American cuisine spot, Colonia, a Latin-American concept, and Banhmilicious, a Vietnamese fusion eatery. Smallman Galley will keep you coming back to try each unique restaurant concept.

3. Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grill

This piscatorial themed seafood restaurant was started by Luke Wholey, owner and head chef, who grew up working in the kitchen of the iconic Pittsburgh fish market that bears his family's name just down the road in the Strip District.

The menu is devoted to fish and seafood and features Wholey’s original grilled salmon, Dutch Harbor Alaskan king crab legs, halibut, Baja shrimp, ahi tuna, crab cakes, cod, lobster, scallops, and a fresh catch of the day option. Seafood lovers come to this grill from around the city to try the chef’s fresh and delicious creations.

4. Kaya

The bold, exotic flavors of Kaya’s dishes are inspired by the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific, and beyond. The menu offers dishes such as conch fritters, jerk chicken, and tropical paella, along with festive tropical drinks that have made Kaya an award-winning dining destination in the Strip District for more than 20 years. The colorful atmosphere and vibrant menu keep Pittsburghers coming back time and time again.

5. Casa Reyna

This intimate, rustic restaurant and bar is located under the Reyna Foods authentic Mexican grocery store in the heart of the Strip. Casa Reyna serves up traditional, locally sourced Mexican cuisine including a variety of tacos, specialty platters, tropical beverages, and its famous homemade tortillas. This restaurant is considered one of Pittsburgh’s best spots for authentic Mexican food and is known for serving guacamole made right on the table in front of you. Visit Casa Reyna for delicious food, live music, and a vibrant, colorful atmosphere.

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