The History of Organic Cider
Cider has a long tradition in the UK, and sales of cider have grown dramatically there in recent years. Ciders are refreshing, clean, and festive; they are also high in natural antioxidants. Samuel Smith's Organic Cider is UK Soils Association & USDA Certified Organic. Made from gluten-free ingredients, it's also naturally gluten-free.
Apple cider also has a long history in America - it was a common drink even before the early 1800s, when cider mills began to give free apple seeds to Mr. John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, figuring that a nationwide supply of apples could certainly help their industry. Cider production was dramatically slowed by the industrial revolution and by Prohibition, but due to its approachable flavor, light body and refreshing crispness the popularity of cider is now growing steadily in the US. Cider fits in well with beer culture, too - it has an alcohol content similar to many beers, like beer it's carbonated for a sparkle, and it can be found at most every good beer store or beer bar.
Apple juice used to produce cider contains a mix of apple varieties selected to balance fresh apple flavor with tartness, acidity, and sweetness. Samuel Smith's uses a wine yeast strain to ferment their cider, providing a clean finish and allowing pure apple flavor to shine through.
Certified Organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soil Association.
Bright straw-gold with excellent clarity, Samuel Smith's Organic Cider has a light body with brilliant conditioning, a crisp clean flavor, and a dry finish. The bouquet is fresh apples, with a soft floral note.
Cream soups, rich dishes, or salad with vinaigrette dressing. Wonderful to clear the palate when served with concentrated or spicy foods; a classic companion to pork dishes.
Serve in the classic Samuel Smith tulip glass.
Best Cider (full review). "Leave it to one of England’s most beloved breweries to make the stand-out cider." Paste Magazine, Nov. 1, 2012.
Gold Medal, World Beer Championships, 2010, 2011.
Gold Medal and "Top-Rated English Cider," World Beer Championships, 2012.
"Superb quenching style with lots of rich apple character and excellent balance." Chicago Tribune, Sept. 9, 2009.
Product Sizes and Quantities
- 18.7-ounce (550 ml) "Victorian Pint" bottles / 12 bottles per case
- 12-ounce (355 ml) bottles / 6 - 4 packs (24 bottles) per case
Ingredients: Water, organic apple juice, organic sugar, malic acid, yeast, carbon dioxide.
Nutritional info: Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 151; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 8.4 mg (0% DV); Total Carbohydrates 10.2 g (4% DV); Sugars 9.2 g; Protein 1.8 g. (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)
The Beers & Cider
- Imperial Stout
- India Ale
- Nut Brown Ale
- Oatmeal Stout
- Organic Pale Ale
- Organic Apricot Ale
- Organic Cherry Ale
- Organic Chocolate Stout
- Organic Cider
- Organic Raspberry Ale
- Organic Strawberry Ale
- Pure Brewed Organic Lager
- Gift Box
- Taddy Porter
- Winter Welcome Ale
- Yorkshire Stingo
- Samuel Smith's Brewery website
- Samuel Smith Salute
- Organic Cider retail shelf talker
- Samuel Smith Organic Cider product sheet
- Samuel Smith family product sheet
- Samuel Smith UK Soil Association Organic Certification (Expires May 31, 2016)
- EU list of organic certifying agencies, showing UK Soil Association.
- USDA Nat'l Organic Program page, showing USA & UK equivalence agreement.