Meggles Short & Sweet Cider Review

Green Goblin Oak Aged Cider

Green Goblin

Rating 6/10, 6% alcohol

This time I have a cider from the home of cider, Somerset England. So it has got to be good … right.

Green Goblin oak aged cider is brewed by Thatchers Cider Company. The cider is made from English cider apples using traditional methods and matured in 100 year old old oak vats. On the bottle it is described as “a unique blend of strong cider, beautifully balanced to give a fresh character with a  medium dry finish”.

I have only rated it 6/10 as I am not a big fan of apple ciders. I know this is weird as apple ciders are the traditional ciders. If you like a dry apple cider then this is a good one for you. It is good quality and a full bodied drink. Not surprising there is an apple aroma when first opening the bottle. In the glass it is clear and a golden colour with a subtle fizz. The taste is fruity, dry and not too acidic. very drinkable although a bitterness does come through after awhile, which I am not a fan of.

And of course I can’t pass up mentioning the cool medieval style goblin on the label, even through the goblin is aqua/blue not green it still looks cool.

I found this really hard to match to music. After some searching I have decided to go with Michael Bublé because he has an old fashioned feel like Frank Sinatra, is very smooth with a modern twist, the Green Goblin is a traditional cider with a blend of modern technologies.

#31 – Efes Pilsner

Around the World in 80 Beers episode 3: Turkey

Name: Efes Pilsner
Style: Pale Lager
Brewed by: Anadolu Efes
Alc: 5% abv.
Price: $17/6 x 330ml

It was always going to happen sooner or later. I’m sure the Turks could make some fine brews if they set their minds to it, and maybe they do, but like many other countries the only stuff that seems to escape their borders and make it down to this chilly little backwater is the seemingly omnipresent thin, yellow lager that doesn’t do anyone any favours, least of all the Turks themselves, because this could have been made by almost anybody with a requisite disregard for taste, pride and distinctiveness. It’s not awful, though it is common as muck and very difficult to enjoy. Or, as it turns out, to write about without sounding like a complete dick. Continue reading

#30 – Headstock IPA & Dead Elephant IPA

Around the World in 80 beers episode 2: Canada

Name: Nickel Brook Headstock IPA
Style: IPA (surprisingly enough)
Brewed by: Better Bitters Brewing co., (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Alc: 7% abv.


Name: Dead Elephant Ale
Style: IPA
Brewed by: Railway City Brewing co., (St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada)
Alc: 6.5% abv.



The keenly observant will notice that I have again been absent. Now I could say it was due to a bout of consumption, general lethargy or a family crisis involving the antichrist but I’d also have to admit to some trepidation in doing this beer – or rather beers because there are two of them this time – a couple of badass Ontarioian IPAs bequeathed to me on a recent visit by Kim, site godfather and beer and music guru. I had better tread carefully here for I am a stranger in a strange land. I have to say though that any lingering thoughts I had of Canada being filled with mooses, manic flappy-headed farters and, worst of all, ghastly lightweight American-style pale lagers are, thankfully, not quite entirely accurate. These are both fairly big beers; filling, warming and ever so slightly boozy, all of which is good.

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