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New Times Beerfest Taste Test, The Cider Round: Five Reasons to Drink It Over Beer

We're about three days away from the New Times Beerfest on November 12 from 7 to 11 p.m. in Esplanade Park, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Broward County.

 Sister Hazel provides tunes and restaurants like Moe's Southwest Grill and JC Wahoo's offer eats for the evening.

Every day this week, we'll be sipping suds offered among the100-plus domestic, international, and craft beers available at the fest.


today we've round up five reasons to drink cider over beer, a shout out to Woodchuck and Magner's both available at the fest.

5. You're an Anglophile.
The September 25th UK Telegraph reports that ciders are outselling Chilean and Spanish wines and has overtaken the sale of lagers. "Cider is definitely the drink of the moment," said Jonny Forsyth,

senior drinks analyst at Mintel. "It is now seen as more of a premium

drink than lager, and the different brands and fruit-flavoured varieties

make it appealing to younger and female drinkers."

What to drink: Woodchuck, since it's not Irish.

4. You want a sessions beer but we don't have any.
Ciders have around 4.5 to 5 percent alcohol, among the lowest booze content of anything at Beerfest. It's a sessions drink, for sure, though not as delicious as a sessions beer.

What to drink: Magner's has a lower alcohol content than Woodchuck.

3. You're hungover from Friday night and straight beer is going down like a glass of liver.
A snakebite, equal parts beer and cider, is one of the original beer cocktails. Beer cocktails have been kind of a thing for at least the past year in cities and exurbs other than Fort Lauderdale, which is still stuck in 'tini culture.

What to drink: A Woodchuck snakebite

2. You have an Early American fetish.
Apparently in the 1700's hard cider was the drink of choice over beer. "One of the first things the New England Pilgrims did was plant apple seeds in anticipation of making cider with it," says historian David Williams of George Mason. With water not always safe-- throw a dead animal in a well and everyone's sick-- cider was the alternative. Listen here to an NPR feature on why.

What to drink: Woodchuck

1.You're gluten intolerant.

Since there's no wheat, oat, barley, or rye in cider, it's safe for folks with celiac disease.

What to drink: Either

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