This summer we had the chance to try some new Ontario cider from Hoity Toity Cellars (formerly know as Carrick Wines and yes there is a Carrick in New Zealand as well).
Trysha Gellis was kind enough to set-up lunch with Gillian Fiscer whose family runs the operation out of Mildmay Ontario (north of Waterloo/Bruce Peninsula). It was fun learning about the cheeky Hoity Toity brand but we were most interested in trying the products.
Gillian provided samples of their two hard apple ciders (66 Pickup & Rusty Bling), made from apples locally grown in Bruce & Grey counties, and their delicious pear cider (Sweet Tux). We plan to visit Hoity Toity Cellars for a tour next time we are going through the Toronto / Waterloo area.
What we really liked was the fresh, crisp and fairly dry nature of these products over most of what is currently available. The 66 Pickup is a really solid cider that we’d trade for anything we’ve seen at the LCBO right now. It’s a must try, especially if you don’t like overly sweet beverages. The Rusty Bling is a unique red cider that is perfectly balanced and has just the right amount of tartness to it. The pear cider is bold, tasty and a lovely way to start or end any meal.
Trysha introduced the cider to a few of Ottawa’s neighbourhood restaurants and from what we hear, they seem to be enjoying it as much as we did! If you are in Ottawa here are a few places you can go to try the ciders for your self:
- The Wellington Gastropub
- Taylor’s Genuine Food & Wine
- Restaurant Eighteen
- Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse
- Fresco Bistro Italiano
If you like what you taste, the good news is that you can also get your hands on it by ordering directly online.
Keep your eyes open this fall as you may see this cider at some fun local events around the city! Rumour has it that it will be available at the upcoming Food Truck Rally on September 28th and the next session of thePANEL in October.
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