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Cider – Harringtons/ Brotherhood – Island Time Cider

Harrington’s Brotherhood Island Time Cider. I was lucky enough to have Harrington’s in Christchurch send me some in an out of the blue pre-christmas delivery.  It might just be too hot to drink beer, and the next best thing, some would say the only thing, left would a cider. This one is exotic, unusual and yet familiar too.

a perfect blend

This is 1.25 rigger of Cider that is 5%, making about 49 standard drinks worth,  it’s about 150 calories a serve size.

Brewed by Harringtons Breweries  and the Brotherhood Cidery this on is in the style that is a Cider  and it’s from Christchurch, New Zealand

Cider Sunday

There’s no rush.

No stress.

You’re on island time.

Kick off your jandals and take your sweet, sweet time enjoying a perfect blend of toasted coconut and pineapple.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

You open this and there is apple, and then coconut and a hint of pineapple, but mostly coconut.

It’s a cloudy cider. I wasn’t really expecting something this cloudy.  Aroma is Pineapple in the glass, it’s nice.

There’s a sourness bite in there, tangy, but there is a bundle of both the pineapple and the coconut that makes this quite surprising and frankly rather nice.

It’s not overly sweet either, that sharp tang keeping this in check and making your mouth alive.  The apple base in this makes this a nice balance between traditional and familiar.

It’s a heady mix of tastes and enjoyment that would make this a lovely sunny afternoon drink, or be equally at ease at the after sun BBQ,

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. This is rather too easy drinking, and whilst I don’t think it is too sweet it is still sugary to taste, pineapple will do that, and this has pineapple in buckets. It has coconut in buckets too. It is a fine bit of drinking.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Harrington’s sent me some, but they do say it’s going to available generally
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes
  • Would I have another? A south island availability means that I’d love to but might not get a chance to.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think so, this is refreshing tasty and original. There’s no mistaking that this has a cider base either there is that sharp bite if you care to look for it. Bring summer.

Music for this:   Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra on the Spotify

I’m playing this on Vinyl of course, because you know, vinyl Sunday..

Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in October 1977.


Made from fermented apple juice, cider comes in a number of varieties. English cider is dry, with fruity, tannic qualities and low carbonation. This can be found cask-conditioned in England. Normandy is another major cider-producing region, with a sweeter, more effervescent, very complex style. Ciders produced elsewhere are often sweet, simple beverages for mass consumption, though there are some good English-style ciders in North America and Norman-style ciders in Quebec.





4 comments on “Cider – Harringtons/ Brotherhood – Island Time Cider

  1. kingmidget
    December 17, 2017

    Hold on a sec … too hot to drink beer? Does such a thing exist?


    • Philip Walter
      December 17, 2017

      Well quite. It’s very unusually hot here and the fridge seems stacked towards winter wonderful stouts and heavier beers, and they’d be wasted on me having just mowed the few weeds that grew on the lawn in the recent sprinkling of rain.

      . Then there’s the domestic beers, and someone, no names mentioned, drank all them, so I had something heavy and exotic or some Cider, and there’s nothing wrong with a cider, I won’t make a habit of it though.

      The Album was a bit light too, there’s only a couple of stand out tracks on there, Mr.BlueSky and Wild West Hero for instance, and they come in late in the piece.


      • kingmidget
        December 17, 2017

        I understand if all you had were stouts and heavier beers. I guess. But what is this about somebody, unmentioned of course, who drank all the hot weather beers? This needs to be addressed.

        As for the music, I’ll need to check it out.


      • kingmidget
        December 17, 2017

        Ah, ELO … love to hear their old hits come up on the radio every now and then. Never actually listened through one of their albums. Will need to give it a try.


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