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Second Brew - Crispin Artisanal Reserve, Honey Crisp

June 05, 2014

For our second brew, we asked Bryan Fitzmartin to review (and this name is somewhat of a mouthful) "Crispin Artisanal Reserve, Honey Crisp." Which is a cider pegged by Crispin cider as "Smooth and Crisp with Organic Honey."  This sounds like a serious, hardcore brew, from a special reserve, so we asked Bryan to take a look at this one and see what he thought, beer expert as he is.  Bryan had this to say: "this review requires some subtlety," he directly said, after finishing his glass and having some time to go over it.  "Think of it this way," he said, "this is a very decent cider, and nice to drink.  You could never claim it wasn't." He then went on, "and I would recommend this as a 'decent' cider that's 'nice to drink' for anyone.  But there's the problem." Bryan continued and said that though this was definitely a cider worth drinking, there was nothing special about it that rose to the level of "Artisan (or Artisanal as they call it) Reserve."  "While it is decent cider," he explained, “it doesn't meet the moniker of particularly special, just very solid.  Therefore, the name is misleading," he explained.  "There is nothing that makes it rise to that level of special reserve.  So while it is a 'decent,' and take note of the word, brew for anyone to drink, it is not so special that it rises high above other ciders as the name would imply. But definitely worth trying on a calm summer afternoon, but not to impress any beer geeks.  Try it for yourself though;” he explained “you can enjoy the smooth taste on a baseline level, but not any higher than that as the name implies."  Huh, that makes sense; we thank Bryan for clearing that one up for us regarding “Crispin Artisanal Reserve, Honey Crisp.” Bryan clearly knows his brews, and we're glad he could nail this one down for us, as he's clearly done for us once again.  Join us for our next brew where we show you all the best beers for the best summer!  Our thanks again to beermaster Bryan Fitzmartin!