It's officially cider weather: Here's 7 Irish craft ciders to kick off the summer in style
It's summer now.
Forget about the lack of beer gardens, the closed restaurants, and the refunded festival tickets.
This is the world we live in, and we must embrace it.
The next few months are going t0 be unlike any summer any of us have ever experienced, and although every single of us would much rather be jetting off to some place exotic, that doesn't mean that we can't enjoy ourselves while staying put inside our gaffs.
The pubs may be closed, but online drinks deliveries are not. Beer gardens are off limits, but your own garden is not. Ireland is shut down, but the weather has been - for the most part - class.
Why not use this time to get super into craft ciders and blow all your mates out of the water the next time they suggest a Bulmers at the bar?
"I'm into craft cider now," you tell them. "I'm better than you."
So, to get you started here's a series of delicious craft ciders brewed right here in Ireland. You'll never go back to Devil's Bit again.
Imagine a cider but fermented in Bourbon casks for six months before being allowed to mature for 12 months and you've got yourself a bottle of this stuff.
Smokey and woody (in a good way), Dan Kelly's cider is gluten-free and suitable for vegans. It's also far more delicious than most ciders that aren't left alone to mature in a whiskey barrel for an extended period of time.
Tipp's own Longways has been brewing cider in the county's Suir Valley for a few years now. They've even bagged themselves a few awards for their cider and their elderflower frizzante - so you know it's the good stuff.
Their orchard is also home to 16 bee hives, allowing the insects to pollinate the apple trees and produce delicious natural honey.
What's left is an incredibly fragrant cider that's smooth in taste and in texture.
Coming in at an impressive 14% (!), this cider is as far away from casual cans with the lads as you're gonna get.
Sweet, dark, and as rich as one would imagine a high percentage cider to be, Tawny is best served with a dessert, some cheese, or as part of some elaborate cocktail you've been working on perfecting.
Think of it more of fine wine than a classic cider and you're sorted. If you're into your dessert wines, that is.
Brewed in Cork and fermented for a full year before being bottled, Longueville House's latest cider offering is called Mór - and Mór it is.
At 8% and fermented for 12 months in apple brandy casks, this particular cider has got a smokey, fresh kick that you wouldn't usually get from your standard apple-based alcoholic drink.
Just go easy on it, yeah?
A little something for the 0% among us, the aforementioned Stonewell have also got a non-alcoholic cider brewing in their barrels.
The cider is fermented before the alcohol is entirely removed using osmosis, leaving the delicious taste of the brewed apples with none of the alcohol percentage.
While a lot of cider you'd grab in cans is made using a lot of additional sugar and water, most craft ciders aren't.
Con's is one of them, using at least 85 percent of apples in their drinks to ensure that their product as 'real' as can be.
Award-winning, tasty, and pumped full of history, Legacy's craft cider is sweet and dry, while still having a freshness that's often lost with other dry ciders.
It's also naturally gluten free and vegan. Everybody wins.