Exciting news for cider fans, Toronto’s very own Brickworks Ciderhouse has officially launched their new Queen Street 501 Cider. Brickworks Ciderhouse founders Chirs Noll and Adam Gerrits made their long time dream a reality in 2013 by launching the city's first craft cidery and releasing their first cider called 'Batch 1904'. The 1904 cider is crisp and tart yet very refreshing and the name refers to the year of the Great Toronto Fire, when much of the city was devastated by flames. The new cider garners it’s name from the notable 501 Queen Streetcar route which is actually the longest operating streetcar route in North America. The route travels throughout 8 major neighbourhoods of Toronto which inspired Brickworks to craft their cider with 8 types of Ontario Heritage apples representing the diversity of the route. The new cider is semi-sweet with a bold burst of apple flavour and is quite easy to drink especially on a sweltering day.
The launch party started off at Betty’s pub located at 240 King Street East . Guests were able to try the new cider and meet some of the team who work at Brickworks. The party quickly moved aboard the vintage 501 Queen Streetcar specially commissioned for the event. We rode down Queen Street as pedestrians waved and took pictures at the rare sight. While on the bus we all sang to some well-known covers played by a 3-piece band and feasted on complimentary hot dogs by Fancy Franks. The last stop of the night was at the Firkin on King where there was an abundance of cider, food and music available.
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Supporting local beer/cider companies has always been important to me so it's really great to see that Brickworks now has two available ciders at the LCBO. Brickworks takes pride in creating small batch cider using 100% Ontario apples that are no further than a 300 km radius of the ciderhouse. They also give back by donating 5% of all profits to charities focusing on green initiatives.