The monkey was playing with it, went off his rocker, and hurled a bottle my way.
This has a crown cap.
I haven't seen or needed to open one of those in years, perhaps 20+ years at least.
Last time I likely used a pair of pliers, but this fancy doubled hinged thingie I got from Woot to do corks also does crown caps; but I had pliers as a backup.
The label says it's 3G. That's kinda old school in a 4G world I'd think.
Wait, the G's are Golden Delicious, Gala and Granny Smith.
Hard Cider to be precise.
Isn't this a fall~winter beverage?
It's just spring now, unless I've warped to the southern hemisphere, but then Julian CA wouldn't be just 66km away.
I have absolutely no idea what to do with this or what it should taste like, so I went and got this nearly identical looking brown bottle from the local mountain town of Julian as a benchmark.
I'm now confronted with two bottles of this apple stuff that have both chilled in the fridge overnight and need to find glassware of some type.
Stemware? Don't think so.
Tumbler? Yeah, that should work, I've got some clear glass ones.
Ok, in a glass it rather looks like a well pigmented bubbly, very pale straw, but they (bubbles) dissipate ~fast~. A few minutes after the pour and I can count all of them on one hand, so it's nothing at all like those pressurized bottles that spray all over if you don't uncork them just right.
It smells kinda yeasty, tart maybe, if that is a smell.
Taste, yowsa. That was unexpected.
Perhaps the only hard cider I've had was when the un-pasteurized stuff got kept a bit too long and got a bit of a bite to it.
I actually kinda liked that. Still reminded me of cider, but with a bit of a kick.
This is NOT at all like that.
Both of these, to SWMBO and I, are bitter, and have a metallic overtone that are just not at all pleasant, much less refreshing, and they both leave a kind of funky taste that entirely coats my mouth and sent me off to grab a glass of water.
After it sat around a half hour or so, the aroma rather reminded me of stale beer.
Oh, this monkey bottle is
Attila, Scourge of God Hard Apple Cider
that was compared to
Julian 'Harvest Apple" Hard Cider of unknown apple varieties.
From the back label it is suggested I can learn more about Attila Hard Cider at
but the link is dead, rather like this bottle for me; well, there is a landing page with zero content.
Sorry folks, clearly neither I, nor SWMBO with similar comments, are hard cider fans and have less than zero appreciation for the craft. YMMV, but I just call 'em as I taste 'em.
Hopefully there will be some reporting in that know this beverage and can appreciate and properly express what they are tasting for those that are fans of hard cider. For now, I'll stick to plain cider and apples.