Cider is the next big thing when it comes to adult beverages. While the craft beer scene in the Boise area has exploded, cider is barely a blip on the radar screen—but the Meriwether Cider Company just might change that. Created by two generations of the Leadbetter family and named for their ancestor, Meriwether Lewis, the company's taproom and brewhouse are located in Garden City (for more, see Food, this page). Bombers of Meriwether's delicious, drier ciders are starting to appear on store shelves around town, priced at about $7-$8. Check meriwethercider.com for locations and taproom hours.
Cherry Thyme Bomb
A pale garnet in the glass, the aromas are a subtle mix of candied cherry and thyme. The flavors in this blend of sweet and sour cherries are rich but refreshing, centering on the sour cherry side with just a subtle, balancing sweetness that's capped by the flavors of thyme. The finish is long and lively.
A crystal clear, straw colored pour, you get very ripe, freshly picked apple aromas on the nose. It's refreshingly crisp on the palate with a light, tongue tickling effervescence. Tart apple flavors lead off, backed by a light, fruity sweetness. There's a nice touch of apple peel bitterness on the dry finish.
Pours a hazy, pale straw color, the aromas are elegantly structured, like a softer version of ginger ale but without the prickly bubbles. With the barest hint of fizz in the mouth, it's filled with bright, tart apple with a lovely hint of ginger. A touch more spice comes through on the apple pie finish.