Paynter’s The Pilgrim is one of those ciders that bridges the gap between clean, contemporary ciders made from eating apples, or often apple juice concentrate (think Bulmers, Magners and so on) and the traditional ciders of Europe. While The Pilgrim is a clean cider, it uses traditional cider apples to give a more intense fruit expression. This is also very dry and the lack of residual sugar means The Pilgrim wears it’s acidity on its sleeve. The result is an approachable, yet thoroughly more adult-feeling cider, ideal for drinkers seeking a simple, fruit-forward cider with a bit more complexity and challenge than the usual supermarket offerings.
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The Bottleneck is run by Dylan Jauslin. He's the manager of Golding’s Free Dive in Wellington. It all started when I took a trip to Germany after graduating high school. I’d drunk beer before before in New Zealand and never liked it. Frankly I hated it. It was with trepidation then, that I went to a pub in a forest, somewhere in south-west Germany and ordered a beer (I couldn’t legally drink back in NZ so I was making the most of it). It was amber and tasted caramelly, but mostly what I remember how good it was. Holy shit, I didn’t know beer could taste like that. I have no idea what it was, but I will never forget you, random German beer!
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