New Belgium may have the Fat Tire, but Minnesota is probably the only state where it makes sense to produce a cider called the Fat Bike. It is almost impossible to make it through a Minnesota winter without seeing at least one committed cyclist cruising down the streets in below-0 temperatures on a fat bike, specially made to accommodate the snowy conditions. These folks are hardy, dedicated, and complete lunatics. I barely want to take the time to warm up my car in the winter, much less ride a bike.
Sociable’s flagship cider, the Freewheeler, doesn’t really do it for me. The Fat Bike, on the other hand, was fantastic. Being a semi-dry cider, the Fat Bike excites my palate in a much gentler way than the full-dry Freewheeler, and the mulled nature of the beverage brings a host of spices to every sip. Though the cider only comes in at 5.2% ABV, I think my proximity to the imperial cider double-header tricked my brain into thinking the Fat Bike packed even more of a punch. The aroma of mulled cider is always delightful, combining the already pleasant smell of apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
This marks the fourth of Sociable’s ciders on my list, and apart from the Freewheeler, I think I’ve enjoyed every one of them. If they can consistently produce ciders on the quality of the Fat Bike and the Burnout, I can see them cementing a place as a big cider player in Minnesota.
The Ciderman’s Rating: 9/10
*Also, side note: I’m going to try to take more cider pictures at work. Way more interesting to look at than counters and tables.