Since I stopped drinking beer, and especially since my brother asked me to be part of the awesome Rocky Mountain Brew Review team, I most definitely drink a lot of cider. And although there is a lot of interesting stuff happening in Colorado around cider, the number of cideries and individual cider varieties simply pale in comparison to the number of breweries and beers there are to try here. That’s in part why I’m currently the only cider writer here. Through my various trips to the liquor store – both for personal party reasons and cider blogging reasons – I thought I had at least seen the majority of cider brewers whose brews are commercially available (whether I have blogged about them yet is a different story). Then I went out to dinner and saw a name on the menu I’d never seen before: The Infinite Monkey Theorem. That sounded like fun – I didn’t even know they were a Colorado company until I got my bright yellow can with a big old chimp’s face and checked out the label in more detail (I will hold back my commentary on the difference between monkeys and apes because the label is really ‘effing cool).
Turns out, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is actually a winery in the RiNo Art District in Denver. The Dry Hopped Pear appears to be the only cider on their menu, which might explain why it hasn’t so much been on my radar. Either way, I’m really psyched that I ordered this brew – it was a lot of fun and really, really good.
Dry Hopped Pear: The Basics
Cidery (Winery): The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Denver, CO
Style: Dry Hopped, dry cider, pear notes.
Dry Hopped Pear: The Details
I popped the can and poured this brew to see a really pale, really fizzy straw-colored cider. The first whiff coming out of the can and my glass were of the freshest, most juicy pears you can imagine – fresh, and almost minty in their crispness. As I took my first sip, I was overwhelmed with the pear flavor, and actually wondered where those hops were. The answer came soon enough. As the cider breathed, the pear eventually took a back seat while the Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops that were added to this brew came onto the scene. These particular hop varietals are known for their deep, citrusy flavors (go figure), which gave a nice grapefruity, somewhat bitter undertone that eventually did a good job cutting through the sweetness of the pear. The hops made themselves more and more apparent as the cider warmed, which was a welcome shift. By the end of my glass, I was almost reminded of a very, very light beer, as the apples never made themselves super apparent throughout my experience. Despite my initial worry that this cider would be too sweet to enjoy start to finish, I actually found that the flavors of pear and hops married very beautifully into a well-balanced, well-sweetened drink. It was easy to drink this cider, and I have no trouble seeing myself crushing through a 6-er of these during a party or barbecue.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that in a room filled with monkeys tapping away at typewriters, given infinite time, those monkeys would inevitably re-create any work of literature, even The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. I think that is sort of apropos to my experience with this namesake cider: given infinite time, a cider blogger will inevitably stumble upon classic works of brewing genius, including such works as this Dry Hopped Pear. Infinite Monkey Theorem’s website says to pair this brew with “sunshine and friends, and anything from BBQ to spicy curry.” Yes. This cider, crisp and light as it was, totally stood up to and refreshed me from my garlicky, mushroom-y pizza, and even though I was drinking it at night (so, no sunshine), I can totally see these little yellow cans being a giant hit at my next BBQ (maybe if we get another string of hot autumn days) or outside adventure. Give this one a try, and see for yourself the infinite possibilities.