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You can get Hard cider is avalible in the states, but most cider sold here is fresh or bottled and non-alcoholic.
To clarify a bit perhaps, I don't know if you in GB have the term "soft-drinks"? Here it's a blanket term for non-alcoholic beverages, but it usually refers to soda or iced tea perhaps sometimes to fizzy mineral water, not so much to hot tea, coffee, or water. Hard usually refers to a drink that most commonly doesn't contain alcohol, but does in it's particular case. We have a somewhat popular product "Mike's Hard Lemonade", essentially lemonade spiked with some kind of colorless distilled spirit. Maybe it's not so different on your side of the pond, I don't know.
We use the term 'soft drink' for the stuff you would call soda. I have never heard of a British drink made with scrumpy - nothing that's available nationally fits that description at least not that I know of. Maybe a regional thing from the one of the three cider making counties; Cornwall, Devon or Somerset? Sounds nice whatever it is.
MrNemo- I'll have to look for some French ones around here, haven't seen any yet but here's hoping. So where are you located? I ask to make the search for those others easier.
I wish my memory was a bit clearer, but it might be snakebite then. If so, what type of beer would they use?
I've noticed that a lot of the domestic ciders are pretty tart, probably because of the citric acid etc they add. So many are not something I'd buy very often. Also some have a distinct vineger(sp?) taste which I dislike, unless it's a very faint trace. One time I tried a Crispin and it had that taste, probably not worth buying again-for me. So far my fave is a domestic scrumpy, no offensive characteristics. From looking at the labels of many bottles, they are often only partially cider, mixed with a few other ingredients. Must keep up the search, I guess...
Ah, makes sense. A heavy ale might not mix so well, now as I think about it, maybe an IPA could work (I crave hops).
My only disappointment with the ciders is that it seems the good ones are pretty expensive, at least around here. Are they really that costly to produce?