Bad Decisions and the three-foot cider pour
By itself, hard cider can be kind of boring. When poured at arm's length, it's much more interesting -- but not necessarily more tasty.
A few days ago Bad Decisions owner John Reusing told me about a cider called Sarasola Sagardoa he'd gotten from Spain that needed a three-foot pour. The cider is flat, and supposedly, the super high pour makes it all bubbly 'n' stuff.
I hit up Bad Decisions last night to see this epic pour first hand. Reusing kind of cheated by putting one of those metal pours in the top of the bottle, but I'll let him slide because he looks more Irish than Spanish.
Reusing stepped out to the side of the bar, where he wouldn't accidentally splash himself or others, lifted the bottle up over his head and poured it like a champion. He only missed the glass a little bit.
I don't know if the cider was worth all the effort, though ...
Reusing saw my pained facial expressions, and offered to pour me a small glass of another cider he had -- an Etienne Dupont 2008. The Etienne was sweeter and more full-bodied than the Sarasola, but I couldn't get over the sulfurous nose.
It smelled like feet. Or raw eggs. Take your pick.
Somehow, I managed to finish my little champagne glass worth of the Etienne. That was enough fancy Spanish cider for one night. And possibly, a lifetime.
(Photo by me)