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2016 12 08 12.43.42

Bernie's Best Gravenstein apple cider: The last time I was a Cheeseboard, I purchased an excellent bottle of Autumn Blend apple cider from Bernie's Best. This time, I opted for the only other flavor available at the pizzeria: Gravenstein apple. Unfortunately, this flavor lacked the depth achieved in the Autumn Blend and altogether tasted pretty typical for a decent store-bought apple cider. Not bad by any means, but also not worth going out of the way for. 3.0/5.0

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2016 12 03 16.20.24

Berkeley Bowl Organic Gravenstein Apple Sauce: During the weeks leading up to thanksgiving, these jars of apple sauce were prominently displayed at the entrance of Berkeley Bowl. The apple sauce is sweet and textured with a nice amount of autumn spices. My one of the best apple sauces I've had, but a good value. 3.0/5.0

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Bernie's Best Organic Autumn's Best Apple Cider: I live very close to Cheeseboard in Berkeley and hadn't had their pizza since I moved in. On a whim back from running errands, and noticing there was a shorter line than normal, I stopped by this popular spot to re-taste the pizza I found exceptional five years earlier. To accompany the pizza, I grabbed an apple cider I hadn't seen before from their drinks fridge: Bernie's Best. The drink lists no nutrition facts, only that the cider is made fresh with apples from Pomo Tierra Orchards in Yo... (read more) 5.0/5.0

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Found apple cinnamon sparkling water: Somewhere between a soda and flavored seltzer (with 14g of sugar), this drink does a remarkable job capturing the tart quality of a crisp apple. So much so that the aftertaste reminds me a bit of sour candies. It left my throat feeling like I just had a sharp lemonade. The amount of carbonation is spot on, and the cinnamon is present but not overpowering. 3.5/5.0

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R.W. Knudsen spiced pear drink: While this juice consists predominantly of apple and pear juice from concentrate, the flavor is undeniably festive and perfect for the late fall. Spiced cinnamon and clove add to this well balanced drink, which is good hot or cold. Definitely on the sweet side, but I still enjoyed it. 4.0/5.0

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Hint crisp apple water: Those bubbles on the packaging are just from the impact of the fruit falling into the water, not because the drink is carbonated (which I had wrongly assumed). This unsweetened drink has no artificial ingredients, but the flavor somehow reminds me of green apple flavored blowpops. Perhaps it's because green apples never taste quite as sweet as they do in this drink. 2.0/5.0

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