Cider is one of those drinks I could see getting into in an alternate life. (I feel the same about tequila and maybe rum). Of all the ciders mentioned in this thread I don't think I've had a single one, which I regret. If a pub organised a cider tasting I'd go to get some education in this area. I recall in England at real ale pubs a craft cider or two was sometimes available. This cider was often dispensed from a small cask on the bar counter by thumb taps. It was often described by interesting variant names such as Zum Zider (almost sounds Dutch - I thought they brought hopped beer to Britain, not cider
), Scrumpy Cyder, Old Scrump and so forth. (Now I see where "apple scrumping" in the The Who's song 5:15 on Quadrophenia came from although I think that meant kids nabbing stray apples from orchards, not getting high on cider). Anyway some of those local ciders were really good, they were intensely dry almost like a traditional lambic and usually strong. At first the dryness seemed odd but then you got used to it and it had an appeal of its own. I wonder if any of the Canadian ciders taste like that. I've made a note to try the next Canadian draft cider I see.
When I was at McGill in the late 1960's we used to buy cider from farms in Rougemont and go on rambles in the area, eg, up Pain de Sucre hill which has nice views of the surrounding countryside. It was only a few years later that you could buy cider in grocery stores in Montreal so I now realise the farmers must have sold the home brew under the table. We also bought fresh white loaves and curd cheese from them and ate it with the cider at the top of the hill. The winding walk down was much easier than the climb.
That cider was fairly good and quite dry, somewhat like the English scrumpy.