I don't drink beer. Something about the aftertaste that it leaves and the foamy suds it makes just don't sit well with me. However, when companies started making alcoholic ciders, I was all in.

Downeast Cider based out of Boston was conceived in a dorm room at Bates College in Lewiston. According to the Downeast Cider website, brothers Ross and Matt Brockman came up with the idea of unfiltered craft cider and released their first unfiltered Original Blend in 2011. I've been a fan ever since.

They started branching out and adding flavors, my favorite of which is Blackberry. I should say, WAS my favorite until this one showed up.

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I picked up this 4-pack of Downeast Blue Slushie cider at Yankee Spirits this weekend in Sturbridge, Massachusetts while I was at a pinball convention next door. This place was huge, like a Walmart for booze. Pay attention Maine. Massachusetts and New Hampshire really know how to do liquor stores.

It's just what it appears to be without saying the name on the can because that would cost Downeast a lot of money and kind of go against the kid-friendly image of Slush Puppie. Yeah, I said it because was all know it. I mean they even used the same font as Slush Puppie, including the lowercase "i."

Does it taste like the delicious treat that it's inspired by? Sort of. It's cider, so you can't expect it to taste exactly the same, but it comes close using what they have to work with. Slushie authenticity aside, it's my new favorite Downeast Cider, but of course, it's only available for a limited time. I've yet to find any here in Maine or New Hampshire, so I bought 12 cans worth. If you know where to find it, share the love in the comments before it's gone.

And no, I have not frozen one yet, but it's on my to-do list as soon as I figure out the best way to do that. I'll let you know the results.

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