Cider News – August 26, 2016


Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing:

The Spillover

Credit: Zachary Fagenson / Miami New Times

1) “The goal is to educate Miami on a category of an amazing drink that hasn’t been represented properly.” Matt Kuscher’s new restaurant—The Spillover—pairs sustainable seafood with quality cider. Based on the dozens of glowing Yelp reviews, the concept is a hit. Read more from the Miami New Times in Coconut Grove’s The Spillover Has Enough Cider and Mead to Swim In.

2) The new issue of Cidercraft Magazine should reach your mailbox (or inbox!) soon. My educational feature Cider’s Sweet Spot: The Balancing Act Between Cider and Sugar begins on Page 64. Visit to subscribe to the print or digital edition.

3) Adrienne So writes for Slate on Why artisanal hard cider-makers hate the sweet stuff sold in six-packs. Quoted in the article are Autumn Stoscheck of Eve’s Cidery, Melissa Madden of Good Life Cider, Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, and Kevin Zielinski of E.Z. Orchards. (If the 200 comments at Slate and 50 comments at Reddit are any indication, this topic elicits strong emotions.)

4) Boise State University in Idaho will offer The Business of Craft Cider course on October 17-21. The course—which is led by Dr. Chris Blanchard of Longdrop Cider—will allow students to experience a working orchard and cidery and to learn about recipe and fermentation processes, strategic planning, and the sourcing needs required to start and run a successful cidery.

5) Cider Chat interviews Colin Davis of Shacksbury, the Portland Beer Podcast interviews Abram Goldman-Armstrong of Cider Riot!, and Beer Sessions Radio chats with the crews from Millstone and ANXO.

6) The Herefordshire cider community pays tribute to Ivor Dunkerton, who has died at the age of 83. Dunkertons Cider was founded in 1980 with a commitment to organic fruit and traditional cidermaking methods. The company will continue under the ownership of Ivor’s son Julian, and their ciders and perries will soon be available in the US. For more on Dunkertons, read the Adam and Eve chapter of James Crowden’s excellent book Ciderland.

7) The Cider Link is an online craft cider marketplace where Australian cider drinkers can purchase cider directly from Australian cidermakers. Visit Shipping to learn more about the process, and Makers for detailed interviews with the participating cidermakers.

8) The second annual Toronto Cider Festival takes place on Saturday. The inaugural Rigtig Cider event takes place on Sunday as part of the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival. And coming to a close this weekend are the Fiesta de la Sidra Natural in Gijón, Asturias and Tokyo Cider Week in Japan.

9) On tap in the US: Cider Dayze at Blake’s Hard Cider in Armada, Michigan and the Cider Circus at Copper Mountain Resort in Frisco, Colorado.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Lyme Bay Cider Company’s Jack Ratt Vintage DryDrinking Cider reviews Woodchuck GumptionAngry Orchard The Old FashionedWilliam Premium Hard CiderBaladin Sidro, Stem Ciders Malice, and Far From The Tree NovaCider Says reviews Alpenfire Calypso – Blackberry Rum Barrel Aged CiderLe Brun Organic CidreMagners Original Irish Cider, and Reverend Nat’s ¡Tepache!. The Milled Apple reviews Bold Rock Peach CiderFoggy Ridge Handmade, and Blacksmiths Winery Fatty BampkinsThe Cider Drinker video reviews Rich’s Golden Years Lambrook Pippin. And Real Cider Reviews tries Small Acres Appscato.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – August 19, 2016


Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing:

1) The 25th Annual Fiesta de la Sidra Natural opens in Gijón, Asturias. Among the many noteworthy events are a professional cider pouring competition and a world-record simultaneous cider pouring on Playa de Poniente (last year’s record was 8,564 bottles). See the official festival program for full details.

2) Meredith Collins at Along Came a Cider embarks on The Great Vermont Cider Tour. Day 1 highlights include Farnum Hill Cider, Fable Farm Fermentory, and Stowe Cider. Day 2 highlights include Citizen Cider, Champlain Orchards, and Sunrise Orchards. And Day 3 highlights include Shacksbury Cider, Woodchuck Cider, and Slyboro Ciderhouse.

3) Ronald Sansone writes for Cider Culture on Drinking Cider in and Around Burlington, Vermont. In addition to the interactive map, there are many helpful shopping, dining, and lodging suggestions for a weekend road trip in Vermont.

4) Also at Cider Culture, Ellen Burkhardt profiles Rob Fisk of Wyndfall Cyder in Minnesota. Wyndfall recently moved its production to a 300+ acre orchard roughly 45 minutes from Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

5) The latest Cider Chat episode is Women Leaders in Cider for New York. Sara Grady is the founding producer of Cider Week New York, and Jennifer Smith is the executive director of the New York Cider Association.

6) Cider Says shares her Cider Summit Seattle 2016 Preview. The 7th annual event will be held on September 9th and 10th. And CiderScene recaps the Chicago South Loop Beer & Cider Fest that was held on August 6th.

7) Christian Conahan writes for Sip Northwest Magazine on Orchard Based: 6 Cideries to Sip Apple-side. One of those cideries is the excellent Rack & Cloth, which will have a one-night-only Pop-Up Taproom at Reverend Nat’s this evening.

8) The annual Apfelweinfestival in Frankfurt comes to a close this weekend. The inaugural Tokyo Cider Week begins on Monday. (Anyone going? I’d love to know more!)

9) On tap in the US: Woodchuck’s Ciderstock in Middlebury, Vermont; St. Cloud CiderFest in Minnesota; the Sausage and Cider Fest in Covington, Washington; the BlackBird Cider Works Summer Cider Festival in Barker, New York; and the opening weekend of Traverse City Cider Week in Michigan.

10) Drinking Cider reviews Talbott’s Scrappy AppleCider Says reviews Number Six Dry 99Eden Imperial 11 Rosé, and Sea Cider FlagshipThe Milled Apple reviews Bold Rock IPA (India Pressed Apple)Sipology reviews Vander Mill Ginger Peach. The Ciderist reviews Aspall Dry English Cider and Citizen Cider bRoséThe Cider Drinker video reviews Dunkertons Dry and Ampleforth Abbey Traditional. And Cider Steve reviews Hogan’s Cider Pukhraj.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – August 12, 2016


Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing:

Great Society Cider & Mead

1) Great Society Cider & Mead in Long Beach, California opens to great fanfare. Once you’ve checked out their cider list and food menu, read more about the new cider pub from the Long Beach PostL.A. Weekly, and the Long Beach Press Telegram.

2) Portland Cider Company announces plans to produce a “community cider” that will benefit Oregon Wild, a leading conservation organization. Learn more about the PDX Community Apple Drive and how to contribute your backyard apples to the cause.

3) Michael Agnew writes for the Star Tribune on Looking for hard cider? New crop of Minnesota flavors reaches market. Mentioned in the article are Milk & Honey Ciders, Number 12 Cider HouseKeepsake Cidery, and Sapsucker Farms’ Yellow Belly Hard Cider. (For more on Milk & Honey, check out Hard Cider Is Booming In Popularity, And A Cold Spring Orchard Is Leading The Way.)

4) Orchardist and fruit explorer Eliza Greenman sees watercore in apples as a feature, not a bug. Learn more in watercore: a natural additive for hard cider in the south. (Hear more from Eliza in An Apple Quest – Gravy Episode 43).

5) Cider Chat interviews Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the Northwest Cider Association.

6) Cider Says attended Summer Cider Day last weekend in Port Townsend, Washington. She recaps the important details in The Event and shares her Tasting Notes in a well-photographed separate post.

7) Join the crew at Wassail on Saturday for Single Tree Ciders with Awestruck. Casey Vitti and Patti Wilcox from Awestruck Ciders will be on hand to unveil these limited releases.

8) The Gravenstein Apple Fair will be held this weekend in Sebastopol, California. See who’s pouring in the Craft Cider Tent and learn more about local producers in Hard cider production on the rise in Sonoma County.

9) Also on tap is the opening weekend of the annual Apfelweinfestival in Frankfurt, Germany.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Seattle Cider Company Basil MintCider Says shares tasting notes from a flight at Schilling Cider House and reviews Pacory Cidre Le Costaud and Possmann Frankfurter Applewinethemilledapple reviews Potter’s Craft Cidery Sorachi AceCastle Hill Celestial, and Mayador Natural Ciderdrycider reviews Eden Cinderella’s SlipperBlack Cap Dry Cider, and Crooked Halo Genesis. And The Cider Drinker video reviews Turners ElderflowerCeltic Marches Thundering Molly, and Healey’s Pear Rattler.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – August 5, 2016


Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing:

New Belgium Side Trip Cider

Credit: Reid Ramsay / Beer Street Journal

1) New Belgium Brewing Company debuts its Side Trip Cider in select US markets. Read more about the Dry and Semi-Dry cider offerings from New Belgium in Beer Street Journal and Paste Magazine.

2) Brewery Ommegang and Nine Pin Cider Collaborate on The Lion’s Share, produced with a blend of apples sourced from Samascott Orchards and fermented with Ommegang’s proprietary house Belgian yeast. Not to be outdone, Reverend Nat’s took part in A Collaboration of Collaborations that features three wine-beer-sangria-cider mashups from four different Portland beverage producers.

3) Full results from the Portland International Cider Cup are announced. Montana CiderWorks wins Best In Show for its Darby Pub Cider, while 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Bull Run Cider, Cider Riot!, Elk Horn Brewery and Cider House, Finnriver Farm and Cidery, and Square Mile Cider were also awarded Gold Medals. (In other Portland news, New School Beer gives us a First Look at Cider Riot! Pub that is set to open on August 11th.)

4) The August 31st issue of Wine Spectator features Cider at the Table: A traditional American libation enters the modern era. The full article is behind a paywall, but Wassail shares an image of the print version via Twitter.

5) Cider Chat interviews Diego Rivera of Quebrada del Chucao in Chile. Their Sidra Espumante Brut Nature is available in the US via Brazos Wine Imports.

6) At Cider Culture, Ronald Sansone shares his guide to Drinking Cider in Quebec and Holly Tennant shares her Normandy and the Tour de France experience.

7) Susanna Forbes writes for Imbibe UK on how to tell your Brown Snout from your Yarlington Mill in Bittersweet symphony: Cider apple varieties.

8) On tap in England: the Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry Festival and the Great British Beer Festival in London.

9) On tap in the US: the sixth annual Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend, Washington, the third annual Ciderfeast in New York City (I’ll be there!), and the second annual Atlantic City Cider Social in New Jersey.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Griffin Ciderworks’ AfterburnerCider Says reviews Bereziartua Edición GourmetBereziartua Sidra NaturalReverend Nat’s Deliverance Gin & TonicSietsema Traditional Dry Hard Cider, and Chatter Creek Cider Pilot Project Batch “1” Golden Cider. Cider Soms review ciders and perries from Cidrerie Daufresne, Cidre Le Brun, and Sidra MayadorI think about cider reviews Worley’s Red Hen (Premium Vintage 2013)Cider Steve also reviews Worley’s Red Hen. And Real Cider Reviews tries Ramborn Cider CM Blend from Luxembourg.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – July 29, 2016


Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing:






Photo credit: The Beer Trekker

1) Aaron Burr Cider’s Andy Brennan talks to On the Road with Beer Sessions Radio and that aired on the Heritage Radio Network

2) The Western Cider Company is making a home in Missoula, Montana with the construction of a tasting room and production facility. Even more exciting to me is that this is supported by a local orchard planted for this purpose six years ago! And in Kelowna, British Columbia, the Scenic Road Cider Company is starting. and Reveille Cider is coming to Astoria, Oregon.

3) In England, volunteers replaced the roof on a historical Manchester cider barn as  part of efforts to save this orchard and cider farm.

4) At the Portland International Cider Cup there were 52 judged entries and 23 registered volunteers. Recently at the July 28th Awards Party winners were finally announced! Hopefully the results will be made public soon!

5) The Walden, New York Angry Orchard facility is enticing fans and new visitors alike with their opening of a tree house bar on site. Evidently, this isn’t news to folks with a television because this tree house was already on on Animal Planet show “Treehouse Masters.”

6) Taste the Orchard in Your Glass is an upstate New York cider event at the Finger Lakes Cider House discussing terroir, varietals, and orchard cider coming August 16th. Cider Summit Seattle Sept 9-10. If you buy your ticket this week, there is a good discount.

7) I am super jealous of folks in the Pacific North West who have a better chance of trying the new Release from Whitewood Cider company: Summer Switchel Cider blended with ginger! Another exciting cider coming soon, this time for the east coast crowd: Far From the Tree cider Ember Toasted Chai Cider. Uncle John’s Cider just released their variety pack as well.

8) There’s now an at home hard cider maker from Alchema that brings a whole new kind of simple to making cider.

9)2 Towns Ciderhouse & Portland Thorns Partner For 2016 National Women’s Soccer League Season. I’m thrilled to see a great cider company supporting women’s sports!

10) My own blog Along Came a Cider reviews Woodchuck’s Local Nectar. Cider Says tried Bertolino’s Hard Cider from Italy as well as Washington Gold Cider’s Golden Delicious, Finnriver’s Oak and Apple and Long Drop’s Vanilla Honey Cider . And Cider Scene reviewed Citizen Cider’s Lake Hopper.

Have a great weekend!


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