Cider News – June 15, 2018

Father's Day Cider Recipes

1) Cider Culture suggests you Try These Cider-Infused Recipes for Father’s Day. And don’t forget the dozens of holiday recipes at

2) Virtue Cider shares its Cider Cocktails: Summer Edition with a handful of refreshing recipes.

3) Maria Kennedy (of Cider With Maria) writes for the New York Folklore Society on Fruit in the Forest: Foraging Apples and Pressing Cider in the Finger Lakes. (Also in the Finger Lakes: Cummins Nursery encourages you to Place Your Custom Budding Orders for Exotic Apple Trees in the USDA Repository.)

4) Good Fruit Grower documents the student-led Palouse Wild Cider Breeding Program in WSU reveals its wild cider.

5) Also at Good Fruit Grower, New potential for old apples explores the renewed interest for growing traditional varieties in modern orchard systems.

6) Redfield Radio launches with Episode 1 about “craft cider” and Episode 2 about cider styles. The Ciderist Podcast launches with a Raging Cider & Mead interview. Cider Chat talks Barrels & Bâtonnage with Ontario’s FieldBird Cider. And the Portland Beer Podcast chats with Bad Granny Hard Cider.

7) Scotland’s Caledonian Cider Co asks How low can you go? Juice limbo with mainstream UK ciders. And The Morning Advertiser interviews NACM chief exec Fenella Tyler about taxation, Brexit, and industry trends.

8) On tap in Europe: the Royal Three Counties Show in Worcestershire and the 3rd Annual Slavnost Cideru festival in Prague.

9) On tap in the US: The Widmer Brothers Beer Garden in Portland, Oregon hosts Snakebite Showdown 2018 on Saturday with 17 different cider + beer collaborations. Check out Episode 69 of the Portland Beer Podcast for details.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews 1911 Tropical Hard Cider and Devil’s Bit Mountain CiderCider Says reviews Locust Watermelon and 2 Towns Easy Peasy Lemon SqueezyCider Couple spend an afternoon at Downeast Cider’s Back PorchThe Cider Critic tours Herefordshire in 36 hour cider adventure (Chapter 1)The Cider Drinker reviews Orchard Pig The Hogfather. Cider Explorer reviews Blakstoc Buddha’s Hand Lemon CiderB. Nektar The Dude’s Rug, and Oliver’s Traditional Cider. And Real Cider Reviews tries Cheeky Grog Kingston Heritage.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 8, 2018

Colorado Cider Week

1) Colorado Cider Week kicks off on Saturday with The Pressed Fest in Longmont.

2) Cider In Love—an “online curator of fine, heritage ciders”—has launched. The marketplace currently features Alpenfire, Eaglemount, Liberty, Orchard Hill, Redbyrd Orchard, Slyboro, Snowdrift, South Hill, and Tilted Shed.

3) Food & Wine believes that Dry Cider Deserves Your Attention. And Cider Culture shares How to Create a Summer Cheese Board.

4) Cider Chat Episode 131 is all about Cider Barrels. And Episode 1 of the Food + Science Podcast features the cider-related work of Greg Peck, Chris Gerling, and Susan Brown at Cornell.

5) Phenotyping Apples with Modern Techniques and Historic Texts spotlights the work of Greg Peck in identifying misnamed varieties in the US such as Foxwhelp.

6) Imbibe takes us on an Inside Look of Eris Brewery and Cider House in Chicago. And Cider Culture interviews Jacob Lagoner of Embark Craft Ciderworks in Williamson, New York.

7) Crafty Nectar wonders if more stringent labeling requirements would help in #RealCider – is transparency the answer? And Fiona Beckett of The Guardian believes The future of craft cider looks rosy.

8) Imbibe UK recaps the British Cider Championships and The Ciderologist recaps the International Cider Championships at the Royal Bath and West Show. (The Cornwall Cider Championships will be held this weekend at the Royal Cornwall Show.)

9) On tap: the Minnesota Craft Cider Festival, Pour the Core: Brooklyn, and the opening of Cider Week Hudson Valley.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Rootstock Ciderworks Belgium and Shacksbury Citrus SpritzCider Says shares tasting notes from Schilling Cider House Visit 32 and reviews Apple Outlaw Pineapple Getaway and Le Brun Cidre Brut. Cidercraft reviews Ulee’s Light Cider Dry. Cider Couple review Downeast Drier SideCider Revival reviews Graft Cider Farm FlorThe Cider Drinker reviews Smirnoff Passionfruit & Lime and Burrow Hill PerryCider From Poland interviews Cydr Ignaców. And Cider Explorer reviews Cydr Ignaców Czarny Ignac 2015Adam & Eva Cider Adam, and Redbrook Chilli Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 1, 2018

Ontario Craft Cider Week

1) Ontario Craft Cider Week kicks off today with events across the province.

2) Hard Cider Sales Rebound After Two Years of Declines according to Nielsen data obtained by Forbes.

3) The Biodiversity Heritage Library releases its Pomology: Apples and Cider collection with online access to the Herefordshire Pomona, the Vinetum Britannicum, and other classic texts.

4) Virtue Cider visits its growers in Our Neighbors’ Orchards: A Late Start for Spring. (Also in Michigan: this week’s Cider Chat episode is Cider Voices from Grand Rapids.)

5) Cider Culture explores how cheesemakers use cider in Made with Cider: Jasper Hill Willoughby Washed-Rind Soft Cheese.

6) Matt Kaminsky—author of The Wild Apple Forager’s Guide—chats with the Wellness Insider Network podcast in Apples as food and medicine. (Also worth a look: So, You’re Planting a Bunch of Apples You Can’t Eat? by Al Snape of Far From the Tree Cider.)

7) Harry’s Cider of Somerset is the Supreme British Champion and Johnny Fall Down of Cork is the Supreme International Champion at the British Cider Championships at the Royal Bath & West Show. And Old Monty Cider of Mid Wales is the Champion Producer at the Welsh Perry & Cider Society Championships.

8) Entry registration is open for the Australian Cider Awards and the inaugural Japan Cider and Perry Awards.

9) On tap this weekend: the Hudson Valley Cider Festival (New York), Melick’s Hard Cider Festival (New Jersey), the opening of Minnesota Cider Week, the International Cider Festival (Rotterdam), and World Cider Day.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews 2 Towns Pearadise and WildCraft Hard CiderCider Says reviews Shacksbury Spritz and Aspall Perronelle’s BlushI Think About Beer reviews Cyril Zangs Ciderman. Cidercraft reviews Cidrerie Milton Cid RoséCiderScene reviews Treehorn MiyabiCider Table reviews Uncle John’s Apple Blueberry. Cider Couple review Cold Hollow Cider Mill Barn DanceThe Cider Drinker reviews 6 Somewhere SweetCider Explorer reviews Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling, InCide Holunder, and Maeloc Sidra Extra EcológicaCider from Poland interviews Cydr Chyliczki. And Real Cider Reviews previews the Festival Ciders at GABS Sydney and reviews Willie Smith’s Whisky Aged Cider 2016.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – May 25, 2018


1) Complete medal results are released for this year’s Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. For commentary, see Cider Sets Records at 2018 GLINTCAP by Darlene Hayes for Cidercraft, Let’s Talk GLINTCAP from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, and a personal recap from Tristan Wright of Northern Virginia’s Lost Boy Cider.

2) Cider Culture recommends 6 Garden-Fresh Ciders to Try. And Cidercraft explores The Mysterious Craft of Keeving.

3) Here Are the Top 10 US Cities for Drinking Cider according to Redfin.

4) WGBH explores the metro Boston cider scene in The Great Cider Adventure Takes Us Every Which Way But East.

5) Hard Cider News interviews Robert Brosofsky of Shoal Hope Ciderworks on Cape Cod, lists Five Ciders For National Strawberry Month, and visits with Cottonwood Cider House in North Dakota.

6) Notable profiles: Embark Craft Ciderworks (Williamson NY), Cider Creek Hard Cider (Hammondsport NY), Pierced Ciderworks (Fort Pierce FL), and Redfield Cider Bar and Bottle Shop (Oakland CA).

7) Cider Chat shares dinner with Carlo Hein of Luxembourg’s Ramborn Cider Co.

8) The Irish Post lists 14 of the best Irish ciders to enjoy in the sunshine.

9) Nagano Cider Collection is Saturday in Iida. The Cambridge Beer Festival closes on Saturday. The Welsh Perry & Cider Festival and Clytha Fest 2018 run through Monday evening. And the British Cider Championships at the Royal Bath & West Show opens on Wednesday.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Tieton Sparkling Perry and Stem Ciders PerryCiderScene helps you Get to Know the US Association of Cider MakersCider Couple reviews Downeast Original BlendCider Revival reviews Embark Farmhouse RaspberryCider Table reviews Wyndridge Black CherryThe Cider Drinker reviews Brännland Iscider Fatlagrad Barrique 2014 and Friels Raspberry, Lime & Mint. Cider Explorer answers Where to drink/buy cider in Wrocław? and reviews Goldkehlchen WeichselFloribunda Apfel-Cider, and Hogan’s Dry. And Real Cider Reviews wraps up the 2018 Batlow Cider Festival.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – May 18, 2018

1) The 13th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)—the world’s largest cider judging with nearly 1,400 entries—releases its Best in Class awards. Full medal results will be released on Friday, May 25th.

2) Mike Gillen of The Cider Table profiles the efforts of Pittsburgh’s Mike Sturges in A Few Bad Apples: From Forgotten Fruit to Sustainable Communities for Cider Culture.

3) Cornell research is growing the hard cider industry in New York spotlights the work of Greg Peck to conduct innovative research for the state’s cider industry.

4) Washington State University developing orchard system for mechanical cider apple harvest that is inspired by technology from the raspberry industry.

5) Vermont’s Shacksbury Cider encourages you to Plant Your Own Lost Apple Trees.

6) Notable profiles: Champlain Orchards (Vermont) and Dressler Estate (Pennsylvania).

7) Phil Warren of London’s Hoxton Cidersmiths asks Does the consumer know what a craft cider is? Do the cidermakers agree what a craft cider is? What can we do?

8) The Ciderologist discusses the need for a common language in We Need to Talk about Cider.

9) Henhope Cider wins the Overall Champion award in this year’s Cider Museum Hereford Cider & Perry Competition. And Loic Raison wins the Supreme Champion award in this year’s International Cider Challenge. (Also in the UK: the 45th Annual Cambridge Beer Festival with its impressive Cider and Perry lists.)

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Woodchuck Pear Ginger and Sundstrom Cider’s LiminalCider Says reviews Moonlight Meadery Thirteen 5The Milled Apple reviews Wyndridge Crafty Hopped. The Cider Drinker reviews Orchard Thieves. And Cider Explorer reviews Abavas Rabarberu Dzirkstvīns Brut, Mac Ivors Vintage Reserve Cider, and Trabanco Sidra Natural.

Enjoy your week!