Cider News – March 16, 2018

Zapiain Txotx
Credit: Daniel Rodrigues / The New York Times

1) “Here, cider is not just an alcoholic beverage. It’s a way of life.” In Spanish Basque Country, Sampling Cider and an Ancient Ritual is Jason Wilson’s account of the txotx season for The New York Times.

2) Michelle McGrath talks rosé cider with Refinery29 in Everything You Need To Know About The Latest Trend In Rosé.

3) Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider is named a 2018 James Beard Award Nominee. This marks Flynt’s fourth consecutive nomination in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional category.

4) Melissa Madden tells the story of Kite & String’s GoldRush 2016 (11% ABV!) in Making Cider for the trees.

5) The latest Cider Chat episode is Stinky Cider Troubleshooting with Rebekka deKramer of Scott Labs.

6) Cidermaker profiles of note: Spoke + Spy Ciderworks (Middletown CT), Supreme Core Cider (Washington DC), Long Road Cider Company (Barretville TN), and Willamette Ale & Cider House (West Linn OR).

7) Virtue Cider encourages you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its take on the classic Snakebite.

8) Cidercraft previews Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest and other Springtime Events Made for Cider.

9) Cider Salon Bristol—a first-of-its-kind event scheduled for June 22-23—will focus on specialty bottled ciders from independent cider producers. (Check out the UK Cider Festival Guide 2018 from Crafty Nectar for other events.)

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Whitewood Olivia and Virtue The Mitten ReserveCider Says reviews Manchester Road 42Angry Orchard Rosé, and 2 Towns Passion StatementCidercraft reviews Double Mountain Brewery Oak Aged Dry and shares 6 Cider Picks from Our StaffHard Cider Reviews tries Colorado Common Hopped. The Milled Apple reviews Mainiac Mac BlueberryCider Society reviews Cider Creek Spy Games, Portland Cider Company Hop’RageousRed Clay Ciderworks Cherry Bobbin’ Trolls, and Art + Science SymbiosisCider Revival reviews Crispin Browns Lane and Bad Seed DryCiderScene reviews Urban Tree Vintage Gala, explores Boston’s Cider Scene, and interviews Crafty NectarCrafty Nectar talks ‘Hard Cider’ with CiderSceneThe Cider Drinker reviews Ex-Press Sweet and Ganley & Naish Dabinett and unboxes a package from Bembel-With-Care. And Cider Explorer reviews Abavas Apple Cider MediumSeaCider Medium Dry, and Redbrook Perry Polosuchý.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – March 9, 2018

Cider Rite of Spring

1) Saturday’s Cider Rite of Spring will feature 100+ ciders from 30+ producers across the Northwest. Listen to Cider Rite of Spring 2018 Preview from the Portland Beer Podcast for details.

2) Think Pink: 9 Rosé Ciders for the Crazed at Cidercraft and What Does Hard Cider Rosé Taste Like? at Bustle explore a variety of pink-hued ciders.

3) Dan Pucci digs through the New York Public Library archives in Peering Into the Past: Exploring Cider on Historic Restaurant Menus.

4) “The United States Association of Cider Makers strongly opposes the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.” Learn more about the association’s position in USACM Board President’s Statement on Tariffs.

5) Cider Chat interviews Phil Kelm of Gitche Gumee Ciderworks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

6) Cidercraft interviews Gretchen Perbix in Midwestern Sensibility and Apples with Sweetland Orchards.

7) One juice. Three ciders. Learn more about the unique Mid-Atlantic collaboration in Big Hill + Distillery Lane + Albemarle Joint adVENTURE Cider at Cider Culture.

8) Two Broads Cider is San Luis Obispo’s newest (most modern) hard cider yet profiles the company whose ciders include Bearded Queen, Crabby McCrabface, Kumquat May, and The Gala Agenda.

9) West Asheville businesses unite for inaugural Cider Crawl on Saturday. Visit the Cider Crawl Facebook event page for details.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Fable Farm Fermentory Greensboro and Citizen Cider TulsiCider Says reviews Finnriver Fire Barrel and Woodchuck Pear Ginger. Cidercraft reviews Common Cider Company Lemon SaisonCider Soms recap Chicago Cider WeekCiderScene is Defining Sours, Grafs & Fruit AlesThe Milled Apple reviews Norumbega ClassicCider Society reviews Millstone Rose Bonnet. Cider Revival reviews Stella Artois CidreSmith & Forge Hard CiderDowneast Original BlendCider Creek Saison Reserve, and Strongbow Gold AppleThe Cider Drinker reviews Old Jollop High Noon and Twisted Tree Hopped CiderCider Explorer reviews MacIvors MediumMr. Plūme Ābolu Karstsidrs 2016, and Ross-on-Wye Ashton Brown Jersey. And Real Cider Reviews tries Gwynt y Ddraig Gold Medal Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – March 2, 2018

Le Mondial des Cidres 2018
Credit: Jimmy Hamelin

1) Le Mondial des Cidres takes place this weekend in Montreal. The public festival showcases the craftsmanship of Quebec’s many artisan cider producers.

2) USACM Releases Updates to Its Cider Certification Program. Level 1 now focuses on material of direct relevance to distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and bar and restaurant professionals.

3) Meredith Collins’ latest Craft Cider Roundup for Cider Culture is Cozy Winter Ciders for Cold Weather Survival. Also at Cider Culture: 6 Cider Cocktails for Late Winter Survival and It’s All Coming Up Rosés: 8 Ciders to Drink to Get Your Pink On. And at Cidercraft, Celebrate the Sour: American Sidra-Style Ciders features 6 ciders made in the Asturian and Basque style.

4) “We are Buffalo’s local cider.” BlackBird Cider Works Announces New Location In Buffalo’s Black Rock Area.

5) Cider Chat interviews Rob Miller of Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Maryland.

6) David Benscoter—known as The Apple Detective—finds five more apple varieties thought to be extinct and seven others that were rare or lost near Spokane, Washington.

7) UK cider taxation system harming industry growth, claims urban producer Hawkes of London. For more, read Rotten to the core: An analysis of UK cider tax from Beeson On Beer.

8) The entry window for the International Cider Challenge closes tonight. The reigning Supreme Champion is Thatchers’ Cider Barn – Redstreak.

9) Portland Cider Company hosts a 5 Year Anniversary Party at its pub in Clackamas on Saturday.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Portland Cider Company Pineapple and Two Towns Pacific PineappleCider Says reviews Liberty Ciderworks Pink Pearl and Argus Apple Bomb. Cidercraft reviews Citizen Cider TulsiCiderScene reviews the January DoubleCider Subscription Box and recaps The Gathering of the Farm CideriesHard Cider Reviews tries The Original Cider Tasting Mug by 33 Books Co. Cider Like Wine pits ice cider against ice wine in Ice Eis BabyThe Milled Apple reviews Portland Cider Company Concord Grape and Cidergeist BubblesCider Society reviews GoodRoad CiderWorks Going Down UnderRootstock Ciderworks Hopped, and Red Clay Ciderworks Queen City CommonThe Cider Drinker reviews HCC Black PearCider Explorer reviews Abavas Ābols Apiņos Hopped AppleRedbrook Original Polosuchý, and Ramborn Hopped Cider Cascade 2016. And Real Cider Reviews tries a handful of Henry’s of Harcourt Single Variety Ciders.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – February 23, 2018

Vermont Cider Week

1) Vermont Cider Week opens this weekend and runs through Sunday, March 4th. Check out the full list of events and participating cidermakers.

2) Imbibe explores cider apples, terroir, single-variety ciders, and wild fermentation in Cidermakers Tap into Tradition and the companion piece 5 to Try: Heritage Ciders.

3) Cider Like Wine explores packaging options in It’s My Cider In A Box!

4) Cider Chat posts US Commercial Cider Makers by the Numbers – A “Community” Perspective—a video recording of the presentation delivered by Dale Brown of Cyder Market at CiderCon 2018.

5) “It is indeed bad to eat Apples. It is better to make them all into Cyder.” In Remarks on the Cyder Remarks in Franklin’s Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America, Pommel Cyder provides historical context for the well-known quote.

6) Acreage Brings Cider and Wood-Fired Fare to a Hilltop in Lafayette according to Eater Denver. The restaurant—which opens to the public on Saturday—is the first phase in Stem Ciders‘ plans to develop their 12-acre property.

7) Three profiles of growing cidermakers: Ridge Cider (Michigan), Ash & Elm Cider (Indianapolis), and Old Hill Cider (Virginia).

8) Online registration is open for the Royal Bath & West International Cider Competition. Entry fees are waived for entries produced outside the UK. See the rules and regulations and style guidelines for full details.

9) Blue Bee Cider announces In Plain Sight: An Awareness Dinner on behalf of The Human Trafficking Institute. The pairing dinner—prepared by James Beard-nominated Brittanny Anderson and featuring ciders from women in the Virginia cider industry—takes place on Wednesday, March 21 in Richmond.

10) Along Came a Cider recaps the Gathering of the New York Farm CideriesCider Says reviews 2 Towns Pacific Pineapple. Cidercraft reviews Graft Cider Hop TropicCiderScene reviews Portland Cider Concord Grape and the Cider-Grown New England 4-PackThe Milled Apple reviews Graft Cider Hop TropicCider Society reviews Savanna Dry and Graft + Slim Pickens Banana Them All To Hell! The Cider Drinker reviews Old Jollop With A Twist and Tempted Irish Cider Dry. And Cider Explorer reviews Les Vergers de Ducy / Domaine de la Flaguerie Cidre BrutGutshof Kraatz Adams Parmäne 2016, and MacIvors Traditional Dry.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – February 16, 2018

Cider Summit Chicago

1) The 6th Annual Cider Summit Chicago takes place on Saturday at Navy Pier. Check out the producer list and the TV appearances by The Northman’s Ambrosia Borowski and Brian Rutzen.

2) Condé Nast Traveler is On the Cider Trail in Spain’s Basque Country. The 2018 txotx season was officially opened by Basque mountaineer Alberto Iñurrategi on January 15.

3) Cider Culture interviews Meredith Collins and Eleanor Leger in Women Making Waves in the Cider World: CiderCon 2018 Edition. Cider Chat interviews Rick Moreno of Newtopia Cyder in San Diego. And Brian Rutzen joins the Barrel to Bottle podcast to discuss All Things Cider.

4) Pommel Cyder examines the Hard Facts on the Origins of “Hard” Cider. (In case you missed it, check out the previous installments on etymology and spelling.)

5) Cider Culture looks at 4 Cideries Blending Cider and Tea to a Tee.

6) This week’s cidermaker profiles: Brick River Cider Co. (St. Louis), Jefferson County Ciderworks (Iowa), and Haykin Family Cider (Colorado).

7) The TTB posts slides from its recent CiderCon workshop in Labels and Taxes and Bonds – Oh My!

8) Barny Butterfield of Sandford Orchards shares an amusing reflection in A Devon Ciderman At The Annual American Cider Conference. And the latest UK Cider Sessions at Cider Culture features Julian Temperley of Somerset Cider Brandy and Burrow Hill Cider.

9) Nine Pin Cider hosts the 4th Annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries on Saturday. New York now boasts 42 farm cideries according to the NYS Liquor Authority.

10) Along Came a Cider posts Part 2 of her highlights from CiderCon 2018Cider Says reviews Merridale CyserCidre de Rhuys Brut, and Salt Spring Wild Semi-Dry. Cidercraft reviews WildCraft Cider Works Aronia Berry SourI Think About Cider reviews Once Upon A Tree Marcle Ridge 2014Sipology reviews Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale PoiréCider Soms recap Cider School: Angry Orchard @ The NorthmanCiderScene recommends 5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Any Cider Lover. Cider Like Wine posts An Apple By Any Other NameThe Milled Apple reviews Embark Craft Ciderworks The BatchCider Society reviews 1911 Established Cider Donut, Slim Pickens One, Two Strawberry CiderPermann’s Fresh Valentine, and Bishop Cider Co. The OGThe Cider Drinker reviews Worley’s Beatnik BillyCider Explorer recommends 7 Ciders for Valentine’s Day and reviews Beard & Sabre Yardarm and Cider Bohemia Barrique. And Real Cider Reviews posts an Interview with The Ciderologist (Imbibe UK Educator of the Year) and tries Wilce’s Dry Cider.

Have a great weekend!