Cider News – March 24, 2017


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

Cider Rite of Spring — Portland, Oregon
Credit: Nick Morse

1) The 4th Annual Cider Rite of Spring is this Saturday in Portland. The popular tasting festival—presented by the Northwest Cider Association—is one of the country’s largest. Visit Cider Rite of Spring on Facebook and listen to Episode 31 of the Portland Beer Podcast for details.

2) The annual Apfelwein International festival is this Sunday in Frankfurt. This year’s guest country of honor is Denmark. (The inaugural Global Cider Forum—organized by the European Cider & Fruit Wine Association—will be held in Frankfurt on September 6-7.)

3) Mike Pomranz visits Petritegi and Zapiain during txotx season in Basque Cider House Rules at Food & Wine.

4) “Cider is becoming cool? It’s about time.” Bill Zacharkiw writes for the Montreal Gazette in A new generation for Quebec’s cider industry.

5) Artisan Cider Sales Surge in 2016 according to Nielsen data obtained by The Cider Journal. (USACM will offer a members-only Cider Trends in the U.S. webinar on Wednesday, April 5th. Nielsen’s Danny Brager and Matt Crompton are presenting.)

6) Cidercraft encourages you to Embrace the Crunch with 5 Asian Pear Ciders and Perrys.

7) Classic Cider Cocktail is Pilango Cider’s spin on the classic Champagne cocktail.

8) GLINTCAP 2017 — It’s Time to Register and Ship! reminds entrants that the entry window for the 12th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition closes next Friday. Registration is also open for the 2nd Annual Dan Berger International Cider Competition.

9) Wassail’s 2nd Anniversary Party will be held on Wednesday, March 29th from 7pm to midnight. The pay-as-you-go event will feature a special selection of draft and by-the-glass ciders.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Blue Bee Charred Ordinary. Cider Says shares tasting notes from Schilling Cider House Visit 24 and reviews Woodchuck Summer Time Pear Ginger and Nashi Orchards Black Swan CiderI think about cider reviews Beau Soleil Cidre Fermier Bio. Cider Soms interview Eden’s Eleanor Leger to launch their Women in Cider series. The Milled Apple reviews Angry Orchard Summer Honey. Cider Society reviews Eden + ANXO Collaboration #4Potter’s Farmhouse Dry, and Clos Saragnat Des Bulles. The Cider Drinker reviews Scrumptious Wild Gatherer and Dorset Nectar Old Harry Rocks. And Real Cider Reviews tries Willie Smith’s STURMtrooper Mk2 and Lost Pippin Special Release Vintage 2014.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – March 17, 2017


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

Stonewell Cider
Credit: Stonewell Cider

1) Cider Culture gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with 7 Irish Craft Ciders to Try and Go Green (Apple) on St. Patrick’s Day with These 8 Hard Ciders. Need some comfort food after celebrating? Try Cider Culture’s 5 Hard Cider Recipes to Get You Through the End of Winter and Cidercraft’s Cider Bangers and Mash for St. Patty’s.

2) Susanna Forbes of Imbibe UK visits the always-enchanting Tom Oliver in Wizard of the West. (Bonus: Bill Bradshaw has posted additional photos from the shoot.)

3) Virtue Cider shares an illustrated guide to the art of blending cider in Creating Lapinette.

4) Cider Chat interviews Matt Kaminsky and Al Sax in Lost Apples of the Quabbin. The creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the late 1930s displaced the residents of four rural Western Massachusetts towns.

5) CiderScene chats with Tim Larsen in Snowdrift Cider: An Introduction & Tasting.

6) “Who is this Reverend Nat guy, and why is a minister brewing the devil’s juice?” The Missoula Independent meets with Nat West on his Montana-wide tour in Rev. Nat’s Hard Cider.

7) The National Association of Cider Makers (UK) announces a New Cider Qualification set to raise the bar across the industry.

8) The Ciderologist shares his judging experience at the International Cider Awards. Prize winners have been announced, but the Champion Cider won’t be revealed until April 26th.

9) Cidercraft looks ahead to future cider events in Cider Has Sprung in Spring.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Vermont Cider Co. Wassail. Cider Says reviews Red Branch Peach Cider, Moonlight Meadery Them Little Apples, and E.Z. Orchards Cidre 2011. Cidercraft reviews ^5 Cider Your Princess is in Another CastleThe Milled Apple reviews Embark Baldwin and Harpoon Craft Cider. Cider Society reviews Bantam Smoked SaisonCastle Hill Big Pippin, and Millstone Farmgate. Wines in Niagara reviews Garage D’or Weird & Wicked Cider. Cider Steve reviews Dudda’s Tun Cider and Tenterden Gibbet Oak. And Real Cider Reviews tries Daylesford Farmhouse Dry 2015.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – March 10, 2017


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

Ontario's Small Cidery Support Program
Credit: Mike Heenan / CBC

1) Ontario’s Small Cidery Support Program will provide eligible cidermakers—including the 27 members of the Ontario Craft Cider Association—with financial assistance to invest in equipment, employees, and supplies. Learn more in Ontario cider producers welcome support from government at Wines in Niagara.

2) Entry registration is open for the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, the Portland International Cider Cup, and the British Cider Championships held at the Royal Bath & West Show. Today is also the entry deadline for the San Diego International Beer Competition, which includes categories for cider.

3) Say it plain: A #cidertasting guide is the latest educational piece from CIDRBOX.

4) What the F*** is Keeving? is CiderScene’s answer to the common question about French cidermaking technique.

5) Good Beer Hunting interviews Pete Brown, co-author of World’s Best Ciders and author of the recently-published The Apple Orchard. And Cider Chat interviews Jeppe Gents of Fejø Cider in Denmark. Fejø’s export markets include Sweden, Germany, and the United States (via Shelton Brothers).

6) Cidercraft lists 4 Midwest Cideries to Tap This Spring. Cider Culture shares that Long Island Lands a New Cidery in Riverhead Ciderhouse. And Cider Soms visit North Shore Cider Company in Evanston, Illinois.

7) Herefordshire producer Little Pomona launches its first cider this weekend. Their debut release Feat of Clay 2015 features organically-grown Dabinett and Foxwhelp in the blend.

8) Cider Sleuth shares My Supermarket Top Picks for UK drinkers who think they don’t like cider.

9) Reverend Nat’s announces its 4th Annual Hopped Cider Fest to be held on Saturday, April 8th. And Sea Cider announces its 3rd Annual Cider Social to be held on Sunday, April 30th. (For more upcoming events, check out Cider Culture’s Events Archive or my US & Canada Cider Festivals and International Cider Festivals pages.)

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Angry Orchard Spiced Apple. Cider Says shares tasting notes from Schilling Cider House Visit 23 and reviews Domaine du Verger Rosé and Eve’s Kingston Black 2015Cidercraft reviews Bold Rock Citrus. I think about cider reviews Eric Bordelet Argelette Sydre 2013. Sipology reviews Uncle John’s PerryCider Soms review Angry Orchard Tapped Maple and Spiced Apple. The Milled Apple reviews Austin Eastciders PineappleDowneast Pumpkin Blend, and Stowe Smugglers’ Reserve. Simple Cider Reviews tries Irvine’s Vintage BlendCider Society reviews L’Hermetière Cidre Demi-Sec, Wild Hare Harvest MoonMillstone Farmgate OVB, and Embark Citra Amarillo. CiderScene shares Start-of-Spring Cider Brunch Recipes. And The Cider Drinker reviews Celtic Marches Thundering Molly, St Paul’s Sacrifice, and Victor’s Apple Cider Kit (with a follow-up re-review).

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – March 3, 2017


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

Le Mondial des Cidres
Credit: Patricia Brochu

1) Le Mondial des Cidres takes place this weekend as part of the Montréal en Lumière festival. Results for the annual Concours des cidres du Québec competition will be announced this evening.

2) Sulker’s Cider wants you to Rethink Hard Cider by supporting its Indiegogo campaign. The Toronto-based cidermaker officially launches during Ontario Craft Cider Week on May 28th.

3) Gear Patrol talks Hard Cider 101 With Dan Pucci, New York’s First Pommelier.

4) Cider Chat interviews Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House in Durham, North Carolina. (Last September’s Txotxfest was amazing, especially the pairing dinner. Can’t wait for this year’s event!)

5) Three profiles: Western Cider from Missoula, Montana; Saintly Cider from Rowley, Massachsuetts; and Jean Marie Cidery from Paso Robles, California.

6) Cider Riot! releases its F.X. Matthieu Hopped Cider. The cider—named for a French Canadian revolutionary and pioneer settler of the Oregon Country—uses the rare, organically grown hop variety X-17.

7) Russian consumption of British cider rises 35% in a year according to the Daily Mail.

8) Penn State Extension will hold a Cider Symposium on Friday, April 28th in Gettysburg. See the Agenda for a list of workshops and speakers.

9) This evening’s Cheese + Cider Workshop and Dinner at Finger Lakes Cider House pairs cheese from Lively Run Dairy with ciders from Eve’s Cidery and Good Life Cider. And Saturday’s Vermont Tap Takeover at Mount Snow Ski Resort helps close out Vermont Cider Week.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Eden Imperial 11° Rose from the January CIDRBOX. Cider Says reviews Angry Orchard Spiced AppleAngry Orchard Tapped Maple, and 2 Towns Flight of the KiwiI think about cider reviews Dunkertons Dry Organic Cider. CiderScene reviews Uncle John’s Traditional Apple. Cider Soms share Part 2 of their Cider Summit Chicago Tasting NotesThe Milled Apple reviews Citizen The Lake Hopper and Bantam Smoked SaisonCider Society reviews Brooklyn Cider House Half Sour and Graft Cider Desert Diamonds. Simple Cider Reviews tries Virtue Michigan BrutNashi Orchards Imamura Aki Asian Pear PerryTieton Cidermaker’s Reserve, Reverend Nat’s Revival, and Eaglemount Cyser. And The Cider Drinker reviews Beard & Sabre Dark Raven.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – February 24, 2017


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

CiderAuction Bucket

1) CiderAuction—an online platform for cidermakers to buy small lots of distinctive frozen juice—launched its first round of auctions this week. See Meet Our Apple Growers for a list of participating orchards and the apple varieties used in the juice lots.

2) The Heritage of Orchards & Cider Making in Wales is a growing video archive that collects oral histories of Welsh cider and perry traditions.

3) A cider with cherry, a cider with hops, a cider with cinnamon—which isn’t taxed like the others? Find the answer in Cider Industry Federal Compliance Training 2017 and Recent Changes: Bonds, Annual Returns, Hard Cider Tax Rate from the TTB. (A nice overview is TTB to Amend Regulations in Relation to Hard Cider from On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog.)

4) In Wild Culture: Elemental Cider, Anna Brones writes for Paste on how cider’s growth is linked to a renewed interest in all fermented foods and drinks.

5) A trio of profiles: Mark McTavish of 101 Cider House by the LA Times, Al Snape of Far From The Tree by Cidercraft, and Taylor Kirby of DoubleCider by Cider Culture.

6) The latest Cider Sessions features Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider. (Also from CIDRBOX is The True Harrison, a brief history of the once-thought-lost variety.) And Cider Chat interviews Marlene Sofia Sousa Araújo of Araújo Monte in Portugal.

7) Sonoma County’s hard cider market is ripe for growth according to The Press Democrat. And in other warm climes, Cidercraft encourages you to Taste the South with These 4 New Cideries.

8) The bars, bottles and basics of Toronto’s latest beverage boom is an expert guide to the city’s cider scene by drinks writers Crystal and Tara Luxmore.

9) Vermont Cider Week kicks off today with events across the Green Mountain State.

10) Along Came a Cider posts CiderCon 2017 Part 2: Panels, Workshops, and Tastings. Cider Says reviews Moonlight Meadery How Do You Like Them ApplesVirtue The Mitten, and Oregon Mead & Cider Co. Free Press Hopped. Cidercraft reviews Eaglemount Raspberry HoppedI think about cider reviews Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut. drycider reviews Oliver’s Ellis Bitter, Farnum Hill Extra Dry, Angry Orchard Walden Hollow, and Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry. CiderScene recaps Cider Summit Chicago and reviews Schafly Proper Cider Scrumpy. Cider Soms sample ciders from the Northwest Pavilion at Cider Summit Chicago. The Milled Apple reviews Oliver’s At the Hop and Doc’s Draft PearSimple Cider Reviews tries J.K.’s Northern NeighbourLiberty English StyleVirtue PercheronSlyboro Hidden Star, Sonoma Dry Fuji, Snowdrift Cliffbreaks Blend, Whitewood Winesap, and Graft Cider Hop TropicCider Society reviews Thirsty Owl Fujac, Graft Cider Ashes of Tomorrow, and Bad Seed Ginga Roots. The Cider Blog reviews Hogan’s Killer Sharp Sour CiderThe Cider Drinker reviews Westons Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre and Ross-on-Wye Dry Still. And Real Cider Reviews tries Bonamy’s Apple Cider.

Have a great weekend!