Cider News – April 13, 2018

Cider Summit San Francisco

1) The 5th Annual Cider Summit San Francisco takes place Saturday at the Presidio. And don’t miss the 3rd Annual NorCal Cider Classic tonight at Crooked City Cider in Oakland.

2) BrewDog Invests in London Cider Maker Hawkes according to Good Beer Hunting.

3) Sip Northwest Magazine lists 7 Breweries Branching into Cider.

4) Cider Chat interviews The Perry Farmer in Loré, France.

5) Notable profiles: Alpenfire (Port Townsend WA), 2 Towns (Corvallis OR), Ciderlicious (Springfield OR), Tapped Apple (Salida CA), Grand Illusion (Carlisle PA), and Spoke + Spy (Middletown CT).

6) Pommies Cider in Ontario announces their 6th Annual Tree Giveaway.

7) Hans Edwin Winzeler visits Susanna and James Forbes of Little Pomona in the latest UK Cider Sessions at Cider Culture. (The entry window for the British Cider Championships closes on Tuesday.)

8) The Ciderologist visits New Zealand in Sunny Cider Up.

9) CiderWorld takes place this weekend in Frankfurt. And in Portland, Reverend Nat’s Hopped Cider Fest takes place on Saturday and the Portland Cider House 3rd Anniversary Party lasts all weekend long.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Weidmann & Groh Cydonia and Art + Science West Valley CiderCider Says reviews Angry Orchard + Oliver’s Understood in Motion 03La Chouette Cidre Rosé, and Pierre Huet Poiré Demi-Sec. Cidercraft reviews Big Fish Allegheny Gold. Cider Culture debuts Cider Mail! Episode 1 with Dan Pucci and Meredith Collins. CiderScene spends A Cider Day in IndianapolisThe Milled Apple reviews Argus Ginger PerryCider Revival reviews Strongbow Artisanal BlendThe Cider Drinker reviews BumbleBee Hard Cider and Maeloc Sidra Extra Ecológica. And Cider Explorer reviews Mr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Dzirkstosais 2016Hogan’s Medium, and Cydr Jabłkowy Dry (learn more about Cydr Jabłkowy at Cider from Poland).

Have a great weekend!

Eric

Cider News – April 6, 2018

Redfield Cider Bar and Bottle Shop

1) Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop to Bring Orchard-Based Ciders to Oakland later this year. Redfield is a project of Mike Reis and Olivia Maki, the husband-and-wife team who oversee cider judging at the Good Food Awards.

2) Cider Culture visits Vermont for Women Making Waves in the Cider World: Citizen Cider.

3) Cidercraft spotlights a second round of charitable efforts in Cideries Continue to Give Back.

4) Cider Chat explores Cider Behind the Scene in Normandy and visits cidery-in-planning Wild Child Cellars in Franklin County, Massachusetts.

5) There’s More than Magic at Grand Illusion Hard Cider in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. And Bivouac Ciderworks is among the Urban cider houses set to take off in San Diego.

6) Susanna Forbes of Little Pomona writes for Imbibe UK on Under the influence: Cidermakers borrow from the worlds of beer and wine.

7) Cornell Cooperative Extension explores how New York can meet the increasing demand for cider apples in its Hard Cider Supply Chain Analysis. (Want to grow your own? Cummins Nursery and Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery have trees in stock for spring planting.)

8) CiderWeek Frankfurt kicks off Saturday with a full schedule of events leading up to CiderWorld on April 15.

9) The 4th Annual Pour the Core Boston takes place on Saturday at the Flynn Cruiseport.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Blake’s Black Philip and Ploughman Pinot N’ArletCider Says reviews Boulevard Brewing City Market Cider and Frecon Farms ScrumpyCidercraft reviews Ramborn PerryCiderScene reviews the Broken Ladder Ciders from BC Tree Fruits Cider Co. Cider Like Wine pits Farnum Hill Ciders against Ancient Peaks Winery in Creamy Cold StoneCider Revival reviews Woodchuck Semi-Dry and Citizen Cider Wit’s UpThe Cider Drinker reviews Twisted Tree VintageCider Explorer reviews Ramborn Somerset BlendRedbrook Red Fruit Polosuchý, and Sheppy’s Falstaff. And Real Cider Reviews tries Savanna Dry.

Have a great weekend!

Eric

Cider News – March 30, 2018

Cider Brunch
Credit: Cider Culture / Bigstock

1) Meredith Collins shares her favorite Cider and Brunch Pairings with Cider Culture.

2) Jonathan Carr of Carr’s Ciderhouse dishes three excellent tips in The Basics of Cooking with Apple at Cidercraft.

3) Cider Chat interviews Marcus Roberts of Tieton Cider Works on Keeving Perry.

4) MiBiz interviews Vander Mill’s Paul Vander Heide. (Cider Week Grand Rapids is slated for May 13-19, with the flagship MCA Gillett Bridge Festival held on the 19th.)

5) Carlson Orchards of Harvard, Massachusetts has a New Cider to Look Out For according to Cider Culture.

6) Sonoma Cider closes operations according to The Press Democrat.

7) Real Cider Reviews previews Batlow CiderFest, to be held May 18-19. And dates for this year’s Australian Cider Awards and Australian Cider Festival are announced in US cider expert to visit Australia.

8) Fresh New Look for Bath and West International Cider Competition shares details on the new style categories introduced by head judge Gabe Cook for this year’s event.

9) Richmond Magazine recaps Tuesday’s ‘In Plain Sight’ Human Trafficking Awareness Dinner at Blue Bee Cider. And looking ahead, Reverend Nat’s announces its 5th Annual Hopped Cider Festival to be held on April 14th.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Colorado Cider Company Block One and Mountain West RubyCider Says reviews Honesty Box Cider with Pear and Raven’s Moon Ragged Ass Road. Cidercraft reviews Naramata Cider Maker’s Select Spring 2017CiderScene visits Arsenal Cider HouseCider Table reviews Downeast Cranberry BlendThe Milled Apple reviews Stone and Key Cellars Cherry PieCider Revival reviews Snowdrift CorniceCiderboys First Press, and Magners OriginalThe Cider Drinker reviews Bembel-With-Care Apfelwein Gold and unboxes a package from Cotswold Cider Co. And Cider Explorer reviews Gutshof Kraatz Zwei Schwestern 2016MacIvors Plum & Ginger, and Envasavados Eva La Sidra de San Sebastian.

Have a great weekend!

Eric

Cider News – March 23, 2018

Nine Pin Urban Orchard

1) Nine Pin Cider and Samascott Orchards announce An orchard for Washington Park in downtown Albany. The urban micro-orchard—to be planted at a ceremony on April 15th—will highlight New York varieties such as Esopus Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, and Northern Spy. Visit the Albany’s Urban Orchard event page for details.

2) Angry Orchard Releases Understood in Motion 03, a Dabinett-heavy collaboration with Oliver’s Cider and Perry.

3) Sour cider specialist Graft Cider is Poised to Take Over the East Coast according to Cider Culture. (Of related interest: Seth Boeve discusses various lambic-inspired Sour Cider Experiments at Virtue Cider.)

4) Beer Sessions Radio interviews Susan Yi and Lindsey Storm of Brooklyn Cider House. And Cider Chat interviews Trevor Baker of Noble Cider in Asheville, North Carolina.

5) Notable cidermaker profiles: Ela Cider / Restoration Cider (Rochester / Madison WI), Haykin Family Cider (Aurora CO), and Hemly Cider (Sacramento County CA).

6) Charitable Cideries Give Back with Cider according to Cidercraft.

7) Departures Magazine takes a look Inside Estonia’s Artisan Cider Scene.

8) English competition season is just around the corner: The Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials, the Cider Museum Hereford Cider & Perry Competition, the British Cider Championships, the Royal Cornwall Show, and the Royal Three Counties International Cider and Perry Competition. (Also of note: the legendary Powerstock Cider Festival is reborn as the Melplash Cider Festival, to be held April 21st in West Dorset.)

9) Confetti Travel Cafe shares its Favorite Ciders from Cider Rite of Spring, held on March 10th in Portland, Oregon. (Also in Portland: a Special Cider Tasting this Sunday at Widmer Brothers Brewing.)

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Angry Orchard Rosé and Stowe Cider Snow’s RaspberryCider Says reviews Newton’s Folly Semi-Dry and Alpenfire Tempest New England StyleCiderScene reviews Woodchuck Pear GingerCider Table reviews Good Life Glacial Till Heirloom Ice Cider and Shacksbury ArloThe Milled Apple reviews Wyndridge Crafty CranberryCider Revival reviews Ace JokerVirtue Michigan BrutAustin Eastciders Original Dry, and Harpoon Craft Cider. Cider Explorer reviews Mr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Sausais 2016Cydr Jabłkowy Lodowy 2017, and Gibbet Oak/Nightingale Tenterden Cider. And Real Cider Reviews tries Spreyton Cider The Big Q 2017 and Small Acres Cyder The Cat’s Pyjamas 2015.

Have a great weekend!

Eric

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!

Eric