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!

Eric

Cider News – May 11, 2018

Cider Week GR

1) Cider Week GR kicks off in Grand Rapids this Sunday. Held in conjunction with the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), the anchor event is the Gillett Bridge Festival on Saturday, May 19.

2) The United States Association of Cider Makers publishes its Cider Market Trends Report 2017.

3) Food & Wine believes that Brooklyn Cider House Is the Basque Cidery America Needs.

4) Citizen Cider Celebrates New Facility in Burlington, Vermont. And 2 Towns Ciderhouse stays close to home with a new campus in Corvallis, Oregon.

5) Cider Chat interviews Matt DeLong of Ridge Cider Co. in West Michigan.

6) Kekionga Cider Company finds juicy success in Fort Wayne (Indiana). Blake’s Hard Cider Wants To Change The World With Kindness (Michigan). And The Cider Crate tours Chain Yard Urban Cidery (Nova Scotia).

7) Sonoma Cider Assets Scheduled to be Sold at Auction according to Brewbound.

8) The Ciderologist posts View #1 with “a bit of commentary to shed light on the activities, trends and events that are swirling around the cidersphere.”

9) The 3rd Annual Central Coast Cider Festival takes place on Saturday in Atascadero, California.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Aeppeltreow Orchard Oriole Perry and Big Fish Church Hill Blush. Cidercraft reviews Herb’s Cider Single Stroke Semi-Dry. Hard Cider Reviews tries Blake’s Flannel Mouth and Blake’s El ChavoCider Revival reviews Champlain Orchards Cidery HoneycrispCider Table reviews Thistly Cross Whisky Cask and posts Thrice-Spiced Cider and Apple Julep cocktail recipes. The Cider Drinker reviews Turners SweetCider Explorer reviews Hepfel CiderMr. Plūme Ābolu Sidrs Saldais 2016, and Longueville House Mór. And Real Cider Reviews tries Henry of Harcourt Gylden Paere.

Have a great weekend!

Eric

Cider News – May 4, 2018

Carnitas Tacos and Cider
Credit: Bigstock / Cider Culture

1) Cider Culture has your Cinco de Mayo celebrations covered with Tacos and Mexican-Food Pairings4 Cider Recipes to Try for Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, and A Salted Cucumber Shrimp Cocktail recipe. Also for Cinco de Mayo: Cidercraft’s Hopped Up Paloma cocktail, Zemilla Mexican Hard Cider launching at Oaxaca Taqueria locations in NYC, and the ¡Tepache! Bottleshare at Reverend Nat’s in Portland, Oregon.

2) “At the end of the day, beverage drinkers are immensely intrigued by cider.” Dan Pucci writes for Cidercraft on Building Connections with the Cider Consumer.

3) Gnarly Pippins reflects on a Cultural Shift Incoming: Wild Apples & Natural Cider. And Cider Like Wine reflects on last year’s GLINTCAP in Judging An Apple By Its Skin.

4) Cummins Nursery announces its Spring Fruit Tree Sale with a 35% discount on their remaining inventory.

5) Notable profiles: Hale & True Cider Co. (Philadelphia), Supreme Core Cidery (Washington DC), The Peoples Cider Co. (Grand Rapids), and Atlas Cider (Bend OR).

6) inCiderJapan Issue 2 is now available.

7) The Ciderologist documents Beltane celebrations on Gloucestershire’s May Hill in May Day! May Day! And Cider Chat interviews Susanna and James Forbes of Herefordshire’s Little Pomona.

8) The Big Apple Blossomtime Weekend and Cider & Perry Trials take place this weekend in Herefordshire. (Fiona Beckett recommends Leeks and Skyborry perry in her latest Matching Food & Wine column.)

9) Also this weekend: the Reading Beer & Cider Festival (with an impressive Cider and Perry List) and the Kellybrook Cider Festival near Melbourne.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Greenwood Cider Black Currant Asian Pear and Angry Orchard PearCider Says reviews Centre Ring Reserve PearEve’s Scatterseed 2014, and the zine Malus. Cidercraft reviews Blue Toad Flower City LilacCiderScene Explores Burlington’s Cider SceneThe Milled Apple reviews Bishop Cider High & DryHard Cider Reviews tries C Squared Ciders CousteauCider Table reviews Ciderboys Mad BarkThe Cider Drinker reviews Turners Medium Dry. And Cider Explorer reviews Cydr Ignaców Renety Złota & Szara 2015Hoila Cider, and Czider Száraz.

Have a great weekend!

Eric

Cider News – April 27, 2018

Semaine du Cidre du Quèbec

1) The 2nd Annual La Semaine du cidre du Québec opens on Monday with a full slate of events across the province.

2) BC Cider Week kicks off today in British Columbia. Events include the BC Bacon & Cider Festival, the Wards Okanagan Cider Festival, the Snakebite Festival at Tod Creek Craft Cider, the Sea Cider Social, and the BC Cider Festival.

3) The first issue of MALUS—a quarterly zine published by Ellen Cavalli of Tilted Shed Ciderworks—has found its way to subscribers’ mailboxes. And Cidercraft spotlights the work of Dave Selden in Take Note: The Cider Journals of 33 Books Co.

4) Notable profiles: Wild Child Cellars (Massachusetts), Bauman’s Cider (Oregon), and Stem Ciders’ new restaurant Acreage (Colorado).

5) Cidercraft visits Henderson County: North Carolina’s Apple Country.

6) Cider Chat inteviews Paul Vander Heide of Vander Mill. Vander Heide currently serves as President of the USACM Board of Directors.

7) The Westons Cider Report 2018 is here. The annual report sheds light on the UK cider marketplace, with an emphasis on industry trends and consumer demographics.

8) Entry registration for the 13th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition closes on Monday. Last year’s GLINTCAP received 1,206 entries from professional and amateur entrants around the world.

9) Espalma La Sidra takes place this weekend in Pola de Siero, Asturias. And the Virginia Berry Cider Jam takes place on Saturday at Blue Bee Cider in Richmond, Virginia.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Dunkertons Black Fox and Old Hill Cidermaker’s BarrelCider Says reviews Ferme de Beau Soleil Cidre Fermier Bio BrutOne Tree Staycation, and Woodbox Double Barrel Ice CiderCiderScene recaps Cider Rite of Spring and a recent Downeast Cider + Joe’s American Bar & Grill Pairing DinnerSipology reviews Henry Hotspur’s Hard PressedThe Milled Apple reviews Wicked Grove Hard Cider and Frecon Farms Early ManCider Revival reviews Prospect Ciderworks ParadiseCider Table reviews Big Hill Ciderworks Michaux MuleThe Cider Drinker reviews Tempted Cider Medium DryCider Explorer reviews Oliver’s Gold Rush #5Abavas Ābolu Vīns Pussaldais, and TOPA Cidre Brut BasqueFetch The Drinks recaps CiderWorld Frankfurt. And Real Cider Reviews tries Willie Smith’s Kingston Black 2017.

Have a great weekend!

Eric

Cider News – April 20, 2018

A Cider Language Project

1) A Cider Language Project by Jordan Werner Barry examines the language cidermakers use on their product labels. Check out her posts on heritagetannicsour, softpear, lemon, and lees.

2) Cosmopolitan lists its 9 Best Rosé Ciders for Summer 2018. Cider Culture lists its 7 Citrus-Spiked Ciders to Try. And Cidercraft lists 7 New Canned Ciders for Outdoor Adventures.

3) Cider Culture lists 8 American Cideries Where You Can Host a Gorgeous Wedding.

4) Citizen Cider Announces Expansion according to Brewbound.

5) “You can’t prune fast while you’re thinking about your bills or your grocery list.” Autumn Stoscheck of Eve’s Cidery reflects on Pruning Apple Trees.

6) Cider Chat interviews Kirk Billingsley of Big Fish Cider in Highland County, Virginia.

7) CiderScene spends A Hard Cider Day in Atlanta. (For more, see Atlanta Hard Cider Opening in Westside from Eater Atlanta and Family and Legacy at Urban Tree Cidery from Cidercraft.)

8) Brännland Cider in Sweden aims to establish standards for Europe in What is ice cider? And Basque winemaker Iñaki Otegi Gaztelumendi wows sommeliers with his take on ice cider in Malus Mama is among the best ciders for fine dining – and restaurants love it.

9) Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest takes place on Saturday. The festival features 25+ cideries from the Hood River Valley and beyond.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Slyboro Hidden Star and Starcut PulsarCider Says reviews Far West San Joaquin SparklerTieton Lavender Honey, and Hérout AOC Cotentin Brut 2015Cider Soms visit St. Vrain Cidery near Denver. The Cider Table shares its Pittsburgh 75 cocktail recipe and reviews Vander Mill Puff the Magic CyserCider Revival reviews Far West Orchard Blend No.1. The Cider Drinker reviews Bignose & Beardy HedgerowCider Explorer recaps CiderWorld 2018 and reviews Redbrook Cider Premium Suchý and Highbank Orchards Medieval Cider. And Real Cider Reviews tries Little Fat Lamb Alcoholic Hard Apple.

Have a great weekend!

Eric