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!


Cider News – February 9, 2018

Chicago Cider Week

1) The 2nd Annual Chicago Cider Week kicks off on Monday. In addition to numerous dinners, tap takeovers, and the anchor event Cider Summit Chicago, don’t miss the talks by Ryan Burk (Apples & Cider of the Hudson Valley), Charles McGonegal (How to Taste Apples), Darlene Hayes (The Apfelwein Traditions of Germany), and Mike Beck (Meet the Cider Maker).

2) Jason Wilson writes for The Washington Post on Think you know what cider is? You’re probably wrong. Also see the companion piece 6 heritage cider brands worth tasting.

3) This Fruit Geek Is Disrupting Conventional Northeast Apple Growing and Cider Making spotlights Mike Biltonen’s work in introducing holistic and biodynamic approaches to the orchard. (Of related interest: Climate change and consumers drive hard cider in the Hudson Valley.)

4) Food & Wine recommends a whirlwind road trip in How to Taste Vermont’s Best Ciders in One Day. And Cider Culture features the best spots to be Drinking Cider in Charlottesville, Virginia.

5) Cidercraft shares its Biggest Takeaways from CiderCon 2018. Cider Culture posts CiderCon 2018: A Recap in Photos. And Cider Chat compiles brief interviews with cidermakers and enthusiasts in Baltimore Speaks Cider.

6) Pommel Cyder investigates historical spellings of cider in Cider By Any Other Letters Spells As Sweet.

7) It’s All in the Family at Meriwether Cider in Boise, Idaho. Also at Cidercraft: Spring Florals in Your Cider features seven ciders with herbal additions.

8) Bristol’s very own cider shop named one of the UK’s best retailers at the Drinks Retailing Awards.

9) Saturday’s Wassail at Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan promises bonfires, horse-drawn sleigh rides, after-dark orchard tours, and a live music processional (festive attire and costumes encouraged).

10) Along Came a Cider posts Part 1 of her highlights from CiderCon 2018Cider Says reviews Scenic Road Razz and Foggy Ridge Serious CiderI Think About Cider reviews Christian Drouin Poiré Acide “Sour Pear” 2015. Cidercraft reviews Milk & Honey Ciders HeirloomCiderScene previews Cider Summit Chicago and reviews Noble Cider The Royal Peach and Stoked Cider Baja SunburnCider Soms preview Chicago Cider WeekThe Milled Apple reviews Moonlight Meadery How ‘Bout Them ApplesCider Society reviews Good Road + Red Clay The Buckled Queen CyserCyril Zangs Ciderman, and Portland Cider Company SangriaThe Cider Drinker reviews Kentish Pip Firespice and Circle Cider Butcher’s Boy. And Cider Explorer recaps the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival and reviews Abavas Premium Brut and Orchard Pig Explorer.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – February 2, 2018

Baltimore Skyline
Credit: Emily Kovach / Cider Culture

1) The United States Association of Cider Makers holds its annual CiderCon in Baltimore. Cider Culture captures the energy in Day #1 Highlights and Day #2 Highlights.

2) Cider Culture suggests you Stock Up on These 6 ‘Session Ciders’ for Game Day.

3) Pommel Cyder unearths The Roots of “Cider”: An Etymology.

4) Ellen Cavalli of Tilted Shed Ciderworks announces Malus, a quarterly zine with “provocative and poignant essays and criticism by America’s great cider thinkers.” And Dave Selden of 33 Books Co. releases 33 Cider Pressings: A Cider-Making Log.

5) Cider Culture considers Contract Cider Making: The Good, the Bad, and the Fruitful. And Sip Northwest investigates The Difficult Art of Keeving Cider.

6) This week’s cidermaker profiles: Awestruck Cider (Upstate NY), Brooklyn Cider House (NYC), Grand Illusion Hard Cider (PA), Eris Brewery & Cider House (Chicago), Houston Cider Co. (TX), Haykin Family Cider (CO), Big Mountain Cider Works (MT), One Tree Hard Cider (WA), Raging Cider & Mead Co. (San Diego County), and Bivouac Ciderworks (San Diego).

7) Gabe Cook chats with Imbibe UK on Five things Molson Coors’ Aspall purchase tells us about UK cider category.

8) Cider Chat interviews Lee Reeve of World Cider Experience and inCiderJapan.

9) Cidercraft previews tonight’s Pour the Core: Baltimore and other events in Get Off the Wagon with Cider in February.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Number 12 Cider House Chestnut Semi-DryCider Says reviews Left Field English DryCitizen Cider Tulsi, and Phillippi Fruit Snow DanceThe Milled Apple reviews Downeast Cider Survivor Bob and Virtue Cider Michigan HarvestCider Society reviews Cider-Grown: StormalongTexas Keeper Cider Weizen, and Frecon’s BrixThe Cider Inspirer reviews Sandford Orchards The CollaboratorsCiderScene previews Nine Pin’s Gathering of the Farm Cideries and spends a Cider Day In Grand Rapids, MichiganThe Cider Drinker reviews Garden Cider Plum & GingerCider Sleuth lists his Favourite Ciders of 2017Cider Explorer reviews Gutshof Kraatz Cydonia 2016Megalithes La Flibuste, and Ramborn Kingston Black. And Real Cider Reviews tries Hogan’s Medium.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – January 26, 2018

CiderCon 2018 in Baltimore

1) Anticipation builds for next week’s CiderCon. Be sure to check out Cider Culture’s Guide to CiderCon 2018: Where to Eat, Drink and Hang in Baltimore, Drinking Cider’s Get Excited for CiderCon 2018 — Baltimore, and the growing calendar of events at Cider Week Baltimore.

2) Cidercraft is Talking Tannic Apples with Stephen Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders. (If you missed it, Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders and Nancy Bishop of Alpenfire Cider also spoke with Cidercraft about working with tannic fruit.)

3) “If I respect the apples, they’ll return the favor.” The Truth In The Juice: Two Days With Normandy Cidermaker Cyril Zangs is an excellent profile from Sprudge Wine.

4) Cidercraft explores The Etymology of Cider…or Cyder? (Love cider history? Pommel Cyder curates a list of Historical Cidering resources and takes its Cider History Roadshows on tour.)

5) The long-awaited opening of Eris Brewery and Cider House is almost here. Learn more in Eris Could Open Next Week and Tour Eris, Chicago’s First Cider Taproom and Brewpub from Eater Chicago.

6) Cider Chat talks with Jake Mann of Five Mile Orchard in California’s Pajaro Valley.  And The Fermented Beverage Podcast talks with Chuck Shelton of Albemarle CiderWorks and Michelle McGrath of USACM.

7) Who wants to be a pommelier? from Imbibe UK explains the Foundation Course offered by The Beer and Cider Academy. (Chief Pommelier Examiner Gabe Cook will make a rare stateside appearance at CiderCon. Read more about The Ciderologist’s tour stops in Global Gallivanting.)

8) The Good Food Awards announce their 2018 Winners. This year’s cider winners are Big B’s, Big Fish, Castle Hill, Dragon’s Head, Ethic, Fable Farm, Far West, Finnriver, Foggy Ridge, Lassen, Shacksbury, South Hill, Stem, and WildCraft.

9) The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is in full swing. Check out the Cider & Perry List and read more in Cider outlook is rosy.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Descendant SuccessionCider Says reviews Portland Cider Apple, Hop’Rageous, and SangriaChatter Creek Barrel Roll, and Portland Cider Concord GrapeCiderScene shares its 2017 Award WinnersSipology reviews Left Foot Charley The Cunning Ham. Hard Cider Reviews tries d’s Wicked Cider ChanillaPips & Gribbles reviews West County RedfieldThe Milled Apple reviews Hardball Cider SplitterCider Society reviews Portland Cider Concord Grape and Cider-Grown: Makers’ ComboThe Cider Drinker reviews Perry’s OPA and Bulmers Orchard Pioneers Sarah’s RedThe Cider Inspirer reviews Angioletti Rosé with Blueberry. And Cider Explorer reviews Dorset Nectar Wildcat CiderManufaktura Cydru Półsłodki, and Abavas Ābolu Vīns Sausais.

See you in Baltimore?