Cider News – April 29, 2016


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

Nicole Leibon and Julian Temperley at GLINTCAP

Nicole Leibon and Julian Temperley judging Best in Class at GLINTCAP. Credit: Dayna Bateman

1) Over 1,000 entries were judged at last weekend’s Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Full results have been posted for the Noncommercial Division (219 entries) and the Commercial Division (784 entries). The competition received entries from the United States, Canada, England, France, Spain, Ireland, and the Czech Republic.

2) My Experience at GLINTCAP 2016: The World’s Largest Cider Competition! by Meredith Collins of Along Came a Cider is a first-hand account of the judging and related events.

3) FlavorActiV—which provides tools and training for professional sensory taste panels—has released Series One of its Cider Sensory Kit. (I have no relationship with FlavorActiV and have not used this product, but it looks worthy of further investigation.)

4) NPR’s The Salt interviews orchardist Eliza Greenman in Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition. What impact might this have on cider? Check out Part One and Part Two of Greenman’s A Radical Orchardist? series for clues.

5) Cider Chat interviews John Bunker, who teaches that identifying an apple tree doesn’t begin with the apple, it always goes back to the root of the tree.

6) “Why is it that so many writers insist on imagining a past where water was suspect, dangerous, avoided by most drinkers?” Food historian Jim Chevallier busts the cider-was-safer-than-water myth in The later water myths: early America. (If this piques your curiosity, read Chevallier’s The great Medieval water myth and Beyond wine, water and beer: what else they drank in Medieval France.)

7) “The cider industry in the 1990s was nothing like it is today. In the early days…oftentimes you had to convince proprietors that there was a need for a cider on the menu.” At Cider Culture, Christine Tarlecki sits down for A Conversation with Original Sin’s Gidon Coll on the Evolution of Hard Cider (& More!).

8) Schilling Cider is set to release a cold-brew coffee cider in a nitro can package. Learn more about Schilling’s Grumpy Bear—produced in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Street Bean Coffee—in this short video.

9) On tap this weekend: the Internationaal Cider Festival in Rotterdam, the The Big Apple—Blossomtime festival in Herefordshire, and the Reading Beer and Cider Festival in Reading.

10) Cider Says reviews Manoir De Montreuil Cambremer Cidre Pays d’AugeAspall Imperial English Cider (Blue Label)Cider Brothers William Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider with Wild Cherry, and Stem Ciders Le CheneThe Cider Journal reviews Private Reserve Cherry Barrel Aged CiderCampfire Pancakes Smoked Maple Hard Cider, and Day Chaser Semi Dry Cider from Woodchuck, Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed Spiced Cider from Trader Joe’s, and Topwork Dry Cider2014 Spinosa Sloe Cider, and 2014 Graviva Blackberry from Tilted Shed. The Milled Apple reviews Citizen Cider bRosé. And Cider Steve reviews Newton Court Golden Blush and Yarlington Mill SVs from Gwatkin and Ty Gwyn.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – April 22, 2016


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

Buckwheat Crepes and Breton Cider

Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

1) Not sure what food to serve with Breton cider? Start with this Buckwheat Crepes With Asparagus, Ham and Gruyère Recipe from the New York Times. Then try these recipes from the Terre de Cidre blog of the Association Cidricole Bretonne.

2) Christopher Hughes writes for Boston Magazine on The Best Hard Ciders in New England.

3) Vander Mill celebrates the opening of its new taproom, restaurant, and production facility in Grand Rapids. Learn more about Vander Mill—one of the country’s largest craft cider producers—in the Life’s Simple Pleasures promotional video. And read more on their grand opening from MiBiz and MLive.

4) The 11th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition will be held this weekend in Grand Rapids. Over 1,000 entries have been registered for this year’s judging. Best of Show results will be announced on Sunday afternoon; full results will be posted online on Friday, April 29th.

5) Cider Chat interviews Aaron Anderson of Austin Eastciders. The company was founded in 2011 by Ed Gibson, former owner of The Apple cider pub in Bristol, England.

6) Wines In Niagara shares its Ontario In-Cider Report with reviews of ciders from Twin Pines Orchard & Cider House, Sulker’s Cider, and West Avenue Cider.

7) A mutant hop that works incredibly well for hopped cider? Read more about The Mystery of “Hop X” from Ontario’s Clear Valley Hops.

8) The 3rd Annual Hopped Cider Fest at Reverend Nat’s in Portland features 30+ hopped ciders from across the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the many exclusive festival-only ciders, Reverend Nat’s flagship Hallelujah Hopricot—one of the few American ciders to be featured in World’s Best Ciders—will also be poured.

9) Also this weekend: the 3rd Annual Cider Summit San Francisco and the Tag des Mostes in Austria’s Mostviertel region.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Cornish Orchards Vintage 2013Cider Says shares tasting notes from a flight at Schilling Cider House, attends an Apple Outlaw cider tasting,
and reviews Snow Capped Cider 6130′ DryWilliam Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider and William Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider with Pinot Grigio from Cider Brothers, and Alpenfire Glow. The Milled Apple reviews Downeast Cider House Summer Blend and Rekorderlig Spiced Hard CiderCider Steve reviews Ciderniks Combe Raider and Worcestershire Wobble Juice Dry Farmhouse Cider. And CiderSail reviews Oliver’s Classic Perry.

Have a great weekend! Maybe I’ll see you in Grand Rapids?


Cider News – April 15, 2016


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

Cider & Food Pairings with Mark McTavish

1) Mark McTavish of Half Pint Ciders in Southern California shares some excellent pairing suggestions and descriptions in Five ciders for foodies! (Bonus: An illustrated version of the pairings from Whole Foods Market.)

2) The winners of the Pomme d’Or 2016 awards have been announced. The judging—held in conjunction with the Apfelwein Weltweit festival in Frankfurt—includes categories for still ciders, sparkling ciders, dessert ciders, and apple-based spirits.

3) Susanna Forbes writes for Imbibe UK on World Cider. The article focuses on cider trends in France, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

4) Cider Chat interviews Neil Worley of Worley’s Cider in Somerset.

5) Kenneth Clarkson writes for Cidercraft on Nine Hopped Ciders to Put Some Pep in Your Step. Although US hop production is centered in the Pacific Northwest, the list features hopped ciders from around the country.

6) Barrel Aging in the Stone Barn is the April post in Angry Orchard’s A Year in the Life of a Cidery. Prior installments are March: Old Apple Tree, we Wassail Thee…, February: Cold Storage, and January: The Dormant Season.

7) Cider Soms chat with Alan Shapiro – The Genius Behind Cider Summit. The producer list for Cider Summit San Francisco—set for April 23rd at The Presidio—is now available. (To hear more from Shapiro, check out Episode 7 of my podcast.)

8) The 3rd Annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest takes place on Saturday. The Hood River region—roughly an hour’s drive east of Portland—is home to a rapidly growing cider scene with producers both large (Jester & Judge) and small (Rack & Cloth).

9) Grand Rapids Cider Week kicks off on Monday. Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan and is close to the growing region known as The Ridge, an area celebrated for its fruit and vegetable production (including apples).

10) Along Came a Cider reviews South Hill Cider’s 2014 Pack BasketCider Says reviews One Tree Hard Cider Dark CherryWilliam Tell Dry Hard Apple Cider with Strawberry and William Tell Apple Mango Muscat Cider from Cider Brothers, and Carlton Cyderworks AHH!!! Apricot Honey Habanero. The Milled Apple reviews Citizen Cider Unified Press and Semi Dry and Dry Hopped from Cidergeist. The Cider Journal reviews The Falstaff Seven Year Cider and Cinderella’s Slipper Dry & Still from Eden Specialty Ciders and Apple Outlaw Hoppin’ Holdup. Real Cider Reviews tries Eric Bordelet Sidre Brut Tendre. And Cider Steve reviews Worley’s Mendip Hills and Hoxton Cidersmiths Michelin and Browns.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – April 8, 2016


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

Apfelwein Weltweit

1) The eighth annual Apfelwein Weltweit will be held in Frankfurt on Sunday. This year’s festival features 200+ products from cider producers across Europe. Check out the excellent summaries of the 2015 Apfelwein Weltweit by Darlene Hayes and the 2014 Apfelwein Weltweit by wine writer Christian Schiller.

2) Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan uses native Australian ingredients like quandong and finger lime for his Byron Bay Wild Cider project. Learn more in Donovan uses native flavours in new cider range from the Coffs Coast Advocate.

3) Southern California will welcome its first cider bar when Independent Cider House opens later this month. Read SoCal’s First Cider-Centric Joint to Open in Downtown Long Beach for details and follow Independent Cider House on Facebook for updates.

4) Unusually cold April weather is expected to cause damage to fruit trees in the Northeast. Poverty Lane Orchards shares pictures of bud kill as part of their ongoing Orchard Cider Year project.

5) “Nearly 100% of the apple farms in America are growing [a] Sultana equivalent apple and trying to pass this fruit off as equivalent to Merlot.” Pop Quiz is the latest rant from Andy Brennan at Aaron Burr Cider. To learn more about Brennan, listen to Episode 5 of my podcast.

6) cidrhouse asks a panel of experts for advice on how to store cider at home, discovers a curious cider cellaring method in the Vinetum Britannicum, and laments the disappearance of ciderist.

7) Cider Chat interviews Jim Wallace of New England Cheesemaking Supply on pairing cider with cheese. (If podcasts aren’t your thing, read Cheese, meet cider by Sara Harvey of Capitol Cider in Seattle.)

8) Cider Snob has opened an online shop selling cool gifts for cider geeks, including the popular Drink Cider Dish Towels made by Kei and Molly Textiles.

9) Redbyrd Orchard Cider will release three of its 2015 ciders on Saturday at the Finger Lakes Cider House. The Cider House—located on a working farm and orchard—serves as a tasting room for local producers Black Diamond Cider, Eve’s Cidery, Redbyrd Orchard Cider, South Hill Cider, and its own Good Life Cider.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Jack’s Hard Cider Original. Drinking Cider reviews Cidergeist Semi-Dry and Dry-Hopped. Cider Says shares tasting notes from a flight at Schilling Cider House and reviews Alpenfire Smoke Barrel Aged CiderAtlas Session Cider, 2 Towns Ciderhouse Sun’s Out Saison, Traditions Ciderworks Bourbon Barrel (2012), and the book Cider Made Simple by Jeff Alworth. The Milled Apple reviews Crispin Browns LaneCitizen Cider Wit’s UpJ.K.’s Farmhouse Ciders Northern NeighbourHigh Limb Hard Cider Honeypot, Cider Creek Hard Cider A Brett Cherry Cyser, and Woodchuck Hard Cider Campfire PancakesTraveling Cider Lovers wander the West Coast and visit Embark Craft Ciderworks in upstate New YorkCiderSail reviews Sassy Le Cidre Rosé and The GeneralDevon Scrumpy, and Devon Red from Sandford Orchards. And Cider Steve reviews Maeloc DulceBridge Farm Somerset Medium Cider, Ty Gwyn Festival Ferret, and three Kingston Black SV Ciders from Hecks, Ciderniks, and Gwatkin.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – April 1, 2016


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

Franklin Cider Apple Tree In Bloom

Credit: Bill Mayo / Growing Produce

1) Will the newly-discovered Franklin be the American answer to the revered Kingston Black? Christina Herrick writes for American Fruit Grower in Chance Seedling Nets New Bittersharp Apple. (Thanks to @fineferalfunk for the find.)

2) Eater Chicago asks Is Chicago On The Verge of a Hard Cider Boom?

3) Holly Tennant writes for Cider Culture on 4 Women Making Waves in the Hard Cider World. And Nicole Martorana writes for the Blue Bee Cider blog on Wassail to Women! Our Historic Role in Cidermaking, an interesting look at the matriarchal cider culture among Chesapeake Bay colonists.

4) Kenneth Clarkson writes for Cidercraft on Palatable Pommeaus to Pop. Not sure what pommeau is? Check out the Wikipedia article, read about it in Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy by Charles Neal, or try one from the list of past medalists at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.

5) Cider Chat interviews Leonard Koningswijk of Beer Cider. Cider happenings in the Netherlands include the opening of Appels en Peren—Amsterdam’s first cider bottle shop—and the Internationaal Cider Festival to be held on April 30th in Rotterdam.

6) The Cider Museum Hereford is hiring a Museum Director. Read the job description and apply by May 5th if interested. Herefordshire Cider and Herefordshire Perry are among the many Protected Food Names in South West England. Learn more by browsing Discover Britain’s Protected Food Map.

7) Ron Sansone writes for Cider Culture on Drinking Cider in New York City. If you’re in the mood for a road trip to the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes, try Off The Press: A Cider Scene Brews in New York by Daniel Schwartz of Fathom.

8) Black Twig Cider House opened on Thursday in Durham, North Carolina. The restaurant’s appreciation for the Basque txotx tradition earned it a mention from Euskal Kultura, an online community that celebrates Basque heritage worldwide.

9) On tap this weekend for Rose City cider enthusiasts: Ciderfest 2016 at Oregon Hophouse in Northeast Portland and the Grand Opening Party for Portland Cider Company’s new production facility and taproom in Clackamas.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Woodchuck Hot Cha Cha ChaCider Says reviews Seattle Cider Dry and Eaglemount Homestead Semi-SweetThe Milled Apple reviews Texas Honey Cider and Hopped Cider from Austin Eastciders, Stella Artois CidreStormalong Grand Banks, and Far From The Tree Patch. And Real Cider Reviews tries Napoleone Methode Traditionelle Apple.

Have a great weekend!