Cider News – February 5, 2016


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

The Original Cider Mug

1) Dave Selden—creator of the pocket-sized 33 Mugs of Cider tasting journal—unveils The Original Cider Tasting Mug.

2) Brian Yaeger writes for the Portland Mercury about the spectacular growth of cider in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in We Like Them Apples.

3) The Northwest Cider Association Reports Record Cider Industry Growth. NWCA’s producer membership has increased steadily from 31 in 2013 to 52 in 2014 to 70 in 2015.

4) “Hard cider and cider are two different products. They are intended to satisfy very different needs. It is very important for Americans to learn that difference.” Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cider makes the case for why hard cider is to ketchup as cider is to a tomato. (Looking for tomato ciders? Try this recent post from Eden Ice Cider.)

5) “I believe that, we in America, will have to improve cider’s quality with a top down approach, like we saw in Napa Valley fifty years ago.” Curt Sherrer of Millstone Cellars shares his thoughts on the modern cider renaissance in Current Future of Cider.

6) “The world of cider, the old and the new, as ever are in a state of flux. But there’s nothing more consistent than change, right?” The Ciderologist reflects on the stoppage of cider production at the historic Shepton Mallet Cider Mill and on the contemporary New Zealand cider scene in Cider Flux.

7) Cider Chat interviews apple expert John Bunker of Super Chilly Farm in Maine. (I spoke with John in Episode 6 of my podcast.)

8) The provisional cider list for Cider Summit Chicago has been posted. The fourth annual event will be held at Navy Pier on Saturday, February 27th.

9) The inaugural PA Cider Fest will be held on Saturday, June 25th in Gettysburg. While you’re in town, be sure to visit the National Apple Museum.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Gin Botanical from Seattle Cider Company. The Cider Journal reviews DrySemi Sweet, and Oaked Maple from Seattle Cider Company and the 2014 Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider from Tilted Shed. Cider Says reviews the 2013 Perennial from Argus Cidery, Honeycrisp Ice Cider from Eden, Campfire Pancakes from Woodchuck, and Bittersweet Reserve from Locust Cider. The Milled Apple reviews Spice from Far From The Tree, Astigarragako Sagardoa from Sarasola, Local Nectar from Woodchuck, and Unoriginal Blend from Downeast Cider House. Drinking Cider reviews Extra Dry from Original Sin. And Cider Soms reviews Wit’s Up from Citizen Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – January 29, 2016


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

Bill Bradshaw - Wassail!

1) Bill Bradshaw—author of the Cider Enthusiasts’ Manual and co-author of the excellent World’s Best Ciders—explains the British wassail tradition and shares some captivating photographs in Wassail!

2) The cider world will soon converge on Portland, Oregon for this year’s Cider Conference (CiderCon). Check the official schedule for events at the host hotel and the unofficial schedule for special events around town. (I’ve bundled #cidercon, #cidercon16, and #cidercon2016 in a single view on Twitter. For Instagram, you’ll want to check #cidercon, #cidercon16, and #CiderCon2016 separately.)

3) Tim Prendergast of ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar and David Cordtz of Sonoma Cider help Eater figure out What the Country’s New Cider Act Means for You. (While this is unquestionably good news, the article neglects to mention that the changes won’t take effect until 2017.)

4) The Northwest Cider Association launches the Cidermaker’s Tool Kit, a Wikipedia-style platform that will capture skills, tips, and links related to running a commercial cider operation. Join the community and contribute your knowledge for the greater good!

5) Hundreds of rare cider apple varieties in Herefordshire’s Tidnor Wood orchard will be preserved thanks to efforts taken by the National Trust. Learn more about the gift from BBC News and The Guardian.

6) The latest Cider Sessions episode of Beer Sessions Radio features an interview with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider.

7) Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider and Tim Edmond & Dan Potter of Potter’s Craft Cider appear on recent episodes of the Edacious podcast.

8) Ed McGrath is The Cider Chef on Facebook, curating a collection of recipes from Normandy and elsewhere that incorporate cider.

9) Amateur cidermakers take note: the entry window for the 2016 Washington Mead & Cider Cup opens on February 1st. The competition will be held in Redmond on Saturday, March 12th.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Never Give an Inch from Cider Riot! Cider Says reviews CiderHead from Honey Moon, Northern Spy Barrel Aged Ice Cider from Eden, Private Reserve Barrel Select from Woodchuck, and Hawk Haus from E.Z. Orchards. The Milled Apple reviews Pomme de Coeur from Vins Arista, Hopsation from Woodchuck, and Cidre Triple from Etienne Dupont. Bad Rider Reviews tries Dry Pear from Naramata in British Columbia. And Real Cider Reviews weighs in on the award-winning 18 Varieties Apple Cider from Willie Smith’s in Tasmania.

Hope to see you in Portland!


Cider News – January 22, 2016


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

Mr Plume Latvian Cider

1) While they can’t dunk like NBA phenom Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian cider producers Mr. Plūme and Abavas can still take it to the glass. (Google Translate with the assist.)

2) The 2016 Good Food Awards Winners are announced. AeppelTreow Winery, Argus Cidery, Art + Science, Big B’s Hard Cider, Eden Ice Cider Company, Ela Cider Company, Eve’s Cidery, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Shacksbury, and Snowdrift Cider Co. are this year’s winning producers.

3) Paul and Amanda Vander Heide of Michigan’s Vander Mill are named to the 2016 Imbibe 75. (No online article yet, but find a copy of the January/February issue at Where to Buy Imbibe.) The rapidly-expanding Vander Mill is set to make its Pacific Northwest debut during CiderCon.

4) The Cider Journal chats with Ellen Cavalli about An Illuminating Cider Experiment at Tilted Shed Ciderworks.

5) Cider Chat talks with Joe Getz of Kurant Cider and the Pennsylvania Cider Guild.

6) The Wisconsin State Journal interviews Paul Asper and Lissa Koop of Restoration Cider in Madison couple looks to launch into cider business with a niche product.

7) “It’s all about money. They don’t care about tradition, they don’t care about what cider means to us.” More reaction to C&C’s cost-cutting announcement in Shepton Mallet in shock with cider mill set to close from The Guardian.

8) Coleman Cider Company talks about their full-juice ciders in Meet the team putting Yorkshire cider on the map from The Yorkshire Post.

9) The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival winds down in Manchester, England. See Cider & Perry 2016 for a list of what’s pouring at the festival.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Homestead Elderberry Apple from Aaron Burr. The Cider Journal reviews the 2013 Lost Orchard from Tilted Shed. Cider Says shares notes from a Gravenstein Single-Variety Cider Tasting and reviews Thatchers Gold from Thatchers, Apple from Portland Cider Company, Dark Currant from 2 Towns, and Sparkling Semi-Dry from Eden. The Milled Apple reviews Rind from Far From the Tree, Winter’s Cinn from Cider Creek, and Semi-Dry from Farnum Hill. And Cider Press visits Humboldt Cider Co. in Eureka, California.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – January 15, 2016


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

Chris Haworth of West Avenue Cider

Credit: Rick VanSickle / Wines In Niagara

1) Wines In Niagara interviews Chris Haworth of West Avenue Cider. Craft cider is growing rapidly in Ontario, and West Avenue—which has an impressive collection of GLINTCAP medals—is leading the way in quality and innovation.

2) C&C Group will end cider production at the historic Shepton Mallet Cider Mill in Somerset. Cider production and packaging will be consolidated at the Clonmel, Tipperary site where the Bulmers and Magners brands are manufactured. Read more about the potential impact from The Guardian and The Irish Times.

3) Cider Sales See Big Decline in Growth in 2015 according to Nielsen off-premise data obtained by Tom Wark at The Cider Journal.

4) Food Republic visits Angry Orchard’s new Hudson Valley facility and chats with head cidermaker Ryan Burk in In The Race For Cider Superiority, Angry Orchard Is Upping The Ante.

5) Cider Chat interviews Ryal Schallenberger of Northwest Mobile Juicing. The company operates a fleet of mobile processing trailers that provide on-site juice pressing, pasteurizing, and packaging services. See this 75-second video for a juicing demonstration.

6) Bill Lyon (also known as Cider Snob) educates the Tumblr set in Beer vs. Cider 001.

7) Professional surfer Aritz Aranburu helps kick off the txotx season at Zelaia in the Basque Country. Learn more about the Basque cider house tradition in the Sagardotegi article from Wikipedia.

8) On tap this weekend is the Good Food Awards Ceremony & Marketplace in San Francisco. Cider has its own category in the awards this year, and 13 producers have already been named as Finalists. Winners will be announced on Friday evening.

9) Cider reviews on Instagram? This week The Milled Apple reviewed Barrel-Aged Cider from Citizen, Rebel Reserve from Standard Cider Company, Sidre Tendre from Eric Bordelet, Ginger and Rum Barrel Aged from Nine Pin, and Trois Pépins from Cidrerie du Vulcain.

10) The Cider Journal reviews the 2014 Wickson, 2014 Juniperus, and 2014 Kingston Black from Tilted Shed, Lake Chelan Heritage Cider from Washington Gold, Moa Cider from Moa Brewing, and Never Give An Inch and Pinot Barrel-Aged Burncider from Cider Riot! Cider Says reviews Cherry Hard Cider from Washington Gold, the Artisan Sparkling Cider from Finnriver, the 2012 Cidre Brut from Le Père Jules, Cidre from Stella Artois, and Winter Abbey Spice from Reverend Nat’s. Drinkhacker reviews Wildcide from Aurum Cider. Bad Rider Reviews tries Spice Route from Tieton. Paste Magazine reviews The Original and Spur & Vine from Square Mile. And Cider Press reviews Revival from Reverend Nat’s.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – January 8, 2016


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

Paul Cade of Broken Nose Cider

Credit: Robert Battista / The Hop Report

1) The Hop Review interviews Paul Cade of Broken Nose Cider in Chicago. Paul cut his cidermaking teeth at Welsh Mountain Cider (see Episode 8 of my podcast).

2) “The best, most widely-consumed and successful cider brands in the market now, and in the coming years, will be made, packaged, delivered and handled, sold and consumed like beer—not wine.” Nat West’s provocative Craft Beer is the Lens essay—originally published in the print version of Cidercraft Magazine—is now available online.

3) Building on the success of August’s #WineStudio chats, Farnum Hill Ciders announces its #OrchardCiderYear project. Look for two orchard snapshots each week on Twitter, Instagram, or the FHC website.

4) Food Republic chats with Shacksbury about their Lost Apples project in In Search Of The Best Apples To Make Hard Cider.

5) Cider Chat talks with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Bonny Doon’s forays into the world of pome fruit include ¿Querry?—fermented with a blend of apple, pear, and quince—and Winter Nélis—a sparkling perry made from late-harvest pears.

6) Jeff Alworth—author of Cider Made Simple—discusses The Existential Difficulties of Counting Breweries for All About Beer Magazine. (I don’t claim a definitive tally of US cider producers, but my United States Cider Map isn’t a bad place to start counting.)

7) The Wells Journal shares its Top six places to wassail in Somerset. Many of this year’s celebrations—including the legendary wassail at Wilkins Cider—will be held on Saturday, January 16th.

8) Best known for its calvados, Christian Drouin now offers Le Gin. The traditional juniper is complemented by ginger, vanilla, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, rose, and almond. Watch this 70-second video to learn how to make a Gin Le Normand.

9) Real Cider Reviews shares its Best Ciders of 2015. And Cider Says shares its Favorite Ciders of 2015.

10) Cidersage reviews Cranberry Rosehip from Finnriver and SPACE Bloody Orange from Ace. Along Came a Cider reviews Dry Oaked from Wandering Aengus and Bee’s Dream from Tandem. Cider Says visits Schilling Cider House for another six-cider sampling flight and reviews Old Sin from Slyboro, Seasonal Spiced Apple from Elemental, Pear Supply from Big B’s, and Dan Kelly’s Irish Cider from Dan Kelly’s. The Cider Journal reviews Providence Traditional New England from Reverend Nat’s. Bad Rider reviews NW Atomic Root Beer from Elemental. And Cider Press visits Wrangletown Cider Company in Humboldt County, California.

Have a great weekend!