Cider News – July 22, 2016


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


1) Sad news in England, the original Bramley apple tree is dying. Most cider fans will know that all Bramleys can be traced directly to this special tree, and fruit is good for eating, cooking, and cidermaking. This more than 200 year old tree was originally planted by a young woman in Southwell.

2) Cider tasting rooms and tap houses are opening all over, including the Bee Well Meadery and Cider Tasting Room. The New Paltz Times discusses the craft beer influence on Bad Seed Cider’s Tap room while the Connecticut Magazine takes a similar approach when describing the New England Cider Company which opened their cider house to the public this month.

3) The San Francisco Chronicle profile’s California’s Sonoma Cider company. These guys also just released a new cider: the Wimble.

4) Black Twig Cider House hosts its inaugural cider festival: TxotxFest September 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Mark your calendar’s now as this looks to be shaping up into a pretty fantastic event with some lovely food and ciders.

5) Cider features prominently in this The Guardian guide on what beverages to serve at a summer wedding and I couldn’t agree more. Their choice of a cider made from red fleshed apples would make a particularly striking toast.

6) Virtue Cider’s founder (and recent seller) Greg Hall speaks on WGN Radio’s Podcast The Big Table to talk about his varied history in the beverage world.

7) Beloved Pittsburgh cidery Arsenal is expanding, branching out with an apiary and plans for mead!

8) In the land of new and upcoming cider releases, Woodchuck is launching their 25th anniversary special cider. Ninepin Cider out of Albany just released Julip as their most recent special edition cider aged in bourbon barrels with mint. And earlier this month 2 Towns Ciderhouse shared their Cot in the Act, an unfiltered apricot cider.

9) Summer is simply full of cider events. On July 23rd, the Vermont Cider Classic will be taking place. A few weeks later, we have Cider Dayze festival in late August in Armada, Michigan. I’d like to give a shoutout to the upcoming Summer Cider Days which takes place August 6th. And, for UK cider lovers, in London you can find the Craft Cider Fest now until August 30th, showcasing ciders from near and far.

10) Cider Says reviews XC Exceptional Cider by Roquette Tieton Ciderworks Frost Ice Cider Eve’s Cidery’s Beckhorn Hollow Old Swede Blueberry Hard Cider and tasting notes from an 18th Visit to Schilling Cider House. Real Cider Reviews tastes Ramborn Farmhouse Dry Cider from Luxembourg. Cider Steve attempts to compare two single varietal ciders with Redstreak SV (maybe)The Milled Apple tries Angry Orchard Stone Dry. And we’ll finish up with my own Cider Review Roundup at Along Came A Cider featuring 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Henney’s, Common Cider Company, and Finnriver Farm and Cidery.

Have a delicious weekend!


Cider News – July 15, 2016


Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing, this week brought to cider lovers by the tremendously well-informed Dayna Bateman of CidrBox by









1) Marketwatch reports on the acceleration of small craft cider labels as large cider brand growth slows. Back in June, Marketwatch noted that ciders dominated the Impact “Hot Brands” list

2) Brewbound shares the news that Stone Brewing founder Greg Koch has revealed plans to launch a new $100 million fund for investing in “real” food and beverage companies. H/T Cider Cellars Imports)

3) Rabobank analysts weigh in on the possible impact of Brexit on the global drinks industry.

In response to the Rabobank analysis, Just-Drinks posts the panacea: How to Brexit-proof your beverage company and (continuing a theme) Boston Beer Co. applies to trademark the term “Brexit” for hard cider.

4) Craft brewers lament in the WSJ that they’re running dry on puns using the word “hops” (hopped cider producers take note).

5) Wine Spectator features American heritage cider makers Tilted Shed, Farnum Hill, Eden Specialty Cider and Eve’s Cidery in their Cider at the Table feature, as shouted out by Tilted Shed on Twitter (article not yet available online but should be soon).

6) The New York Public Library has made George Brookshaw’s rare book, Pomona Britannica, available by for digital reproduction and reuse: Cidrbox by shares a peek of Brookshaw’s stunning cider apple and perry pear images, first published in 1812.

7) Podcaster Ria Windcaller has a Cider Chat with Michigan native Eric Foster who has opened the Stem Craft Cidery and Tap Room in Denver, Colorado, with his partner Phil Kao; and the Washingtonian reports that the recently opened ANXO, DC’s first cider bar, is also the city’s first licensed winery

8) In upcoming releases, Blake’s VVitch-themed Black Philip will enter the market in August, and Germany’s Possmann Pure Cider and Apfelwein is now available in Chicago thanks to Louis Glunz Beer Inc. Locally produced cider comes to Hawaii as the Hawaii Cider Co. announces its intention to transform the tropical fruit of Hawaii into cider; and ANXO announces a collaborative release, produced from 19 heirloom apple varieties in partnership with Eden Specialty Cider, on their Facebook page

9) On the road this week: Ciders from Brittany will be judged at the CIDREF Palmarès Des Concours De Cidres Du Finistère on July 16 and cidermakerClaude Jolicoeur launches his book tour for Du Pommiers au Cidre: Manuel de cidrerie pour l’amateur et l’artisan The New Cider Maker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers

The Hudson Valley Cider Festival kicks off this Saturday, July 16, followed by the Vermont Cider Classic and the Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival in the Pacific NW next Saturday, July 23. Proceeds from the Orcas Island Cider and Mead will benefit school kids on the island through the local Farm to Cafeteria Program.

10) For the thirsty, Cider Says reviews: Angry Orchard Walden Hollow(an American heritage release pressed from Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin and Northern Spy) along with the Portland Cider Company Strawperry, Blackfin Splash Semi Sweet Cider, and the Aspall Grand Cru. Along Came a Cider shares her thoughtful tasting notes for Cider Creek’s All the King’s Men. And Real Cider Reviews uncaps a Hazy Hog Cloudy Cider.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Dayna and Meredith


Cider News – July 8, 2016

Happy Friday:

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

Courtesy of WineFolly

Courtesy of WineFolly

1) If You Had a Wine [Cider] Job, What Would It Be? I had a lot of fun with this and have considered at least three of those end points already! What results do you get?

2) The United States Association of Cider Makers just announced their first ever Executive Director: Michelle McGrath!

3) CiderCulture‘s got two neat articles up: Q&A with Woodchuck to celeb.rate 25 years of making cider posted at Cider Culture and Women Making Waves in the Hard Cider World Part 3.

4) There are always some fantastic innovations and traditions happening in the world of cider making: Citizen Cider has been working on Arrested fermentation to avoid back sweeteningBlue Bee Cider company took time and patience to make their Firecracker, and Lookout Farm Cider brought cidermaking to their farm after more than 350 years of agricultural production.

5) Apps about apples and cider? What an exciting thought. here are two: Prune and Sidra Mayador.

6) Hard cider got plenty of 4th of July press, including this piece from NPR: Hard Cider, Chamber Pots And Leeches: Living Like A Founding Father.

7) Here are some podcasts about cider! First, Micro Brewr spoke about the future of cider last year and Cider Chat sat down with Eric Foster of Stem Cider.

8) The Good Food Awards entry period just opened July 5th. And check out their other fascinating categories as well.

9) Summer is the time for cider festivals! Check out Beer on the Wye XII and Festival de la sidra – Ayuntamiento de Nava, both happening July 8-10. And coming next month, Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend, Washington.

10) And as always, let’s finish up with a round up of cider reviews. CiderSays has two review offerings: Gabbie’s Premium Cider Semi Dry and the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Tasting Notes.  Then my own Along Came a Cider reviews  Vander Mill Cider’s Totally Roasted. And finally, Real Cider Reviews takes on Chaplin and Corks Somerset Gold Cider.

Have a fantastic weekend!


Cider News – July 1, 2016


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

Wassail's Dan Pucci

Credit: Khushbu Shah / Eater

1) Wassail’s Dan Pucci is The Hype-Man Cider Is Lucky to Have. Pucci is one of 19 restaurant industry professionals in the US named to the Eater Young Guns Class of 2016.

2) Walden Hollow is the latest release in the Angry Orchard Cider House Collection. Made entirely with New York State grown apples—including Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin, and Northern Spy—Walden Hollow will be available year-round in 750ml corked bottles. (Also of note: A Year In The Life Of A Cidery continues with May: Cider Fruit Tree Planting and June: The First Cider House Bottling.)

3) Wines In Niagara reports on The rapid rise of craft cider in Ontario, and one grocery giant’s bold commitment. The province is slowly modernizing the way alcohol is sold, with craft cidermakers looking for the same access to consumers recently afforded to craft brewers. (In related news, check out Toronto Life’s look at What’s on the menu at Her Father’s, the city’s first all-cider bar.)

4) The Cider Farm in Mineral Point, Wisconsin produces cider and apple brandy from English and French cider apples planted in their own orchards. Learn more about their organic growing methods and conservation practices in Depending on the wilds to pollinate from Wisconsin State Farmer.

5) Cider Chat interviews Tim Larsen of Snowdrift Cider. Snowdrift has a tradition of success at GLINTCAP, including a recent Best in Class award for its Barrel-Aged Cornice.

6) Josh Wright of Sipology pays A Visit to Uncle John’s Cider Mill.

7) visits Melick’s Hard Cider in Oldwick, New Jersey to figure out Why this new homegrown N.J. hard cider is already popular.

8) This year’s Pacific Northwest Cider Awards results are announced. The third annual PNWCA competition was held at Seattle Cider Company and drew 188 entries from 40 cideries across the region.

9) Oliver’s Cider and Perry looks at possible scenarios with Protected Food Names Post Brexit. To learn more about these protections—like the PGIs for Herefordshire Cider and Herefordshire Perry—read the Wikipedia entry on Geographical indications and traditional specialities in the European Union.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Number 12 Cider House Sparkling Dry CiderCider Says reviews Common Cider Company Hibiscus Saisond’s Wicked Chanilla (Cherry Vanilla) and Rhinegeist’s Cidergeist Dry Hopped and Cidergeist Semi Dry. The Milled Apple reviews Wölffer No. 139 Dry White Cider and Champlain Orchards Cidery McIntosh & MapleI think about cider reviews Hecks Vintage Dry Cider 2013. Dry Cider reviews Oliver’s Traditional Cider. And Real Cider Reviews tries Murray’s Brewing Apple Shack Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 24, 2016


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

The Hand and Apple Hard Cider

Credit: Andrew Salmon / The Korea Times

1) The Hand and Malt Brewing Company—a pioneering craft brewer on the outskirts of Seoul—is branching out into cider. Learn more about The Hand and Apple Hard Cider in Local microbrewery creates Korea’s first native cider, and follow The Hand and Apple on Facebook for updates.

2) “Angry Orchard definitely built the industry for us. But now the craft guys are coming in and taking that market share.” Colin Schilling and other industry stakeholders share their thoughts with Newsweek in Hard Cider, Craft Beer’s Upstart Cousin, is Booming.

3) Austin Eastciders expands into new South Austin headquarters, Blackduck Cidery in the Finger Lakes opens its on-site tasting room, and Ash & Elm Cider Co. in Indianapolis celebrates its grand opening.

4) Cider Chat interviews Shannon Edgar and Ben Roberts-Sano of Stormalong Hard Cider in Sherborn, Massachusetts. And Episode 5 of the Portland Beer Podcast is about Oregon Cider Week and More.

5) Recent competition results: the Concours régional des cidres de Bretagne in Brittany, the Royal Three Counties Show in England, and The Big E Cider and Perry Competition in Massachusetts. (The entry window is now open for the Australian Cider Awards in September.)

6) The Bristol Cider Shop is on the move to a larger space that will accommodate tastings, dinners, and other events. And the Three Counties Cider Shop is now curated by The Cider Core—a passionate cooperative of cidermakers that includes Gregg’s Pit, Oliver’s, Once Upon a Tree, and Wilce’s. Follow @TheCiderCore on Twitter for updates.

7) Scotland’s Thistly Cross Cider has teamed up with Strathearn Distillery to offer a cider spirit matured in oak casks. Learn more in Is it cider? Is it brandy? No, it’s Scottish Cider Brandy!

8) The double-decker Somerset Cider Bus is a fixture at the Glastonbury Festival. The festival—which runs through Sunday and features an impressive music lineup—has a reputation for wet and muddy conditions. Follow theciderbus on Instagram for updates. Also in England this weekend is the Northampton Sausage and Cider Festival, with its custom “cider shed” pouring machines to rapidly dispense bag-in-box ciders.

9) On tap in the US: the PA Cider Festival in Gettysburg, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Festival in Seattle, and the closing weekend of Oregon Cider Week with dozens of events in Portland and beyond such as Reverend Nat’s Taproom Third Anniversary Party, the Cider Riot! Fruit Cider Invitational, and the Pomme Boots Cider Brunch. (For a look ahead to future US events, check out Ron Sansone’s Cider Festivals Cropping Up in 2016 piece for Cider Culture.)

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Angry Orchard’s Knotty PearCider Says shares tasting notes from a flight at Schilling Cider House, shares more tasting notes for Merridale House Craft Cider, Gowans 1876 Heirloom, and Raven’s Moon Apple Raspberry, and reviews NV Cider Watermelon Hard Pear CiderAEppelTreow Kinglet Bitter and Left Field Little Dry. The Milled Apple reviews Domaine de la Minotière Cidre Fermier Bio DouxCider Steve reviews Butford Organics Himalia 2013. And Sipology reviews Blake’s Amshiré Ice Cider.

Have a great weekend!