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!


Cider News – June 17, 2016


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

Oregon Cider Week 2016

1) Oregon Cider Week kicks off this weekend. Cider Summit Portland—held on Friday and Saturday in the Pearl District—is the highlight, but Reverend Nat’s Hard CiderPortland Cider Company, Bushwhacker Cider, and other cider hotspots will host many events of their own.

2) Jeff Carlson is named Cidermaker of the Year at the National Homebrew Competition for his Sweet Heat jalapeño cider. This marks the fifth time that Carlson has topped the cider categories at NHC. And in the inaugural Big E Northeast Gold Cider & Perry Competition, ADK Hard Cider of Plattsburgh, New York wins Best in Show for its Double Tap Maple Cider.

3) “I’m looking for some of the most unique and rare apples that are grown in Michigan.” Mike Beck of Uncle John’s Hard Cider talks with the Lansing State Journal about production, quality, and selection in What’s up with hard cider?

4) Do your part to revitalize Flint, Michigan by helping Flint City Hard Cider Co. fund their Kickstarter campaign.

5) Cider Chat interviews Danielle von Scheiner of Big Apple Hard Cider in New York City.

6) Mountain West Cider in Salt Lake City encourages you to Put Some GAY In Your Day! During the month of June, the company’s flagship Ruby Hard Cider becomes Ruby’s Gay Hard Cider with a special edition label. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Utah Pride Center.

7) The Heritage of Orchards & Cider Making in Wales is an ambitious collaboration between the Welsh Perry and Cider Society and The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales. The project aims to regenerate old orchards, plant new orchards, analyze Welsh cider apples and perry pears, and produce a digital collection of oral histories. Follow the project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more.

8) The inaugural Slavnost Cideru cider festival takes place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Prague. Producers from the Czech Republic and other European nations will be represented. And if three days at the festival isn’t enough, drop by InCider Bar and select a cider or two from their extensive bottle list.

9) Other events include the International Cider and Perry Championship held on Friday at the Royal Three Counties Show in Worcestershire, the Concours régional des Cidres de Bretons held on Monday at the Abbaye de Léhon in Côtes-d’Armor (Brittany), and a Cidermaker Dinner featuring Oregon’s Art + Science held on Wednesday at Wassail in New York City.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Cidergeist Semi Dry Hard CiderCider Says shares tasting notes from a flight at Schilling Cider House and reviews 2 Towns Ciderhouse La Mûre and Brooklyn Cider House’s Kinda DryHalf Sour, and Still Bone Dry. The Milled Apple reviews Original Sin Pear Cider and Artifact Cider Project Trail HopperCider Soms visit The Northman to review Anthem Tea Cider and Uncle John’s Raw. And Cider Steve reviews Circle Cider Roundabout and Rich’s Cider Dunkerton’s 2013.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 10, 2016


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

Herefordshire Cider | Golden Fire

1) The highly-anticipated Golden Fire app celebrating cider in Herefordshire is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play. Read more about this unique digital arts project, or watch this short teaser video from Rural Media.

2) Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Cider and Craig Campbell of Tieton Cider Works chat with Good Fruit Grower in Two Growers Weigh In On Cider Apple Varieties. Other recent articles from Good Fruit Grower include Cider Apple Variety Shortage (with commentary from Wood and Ian Merwin of Black Diamond Cider) and Trials To Improve Cider Tannins And Harvesting.

3) Cidercraft interviews Dana Masterpolo of Bantam Cider, Sip Northwest interviews Chris Schmidt of Tod Creek Craft Cider, and Capitol Cider interviews Tim Larsen of Snowdrift Cider.

4) What happens when Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery and Rob Lovatt of Thornbridge Brewery mature a Belgian-style golden ale on cider lees contributed by Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider & Perry? Learn more about the Serpent collaboration in How two of the world’s best craft brewers and a cider producer ‘broke beer boundaries’.

5) Kate Bernot of DRAFT Magazine explores the ongoing trend that is The great beerification of cider.

6) Cider Chat interviews Adam Krakowski—author of Vermont Prohibition: Teetotalers, Bootleggers & Corruption—on historical legislation that has influenced the production and consumption of hard cider. And Beer Sessions Radio chats with David Dolginow of Vermont’s Shacksbury Cider.

7) Sofia Payson writes for Cider Culture on Lessons from the Past for Today’s Cider Makers. The article examines Vrest Orton’s The American Cider Book: The Story of America’s Natural Beverage that was first published in 1973.

8) Curious what’s on offer at recently opened cider bars? Check out the cider lists from Lost Valley Cider Co. in Milwaukee, Black Twig Cider House in Durham, The Northman in Chicago, and Her Father’s Cider Bar in Toronto.

9) Cider Week Hudson Valley and Minnesota Cider Week come to a close this weekend. On tap for Saturday: Pour the Core Brooklyn.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Symond’s Scrumpy Jack Premium English CiderCider Says shares tasting notes from a flight at Schilling Cider House and reviews Schilling Bailout Lemongrass AgaveBig B’s Lazy Daze Lemon Hard CiderAtlas Dragonfruit Cider, and Blue Moon Winery Raven’s Moon Apple Cider. Cider Soms visit Left Foot Charley and Taproot Cider House in Traverse City. The Milled Apple reviews Viuda de Angelón Sparkling Pear Cider, Angry Orchard Green Apple, and Starcut Ciders Squishy. The Cider Journal reviews 101 Cider House Black Dog Super DryThe Ciderist reviews Black Diamond RabbleRouser and Aval Cidre Artisanal. And Real Cider Reviews tries Henney’s Vintage Cider.

Have a great weekend!



Cider News – June 3, 2016

Good morning Cider Lovers,

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

Credit - Golden Fire

Credit – Golden Fire

1) The Cider Institute of North America formed recently; the focus will be on cider making education. The group has Nick Gunn of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks attached to project as well as connection to existing university cider educational programs.

2) I know folks want to see results for the British Cider Championships. Judging just happened on Thursday, so keep checking The Bath & West site for results. The Cider Workshop has a few early tidbits.

3) I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the publication of Finding Good Cider – by Alan Stone. This book covers cider, Somerset history, pubs and events. And June 7th, Golden Fire (a film about cider) launches in Hereford.

4) Lost Valley Cider Co., Milwaukee’s first hard-cider bar, opens Wednesday in Walker’s Point.

5) Cider Chat posts part two of the conversation with the fine folks at Farnum Hill.

6) I was chuffed to see Raise A Glass To Perry, Craft Cider’s Pear Cousin on The Salt by National Public Radio. And Good news for Canadian cider makers and cider lovers as, Feds, Ontario sweet on craft cider, to invest $220K in industry.

7) Did you know that today is the first World Cider Day? Real Cider Reviews introduces us to this brilliant idea. Join in by using the #WorldCiderDay hashtag if you’re raising a glass on on Twitter today.

8) I’m always eager to hear about women in the cider world, and this article does tell us just  that: Women making waves in the Hard Cider World  in Cider Culture by Holly Tennant.

9) This is the opening weekend of Cider Week Hudson Valley. There are plenty of events throughout the region; it looks like at least ten in just the next week, including At the Bar – Snowdrift Cider (WA) at Wassail.

10) The Cider Journal reviews 101 Cider House Black Dog Super Dry, Cider Steve takes on Headless Man and Broome Farm Cyder CiderSays tastes Birds and the Bees as well as Somersby Citrus Fruit, and I (Along Came a Cider)  review Wolffer Cider’s No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – May 27, 2016

Happy Friday Cider Lovers,

Here’s a recap of the best cider news worth sharing. I’m helping out Eric West this week as he’s doing some cider travelling of his own.

Credit - Holm Cider /Facebook

Credit – Holm Cider /Facebook

1) Ria Windcaller of Cider Chat Chats on CiderThe Cider Journal,  and on Wednesday she shared her conversation with Steve Wood, Louisa Spencer, and Nicole Leibon of Farnum Hill Cider in 32nd Episode of Cider Chat.

2) BBC News explores Why Hereford wants to shake off its apple orchard image.

3) Ramborn Cider Co. is bringing cider back to to Luxembourg, and they’re determined to do so using organic apples. Luxemburger Wort writes about their process in Rediscovering the craft of local cider & perry.

4) SiidriMaja in Tallinn, Estonia is a bottle shop that stocks a range of European ciders. Owner Kaire Jakobson has posted photos and writeups (in English) of her recent UK cider adventure that included visits to cider expert Andrew LeaNeil Worley of Worley’s Cider, Barny Butterfield of Sandford Orchards, and Chris Beardon of Winkleigh Cider.

5) Holm Cider—Scandinavia’s first cider shop—opened in Copenhagen last weekend. Check out their Facebook page for pictures from their grand opening! Welcome to the cider world.

6) Lake Chelan in North Central Washington is one of the under-appreciated apple growing regions contributing to the modern cider renaissance. Learn more in Hard cider production flourishes in the Lake Chelan Valley. And the Finger Lakes, another quickly developing cider region,  gets some in depth coverage in Hear the Cider Boom: The Finger Lakes region has some advantages.

7) Finnriver Farm & Cidery opens its new Orchard & Cider Garden with a full slate of farm walks, orchard tours, tastings, wood-fired pizza, oysters, and paella. Learn more about Finnriver’s new location in Chimacum, Washington from The New School.

8) Ontario Craft Cider Week kicks off with the opening of Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen, the Appleseed Cider Festival, and other events throughout the Greater Toronto Area. For an overview of cider’s growth in the province, read Cider sales soar in Ontario as consumers choose alternatives to beer from Global News and Toronto’s appetite for craft cider surges from NOW Toronto Magazine.

9) Also on tap: The Welsh Perry & Cider Festival and the Clytha Arms Cider Festival in Monmouthshire, the British Cider Championships at the Bath & West Showground in Somerset, and The Pressed Conference festival in Denver as Colorado Cider Week comes to a close.

10) Real Cider Reviews tries 2 Brothers Little Apple CiderCider Steve reviews two ciders from Ampleforth Abbey.  CiderSays reviews 2 Towns Imperial Hop and Stalk and Colorado Cider Company Ol’ Stumpy. And, whether or not, I should share my own work, Along Came a Cider did review something very special, Foggy Ridge Cider’s Serious Cider.

Have a fantastic weekend! And if cider is any part of it, cheers.