Cider News – November 20, 2015


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

Thanksgiving Cider

Pairing a Northern Spy cider with Thanksgiving dinner at Sweetland Orchard.

1) Tired of yet another article praising the virtues of wine at Thanksgiving? The Anti-Wine Thanksgiving, The Best Thanksgiving Wine is Cider, Turn Your Thanksgiving Feast into a Hard Cider Fest, and Six Tips for Making Thanksgiving a Cider-Centric Holiday are here to help.

2) Darlene Hayes relates the history of the Stone Fence and shares her own smoky take on the versatile drink in America’s First Cocktail.

3) Wine writer Jon Bonné—ably assisted by Wassail‘s cider director Dan Pucci—contemplates cider’s future in Where Is America’s Cider Revival Headed? His conclusion? “There’s no reason apples shouldn’t earn the same respect as grapes.”

4) “We’re really growing and we don’t have the human capital to maintain this growth trajectory.” Eliza Greenman looks at the challenges facing perennial agriculture in Where Are the Tree Fruit Growers?

5) The Temperate Orchard Conservancy in Oregon is hard at work preserving the genetic diversity of Nick Botner’s collection of roughly 4,500 apple varieties. Learn more about the project in Saving an apple orchard may graft an industry’s growth.

6) Nick Gunn of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks and Dave White of Whitewood Cider appear on Episode 4 of Cider Chat during their recent visit to Franklin County CiderDays.

7) Toronto’s West Avenue Cider wins Best in Show at the Ontario Cider Awards with their Cherriosity. Full results are listed in this brief article from Canadian Restaurant News.

8) Bill Bradshaw shares photos from his September visit to Vashon Island near Seattle. The island is home to innovative producers Nashi Orchards and Dragon’s Head Cider.

9) Cider Says reviews Pacific Peach from Blackfin, Edgefield Hard Cider from McMenamins, and Irish Cider from Dublin’s Pub. The Cider Journal reviews the 2014 releases of The 1840 and Classic from Shacksbury. And Cider Press lists its 10 Best Bars to Drink Craft Cider in Los Angeles.

10) The final weekend of Cider Week Virginia brings the autumn cider festival season to a close. Albemarle CiderWorks, Castle Hill Cider, Cobbler Mountain CellarsCorcoran Vineyards & CiderFoggy Ridge Cider, and Potter’s Craft Cider will host open houses to celebrate.

That’s all. Have a great weekend!


Cider News – November 13, 2015


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

10 Maine Ciders

1) Down East Magazine explores the revival of Maine’s cider culture and reviews ten Maine ciders from producers around the state.

2) The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering new crowdfunding rules that will allow individuals to directly invest in small companies. Until then, cider producers like Texas Keeper in Austin and Wrangletown in Arcata continue to use Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and similar platforms to raise funds.

3) Angry Orchard opens its Walden, New York facility to the public on select weekends in November. Good Beer Hunting offers a nicely photographed sneak peak, or you can read more about the orchard and cider house from Angry Orchard.

4) Some great posts documenting the Somerset harvest season at the Worley’s Cider blog.

5) Author Rowan Jacobsen cruises the back roads of Vermont with The Feral Cider Society. Jacobsen and fellow society members will chat about Wild Apples at Wassail this Sunday at 3pm. Can’t make it? The short video Hard Cider The Hard Way is a fine introduction.

6) Bill Lyon shares photos from his experience at Franklin County CiderDays in Massachusetts. (Here’s what we tasted at my Cider Appreciation 101 class. Many thanks to Ben Watson and all the volunteers who coordinate so many fantastic events each year!)

7) Episode 300 of Beer Sessions Radio is all about cider cocktails. Fellow guests include author Darlene Hayes of turn them all into cider, distiller Yoni Rabino of Neversink Spirits, and bartender Jade Sotack of Wassail. (Jade’s cocktail that we sampled on air is featured in Punch’s Five Super-Fresh Cider Cocktails.)

8) Other podcast episodes include Bringing Sexy Back to Cider from Fuhmentaboudit, Wassail NYC and the Ciders of the Finger Lakes from Beer Sessions Radio, and Robert Colnes of New Salem Preserves from Cider Chat.

9) Love Thy Cider reviews Dry Hopped Pear from The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Along Came A Cider reviews Imperial from Aspall, and Cider Says reviews Apricot from Atlas, Cidre Bouché Brut 2011 from Etienne Dupont, and Joker from Ace.

10) On tap: the closing weekend of Cider Week NYC, the opening weekend of Cider Week Virginia, The Core Pour in Santa Paula, California, and the Fête du Cidre à l’ancienne in Le Sap, Orne, Normandy.

If you’re in the city for Cider Week NYC, please join us at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village for Reverend Nat’s Cider Seminary on Friday evening and the inaugural Cider Salon on Saturday afternoon.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – November 6, 2015


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

Nat West of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider

Nat West of Reverend Nat’s. Photo Credit: Terry Manier / Imbibe.

1) Josh Bernstein explores how cideries are cross-pollinating with breweries in American Cider Goes Mainstream.

2) The 2016 Good Food Awards Finalists are announced. 13 cider producers were revealed as Finalists, with Argus, Big B’s, Eden, Shacksbury, and Snowdrift receiving multiple awards. Winners will be announced on January 15th.

3) The Cider Maker is a short video narrated by and featuring Trevor Newman. Check out Trevor’s site The Fruit Nut to learn more about pomology, uncommon fruits, and orcharding. (Hat tip to Bill Lyon for the video.)

4) Wassail co-owner Sabine Hrechdakian gathers Steve Wood, Eleanor Leger, Andy Brennan, and the Fish & Game crew for Cider Dialogues, Part One.

5) Cider Made Simple author Jeff Alworth and co-host Patrick Emerson talk about cider in the latest episode of the Beervana Podcast. (Ever wondered what scrumpy really means? Jeff asks Tom Oliver about it at 29:58.)

6) Cider Chat interviews Field Maloney of West County Cider in Massachusetts and Wouter Bijl of CiderCider in Rotterdam.

7) Good Fruit Grower chats with DeFisher Fruit Farms about topworking apple trees to quickly incorporate more cider varieties in their orchards. The DeFisher family runs Rootstock Ciderworks and Apple Country Spirits in Williamson, New York.

8) An all-star sampling panel convenes for a single-varietal tasting in The Kingston Black Apple Shows Its Character.

9) Cider Connoisseur reviews the $4.99 Dan Armor Cuvée Spéciale Cidre Brut offering from Trader Joe’s. Along Came a Cider reviews El Chavo from Blake’s Hard Cider and Smoked Pumpkin from Tieton Cider Works. And Cider Says reviews The Mitten from Virtue Cider, Mala-Hop from Tod Creek Craft Cider, and Pear from Original Sin.

10) On tap: the opening weekend of Cider Week NYC in New York City, Franklin County CiderDays in Massachusetts, CiderFest NC in Asheville, the Hard Core Cider Tour in Los Angeles, and the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival in Cardiff.

If you’ll be at CiderDays or Cider Week NYC, I hope our paths cross. Have a great weekend!


Cider News – October 30, 2015


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

The Orchard Glass

1) Angry Orchard introduces the Orchard Glass, specifically designed to enhance the taste and aroma of their Crisp Apple.

2) The online magazine PUNCH shares its excellent picks in The Five Ciders Under $25 You Need Right Now.

3) The Denver Post surveys the burgeoning Colorado cider scene in Apple cider more than just a seasonal standout.

4) It’s been a few years since Chris Lehault has written for Serious Eats, but his collection of cider articles there are well worth revisiting. Start with his look at bittersharps and bittersweets.

5) On tap this weekend: Rock the Core in Cincinnati, the Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival in Birmingham, England, and the Salón Internacional de les Sidres de Gala in Gijón, Asturias.

6) Maria Kennedy recounts her weekend at Cider Week Finger Lakes and the Newark Valley Historical Society Apple Festival in Two Apple Festivals, One Weekend.

7) Crafty Nectar—a soon-to-launch monthly cider club—shares its list of 10 of the Best Cider Bars in the UK. Includes handy links to TripAdvisor reviews for each bar.

8) Ronald Sansone at Drinking Cider shares his thoughts on the Farnum Hill Ciders #winestudio Twitter chats from August in Talking About Cider.

9) Kate at Cider Says reviews Boonville Bite Hard, Crispin 15 Men, and Worley’s Premium Vintage 2013.

10) The New York Times recommends Fishkill Farms for their Pick Your Own apples and Carr’s Ciderhouse for their Cider Syrup in Exploring Apples Downtown, and in the Hudson Valley.

That’s all. Have a great weekend!


Cider News – October 23, 2015


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

Steve Selin of South Hill Cider

1) Steve Selin of South Hill Cider in the Finger Lakes brings the One of a Kind Orchard back to life.

2) The Independent celebrates Apple Day 2015 with their list of the 10 best British bottled ciders.

3) Somerset cidermaking legend Roger Wilkins of Wilkins Cider Farm in Mudgley puts the world straight on the cider tax and other issues in this 9-minute video.

4) Cider in Scotland? While many are familiar with Thistly Cross Cider, other small producers like Clyde Cider and Waulkmill Cider are also keen for recognition.

5) Grand Rapids eagerly awaits the new restaurant and production facility from rapidly growing Vander Mill.

6) Does cider need a great reference book? What Does It Take to Be a Great Wine Reference Book Today? by Jon Bonné lays out the challenges posed by the Internet era.

7) Lots of upcoming events at Reverend Nat’s in Portland, Oregon including the latest Tent Show release and a Cider Made Simple launch party with author Jeff Alworth.

8) The inaugural BC Cider Week winds down in British Columbia, while the 4th annual Colorado Hard Cider Festival is held at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss.

9) Do you have your CiderDays tickets? Franklin County CiderDays in Massachusetts is the country’s longest-running event that features hard cider. This year’s celebration will be held on November 7th and 8th.

10) Tom Wark at The Cider Journal chats with Angry Orchard’s Ryan Burk. And Meredith Collins at Along Came a Cider reviews Angry Orchard Stone Dry.

That’s all. Have a great weekend!