Category: Newsletter

Cider News – June 29, 2018

Cider Summit Portland

1) The 8th Annual Cider Summit Portland takes place on Friday and Saturday. See 2018 Cider Summit PDX Cider Announces Cider List for what’s on offer. And for more Oregon Cider Week news, listen to interviews with Reverend Nat’s, Runcible Cider, and the Northwest Cider Association.

2) Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse in British Columbia wins Best of Show at the 2018 Portland International Cider Cup. See PICC 2018 Winners for a full list of medalists.

3) At Cider Culture, Meredith Collins writes Cider Loves Food: CSA Veggies Pairings and Samantha Story writes Cider + The Outdoors: Hiking the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, North Carolina.

4) “We have beer-ified the modern cider category.” The Denver Post chats with local cidermakers in The reinvention of cider arrives in Colorado.

5) Current crowdfunding campaigns: Siidrikoda (Estonia), The Big Bear Cider Mill (Essex), and Halfpenny Green Cider Company (West Midlands).

6) “So few people know anything about cider. Even sommeliers in the best restaurants have very little knowledge.” The Fine Cider Company’s Felix Nash puts cider back on the fine dining map according to

7) Hawkes joins forces with Tom Oliver to blend urban and country cider styles in the collaboration cider All Made Equal. (Also worth a look: Seven of Gloucestershire’s best cider producers to sample this summer.)

8) Metropolis Magazine posts an Interview with Lee Reeve of inCiderJapan.

9) Cider winners at this year’s National Homebrew Competition will be announced on Saturday. And registration for the 2019 Good Food Awards opens on Monday.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews AeppelTreow Blackbird and Farmhaus ClassicCider Says reviews Cider Riot! San PatriciosWoodchuck Cucumber Mint, and 2 Towns Pearadise. Cidercraft lists 6 Crab Apple Ciders to Try NowCiderScene lists its Best Ciders for a Summer BBQCider Like Wine recaps PA Cider Fest in Keystone Cider Treasure Hunt. Cider Couple review Old Settlers Cider PotholeCider Revival reviews 1911 NY HoppedCider Table reviews Ploughman Lupulin LummoxThe Cider Drinker reviews Westons Rosie’s Pig Raspberry RollerCider Explorer recaps Slavnost Cideru 2018 and reviews Dunkertons Court RoyalCzider Félédes, and Finnbarra Tobairín. And Real Cider Reviews tries Tuckerbox Apple Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 22, 2018

Oregon Cider Week 2018

1) The 7th Annual Oregon Cider Week is underway. Visit the Facebook Page and check out the dozens of events at Reverend Nat’sPortland Cider Company, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, and other cideries.

2) PA Cider Fest is Pennsylvania’s premier cider tasting festival. See Growth of PA Cider Fest, set for Saturday, reflects industry’s expansion for more. (And don’t miss the Did Prohibition Prohibit Cider? talk from cider historian Mark Turdo.)

3) Martinelli’s launches hard cider to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary.

4) USACM is now accepting CiderCon 2019 Presentation Pitches. The deadline is July 11th.

5) Learn more about nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in Cider’s Chemical Fingerprints from Cider Chat. And Redfield Radio Episode 3 focuses on dryness and bubbles in cider.

6) Cidercraft documents The Love Affair of Right Bee Cider in Chicago.

7) Estonian cidermaker Siidrikoda seeks to raise €885,000 via Funderbeam to increase production capacity and expand its export program.

8) “[Fruit cider] is not the future of cider—if it is, then cider is already dead.” Tom Oliver captures the cider zeitgeist for Imbibe Live, to be held July 2-3 at Olympia, London.

9) Cider Salon Bristol—a unique celebration of specialty bottled cider in the UK—takes place this weekend. See Huge cider festival The Cider Salon is coming to Bristol for more.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Eden Heritage and Treehorn El TreeabloCider Says reviews Worley’s Red Hen and Eden HeritageCidercraft reviews Schilling Excelsior Imperial AppleCiderScene addresses How to Buy Cider at the StoreCider Couple review Champlain Orchards Cidery Mac & Maple and Downeast Mint LemonadeCider Table reviews Boulard VSOP CalvadosThe Cider Crate embarks on a 2 Day Tour of Prince Edward CountyThe Cider Drinker reviews Garden Cider Dry Hopped and discusses Transparency and Other StuffCider From Poland believes it’s an Exciting time for Polish ciders! And Cider Explorer reviews Kupela Sagardoa, OBC Rosé, and Hogan’s Hip Hop.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 15, 2018

Father's Day Cider Recipes

1) Cider Culture suggests you Try These Cider-Infused Recipes for Father’s Day. And don’t forget the dozens of holiday recipes at

2) Virtue Cider shares its Cider Cocktails: Summer Edition with a handful of refreshing recipes.

3) Maria Kennedy (of Cider With Maria) writes for the New York Folklore Society on Fruit in the Forest: Foraging Apples and Pressing Cider in the Finger Lakes. (Also in the Finger Lakes: Cummins Nursery encourages you to Place Your Custom Budding Orders for Exotic Apple Trees in the USDA Repository.)

4) Good Fruit Grower documents the student-led Palouse Wild Cider Breeding Program in WSU reveals its wild cider.

5) Also at Good Fruit Grower, New potential for old apples explores the renewed interest for growing traditional varieties in modern orchard systems.

6) Redfield Radio launches with Episode 1 about “craft cider” and Episode 2 about cider styles. The Ciderist Podcast launches with a Raging Cider & Mead interview. Cider Chat talks Barrels & Bâtonnage with Ontario’s FieldBird Cider. And the Portland Beer Podcast chats with Bad Granny Hard Cider.

7) Scotland’s Caledonian Cider Co asks How low can you go? Juice limbo with mainstream UK ciders. And The Morning Advertiser interviews NACM chief exec Fenella Tyler about taxation, Brexit, and industry trends.

8) On tap in Europe: the Royal Three Counties Show in Worcestershire and the 3rd Annual Slavnost Cideru festival in Prague.

9) On tap in the US: The Widmer Brothers Beer Garden in Portland, Oregon hosts Snakebite Showdown 2018 on Saturday with 17 different cider + beer collaborations. Check out Episode 69 of the Portland Beer Podcast for details.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews 1911 Tropical Hard Cider and Devil’s Bit Mountain CiderCider Says reviews Locust Watermelon and 2 Towns Easy Peasy Lemon SqueezyCider Couple spend an afternoon at Downeast Cider’s Back PorchThe Cider Critic tours Herefordshire in 36 hour cider adventure (Chapter 1)The Cider Drinker reviews Orchard Pig The Hogfather. Cider Explorer reviews Blakstoc Buddha’s Hand Lemon CiderB. Nektar The Dude’s Rug, and Oliver’s Traditional Cider. And Real Cider Reviews tries Cheeky Grog Kingston Heritage.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 8, 2018

Colorado Cider Week

1) Colorado Cider Week kicks off on Saturday with The Pressed Fest in Longmont.

2) Cider In Love—an “online curator of fine, heritage ciders”—has launched. The marketplace currently features Alpenfire, Eaglemount, Liberty, Orchard Hill, Redbyrd Orchard, Slyboro, Snowdrift, South Hill, and Tilted Shed.

3) Food & Wine believes that Dry Cider Deserves Your Attention. And Cider Culture shares How to Create a Summer Cheese Board.

4) Cider Chat Episode 131 is all about Cider Barrels. And Episode 1 of the Food + Science Podcast features the cider-related work of Greg Peck, Chris Gerling, and Susan Brown at Cornell.

5) Phenotyping Apples with Modern Techniques and Historic Texts spotlights the work of Greg Peck in identifying misnamed varieties in the US such as Foxwhelp.

6) Imbibe takes us on an Inside Look of Eris Brewery and Cider House in Chicago. And Cider Culture interviews Jacob Lagoner of Embark Craft Ciderworks in Williamson, New York.

7) Crafty Nectar wonders if more stringent labeling requirements would help in #RealCider – is transparency the answer? And Fiona Beckett of The Guardian believes The future of craft cider looks rosy.

8) Imbibe UK recaps the British Cider Championships and The Ciderologist recaps the International Cider Championships at the Royal Bath and West Show. (The Cornwall Cider Championships will be held this weekend at the Royal Cornwall Show.)

9) On tap: the Minnesota Craft Cider Festival, Pour the Core: Brooklyn, and the opening of Cider Week Hudson Valley.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews Rootstock Ciderworks Belgium and Shacksbury Citrus SpritzCider Says shares tasting notes from Schilling Cider House Visit 32 and reviews Apple Outlaw Pineapple Getaway and Le Brun Cidre Brut. Cidercraft reviews Ulee’s Light Cider Dry. Cider Couple review Downeast Drier SideCider Revival reviews Graft Cider Farm FlorThe Cider Drinker reviews Smirnoff Passionfruit & Lime and Burrow Hill PerryCider From Poland interviews Cydr Ignaców. And Cider Explorer reviews Cydr Ignaców Czarny Ignac 2015Adam & Eva Cider Adam, and Redbrook Chilli Cider.

Have a great weekend!


Cider News – June 1, 2018

Ontario Craft Cider Week

1) Ontario Craft Cider Week kicks off today with events across the province.

2) Hard Cider Sales Rebound After Two Years of Declines according to Nielsen data obtained by Forbes.

3) The Biodiversity Heritage Library releases its Pomology: Apples and Cider collection with online access to the Herefordshire Pomona, the Vinetum Britannicum, and other classic texts.

4) Virtue Cider visits its growers in Our Neighbors’ Orchards: A Late Start for Spring. (Also in Michigan: this week’s Cider Chat episode is Cider Voices from Grand Rapids.)

5) Cider Culture explores how cheesemakers use cider in Made with Cider: Jasper Hill Willoughby Washed-Rind Soft Cheese.

6) Matt Kaminsky—author of The Wild Apple Forager’s Guide—chats with the Wellness Insider Network podcast in Apples as food and medicine. (Also worth a look: So, You’re Planting a Bunch of Apples You Can’t Eat? by Al Snape of Far From the Tree Cider.)

7) Harry’s Cider of Somerset is the Supreme British Champion and Johnny Fall Down of Cork is the Supreme International Champion at the British Cider Championships at the Royal Bath & West Show. And Old Monty Cider of Mid Wales is the Champion Producer at the Welsh Perry & Cider Society Championships.

8) Entry registration is open for the Australian Cider Awards and the inaugural Japan Cider and Perry Awards.

9) On tap this weekend: the Hudson Valley Cider Festival (New York), Melick’s Hard Cider Festival (New Jersey), the opening of Minnesota Cider Week, the International Cider Festival (Rotterdam), and World Cider Day.

10) Along Came a Cider reviews 2 Towns Pearadise and WildCraft Hard CiderCider Says reviews Shacksbury Spritz and Aspall Perronelle’s BlushI Think About Beer reviews Cyril Zangs Ciderman. Cidercraft reviews Cidrerie Milton Cid RoséCiderScene reviews Treehorn MiyabiCider Table reviews Uncle John’s Apple Blueberry. Cider Couple review Cold Hollow Cider Mill Barn DanceThe Cider Drinker reviews 6 Somewhere SweetCider Explorer reviews Dunkertons Breakwells Seedling, InCide Holunder, and Maeloc Sidra Extra EcológicaCider from Poland interviews Cydr Chyliczki. And Real Cider Reviews previews the Festival Ciders at GABS Sydney and reviews Willie Smith’s Whisky Aged Cider 2016.

Have a great weekend!