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Posts by Emily Kovach

How to Cook With Cider in Every Dish on Your Holiday Table

You’ve done your research on the best ciders to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner, from easy and light welcome drinks to post-dessert sips that combat the dreaded 7 p.m. drowsiness. You raided your local bottle shop for a range of crowd-pleasing cider treats, from sessionable, dry-hopped cans for your craft beer-obsessed BFF, to off-dry sparklers…

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The No-Sweat Guide to Cider-and-Food Pairings

Ciders ⁠— nearly all of them ⁠— want to be enjoyed with food. Even the ciders that you love to drink on their own, can be enhanced by food way beyond what you taste in the glass upon first sip. The qualities of the ciders you reach for, be it juicy fruit, earthy funk, tannic…

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7 Cranberry Ciders to Sip This Fall and Winter

Pumpkin ciders aren’t the only seasonal flavors you should be reaching for as the temperatures start to drop! Cranberry cider is an ideal autumnal cider combo: Bright, sweet-tart and beautiful in the glass, these ruby red ciders are perfect for a warmer fall day. They also pair exceedingly well with food, especially roasted meats (here’s…

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Mix it Up: Two Tasty Thanksgiving Cider Cocktails from Angry Orchard

Of course you’re serving cider at this year’s Thanksgiving, we’ve got no doubt about that (Side note: Need pairing recommendations? We’ve got you covered). But, what if the occasion calls for something a bit stronger? After all, it’s a long, long day spent with family. Well, thanks to our friends at Angry Orchard Hard Cider, we’ve got…

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Meet Pennsylvania’s Newest Craft Cider: After the Fall

Maria Kretschmann grew up on Kretschmann’s Farm, founded by her parents Don and Becky Kretschmann in 1971 in Rochester, PA, about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. She spent her childhood surrounded by vegetables and fruits and learning the ins and outs of organic farming (the farm was Western Pennsylvania’s first to be certified organic). And…

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The 10 Best Ciders for Halloween

How is it that when you were a little kid, you could freely binge on Halloween candy without regrets? But, as an adult person, eat one too many fun-sized candy bars, and you feel like you’re going to keel over? While your sugar tolerance may diminish with age, and buying candy from the store isn’t…

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Who Needs Candy When You Can Have Haunted Cider?

Even if you’re still in touch with your inner kid, you’ve probably realized by now that most candy is hardly worth the toothache (except for a certain peanut butter chocolate confection which shall remain nameless — that one can stay). This Halloween, replace those saccharine sweets with a grown-up treat instead: haunted cider! Okay, so…

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5 Ciders to Drink to Celebrate the Harvest

If you’re part of the Instagram cidersphere, over the next few weeks, your feed is going to be rife with harvest photos. Though the perfect time for apple picking varies a bit from region to region, autumn is when farmers and orchardists are out there, harvesting apples in epic numbers. What better way to celebrate…

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Q&A with Ronald Sansone of Spoke + Spy Ciderworks

Ronald Sansone of Spoke + Spy Ciderworks has been a tireless advocate and energizer around craft cider. He’s a supporter of the annual Franklin County Cider Days (now in its 25th year!), a member of the board of directors for Cider Institute of North America, the founder of the Connecticut Cider Association and a contributor…

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Brewery Ommegang Gets in the Cider Game with Project Cider

It’s all too easy to think of beer and cider in their own separate worlds, with nary an interaction between them. But, things are rarely so tidy, and in the past few years there have been a number of crossover beverages made, including ciders made with beer yeast, beer/cider hybrids, and we’ve seen breweries dipping…

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