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Unexpected Ways to Pair Cider with Your Next Meal

By Daniel Pucci It’s an exciting time to be drinking cider. The market is booming with ciders of every style, flavor and personality and is gaining more fans by the day. And just like its cousins beer and wine, cider goes well with food, too, thanks to its malic acid backbone, tannins and occasional sweetness.…

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The Impact of GLINTCAP and the Growth of the Cider Industry

by Darlene Hayes Swish, sniff, sip, spit, scribble. That, in a nutshell, is what it’s like being a judge at a cider competition, and when it’s the largest competition in the world, you get to do it over, and over, and over again. The twelfth Great Lakes International Cider and Perry competition, more commonly known…

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Schilling Hard Cider & Street Bean Coffee Roasters Making Impact on Youth Homelessness

by Ronna Dewey Schilling Hard Cider and Street Bean Coffee Roasters have come together to create Street Bean Coffee Cold Brew, the nation’s first all-natural, shelf-stable cold brew coffee that is changing the face of youth homelessness. Schilling Cider CEO Colin Schilling first started working with Street Bean Coffee Roasters while making the world’s first nitro coffee hard cider…

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The Buzz About Blue Bee, an Urban Cider Experience

by Karyn Simon Blue Bee Cider is Richmond, Virginia’s first urban cidery. Originally situated in the Manchester district edging the downtown area, Blue Bee’s first home was a building that served its purpose for production and as a tasting room, with a “patio” that consisted of three tables in a parking lot. Recently Blue Bee made the…

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Austin Eastciders Launches in Philadelphia

by Kerry McKenzie The lights of the Philadelphia skyline shone bright on the rooftop of Bok Bar for the recent Austin Eastciders Fall Launch party. Austin Eastciders, a Texas-based cidery, was celebrating the debut of its line of four ciders in the Philadelphia market. “Philly has built such a rich culture of craft beverages,” said Joanna…

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Cidermaker Profile: Rob Fisk of Wyndfall Cyder

by Ellen Burkhardt [Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August 2016 issue of The Growler and is reprinted here with permission. All photos by Aaron Davidson for The Growler.] For most people, the word “spitter” evokes the thought of something unpleasant—angry llamas, perhaps, or individuals who require a little extra talking space…

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Cider & Cheese: Crafting a Romance at the PA Cider Fest

by Courtney Love, Penn State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Intern “Cider and cheese? Yes, please!” was my response when asked to attend and write about the PA Cider Fest. Although my cider and cheese expertise is limited, it was a chance to expand my mind and try something new. With scores of artisan cheese makers from the Pennsylvania Cheese…

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LOVEworks Art Installation Unveiled at Old Hill Cider

by Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension Old Hill Cider is a favorite stop of many in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Shannon and Sarah Showalter’s unique cider varieties are as inviting as their demeanor. Driving uphill to the Showalters’ orchard, you’ll find 40 acres of rolling apple trees containing the over 26 varieties of apples that are…

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Cider Revival Going Strong on the East Coast

by Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension The cider revival is going strong on the East Coast, and we have the numbers to prove it. Currently, hard cider sales in cities throughout Pennsylvania rank 3rd, 6th and 7th as the highest-selling cider markets in the nation when compared to percentage of beer market sales. This burgeoning…

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Cider Style 101: Sidra—Hard Cider with Spanish Flair

by Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension Tart, earthy and dry, sidra is a traditional-style hard cider originating in the Asturias region of Spain. Because of this deliciously authentic beverage, which tastes nothing like what our American palates are used to, this region consumes the most hard cider per capita, per year than anywhere in the…

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Cider Cocktail Recipe to Create: Endless Summer

by Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension Love fall but hate the PSL (read: pumpkin spice latte) obsession? Hold on to endless summer with this fall berry sipper available at the Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg, Pa. Whiskey curator and mixologist Matt Eshbach crafted the cocktail that features local Jack’s Hard Cider, fresh fall raspberries and…

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