Posts by Holly Tennant

Women Making Waves in the Cider World 9: The Third Coast

For this next roundup of women cider makers, we’re exploring a Third Coast theme. The term “Third Coast” generally refers to places near the Great Lakes (Chicago, too), because of the multiple coastlines. Interestingly, in casual usage, the term “Fourth Coast” seems to be interchangeable. And both expressions are sometimes used to describe other locales…

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Women Making Waves in the Cider World 8

For this continuation of our series on Women Making Waves in the Cider World, we spent some hot weeks in the Interior region of British Columbia. Approximately a four-hour drive east of the coastal region, the Interior is home to a cider and winemaking culture that many say rivals Napa Valley for both beauty and…

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Women Making Waves in the Cider World 7

From coast to coast and across the pond, women continue to find their place in the thriving cider trade. For our 7th Women Making Waves feature, we asked three different women what distinguishes ciders and cider making in their regions: the west coast, east coast and Europe. Pat Knittel, Wrangletown Cider Company Looking to the…

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Sustainability for the Cider Industry, Part 2

How can we be the best stewards of the resources that go into cidermaking, given the vast volume of cider in production? This article, a continuation of Part 1, which discussed pesticides, energy use and water use, will include a cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of a bottle of cider as well as a discussion of…

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Sustainability and the Cider Industry, Part 1

April 22 is Earth Day around the world. Are we ready, as an industry, to adopt sustainable practices? This is the first of a two-part series on environmental issues as they are directly related to cidermaking. The first article will explore aspects of apple-growing and cidermaking from a resource-use perspective, including pesticides, energy use and…

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Women Making Waves in the Hard Cider World 6

As 2017 unfolds, cider is getting closer to becoming a staple beverage alongside beer and wine, and it is also receiving creative treatment in unexpected directions. New cider companies are cropping up almost daily, and others are transitioning as the industry matures. Also continuing to “trend” this year are women cidermakers. In honor of Women’s…

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Women Making Waves in the Hard Cider World 5: Pomme Boots Society

Since 2015, cider folk have welcomed the nascent Pomme Boots Society, a Portland-based analog to the beer world’s Pink Boots Society, an organization for women in the industry. The Pomme Boots ladies will once again be at CiderCon in February, this year hosting a panel called “Cider Lessons from Cider’s Women.” The discussion takes place Thursday, February 9, from…

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Women Making Waves in the Hard Cider World 4

Don’t you feel as though we’ve been through something together this year so far? It has been a remarkable year for women and a remarkable year for cider. This year, along with record-breaking cider production, the industry harvested progress for the women in our midst. We’ve seen the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM)…

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Meet the Cider Maker: Philippe Lecrivain

Among the 500 or 600 cider producers in the region of Normandy, France, Philippe Lecrivain doesn’t necessarily stand out, yet his operation is a gem and a success that would be the envy of many a North American cider maker. Philippe grows his own cider fruit as well as ferments his cider and manages bottling…

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