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Posts by Ronald Sansone

Starcut Releases Immortal Jelly Seasonal Cider

Elk Rapids, Michigan-based Starcut Ciders has announced the seasonal release of Immortal Jelly. Immortal Jelly (5.2% ABV) is a semi-dry hard cider inspired by parent Short’s Brewing Company’s Soft Parade, an eminently drinkable Fruit Rye Ale brewed with rye flakes and loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. The rose-colored ale has aromas of ripe strawberries and grain. Immortal Jelly…

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New York’s Nine Pin Cider Works Grows into Massachusetts

New York’s first farm cidery, Nine Pin Cider Works, has announced the expansion of its distribution to Massachusetts through a partnership with Berkshire Brewing Company. “We’re enthusiastic, not just about the expansion of our cider to Massachusetts but also about our new partnership with BBC. Gary Bogoff and the entire team at Berkshire Brewing Company seemed…

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Virtue’s Award-Winning Cider, The Mitten, Now Available in 12-Oz. Bottles

Fennville, Michigan-based Virtue Cider has begun releasing The Mitten, the company’s award-winning bourbon barrel-aged cider, in 12-oz. bottles. The cider joins Virtue’s lineup of 12-oz. bottles that include Michigan Brut and Michigan Harvest. “The Mitten’s been our most popular cider at the Virtue Farm Bottle Shop, and we know it’ll be equally popular now that people…

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C Squared Ciders Joins Forces with Crooked Stave Artisans

Denver, Colorado-based craft cidery C Squared Ciders announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Crooked Stave Artisans (CSA). The craft-centric distributor began selling and distributing C Squared Ciders outside of the Denver metro area in November 2016. Starting in February, CSA began selling and delivering all C Squared Ciders brands to the entire state of…

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Chatting Inside the Box with DoubleCider’s Taylor Kirby

In case you haven’t noticed, subscription boxes are hot. You can join a service and receive a box every month with contents ranging from organic granola or bespoke shaving supplies to curated collections of small-batch jerky or unique varietal raw honey. The cider world is not excluded from this trend. In fact, a few new…

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Denver’s Stem Ciders Launches Off-Dry & Shifts Focus to Ingredients

Denver, Colorado-based Stem Ciders, which has been producing unique, delicious dry ciders since its 2013 launch, recently announced a departure from its pursuit of exclusively dry ciders with its new Off-Dry Apple Cider. Stem’s head cidermaker Ian Capps talks about the challenge producing the cider without adding sugars: “Instead of fermenting to complete dryness and back sweetening with juice…

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Help Kickstart San Diego’s Bivouac Ciderworks

Bivouac Ciderworks, a San Diego-based craft cidery in planning, is looking for your help with funding its startup efforts on Kickstarter. The Bivouac cider campaign launched at the start of the new year and has two weeks left to reach its goal of $44,000. The longtime, passionate home cider makers have plans to build a home for their cider experimentation that will build…

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Bishop Cider Opens Cidercade in Dallas

Dallas, Texas-based Bishop Cider has opened Cidercade, a classic arcade in the Dallas design district with over 80 arcade games, a dozen house ciders on draft and food trucks planned for weekend gaming sessions. A $10 admission charge gets you free play on all video games. Bishop Cider started in 2014 in the heart of Dallas, when…

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Getting into the Business of Cider with BenchGraft’s Nick Gunn

I recently attended an Oregon State University Craft Cidery Startup Workshop and had a chance to talk with Nick Gunn about cidery startups and his new Salem, Oregon-based business, BenchGraft Cider Consulting. Nick is an Oregon native with a passion for sustainable agriculture and fermentation. In 2003, he planted an orchard of cider apples with his wife, Mimi,…

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Learn Cidernomics with Eden’s Eleanor Leger

“How do the economics of small, low-tech, agriculture-based manufacturing work? There is so much romance about these kinds of businesses, but really, what does it take to ensure a happily-ever-after?” Newport, Vermont’s Eden Specialty Cider is well known in cider circles for its world-class ice ciders. Now we all have the opportunity to learn some unique business and…

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Cider Takes Over Chicago in February 2017

To the casual traveler, winter in Chicago doesn’t sound like a dream destination. But if you are in the cider business or a hardcore cider fan, consider The Windy City for a few days or even a whole week in February 2017. This year the cider stars have aligned in the month of February, and Chicago will…

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