Cider Consumer Trends

4 Cideries Blending Cider and Tea to a Tee

With winter’s chill still weighing heavily in the air, warm up with a nice cup of tea-infused cider! A number of cideries are adding tea blends to their ciders and we’re not mad about it. The flavors of the teas mix perfectly with apples for a new twist on your usual sipper. Find your new…

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Stock Up on These 6 Session Ciders for Game Day

As the big game approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll be able to enjoy all four quarters without having to worry too much about your food intake, drinking pace and hydration levels. It’s the perfect opportunity for session ciders: uncomplicated ciders with a low ABV and extreme sip-ability that allows you to…

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Praise Hands! Stem Ciders is Coming to California

Californians, you’ve been through a lot this year. And not that drinking cider makes everything better (doesn’t it, though?), we’ve got a bit of good news to hopefully help brighten your day: Stem Ciders, in a distribution partnership with Wine Warehouse, will be launching in the Golden State in January 2018! This Colorado-based company has…

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Heritage Cider to be Showcased at CiderCon 2018

With the cider market rapidly growing and redefining itself, the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) is making a big bet on the emergence of heritage ciders. For anyone not familiar with the term, the USACM’s newly released cider style guide defines heritage ciders as ciders made from multi-use or cider-specific apples including bittersweet,…

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4 Cideries Paving the Way for Barrel-Aged Ciders

The cider maker’s vision is much of what makes a well-crafted cider, but with a cider that’s been aged or fermented in a barrel, a good vision is only part of the equation. By putting cider in a barrel, the cider maker inevitably gives up a certain amount of control over the process. Take away…

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Craft Cider Round-Up: Ciders Pushing the Envelope

I write Along Came A Cider, a blog where I review ciders from all over the world, focusing on the experience of looking at, smelling, drinking and ruminating over each one. At this point, the blog goes back more than four years; that’s a lot of cider and a lot of reviews. Something I don’t…

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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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Gain UK Cider Market Insight from Westons Cider Report 2017

Westons Cider, situated deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside in the old village of Much Marcle, has a long history of cidermaking in the United Kingdom. In 1878 Henry Weston came to farm at The Bounds, a farmhouse nestled among apple and perry pear orchards. Over time the cider works has evolved, and now it…

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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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PA Cider Fest Shows Craft Cider’s Future in the Keystone State

June’s first-ever PA Cider Fest put Pennsylvania cider makers into the spotlight when more than 1,000 cider-lovers came out to sip cider, learn more about Keystone State cideries and see where the cider industry is headed. The verdict? The future of cider looks very promising in Pennsylvania! Learn more in this Evening Sun article by Penn State Extension’s Amanda Yeager Sterner. Photo: Casey Martin…

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