Cider Culture

Black Heath Blue Angel Cyser Strikes Gold at Mazer Cup

Richmond, Virginia-based Black Heath Meadery recently took home a gold medal in the cyser category at the 9th Annual Mazer Cup International in Broomfield, Colorado. The prize-winner was Black Heath’s Blue Angel Cyser, a mead fermented with apple juice from neighboring Blue Bee Cider. This year there were 400 entries in the competition, making it the largest mead competition in…

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7 Irish Craft Ciders to Try

Bulmers may be the best known Irish cider (you may know it as Magners outside Ireland), but we’re eager to get our hands on some lesser known ciders not only for St. Patrick’s Day but for year-round sipping. Here’s a list of 7 cideries making some mighty fine craft beverages in Ireland. Longueville House Cider See you all #dinglefoodfest…

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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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Oregon State University Offering Craft Cidery Startup Workshop

Thinking about getting into the commercial cider business? Consider the Craft Cidery Startup Workshop, offered by Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education program. The workshop is led by instructors Joel VandenBrink, the founding cider maker at Seattle Cider Company, and Nick Gunn and James Kohn, co-owners of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks. According to the class description: “Taught…

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Cider School Is in Session!

All the buzz around back-to-school season makes me think that maybe there is more to learn out there, knowledge to seek and ciders to drink. If you are like me, you are always hunting for new ciders. I love to take in the experience of meeting cider makers and hearing their stories along the way.…

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Apple Art You Have to Grab

From photos to prints, your apple art options are wide and varied with the collection offered by graphic artist and photographer Eric Lewandowski. Fill your walls with lovely produce photos that are not only engaging and eye-catching but will also perfectly represent your love of all things food-related. With a number of excellent photos and prints to choose from, your…

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VIDEO: The Hard Science Behind Cider Making

Cider making is a true science, with a lot going into creating this deliciously refreshing beverage. Science Friday recently visited Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany, New York, and delved into the inner workings of cider production. Narrated by cidermaker Alejandro del Peral, the video below shows how cider makes it from apples to your glass…

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How to Make Your Own Cider (The Abbreviated Version)

Here’s a great read for the cider enthusiast on your Christmas list: the famous Poverty Lane Orchards and Farnum Hill Ciders in New Hampshire have published a how-to guide, Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home. Homebrewing has become a nationwide phenomenon in the craft beer community, and now it’s time for cider-lovers to join…

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12 Gifts to Give the Cider Lover in Your Life

With hard cider becoming a more readily available item of late, this year you’ve got many wonderful gift options to put a smile on your favorite cider lover’s face. In fact, DrinkingCider.com is highlighting 12 fabulous cider-centric gifts that any cider fanatic is sure to appreciate. From a subscription to CiderCraft Magazine to the funky and unique “I Am a Cider Drinker!” t-shirt,…

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How to Make Your Thanksgiving Cider-Centric

Are you looking to serve up a cider-centric Thanksgiving feast this week? The Cider Journal has compiled six must-read tips for including cider in your holiday meal. From glassware to food pairings, there is plenty to keep in mind, and this list reminds you of all of it. You can celebrate Thanksgiving’s origins in New England by incorporating…

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Did You Know the Best Thanksgiving Wine Is Cider?

Move over, wine: there’s a new preferred Thanksgiving beverage in town. With hard cider so on trend right now, it makes sense for it to be incorporated into seasonal celebrations. But the real question is this: why have we taken so long to embrace cider as the drink of choice on Turkey Day? Everything about cider…

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The Hunt for the $1 Billion Apple

Bigfoot. UFOs. The Loch Ness Monster. A living Elvis. There is something intriguing about these tall tale creatures that exist seemingly out of our reach. Though most will deny their existence, there are some who hold fast to the hope of meeting these cryptid beings. Some ciderists are on a similar tall tale adventure, holding…

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