Cider Travels: Drinking Cider in Charlottesville, Virginia

Cider drinkers owe a great debt to Virginia. As the site of the first permanent settlement in the New World, early settlers quickly planted apple trees so they could make hard cider, since barley and hops for beer were much more difficult to cultivate. Years later, some of the most important people in Virginia’s —…

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9 Grapefruit Ciders to Try

Grapefruit is one of those magical fruits that somehow always feels seasonal. In warmer months, their sharp acid and tangy zip are super refreshing, and in winter, they actually are in season! The grapefruit we eat in the USA come mostly from Florida and Texas, where prime growing season runs from September through June. The…

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Cider Loves Food: Snacks and Party Snacks Pairings

Winter is a great time for a party. Going out might not be super appealing, but we’ve got plenty of reasons to socialize coming up with the Super Bowl and the Oscars. But the real reason for all of these parties, if you ask me, is snack food. Whether it’s fancy hors d’oeuvres or chips…

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Graft Cider Creators Launch New Brand: Hudson North Cider Co.

New cider brand alert! Backpack Brands, the folks behind Graft Cider (and Flora Wines), are launching an exciting new project called Hudson North Cider Co. This mission-driven cidery will launch in the Hudson Valley and New York City on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Two of Graft’s creators, siblings Kyle and Sara Sherrer, envisioned a brand…

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How Tech Can Take Your Cidery to the Next Level

If you’ve been in the pro cider game for any length of time, chances are you’ve figured out that some sort of technology is essential to your success (and sanity). Even if you’re as hands-on as you can possibly be in the cider making process, 21st century tools help to keep all of the numerous…

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Cider Roundup: Low ABV Ciders, Perries and More

Welcome to the next installment of craft cider roundups from Meredith of Along Came a Cider. For more, check out her other articles for Cider Culture about ciders pushing the envelope, still ciders, autumnal ciders, perries, different apples and cozy winter ciders. Cider is already a great choice for a lower alcohol-by-volume (ABV) drink. Ciders…

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Cloudy With a Chance of Cider: 7 Unfiltered Ciders to Try

If you follow craft beer trends at all, it’s likely that you’re aware of the cloudy, unfiltered IPAs (often referred to as “New England-style”) that so many people are gaga for. Beer with clarity was once thought of as the standard, with haziness indicating flaws or laziness in the production process, but now cloudiness is…

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7 Reasons to Register for CiderCon 2020 ASAP

CiderCon 2020 is coming up quickly, and if you haven’t gotten the chance to register, now is the time! This year, the premier cider conference is being held in Oakland, California, January 28 to January 31 at the Oakland Marriott. If you’ve been to CiderCon in the past, you don’t need us to tell you…

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Cider Loves Food: Thai-Food Pairings

In our monthly column, “Cider Loves Food,” contributor Meredith Collins (blogger extraordinaire at Along Came a Cider) is looking at different cuisines and finding the perfect ciders to help take your meals to the next level. I’ll never forget falling in love with Thai food. My first experience was eating it with my best friend…

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6 Ciders to Drink in January 2020

The New Year is as good a time as any to get out of your routines (read: ruts) and explore more of what the world has to offer. Even if you’re not the resolutions type, we’ll bet you’re feeling, at least, a tiny itch for something new. Why not shake up your cider preferences and…

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