Cider Culture

The Story of Starting Hale & True: The Logistics

This is part two of a three-part series on the starting of Hale & True, a Philadelphia-based cidery. You can read part one here. A cidery conjures up specific imagery in my mind. The cool, reflective glow of stainless steel fermentation tanks. The sweet smell of fresh cider mixed with the hint of bread from…

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In Photos: Recap of 2017 PA Cider Fest

On June 24, Hauser Estate Winery, home to Jack’s Hard Cider, welcomed more than 1,440 guests—including over 1,300 ticket holders, more than 22 cidermakers, artisan vendors, staff and others—to the lovely, picturesque grounds. “It’s our pleasure to host this important industry event on our property that has grown and celebrated apples through generations in my family,” stated Jonathan Patrono, president of Jack’s…

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Tell Us: What Do YOU Want to See in Cider Culture?

At Cider Culture, we strive to deliver the very best in cider-centric news to you, our faithful readers. To that end, we’d love to get your opinion. Tell us, what would you like to see covered in Cider Culture? Whether it’s new releases, up-and-coming cidermakers or the latest, greatest cider-centric events, we want to know: Share your…

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The Impact of GLINTCAP and the Growth of the Cider Industry

by Darlene Hayes Swish, sniff, sip, spit, scribble. That, in a nutshell, is what it’s like being a judge at a cider competition, and when it’s the largest competition in the world, you get to do it over, and over, and over again. The twelfth Great Lakes International Cider and Perry competition, more commonly known…

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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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