Cider News

Our Top 5 Favs from the CiderCon 2019 Cider Share

Anyone who’s been to CiderCon knows there is a lot to do, see, learn, and tons of people to reconnect with and meet and, obviously, plenty of cider to drink. Aside from all of the seminars that include tastings, and dinner and drinks out on the town, there’s the annual Cider Share, when dozens upon…

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Cider Creek Hard Cider to Release CBD Cider, ‘Nano Juice’

Recently, we shared the news that Vermont’s Stowe Cider was releasing a CBD cider, a development we are feeling pretty stoked about. Well, it’s looking like the craft cider industry is at a bit of a tipping point, because Cider Creek Hard Cider just announced on its Facebook page that it, too, will launch a…

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Castle Hill Cider Launches Sister Brand, Big Pippin

Castle Hill Cider, beloved for producing beautiful heritage ciders from the heart of Virginia, recently announced the launch of its new sister company, Big Pippin. Its clever, fun name, vibrant can designs and modern flavor combinations all hint at something meant to be well-crafted, but not too serious. Castle Hill expanded to this line in…

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Fresh Faces in Canadian Cider: Lekker Cider Co.

There’s a new kid on the block in the Canadian cider scene: Lekker Cider Co. This new urban cidery startup, founded by the wife-and-husband team of Liz and Brendan Kearns, is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Lekker, which means “yummy,” “tasty” or “luscious,” is a popular slogan regarding South African culture and produce. Lekker Cider takes…

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Another Tool in Your Kit: Leveraging Technology in Cider Making

Cider makers need technology: It’s simply a fact. Even the most “unplugged” artisan still must rely on tech, whether that’s electricity to run the lights and refrigeration, or a truck to make deliveries, or the phone to answer emails. And, increasingly, all kinds of makers, including cider makers, are relying on all sorts of technological…

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Stowe Cider Releases Limited CBD Cider

CBD — you know, one of the cannabinoids found in marijuana plants that chill you out without getting you stoned (and have tons of other purported health benefits, too) — is everywhere. We started seeing it a few years ago in the usual health food-type applications: tinctures, gummies, oils, skin creams, salves and the like. But…

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Your CiderCon 2019 Cheat Sheet

We can hardly believe it, but it’s almost time for CiderCon 2019, our industry’s premier annual cider conference, organized by the United Association of Cider Makers (USACM). This year, CiderCon is taking place at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois from Tuesday, February 5, through Friday, February 8, when thousands of cider makers, marketers, media…

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Austin Eastciders Releases Texas Brut Cider

New cider alert! And this one is set to be a fabulous sipper for sunny days ahead (think spring!). Austin Eastciders has released its new Champagne-inspired Texas Brut Cider, a limited release that is super-dry and exceedingly toast-able. We’ve seen a lot of these “brut” style ciders lately, and we welcome them with open arms. Less…

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CCP News: Cider Association Unveils Certified Pommelier™ Exam Objectives

It’s time for a quick update on the CCP exam front: The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM), which designs and administers the Certified Cider Professional exams has just announced its Certified Pommelier™ exam objectives. Ever since debuting the CCP exam in 2016, USACM has worked to evolve and expand the test, adding updates in spring…

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Cider Loves Food: Italian-American 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. When I need food that will warm my body and help smooth my rough edges, Italian-American food is my…

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