Cider Style

Chill Out! Jeni’s Offers Hard Cider Lovers a Cool Treat

Right around mid-July is when the romance of summer starts to fade. All the good holidays have passed, Spring’s blooms have long since wilted, and it’s hot. And humid. It’s two-showers-a-day, I-barely-moved-why-am-I-sweating, never-wearing-pants-again kind of hot. Nothing brings a cool dose of sanity back to your day like a frosty craft hard cider, but sadly,…

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What’s Keeving? 10 Northwest Cidermakers Heading to Europe on Educational Mission to Learn More

Cidermakers are constantly improving upon their craft and expanding their knowledge, and the Northwest Cider Association continues to assist them along the way. An upcoming educational mission to Europe to learn about a process called keeving is just one example. Ten lucky cidermakers from the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) have been selected to travel to England and France for an…

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Top Cider Gifts to Give in 2016

Treat the cider lovers in your life to something extra-special this holiday season! From books specifically chosen with the avid reader in mind to trips for the adventurous, we’re here to make your shopping a whole lot easier this year with the cider-centric ideas listed below: Can’t-Miss Event for 2017 CiderCon 2017 Tickets (for USACM Members)…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Cide-r: An Introduction to Wild Apples

When you stare deeply into your glass of cider and wonder why it tastes so good, the McIntoshes, Golden Deliciouses and others you savor were probably genetic accidents discovered by a farmers on their properties. The appeal in color and flavor is why they were cloned over the generations. But pre-cultivation, they were very wild.…

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Heirloom, Cider, Wild & More: A Case for Apples

If you know a little about apples, you may be familiar with descriptors such as heirloom, cider, cooking, wild or dessert. But what’s in a name? Would an apple by any other name still taste as sweet? Nope. The flavors of this remarkable pome, let alone the colors, are so wonderfully varied that we might…

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Sip Cider the Right Way with the Original Cider Tasting Mug

Dave Selden, author of the 33 Books series, sampled a great deal of craft cider during his research for a book entitled 33 Mugs of Cider. Along the way, he came to the realization that “cider lacks an important element of drinking culture—a vessel with which to appreciate it.” On February 3, Selden introduced The Original Cider Tasting Mug,…

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Meet Eliza Greenman, Innovative Orchardist

Millennial Eliza Greenman made a decision to veer from the status quo and return to the land. She describes herself as an orchardist, fruit explorer and farm activist. Greenman has focused her attention on food-producing trees and began with pruning neglected apple trees in Maine. Currently, she is taking care of an orchard in Loudon County,…

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What Does “Dry” Really Mean in the Craft Cider World?

For those who drink craft cider, seeing the term “dry” associated with the libation is not at all uncommon. As with any alcoholic beverage, though, when used to describe cider, the term has a meaning all its own. A recent article in The Cider Journal delved into the topic of “dry” cider and explained that many individuals…

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Cider Style 101: Sidra—Hard Cider with Spanish Flair

by Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension Tart, earthy and dry, sidra is a traditional-style hard cider originating in the Asturias region of Spain. Because of this deliciously authentic beverage, which tastes nothing like what our American palates are used to, this region consumes the most hard cider per capita, per year than anywhere in the…

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