Learn About Pét-Nat Ciders with Botanist & Barrel

Pét-nat: What is it and why is it popping up on bottles of wine and cider everywhere? Besides from being a fun phrase to say, it’s really a description of a method that can create carbonation in alcoholic beverages without the addition of extra yeast and sugar. For wine or cider to be bubbly, most…

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This Thanksgiving, Try Cider-Can Turkey

One of the biggest things agonized over during the approach for Thanksgiving is how to cook the turkey. Marinate? Brine? Roast? Grill? Fry? There are so many options, each offering a different level of difficulty and ultimate flavor outcome. One wrong move, one poor tactical culinary decision, and you’ve got yourself a tasteless and dry Thanksgiving turkey.…

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A Dish-by-Dish Cider Pairing Guide for Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving cider-pairing guide by Meredith Collins from the popular blog, Along Came a Cider, is brought to you by the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM). So, we’ve finally made our Thanksgiving plans. Whether that involves driving, flying or opening your doors to host the big day, one thing is for certain: There…

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The No-Sweat Guide to Cider-and-Food Pairings

Ciders ⁠— nearly all of them ⁠— want to be enjoyed with food. Even the ciders that you love to drink on their own, can be enhanced by food way beyond what you taste in the glass upon first sip. The qualities of the ciders you reach for, be it juicy fruit, earthy funk, tannic…

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Mix it Up: Two Tasty Thanksgiving Cider Cocktails from Angry Orchard

Of course you’re serving cider at this year’s Thanksgiving, we’ve got no doubt about that (Side note: Need pairing recommendations? We’ve got you covered). But, what if the occasion calls for something a bit stronger? After all, it’s a long, long day spent with family. Well, thanks to our friends at Angry Orchard Hard Cider, we’ve got…

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Meet Pennsylvania’s Newest Craft Cider: After the Fall

Maria Kretschmann grew up on Kretschmann’s Farm, founded by her parents Don and Becky Kretschmann in 1971 in Rochester, PA, about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. She spent her childhood surrounded by vegetables and fruits and learning the ins and outs of organic farming (the farm was Western Pennsylvania’s first to be certified organic). And…

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How to Pair Cider with Halloween Candy

Halloween is my favorite holiday, because I love celebrating all things spooky, ghostly and costumed. The candy certainly doesn’t hurt, either! Whether the candy comes from the pre-Halloween parties or it’s discreetly snatched from a sugar-crazed child’s hoard, you can enhance the candy experience with a skillful beverage pairing or two. As a cider lover,…

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The 10 Best Ciders for Halloween

How is it that when you were a little kid, you could freely binge on Halloween candy without regrets? But, as an adult person, eat one too many fun-sized candy bars, and you feel like you’re going to keel over? While your sugar tolerance may diminish with age, and buying candy from the store isn’t…

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Who Needs Candy When You Can Have Haunted Cider?

Even if you’re still in touch with your inner kid, you’ve probably realized by now that most candy is hardly worth the toothache (except for a certain peanut butter chocolate confection which shall remain nameless — that one can stay). This Halloween, replace those saccharine sweets with a grown-up treat instead: haunted cider! Okay, so…

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