Cider Tasting

How to Pair 8 Classic Holiday Sweets with Cider

The holidays are here again, and it’s time to entertain, celebrate and gather around the table with family and friends. This time of year presents a perfect opportunity to introduce your guests to the wonderful flexibility of craft cider! The virtues of cider pairing with ham, turkey, goose and pork are clear to all cider…

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Craft Cider Roundup: Different Apples

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 and perries. No matter what fabulous experiments creative cider makers come up with, apples are the heart of cider. I want to round up…

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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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Craft Cider Roundup: Perries

This is the fourth installment of craft cider roundups from Meredith of Along Came a Cider. For more, check out her first article for Cider Culture about ciders pushing the envelope, her second article about still ciders and her third article about autumnal ciders. One of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions was to start to…

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Very Vermont: Try This Cheese & Cider Pairing from the Green Mountain State

There’s a lot to love about Vermont: green mountains; rolling fields; that big, beautiful lake and some of the most sought-after craft beverages and farmstead artisan cheeses, often only available within state lines. Once you’re in the Green Mountain State, plan to do a little hunting to score delicious food and drink souvenirs. Windfall Orchard…

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Craft Cider Roundup: Still Ciders

It’s no secret that many cider fans love bubbles. I number myself among these folks, but some ciders show off their best qualities by being still. During the heat of summer, we tend to chase refreshment—the more sparkles, the better. But right now, as cool weather settles in, we may be able to appreciate more…

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Time is Running Out to Enter the 2017 California Cider and Mendocino Apple Show Cider Competitions (Aug. 24)

If you’re a cider maker or producer (or even an in-the-know cider enthusiast) from California, chances are you’re aware of the California Cider and Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competitions. The California Cider Competition (CCC) is specifically for ciders made with fruit from the Golden State, and the Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition (MASICC)…

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Craft Cider Round-Up: Ciders Pushing the Envelope

I write Along Came A Cider, a blog where I review ciders from all over the world, focusing on the experience of looking at, smelling, drinking and ruminating over each one. At this point, the blog goes back more than four years; that’s a lot of cider and a lot of reviews. Something I don’t…

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Unexpected Ways to Pair Cider with Your Next Meal

By Daniel Pucci It’s an exciting time to be drinking cider. The market is booming with ciders of every style, flavor and personality and is gaining more fans by the day. And just like its cousins beer and wine, cider goes well with food, too, thanks to its malic acid backbone, tannins and occasional sweetness.…

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German Apfelwein Bembel-With-Care Makes East Coast Debut

One of Germany’s best-known ciders, Bembel-With-Care, will bring its authentic, 100% apple cider to the United States for the first time, debuting in Philadelphia on June 14 and Boston on June 15, followed by New York City on June 16. Known in Germany as apfelwein, the popular gluten-free product is crisp, refreshing, perfect for summertime sipping and…

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7 Hoppy Ciders to Add to Your Easter Dinner Table

Ham? Check. Green bean casserole? Check. Coconut cake? Check. You’ve got the menu figured out for your Easter dinner. Now that the food is good to go, have you considered what you’ll be drinking? Our recommendation: in honor of the Easter Bunny, “hop” to it and treat your guests to a crisp hopped cider. The refreshing…

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