Featured Cider Makers

Women Making Waves in the Hard Cider World 6

As 2017 unfolds, cider is getting closer to becoming a staple beverage alongside beer and wine, and it is also receiving creative treatment in unexpected directions. New cider companies are cropping up almost daily, and others are transitioning as the industry matures. Also continuing to “trend” this year are women cidermakers. In honor of Women’s…

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The Story of Starting a Cidery: Hale & True

It was in a 500-square-foot apartment in Old City Philadelphia that I made my first batch of cider. I poured a gallon of store-bought apple juice into a one-gallon carboy, added yeast and watched it ferment over the next couple weeks. The result was a naturally dry, fizzy, delicious, 6.5% ABV cider. Four years later,…

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Resilience: Good Life Farm and The Finger Lakes Cider House

Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller of Good Life Farm/Good Life Cider and Finger Lakes Cider House have gone beyond sustainability and learned regeneration, that which can renew during changing times—certainly a relevant message for 2017. Cider Culture interviewed Melissa to discover the answer to a simple question: what is the Good Life? Good Life Farm: Permaculture and Resilience Permaculture…

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“Chopped” Winner Seeks Funding for Massachusetts Cidery

Past Chopped winner, chef and cider maker Nicholas Browne is asking cider lovers near and far to help him open up a Massachusetts cidery. Chef Browne’s GoFundMe page hopes to raise $275,000 toward the startup phase of Browne Brewing Company, to be located in or near Monterey, Massachusetts. Funds raised will be used for legal/licensing fees, equipment, ingredients, refurbishment of the brewing space, a taproom…

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Getting into the Business of Cider with BenchGraft’s Nick Gunn

I recently attended an Oregon State University Craft Cidery Startup Workshop and had a chance to talk with Nick Gunn about cidery startups and his new Salem, Oregon-based business, BenchGraft Cider Consulting. Nick is an Oregon native with a passion for sustainable agriculture and fermentation. In 2003, he planted an orchard of cider apples with his wife, Mimi,…

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Deck the Halls with Bottles of Cider: A Few New Maine Cideries

In Maine, winter comes sooner and lasts longer. For these three Maine cideries, finding ways of making merry all year long involves working hard to put comfort and joy into a bottle. Cider Culture interviewed these small-scale cider makers and learned what goes into producing cider that showcases “The Pine Tree State.” Kennebec Cider Founded in…

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Coming to Wilmington, DE: Civil Cider

A new cidery will soon grace The First State—Civil Cider, Delaware’s very first urban cidery. Civil Cider owners Alex Sianni and Gretchen Brizendine will serve their flagship cider and other offerings from their tasting room at Fifth and Shipley Streets in Wilmington. Civil Cider has partnered with Leola, Pennsylvania’s Hess Brother’s Fruit Company to source the freshest apples…

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Cidery to Watch: Coyote Hole Ciderworks, Opening in 2017

A new cidery is in the works in Virginia and will be opening its doors in 2017—Coyote Hole Ciderworks. The cidery, which will be based in Mineral, Virginia, in the Lake Anna region, plans to open in April. Coyote Hole Ciderworks promises a local vibe with its premium, all-natural cider made from Virginia apples and fruit.…

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From Farm to Glass: Ploughman Cider Launches in Pennsylvania

On a cold and windy November day at Philadelphia’s Headhouse Farmers Market, Ben Wenk couldn’t stop smiling. Wenk, a seventh-generation farmer at Three Springs Fruit Farm, had good reason to be happy. He was debuting Stark Cider, the first offering from Ploughman Farm Cider. Stark Cider is a blend of Esopus Spitzenburg and Stayman apples grown on his…

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The Buzz About Blue Bee, an Urban Cider Experience

by Karyn Simon Blue Bee Cider is Richmond, Virginia’s first urban cidery. Originally situated in the Manchester district edging the downtown area, Blue Bee’s first home was a building that served its purpose for production and as a tasting room, with a “patio” that consisted of three tables in a parking lot. Recently Blue Bee made the…

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