Featured Cider Makers

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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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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Woodchuck Cider: A Legacy of Innovation

When you’ve been in an industry since it pretty much began, innovation is sewn into your company’s fabric. For Woodchuck Cider, which has been an influential force in the U.S. craft cider market since its founding in 1991, every step of its evolution has been rooted in pushing the envelope and defining its place as…

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Collabo to Know: Kurant Cider + Free Will Brewing’s Pitch

It’s a proven fact: When cider makers and brewers put their heads together, some serious magic can happen (remember this bonkers-good, hopped cider from Shacksbury and Modern Times?). The cider and beer worlds don’t have to be passively separate entities, or rumbling factions, like the Sharks and the Jets. Instead of rivalry, they can hang…

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Women Making Waves in the Cider World 14: Woodchuck Cider

We are pleased to carry on with our Women Making Waves in the Cider World series, now in its 14th installment. In nearly every corner of the cider industry, we’ve found women striving for — and achieving — remarkable professional goals and accomplishments. Our last few features have taken a look inside cider companies that employ women in…

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Destination Cider: Touring the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House

I was first invited to Angry Orchard’s Innovation Cider House when, technically, it didn’t quite exist yet, but Ryan Burk, AO’s head cider maker, is a hospitable soul. I remember hearing about this exciting project when the research and development facility was just an idea. That was before the famous tree house, the game-changing cider…

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It Runs in the Family: Q&A with Kettleborough Cider House

With four generations of apple-growing under their belt, the Dressel Family decided it was time to venture into hard cider, utilizing distinct apple varieties, with a promise to never use apple juice concentrate or dessert apples. Today, Dressel Farms populates its 450-acre farm in New Paltz, New York’s Hudson Valley with seventeen European apple varieties.…

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Nine Pin Ciders Now Available in New Jersey

Fantastic news for New Jersey-based cider-lovers: Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery located in Albany, recently announced that its products are now being distributed throughout the Garden State. New Jersey is the third state outside of New York where Nine Pin can be found — the other two states being Massachusetts and Connecticut. Starting immediately,…

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