Featured Cider Makers

Women Making Waves in the Cider World 12: Half Pint Ciders

For our next few installments of our Women Making Waves in the Cider World series, we’re going to focus on cider companies that employ women in high numbers and in all types of positions. We’re interested in investigating how the culture of these companies can create models for those who still have some serious work to…

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Woodchuck: The Original Craft Cider

Surveying the cider options available at your local bottle shop — especially if you live in big cider-producing regions like the Pacific Northwest or the Northeast — you might forget that there was a time, not so long ago, when finding great craft cider wasn’t so easy. More than five or so years ago, when cider-lovers wanted…

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It Runs in the Family: Q&A with Jacob Lagoner, Co-Owner of Embark Craft Ciderworks and 5th-Generation Orchardist

Embark Craft Ciderworks launched in 2015, when Jacob Lagoner, a co-founder, found himself becoming a bit disillusioned with commercial apple farming. After he studied the craft for about three years, he eventually convinced his dad, Mark Lagoner, a 4th-generation orchardist and farmer, his mom Diana and his wife Mitzi that they should put the family…

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The Top 5 Things for New Cider Makers to Consider

Following along on Instagram as your favorite cider startup breaks ground on a brick-and-mortar might make the process seem pretty romantic. But the truth is, just like with any business, there are tons of logistics and factors that new cider makers need to consider before striking out on their own. We spoke with a few…

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A Few Bad Apples: From Forgotten Fruit to Sustainable Communities

For the last 15 years, since well before the current cider renaissance, Mike Sturges has crafted countless varieties of cider in small, often experimental five-gallon batches. He picks the apples and forages other ingredients, like mulberry, knotweed and serviceberry, from places most people never think to look, like old farms and tangles of invasive bushes.…

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Hale & True Cider Co. Is Now Open in Philadelphia

We’ve been alongside our contributor Kerry McKenzie as he and his partner Risa have undertaken the journey of opening an urban cidery in Philadelphia. In addition to writing other articles for Cider Culture, he documented a few steps of this arduous process in features for us, from coming up with the original idea, to juggling the infinite logistics of…

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