Hard Cider News Edition 7

These are some recent hard cider news/articles/links/posts/events I found interesting and have shared on Facebook lately.  To get the latest scoop, like Cider Says on Facebook!

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Madison couple looks to launch into cider business with a niche product, Restoration Cider in Madison WI (Wisconsin State Journal)

Reid’s explains how to pair food and hard cider (Flip Side PA)

IRC Amendments Affecting Excise Tax Due Dates and Bond Requirements for Eligible Taxpayers and Revision of Hard Cider Definition (TTB)

Citizen Sweet: A Cider With Sparkle, No Alcohol (Seven Days VT)

Craft Beer Trends to Look Out For in 2016 (Fortune)

Shepton Mallet cider mill to close (The Guardian)

What the CIDER Act means for the Oregon cideries that helped pass it (Bizz Journals)

Milwaukee’s first hard-cider bar planned for Walker’s Point, Lost Valley Cider Co. (JS Online)

Changes To Federal Cider Rules Benefit Oregon Cider Makers (Eugene Weekly)

Craft Beer is the Lens, profile on Reverend Nat’s (CiderCraft magazine)

Local Cider Company Gets Back to the Roots, Roots Cider Co (Nashville Scene)

New Legislation Lowers Tax Burden for Hard Cider Producers (Time Warner Cable News Buffalo)

Bar Review: Cider Bite, in Portland OR (Willamette Week)

The Northman Will Have More than 100 Kinds of Hard Cider (Chicago Mag)

In Search Of The Best Apples To Make Hard Cider (Food Republic)

Cider 101: The Ultimate Guide to Apple Juice with a Kick (The Daily Meal)

Schumer: NY Could Soon Be At The Core Of Hard Cider Production (WAMC Northeast Public Radi0)

Understanding Maturation – Part 1: Know Your Casks (Drinking Cup)

Cider Sales See Big Decline in Growth in 2015 (Cider Journal)

Eric West’s Cider Guide from Dec 25, Jan 1, Jan 8, and Jan 15, where #9 or #10 of each includes some of my reviews

List of 2016 Good Food Awards Cider Winners: AEppelTreow Barn Swallow, Argus Malus Cuvée, Art + Science Wild Perry, Big B’s Pear Supply & Orchard Original, Eden Brandy Barrel Heirloom Blend & Sparkling Semi-Dry, Ela Stone Silo, Eve’s Albee Hill 2014, Finnriver Firebarrel, Shacksbury Lost and Found, and Snowdrift Cornice


Capitol Cider in Seattle WA – Cider & Sirens 6 course paired dinner with Alpenfire Cider – Monday January 25 6pm (Seattleite)

Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken NY – Meet, Greet, Sip and Eat with Farnum Hill Cider – Saturday January 30 2-5pm (Facebook)

CiderCon – Portland OR – February 2-6 (CiderCraft magazine)

Cider Summit – Chicago IL – February 27 (The Full Pint)

Hard Cider News Edition 1

Here are some recent hard cider news/articles/links I found interesting:

Cider Bars are Taking Root (New York Times)
Cider bars, what to expect, who frequents them

How Not Wanting to Waste Apples Led to a Successful Hard Cider Business (Yahoo News)
Profile on Reverend Nat’s Cider (Nat West)

Woodchuck Hard Cider Launches First US Advertising Campaign (PR News Wire)
Titled “Why Woodchuck”, it showcases Woodchuck as America’s original & authentic hard cidery.

Can a Brit Find Good Cider in America? (BBC News)
Profiles some of the (major) differences between British and U.S. cider and the current U.S. cider boom.

Ciders give America’s Favorite Fruits a Chance to Sparkle (Wisconsin Gazette)
Includes profiles on several U.S. cideries.

Angry Orchard Breaks Ground on Cidery in Walden (Westfair Communications)
Plans to make the new facility in New York their home for cider research, with a cidery for small batch experimentation.

Drink This Now: Hard Cider That is as Sophisticated as Wine (Bloomberg)
Cider growth, cider bars, and five modern American cider recommendations

Freshly Pressed: Winners of the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Announced (Northwest Cider)
42 winners from 140 entries.  As special congrats to one of my favorites, Spire Mountain, for going 3/3.

Taste Test: 20 of America’s Best Artisinal (Alcoholic) Ciders (Eater)
Recommendations by category/dryness.  Includes one of my favorites, Rev Nat’s Revival (although unlike most of Rev Nat’s varieties I don’t pick up any similarities to beer).  Several other PNW cideries were also included: Traditions Ciderworks, 2 Towns, and Snowdrift.

Cider Styles Primer (North American Brewers Association)
Discussion of various cider styles, including draft, Farmhouse, New England, French, English, Perry, and Specialty.

The Chemistry of Cider (Compound Chem)
An interesting infographic about the chemistry of fermenting hard cider, including acids, tannins, aromas, and sweeteners.

Hard Cider Blogs & Websites I Enjoy

Here are some great blogs & websites about hard cider which I enjoy:

Hard Cider News – A monthly newsletter which includes new cider releases, cider maker interviews, news, and more.

Bad Rider Reviews – A cider & beer review blog.  The cider reviewer Phoebe is also from the PNW.

Along Came a Cider – A more technical but enjoyable cider blog which includes reviews, trip reports, and more.  The author Meredith lives in New York.

Cider Sage – A cider blog which includes reviews, tutorials, trip reports, and more.  The author Dan lives in Colorado.

The Cider Journal – A more technical cider blog with reviews, news, events, and views.  They review a number of unique & rare ciders.

Cider Tasting 101 – An introductory cider tasting guide by Tilted Shed Ciderworks which includes tasting tips & descriptors.

Northwest Cider Association – Northwest cider events, news, recipes/pairings, and more.

Cidercraft Magazine – Online features of the biannual print magazine:  Cider 101, feature stories, features, recipes, reviews, and cider directory.

cidery websites – The website for a cidery can have some great additional information on their cider varieties and more.

There are some other great blogs I didn’t include as they don’t have current updates.
Have any recommendations of your own?