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Cider Sales See Big Decline in Growth in 2015

Cider Sales See Big Decline in Growth in 2015

In 2015 Cider sales in the United States grew by 10.8% over 2014 to a total of $523,593,305 according to Nielsen, which tracks off-premise (retail, not restaurant) sales of alcoholic beverages. This 10.8% growth rate reflects a significant slowing in the growth of the cider sector from 2014 when growth in cider sales increased by… Read more »

The Northman and the Coming Cidering of Chicago

The Northman and the Coming Cidering of Chicago

Chicago is about to be cidered! The Northman, the long-awaited and long ago announced Chicago cider bar from the folks behind Chicago’s Fountainhead, has announced it will finally open in February. The timing is perfect as the city’s 4th annual Cider Summit is happening on February 27th. February is set to be a big month… Read more »

Cidermakers Get Holiday Tax Break

Cidermakers Get Holiday Tax Break

Cider makers got a government sponsored Holiday Gift this past week with the incorporation of the “Cider Act” into a federal tax bill. Cider makers will now not be subject to higher taxes when their cider comes in at an alcohol level above 7% alcohol. Additionally, they will not be taxed at a higher “Champagne… Read more »

The Cider Journal’s Top 10 Craft Ciders of 2015

The Cider Journal's Top 10 Craft Ciders of 2015

The Cider Journal has now published 250 separate reviews of ciders produced around the world, making it one of the largest sources of reviews of cider anywhere on the planet. However, 2015 was particularly exciting as we came across and number of craft ciders that we believed were spectacular and worth a search if they… Read more »

Oregon’s 2 Town Ciderhouse to Fold In and Discontinue “Traditions” Brand

Oregon's 2 Town Ciderhouse to Fold In and Discontinue "Traditions" Brand

Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse will discontinue its high-end “Traditions” brand of ciders, while continuing to produce the well-regarded ciders that had been produced under the Traditions Ciderworks label under its more popular 2 Towns label. The first formerly “Traditions” product to be released under the 2 Towns Ciderhouse label will be a 2013 Pommeau. The… Read more »

Virginia Cider Sales Explode

Virginia Cider Sales Explode

According to statistics gathered by the Virginia Wine Marketing Board and announced by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, sales of Virginia-made cider have skyrocketed by over 200% in the 12-month period ending June 30th. In that period sales of Virginia cider reached 496,000 cases, just short of the 524,000 cases of wine sold during the same… Read more »

The Benchmark 2014 Ciders from Eve’s Cidery

The Cider Journal has just completed its reviews of the 2014 Harvest ciders from Eve’s Cidery in New York. This is the third batch of vintage ciders we have reviewed from Eve’s and after tasting through them we remain convinced that the bottlings from Autumn & Ezra at Eve’s Cidery are “Must-Obtain” ciders for America’s… Read more »

Just What Does “Dry” Really Mean in the Cider World?

Just What Does "Dry" Really Mean in the Cider World?

Angry Orchard (Boston Beer), the number one producer of alcoholic, apple-based products in the U.S., has announced the release of a new cider: Angry Orchard Stone Dry. The new cider is described as an “American interpretation” of “Traditional English Dry Ciders”. The new cider is apparently different from Angry Orchard’s “Traditional Dry” that they have… Read more »

Online Craft Cider Just Got Better with ShipCider.com

Online Craft Cider Just Got Better with ShipCider.com

For craft cider lovers, one of the most frustrating parts of their love and obsession is the difficulty in procuring ciders they’ve heard about, read about or been told about. The problem is that many cideries simply don’t ship wines across the country. Additionally, only a relatively few retailers carry robust selection of ciders and… Read more »

No Cause for Ferment Over Sale of Virtue Cider to Conglomerate

No Cause for Ferment Over Sale of Virtue Cider to Conglomerate

Fans of craft and artisan beverages tend to get in a ferment when their favorite craft producers is purchased by a larger company. This is particularly the case with both wine and beer geeks who, more often than cider geeks, see their favorite producer snapped up by a large or multi national company. They worry,… Read more »