Cider News

New Book Explains Cider Simply

New Book Explains Cider Simply

With the cider resurgence it should be no surprise that new cider books would be hitting he shelves. The most recent addition is a small but excellent primer on the world of cider: Cider Made Simple: All About Your Favorite New Drink” by Jeff Alworth. Published by Chronicle Books, always an excellent source for food… Read more »

Learning to Use Cider In Cocktails

Learning to Use Cider In Cocktails

Despite its rapid rise and renaissance, cider has yet to see the publishing world embrace its various facets. Unlike wine and beer, cider is not the subject of numerous books extolling us “how to”, explaining “where from”, detailing “what’s next” or laying out “what’s important”. But that’s likely to change as more and more people… Read more »

Judging the Best Cider in the Land

Judging the Best Cider in the Land

For a number of years I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a judge at wine competitions. Additionally, I’ve served as a judge of cider. Whenever at a wine competition, I always encourage the competition organizers to work toward including a cider category. I do this because I believe competitions not only serve to help… Read more »

80 Year-Old British Columbia Apple Co-op Takes on Cider

80 Year-Old British Columbia Apple Co-op Takes on Cider

The BC Tree Fruits is a 500-member primarily apple-growing co-op that has been operating in British Columbia for 80 years. But it took the recent cider renaissance for the co-op to make the jump into the most obvious market an apple growing concern imagine: cider. BC Tree Fruits has officially launched The BC Tree Fruits… Read more »

Top American Cider Competition Announces Awards

Top American Cider Competition Announces Awards

The Great Lakes International Cider & Perry competition (fondly known as “GLINTCAP”) released the results of its 10th annual. GLINTCAP is the most prestigious competition for both commercial and amateur cidermakers in the U.S. This year’s commercial cider competition drew 480 entries from both cideries and importers across the country. Those 480 entries into the… Read more »

Bushwhacker: The Pilgrimage of the Cider Geek

Bushwhacker: The Pilgrimage of the Cider Geek

There is nothing quite like visiting the cidery to get a sense of where your cider comes from and how it gets into the bottle. However, if you want to get a sense of the true breadth and depth of the hard cider world, there is really only one place to go: Bushwhacker Cider Pub… Read more »

Top Rated Hard Ciders at The Cider Journal

Top Rated Hard Ciders at The Cider Journal

Below are the highest rated hard ciders reviewed here at The Cider Journal over the past few months. Each are outstanding examples of today’s renaissance in craft cider from across the globe. We urge you to not simply look at the ratings, but to click through and read the reviews. Carlton Cyderworks Citizen Cider –… Read more »

The Heroes of American Hard Cider

The Heroes of American Hard Cider

As cider-loving consumers sip up the increasing variety of ciders and as cidermakers celebrate consumers’ enthusiasm, the cider trade is gathered in Chicago to not only assess how they can continue to make cider drinkers happy, but to also recognize those people who have been instrumental in helping expand the hard cider category. That recognition… Read more »

Hard Cider Sales Grow by 71% in 2014

Hard Cider Sales Grow by 71% in 2014

The hard cider market continues to grow at a rate multiple times greater than all other alcoholic beverages. According to Nielsen, which tracks off-premise (retail, not restaurant) sales of alcoholic beverages, the hard cider market grew by 71% in 2014. By comparison, retail sales of spirits increased by 2.4%, sales of table wine increased by… Read more »

Massachusetts Cidermakers Dodge a Bullet

Massachusetts Cidermakers Dodge a Bullet

Something interesting happened to Massachusetts cideries. And no one knows who is responsible for it…..Riiiiiiight!!! Here’s what happened. The new wine direct shipping law in Massachusetts that lets consumers have wines shipped to them from out-of-state was put into the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which passed. Wine and cider shipping will commence in early 2015…. Read more »