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The Cider Journal—A Two Month Report Card

The Cider Journal—A Two Month Report Card

Now just over two months from its original launch, The Cider Journal has quickly become among the primary media outlets for cider aficionados, the cider trade, reviews of craft cider and general coverage of the craft cider revival. We recognize that the “Cider Media” in the United States is not substantial and citing the The… Read more »

The 50+ Most Recently Reviewed and Rated Hard Ciders

The 50+ Most Recently Reviewed and Rated Hard Ciders

Below are the most recent 50+ ciders reviewed here at The Cider Journal since our founding in May of this year. listed by region and in alphabetical order and with their Star Rating. Eight of these hard ciders have earned 4.5 stars or more. Standout Cideries according to our reviews include Eric Bordelet and Le… Read more »

Profiling Sonoma County’s Newest Craft Cidery: Specific Gravity

Profiling Sonoma County's Newest Craft Cidery: Specific Gravity

With five cideries located within its borders, Sonoma County, California is already marked as one of the more important regions for hard cider production in America. With the launch of Specific Gravity Cider Company, make that number six and pay very special attention to Specific Gravity—It’s got something important going for it. That great potential… Read more »

A Nova Scotia Hard Cider Boom

A Nova Scotia Hard Cider Boom

In its most recent sales report, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation confirmed that sales of hard cider in the Canadian province have soared. According to the NSLC, sales of hard cider for the 12 months ending March 31, increased a whopping 146%. This comes on the heels of a 96% increase in hard cider sales… Read more »

Recent Top Rated Hard Ciders

Over the past three weeks worth of reviews here at The Cider Journal, three ciders have stood out above the rest. Atop the list of top-rated ciders for the past three weeks is the West County Reine de Pomme. As we wrote in the review, “this is a beautiful cider that has a muscular character… Read more »

A New Expansion of the Craft Cider Market

A New Expansion of the Craft Cider Market

With the continuing robust growth of cider sales in the U.S., most attention is paid to the large commercial ciders that have significantly increased sales and spread their fame via nationally televised commercial campaigns. However, equally important is the growth of small artisan producers across the country that are spreading the gospel of the beauty… Read more »

New Cidery Debuts in Portland During Oregon Cider Week

New Cidery Debuts in Portland During Oregon Cider Week

On Monday, Portland—the current hotbed for craft cider in the U.S.—will welcome its newest cidery: Alter Ego. Alter Ego Cider will launch with an event at Coopers Hall on Monday, June 23, in the midst of Oregon Cider Week. Alter Ego is the product of three partners, two of which are winemakers. Ann Hubatch and… Read more »

United States Cider Sales Increase 89% in 2013

United States Cider Sales Increase 89% in 2013

According to Nielsen’s tracking of off-premise (that’s in stores, not restaurants) sales of hard cider in the United States increase by 89% in 2013 to $280,676,943. This follows on the heals of a 90% jump in sales in 2012. More importantly, this stunning growth rate in cider sales seems to be continuing this year. Nielsen… Read more »

458 Different Apple Varieties — One Hard Cider

458 Different Apple Varieties — One Hard Cider

Well known is the fact that the best ciders are produced from a blend of cider apples. The key is creating a blend that balances bitterness and astringency, tart acidity, sweetness and nuanced aromas and flavors. Many ciders will be produced with ten, twenty or more different varieties of apples. However, one famed English cidery… Read more »

Interviewing Allen Hogan on The American Market For Hard Cider

Interviewing Allen Hogan on The American Market For Hard Cider

 Allen Hogan’s Hogan’s Cider entered the U.S. market just over three years ago. With a goal of introducing Americans to Traditional English Cider, he began working with the Shelton Brothers Importers. Hogan Cider has been very well received in the states and took two coveted Gold Medals and the Highly Commended Award for its 2010… Read more »