Cider Views

Explore These 25 French Ciders — And Impress Your Friends

Explore These 25 French Ciders — And Impress Your Friends

If you have a friend who has only ever sampled cider out of a bottle that pours sickly sweet light brown liquid called cider and if you want to introduce this friend to true artisan cider they are likely to enjoy, your best bet it so put a French cidre from Normandy or Brittany in… Read more »

10 Great Cider To Replace Sparkling Wine on New Year’s Eve

10 Great Cider To Replace Sparkling Wine on New Year's Eve

The reason sparkling wine is so commonly associated with New Years celebrations has a great deal to do with the way it’s built. It looks flashy and it drinks flashy. The rising bubbles make for a show. The impact of the effervescence is showy on the palate. And of course the alcohol causes its own… Read more »

Ria Windcaller of Cider Chat Chats on Cider

Ria Windcaller of Cider Chat Chats on Cider

With the Cider Chat podcast (now into episode 31), Ria Windcaller has established herself and her podcast as the one of the most informative sources of cider info on the Net. Cider Chat puts the spotlight on cidermakers, cider innovators and cider writers who have made a difference to the industry and who are compelling… Read more »

How American Cider Will Find Its Way

How American Cider Will Find Its Way

In one of the most interesting cider-related articles to hit in a while, Jeff Alworth of Good Beer Hunting interviewed Nat West. West is the owner and visionary behind of Reverend Nat’s in Oregon. In an article entitled, “The Quest to Define American Cider — The Art and Rhetoric of Reverend Nat’s in Portland, OR”,… Read more »

An Illuminating Cider Experiment at Tilted Shed Ciderworks

An Illuminating Cider Experiment at Tilted Shed Ciderworks

In November of last year, Sonoma County’s Tilted Shed Ciderworks embarked on a bit of an experiment. They shipped their first batch of ciders in their “Luminous Cider Series” to members of their “Luminary Cider Club”. Clubs run by cideries aren’t experimental. A number of cideries across the country ship cider to members of their… Read more »

Nine Pin Ciderworks: CiderView #3

Nine Pin Ciderworks: CiderView #3

Alejandro Del Peral is founder and cidermaker at New York’s Nine Pin Ciderworks in Albany. At Nine Pin, apples are sourced from orchards in the Albany region and the Hudson Valley. Though having grown up on a farm and surrounded by apple trees, Del Paral and his Nine Pin ciderworks is a relative newcomer to… Read more »

CiderView #2: Horse & Plow

CiderView #2: Horse & Plow

Horse & Plow is one of the growing number of California (and Sonoma County in particular) cideries that are making serious craft cider. Long time winemakers who only recently (2014) turned their attention to cider, Suzanne and Chris are making splendid ciders alongside their wines. Both are winemakers with experience making and selling wine. Cider… Read more »

Single Variety Cider: The Kingston Black Apple Shows Its Character

Single Variety Cider: The Kingston Black Apple Shows Its Character

There is a case to be made that the Kingston Black apple is the King of Cider Apples. It has long been recognized as one of the few apple varieties that possesses the requisite levels of tannins, acidity and sugar to create an outstanding cider without blending juice from different apple varieties. This begs the… Read more »

Q&A With Head Cidermaker of America’s Best Selling Cider

Q&A With Head Cidermaker of America's Best Selling Cider

Ryan Burk joined Angry Orchard in the Fall of this year. Previously with Michigan’s Virtue Cider, Burk will head up cider making duties at Angry Orchard’s new experimental orchard-cidery-visitor center in Walden, New York. Ryan joined the juggernaut of the American cider world. Angry Orchard controls just over 50% of all cider sales in the… Read more »

CiderView #1—The Cider Brothers

CiderView #1—The Cider Brothers

Today we start a new series at The Cider Journal: “CiderViews”. The idea is to get a quick glimpse at the people behind your favorite ciders by asking them a series of 10 questions. The questions are both Cider-serious and not-so-Cider-serious. Those people who are actively moving cider forward in the American consciousness are a… Read more »