Cider Views

WASSAIL—A True Cider Experience and Culinary Tour de Force

WASSAIL—A True Cider Experience and Culinary Tour de Force

The genuine cider bar —that place where finely crafted cider in numerous styles is the whole point — is still a rarity, despite the renaissance in cider now taking place across the country. You can count them on two hands. Because there are so few of these temples devoted to the fermented apple, expectations run… Read more »

Bristols Cider—Experimenting With Big and Bold and Beautiful

Bristols Cider—Experimenting With Big and Bold and Beautiful

Bristols Cider from the Paso Robles region is one of the growing number of new California cideries looking to treat cider as seriously as the state treats its wine. And in the case of Bristols, that’s not hard. It is the sister company to Lone Madrone Winery, a well-respected Paso Robles winery. While it’s not… Read more »

Time To Allow Use of Harvest Dates on Cider Labels

Time To Allow Use of Harvest Dates on Cider Labels

Though we have addressed this issue before, it is worth repeating: It is important to the growing craft cider movement and to devotees of craft cider that cidermakers are legally able to place the harvest date on their bottles. This issue arises once again for the Cider Journal after hearing from one of America’s best… Read more »

What is Great Cider?

What is Great Cider?

What is a great cider? There are some who will argue this is the wrong question merely because it requires judgment and judgment is nothing more than personal preference. If they like it, if it pleases them, it is great. Ignore these people, at least where cider and questions of aesthetics are concerned. While you… Read more »

Promoting the Real (Cider) Deal in Oregon

Oregon’s Finnegan Cider Company is one of the growing number of American cideries driven by the desires of its owners to produce something truly craft; truly authentic. In the case of Finnegan, this means, among other things, a dedication to using the tried and true cider apples that came to us from England and France…. Read more »

Authenticity in Ciderland

Authenticity in Ciderland

This post is about authenticity in cider. Apple orcharding is hard work. In fact, it’s so hard I am absolutely sure I’m completely unfit mentally and physically to even contemplate the idea. Now add to this the hand bottling, hand corking and hand bottle caging of the cider made from apples resulting from orcharding. Again,… Read more »

Sugary Ciders Kill The Apple’s Promise of Greatness

Sugary Ciders Kill The Apple's Promise of Greatness

If you like your drinks sweet…and I mean sugary sweet, then cider is for you. But if you like your drink to exhibit nuance and layers of flavors and to be interesting, then you are going to need to be relentless in your search if you want to stick to cider. It’s no secret that… Read more »

Recently Reviewed Ciders — Of A Unique Style

Recently Reviewed Ciders — Of A Unique Style

Our three most recent hard cider reviews here at The Cider Journal draw attention to a style of cider that is almost (thought not completely, obviously) associated with Spain. Beyond calling this style “Spanish”, there is no proper name for the tangy, acetic (vinegary), fresh, earthy style of cider we examined most recently. Associated most… Read more »

Five Ways To Be A Proper Cider Geek

Five Ways To Be A Proper Cider Geek

If you are a Cider Geek, chances are that when you ask what cider is carried by the restaurant you are sitting in, the response is either 1) “we don’t currently offer any cider” or 2) “we have Angry Orchard on draft”. As a bona-fide Cider Geek, you have a responsibility to respond to both… Read more »

The Top Rated Ciders from The Cider Journal

Over the past 4 months a number of ciders produced across the country and the globe have stood out at The Cider Journal tastings, earning 4 or more stars. These are the best of the best from our recent tastings and urge you to click through and read the reviews. We also urge to explore… Read more »