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The Great Distinctiveness of Normandy Cider

The Great Distinctiveness of Normandy Cider

Organizing hard cider into categories is subject matter that most cidermakers and cider enthusiasts have given thought to at one time or another. This categorization of cider, done primarily to make the beverage more easily explained, is a more difficult task than for wine. Wine fall easily into categories based on which type of grape… Read more »

A Purity of Apple From Washington’s Alpenfire Cidery

A Purity of Apple From Washington's Alpenfire Cidery

It’s always exciting to discover an estate cidery; a place where the apples are grown, picked and make into cider righ there next to the vineyard. Alpenfire, located on Olympic Peninsula outside the small town of Port Townsend is just such a cidery. Somewhere around 1,000 apple trees form the backbone of the Alpenfire orchard…. Read more »

Understanding the Jolly Rancher Green Apple School of Hard Cider

Understanding the Jolly Rancher Green Apple School of Hard Cider

No one ever went broke overestimated American’s love of sugar…in all its forms. This adage is particularly relevant to the world of Hard Cider. Sweet hard cider represents well over 50% of all hard cider consumed in the United States. And when I say “sweet”, I’m not talking about a little bit of natural residual… Read more »

A New Branch of the Cider Revival in Colorado — Stem Ciders Reviews

A New Branch of the Cider Revival in Colorado — Stem Ciders Reviews

Officially launching just over a year ago in Denver, Colorado, Stem Ciders Stem Ciders appears to be riding the craft cider wave and taking the region by storm. We recently tasted the four-cider line up produced by Stem and found them all to be extraordinarily pure and clean renderings of the apple with some a… Read more »

Thoughts on Pairing Hard Cider and Cheese

Thoughts on Pairing Hard Cider and Cheese

Traditionally, it has been the winemakers that have exploited the versatility of cheese to demonstrate how the pleasure of their own product can be enhanced through imaginative and thoughtful pairings. More and more, however, cidermakers and cider lovers are exploring the various ways by which different cheeses can enhance the cider imbibing experience and they… Read more »

Four Degrees Fahrenheit and the Nature of Hard Cider

Four Degrees Fahrenheit and the Nature of Hard Cider

Tomorrow The Cider Journal arrives at CiderCon in Chicago. And if the Interwebs are correct, I’ve learned that at just about the time I exit the steakhouse at which I am dining tomorrow, the temperature should hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 – 9 degrees F. The fact that I am not giving away… Read more »

Reviews of Sea Cider Hard Cider from BC

Reviews of Sea Cider Hard Cider from BC

Sea Cider Ciderhouse, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is the realized project of Kristen Jordan and one of the better known cideries in BC. REVIEWED • Sea Cider “Prohibition” Hard Cider — 3.5 STARS • Sea Cider “Pippins” Hard Cider — 3 STARS • Sea Cider “Kings & Spies” Hard Cider — 4… Read more »

Bold, Memorable Ciders from Neigel Vintners

Bold, Memorable Ciders from Neigel Vintners

Neigel Vintners out of Washington State is doing something interesting and smart. They are focusing their interest on pear cider (perry), rather than apple-based cider, the much more common cider drink. This sets them apart in a good way. The proprietors, two brothers, know this. They also know that it counts to stand out in… Read more »

Westcott Bay Ciderworks—Reviews of Beautiful Pacific NW Cider

Westcott Bay Ciderworks—Reviews of Beautiful Pacific NW Cider

Westcott Bay Ciderworks is located on the Northwest edge of San Juan Island in Washington State. The cidery, which also acts as a distillery, is home to one of the oldest orchards in Washington State. Today, the cidery’s apples come from orchards planted in the 1990s and include a number of traditional cider apple varieties… Read more »

She Drained the Glass

She Drained the Glass

My wife’s mother, Donna, had her doubts about me. The first time I met my Kathy’s parents Donna was the one who asked the probing questions. It was at a restaurant. I made sure I didn’t drink too much and kept my wits about me. Over the years, however, Donna came to realize that I… Read more »