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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 »

Portland Cider Company — Profile and Reviews

Portland Cider Company —  Profile and Reviews

Portland Cider Company is a 2 year old venture begun, according to the founders, out of frustration with not being able to locate ciders they enjoyed. So, rather than complain, they chose to step up, make their own, and sell it. That’s exactly what happened in 2012 when Jeff Parrish, an Oregon native, and his… Read more »

Top 4 Reason to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hard Cider

Top 4 Reason to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hard Cider

The American Thanksgiving holiday has over the years become invested with such a variety of meanings. It is a holiday that speaks to faith, history, traditions, food, commercialism, sports, and family. Surely though there remains room to give this holiday one more bit of meaning. Surely Thanksgiving can and should be the day we also… Read more »

Cider Journal’s Top-Rated Recently Reviewed Hard Ciders

Over the past seven weeks we have tasted some remarkable ciders here at The Cider Journal.  In fact, included in this round up of our top rated recently tasted ciders are two 5-Star ciders we cannot recommend highly enough. CLICK ON THE CIDER NAMES TO READ THE FULL REVIEW. 2013 Eve’s Cidery Albee Hill Still… Read more »

How Craft Cider Will Beat Back the Big Brewer Onslaught

How Craft Cider Will Beat Back the Big Brewer Onslaught

In the United States the most commonly encountered ciders are sweet, adulterated bottlings that tend to be light, breezy drinks in beer-like packaging most often showcasing the technical expertise of mass producers and machinery, rather than the intrinsic nature of unique apple varieties. And Americans seem to have a taste for it. Though no figures… Read more »

Eden Ice Cider Sets the Standard

Eden Ice Cider Sets the Standard

It is somewhat hard to believe that Eden Ice Cider in Vermont has only been at it for about seven years. And yet, in that time the ice ciders produced by Eleanor and Albert Leger have become the most sought out and most highly prized examples of this unique form of cider made in the… Read more »

Is This The Best Cidery in America?

The Cider Journal recently tasted through the Eve’s Cidery bottlings from the 2013 Harvest. These ciders represent among the very best being made in the United States and are perhaps the best collection of ciders from any one producer. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for cider enthusiasts to try these craft ciders…. Read more »