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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 »

Yes Cider Lovers, There Is A Correct Glass In Which To Serve Cider

Yes Cider Lovers, There Is A Correct Glass In Which To Serve Cider

Yes, there is a Craft Cider renaissance underway in the United States. Yes, today drinkers have access to a much greater choice of ciders and cider styles than at any time in American history save, perhaps, for the 18th century. Yes, through numerous cider festivals, a growing number of cider pubs and other venues, we… Read more »

Top Rated Hard Ciders at The Cider Journal

Over the past month The Cider Journal has tasted and evaluated a number of ciders from across the globe. Below are the highest rated recently reviewed bottlings. We encourage you to click through and read the written reviews to understand why we recommended these ciders so highly. Virtue Cider “The Mitten” Bourbon Barrel Aged Hard… Read more »

Interviewing Cider Lovers’ Best Friend

Interviewing Cider Lovers' Best Friend

Perhaps the best selection of hard cider at retail in the entire U.S  is at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, California. That makes Jim Boyce, the store’s beer and cider buyer who is responsible for the store’s 30+ international selections of ciders, cider lovers best friend. Jim was kind enough to take time away… Read more »

Is it Time For Vintage Dated Hard Cider?

Is it Time For Vintage Dated Hard Cider?

If the craft cider in a bottle can change its character over time, then it is in the interests of the consumer, the retailer, and the producer to know the vintage date of the apples that went into making the cider. More importantly, if the concept of terroir applies to cider in the same way… Read more »