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The Seriously Fun Ciders of 2 Towns Ciderhouse

The Seriously Fun Ciders of 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Whether or not you like all the crazy ciders being made at 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Oregon, you’ve got to appreciate just how much fun those cidermakers are clearly having. Barely 4 years old, 2 Towns Ciderhouse is the creation of three childhood friends who set up shop in Corvallis, Oregon with a goal: “advance… Read more »

Cider, Terroir and the Case of Traditions Ciderworks

Cider, Terroir and the Case of Traditions Ciderworks

“Terroir”, a concept commonly explored, expounded and debated within the wine industry, has yet to become an important factor in understanding craft cider. If it were an important concept for cider lovers and cidermakers, we would regularly be asking the question: what characteristics does this cider possess, year after year, that can be attributed not… Read more »

Top Rated Recently Reviewed Ciders

Over the past six weeks 40 different ciders have been reviewed here at The Cider Journal. Below are the highest rated bottlings from those 40 ciders. We want to particularly draw your attention to Eve’s Cidery out of New York and specifically to their Albee Hill Dry and Still Cider. The complexity and balance of… Read more »

Cider Snobbery, Finding Cider and Cider Ratings

Cider Snobbery, Finding Cider and Cider Ratings

From The Cider Journal’s In-Box: Mail we’ve recently received from readers posses some excellent questions and comments. “Snobbing Up Cider” I’ve had a chance to look at the new Cider Journal and want to tell you how much I hate how you are Snobbing Up Cider. Even in the old days when cider was drunk… Read more »

The Top Rated French Ciders at The Cider Journal

The various apple and pear ciders now exported to the U.S. from France show a collection of producers who appear decidedly more comfortable with, and guided by, the notion of cider being far more akin to wine than to beer. These ciders tend to deliver the body of fine sparkling wine, the complexity of flavors… Read more »

American Hard Cider and the Meaning of “CRAFT”

American Hard Cider and the Meaning of "CRAFT"

What does it mean to say a cider is “craft cider” The Cider Journal recently received the following email that compelled us to explore the above question: “I notice you use the term “craft cider” quite a bit, yet you have not defined the term. I think I know what you mean, I have an… Read more »

Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Talks Hard Cider and Business

Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Talks Hard Cider and Business

In November of 2013, the New York Time’s wine critic Eric Asimov reviewed American craft ciders and determined that the “Serious Cider” From Foggy Ridge in Virginia was his panel’s number one pick. The article did a great deal for American craft cider, exposing the growing category to many who had no idea of its… Read more »

A Plan For Turning the Wine Snob Into a Cider Lover

A Plan For Turning the Wine Snob Into a Cider Lover

It is an occupational hazard of the cider aficionado to have to confront the wine snob who instinctively turns their nose up at cider. Turn the average wine snob on cider in their most lucid moments and you are more than likely to hear something like, “I don’t drink cider” or “I’m not into simple… Read more »

Top Five Reasons To Drink Hard Cider on the 4th of July

Top Five Reasons To Drink Hard Cider on the 4th of July

Independence Day is one of my most favorite holidays primarily because it provides Americans with a unifying reason to celebrate: The founding of our country. Additionally, the celebrations across the country tend to be social, communal and region specific. And, importantly, it’s a perfect excuse to eat and drink well. All that said, there is… Read more »

Cidercraft Magazine and Craft Cider’s Identity Crisis

Cidercraft Magazine and Craft Cider's Identity Crisis

I got my first look at the new “Cidercraft Magazine” and it looks good. Looking good is a prerequisite of print magazine publishing in this age of dumping pulp in favor of electrons. However, Cidercraft Magazine not only looks good but it is also a lively spokespiece for the cider revival. Among the “What is… Read more »