gone so long

We’ve been gone so long – like a cider Rip Van Winkle. We are back. We are in the Pacific Northwest. Cascadia based (Seattle adjacent) and we are looking to find out – What’s been going on. Cider is everywhere. Time to explore*. Hello Cider!

(*and do some site housekeeping to fix broken links and content)

What We’re Reading: Uncultivated Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living by Andy Brennan

Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cider wrote a book – Uncultivated Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living.

From Chelsea Green Publishing:

“The hero of this book is the wild apple. Uncultivated follows Brennan’s twenty-four-year history with naturalized trees and shows how they have guided him toward successes in agriculture, in the art of cider making, and in creating a small-farm business. The book contains useful information relevant to those particular fields, but is designed to connect the wild to a far greater audience, skillfully blending cultural criticism with a food activist’s agenda.”

Here are links to some additional information about Andy, Aaron Burr Cider, wild apples and real ciders:

About Aaron Burr CiderAaron Burr Cider’s Cider 101

Eric Asimov in The New York Times
A New Golden Age for Cider Production in New York

Rowan Jacobsen in Tasting Table
The Feral Cider Society: Looking for the Future of American Cider on the Side of the Road

On Thanksgiving Traditions In The Colony of New Haven.

 

Colliers Thanksgiving Cover 1901

“Thanksgiving was celebrated with the greatest profusion. For three days previous all was bustle and preparation: the stalled ox was killed, – turkeys, hens, and geese innumerable shared the fate of Charles the first, – a load of the best walnut wood was drawn for the thanksgiving fires, a barrel of the best cider was chosen, the best pumpkins were selected for pies, (to supply the place of minced,)* and strong water was provided in moderation to assist the inspiration of the joyful occasion.”

* “It has been said that minced pies were proscribed from the bill of fare of the Puritans because they were customarily made by the Episcopalians on Christmas.”

Page: 191

From: History of the colony of New Haven: before and after the union with Connecticut. Containing a particular description of the towns which composed that government, viz., New Haven, Milford, Guilford, Branford, Stamford, & Southold, L. I., with a notice of the towns which have been set off from “the original six.” 

Author: Edward Rodolphus Lambert Publisher: Hitchcock & Stafford, 1838 – Branford (Conn.)

via: google ebook

Image: Creator(s): Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925, artist. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, reproduction number LC-USZC4-1206 (color film copy transparency)

From the archives: November 2014.

 

1899: Vintage Herefordshire Apples, and “French sorts”

Rackham Pomona

A committee composed of members of the Herefordshire Fruit-Growers’ Association and of the Fruit and Chrysanthemum Society was appointed in 1899 to make a selection of vintage apples and pears best suited to Herefordshire and the districts adjoining.

The following is the list drawn up by the committee:

The Apples:

Old Foxwhelp 
Cherry Pearmain
Cowarne Red
Dymock Red
Eggleton Styre
Kingston Black or Black Taunton
Skyrme’s Kernel
Spreading Redstreak
Carrion Apple
Cherry Norman
Cummy Norman
Royal Wilding
Handsome Norman
Strawberry Norman
White Bache or Norman
Broad-leaved Norman
 
and
 
Argile Grise
Bramtot
De Boutville
Frequin Audievre
Medaille d’Or
 
These last five being “French sorts” introduced from Normandy about 1880, and now established in the orchards of Herefordshire.

Adapted from an online version of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica – Article: CIDER, or CYDER (from the Fr. cidre, derived from the Lat. sicera or cisera, Gr. mucepa, Heb. shade, strong drink)

Read more here: CIDER, or CYDER 

CIDER SUMMIT SF ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP OF CIDER PRODUCERS

CiderSummitSF2015

Press Release Details:

CIDER SUMMIT SF ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP OF CIDER PRODUCERS

Tickets on Sale for Leading Hard Cider Tasting Event in the Presidio

San Francisco, Calif. – Cider Summit San Francisco is excited to announce the full lineup of ciders and programming details for the region’s largest cider tasting festival. In its second year in the Bay Area and new, expanded location at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio, Cider Summit SF will take place onSaturday, April 25, 2015 from 12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m. Cider lovers will come together to taste over 150 ciders from 46 cideries, including 74 ciders from California, and other regional favorites and international classics.

Event highlights include:

  • Enjoy specially paired food selections from the Whole Foods Market Truck, Slow Hand BBQ and others
  • Taste varieties of fresh-pressed apple juice from Gowan Orchards
  • Compete in apple bowling from Presenting Sponsor, Whole Foods Market
  • Hang out in the “Dog Lounge” hosted by Berkeley Humane & Wag Hotels
  • Shop in the event store featuring Cider Summit SF t-shirts and other merchandise

Just announced cider producers participating include:

101 Cider House

2 Towns / Traditions

Anthem Ciders

Artisanal Imports

Atlas Cider Co.

Aspall Cyder House

Bite Hard Cider

Bristols Cider

California Cider Company

Cider Brothers

Ciders of Spain

Common Cider

Crispin Cider Co.      

Devoto Orchards

Eden Ice Cider Co.

E.Z. Orchards Cidre

Farnum Hill Ciders

Finnriver Cidery

FoxCraft

Golden State Cider

Gowans Cider

Horse & Plow

Humboldt Cider

Indigeny Reserve

JK’s Almar Orchards

Le Face Cachee de la Pomme

Maeloc Cider

Orchard Gate Imports

Red Branch Cider

Reef Points

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Rogue Cider

Santa Cruz Scrumpy

Sea Cider Farm & Cider House

See Canyon Hard Cider

Schilling Hard Cider

Sonoma Cider

South City Ciderworks

Specific Gravity Cider

Tag & Jug Cider

Thistly Cross

Tieton Cider Works

Tilted Shed Ciderworks

Troy Cider

Two Rivers Cider Company

Vermont Hard Cider Co.

Wandering Aengus

Waupoos Cider

William’s Orchards

Winesellers, Ltd.

Worley’s Cider

For a full lineup of events, cidermakers and to purchase tickets, visit the site here or on Facebook and Twitter #CiderSummitSF. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door (cash only).

For those seeking to utilize public transportation, the complimentary PresidiGo shuttle runs throughout the day from several locations in San Francisco. SF MUNI also operates multiple bus routes to the Presidio.  There is also ample onsite parking. If you prefer not to drive, Uber is offering a special promo code to get people to and from the Cider Summit. Enter the promo code CIDERSUMMITSF  to get a free first ride up to $20. Ride credit is for new Uber users only and is not valid on uberTAXI.

Cider Summit SF is presented by Whole Foods Market, along with supporting sponsors Upcider GastropubOrchard Garden HotelWag HotelsKIND SnacksBART, and Morris Distributing. Cider Summit will benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer ResearchBerkeley Humane, and the California Cider & Perry Association.