Category Archives: Cider Makers

Mixology: The Buffalo Gold Cocktail. Brookville Restaurant, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Virginia Pippin Gold Cider (with Virginia apple brandy) Meet Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Virginia knows how to make a cider cocktail. One of our favorites, (enjoyed with Brookville’s deliciously addicting bacon fat popcorn):

The Cocktail: The Buffalo Gold.

The Venue: Brookville Restaurant, Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Cider: Foggy Ridge Cider Pippin Gold.
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The recipe is as follows:
Iced highball glass
1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 1/2 oz Foggy Ridge Cider Pippin Gold
long squeeze grenadine
Fill with your favorite ginger ale
Garnish with a cherry
 
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Foggy Ridge Cider Makers Tasting Notes for Pippin Gold:
Pippin Gold is a unique blend of 100% Newtown Pippin hard cider and apple brandy from Laird and Company, the country’s oldest distiller. Pippin Gold is delicious as a dessert cider or sweet apéritif. Some have swooned over peaches soaked in Pippin Gold served with homemade pound cake.
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Links:
Brookville Restaurant: www.brookvillerestaurant.com
Foggy Ridge Cider: www.foggyridgecider.com
Laird & Company: www.lairdandcompany.com
Buffalo Trace Distillery: www.buffalotracedistillery.com
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Image: Malus domestica: Yellow Newtown. Charlottesville, Virginia, 1904.
Artist: Deborah Griscom Passmore
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705
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The State of Cider: New York: New Amsterdam Market Cider Revival!

Celebrate the 3rd Annual Cider Revival at New Amsterdam Market, Sunday November 24, 2013 from 11 AM to 5PM.

The Final Event of Cider Week NY: Enjoy cider tastings with New York cidermakers , including: Blackbird CidersBreezy Hill OrchardDocs Hard CiderOrchard Hill Cider Mill and Sovereign Cider.

And a Cider Library collection of wonderful cider & apple books (pictured) will be raffled with all proceeds to benefit New Amsterdam Market.

From the New Amsterdam Market website:

On Sunday November 24, New Amsterdam Market will host the Third Annual New York State Cider Revival in collaboration with Glynwood, a continuation of Cider Week. The event will feature New York hard cider makers, reviving a century’s old tradition of the fermented beverage. Once one of the most popular beverages of New York, hard cider faced a quick demise as Prohibition ended legal sales. As cider orchards transformed into traditional apple orchards, the number of farmstead and craft ciders drastically reduced. Join us in celebrating the return of this historic drink, with numerous tasting and pairing from select vendors. The perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving meal.

In addition, our November 24th market will stock all your holiday essentials- from pies to poultry!

Join the Cider Revival

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Support New Amsterdam Market

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Celebrate the New York Cider Revival and Win Your Own Cider Library!

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It’s The 3rd Annual Cider Revival at the New Amsterdam Market in New York City Sunday, November 24.

Visit The New York State Cider & Thanksgiving Market for a chance to win Your Own Cider Library AND Support The New Amsterdam Market.

Enter to win an amazing Cider Research & Reference Library – several publishers have generously donated some terrific books – perfect for the cider & apple lover or the cider curious. For yourself or for gift giving.

WAIT There’s MORE!

The Cider Research & Reference Library includes a few bottles of real New York cider!

Stop by the main Market table on Sunday Nov. 24th, and enter to win The Cider Library with Libations! Tickets $5 each or $10 for 3. Such value! and for a good cause.

All proceeds to benefit The New Amsterdam Market.

Take a look at the books included in the Cider (and Apple) Research & Reference Library:

Cider Hard & Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own 3rd Edition by Ben Watson, The Countryman Press, 2013.

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Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter by David Buchanan, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.

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The New Cider Makers Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers by Claude Jolicoeur, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013.

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The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart, Algonquin Books, 2013.

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Worlds Best Ciders by Pete Brown & Bill Bradshaw, Sterling Epicure, 2013.

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Apples of North America: 192 Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks by Tom Burford, Timber Press, 2013.

True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home by Emma Christensen, 10 Speed Press, 2013.

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Johnny Appleseed And The American Orchard: A Cultural History by William Kerrigan, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

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Apple Lovers Cookbook by Amy Traverso, W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

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Cider Handbook from Scott Labs, 2013.

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Stop by the New Amsterdam Market this Sunday, November 24th, to celebrate the New York Cider Revival, enter to win this swell cider library, and get your holiday marketing done.

Link: newamsterdammarket.com

Directions: newamsterdammarket.com/map.html

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Celebrate The 3rd Annual New York Cider Revival at The New Amsterdam Market

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It’s The 3rd Annual New York Cider Revival at the New Amsterdam Market in New York City this Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 11AM – 5PM.

Visit The New York State Cider & Thanksgiving Market for A Chance to Win Your Own Cider Library AND Support The New Amsterdam Market.

Several New York Cidermakers will be in attendance, including: Blackbird CidersBreezy Hill OrchardDocs Hard CiderOrchard Hill Cider Mill and Sovereign Cider. Meet The Cidermakers & enjoy some cider. See the full list of vendors at The New Amsterdam Market website here.

Link: newamsterdammarket.com

Directions: newamsterdammarket.com/map.html

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The State of Cider: Virginia. The Ciders of Virginia Prepare to Celebrate Cider Week Virginia.

Orchard at Vintage Virginia Apples

Cider Makers of Virginia:

Albemarle Ciderworks North Garden

Blue Bee Cider  Richmond

Bold Rock Cider Nellysford

Castle Hill Cider  Free Union

Foggy Ridge Cider Dugspur

Old Hill Cider  Timberville

Potter’s Craft Cider Free Union

Winchester Ciderworks Winchester

Cider Week Virginia November 15 -24, 2013

There will be tastings, pairings, home cider making workshops, cider cocktail competitions, an East vs West Cider Smackdown and that’s not all. Check the Cider Week Virginia website for all the details and get ready to Celebrate Cider Week Virginia!

Link: ciderweekva.com

Events: http://ciderweekva.com/events/

Image: Fall Orchard View at Ablemarle CiderWorks & Vintage Virginia Apples

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Cider + Cheese and You. A Tasting with Tilted Shed Ciderworks and DeVoto Orchards Cider.

A Slow Food Russian River Cider + Cheese Tasting Scholarship Fund Benefit Event

When our resident Cheesemonger crafted a fantasy-cheese pairing featuring Tilted Shed Ciderworks 2012 GRAVIVA! Semidry Cider, our cider pen pals at Tilted Shed responded by hosting the First-Ever Sebastopol Cider and Cheese Challenge and invited Apple Sauced Cider to join in. You can read about their cider+cheese pairing adventures here.

Actual Cider + Cheese Pairings are definitely more fun.

Want to enjoy a guided cheese + cider pairing featuring Tilted Shed Ciderworks & Devoto Orchards Cider? You Can!

Sign up for the upcoming SLOW FOOD RUSSIAN RIVER Benefit Event.

Link: EVENT: CIDER & CHEESE PAIRING OCT. 27, 3-6PM, SEBASTOPOL

“Devoto Orchards and Tilted Shed Ciderworks, two Sebastopol-area farm-based cider producers, will join six local cheesemakers in showcasing craft cider’s amazing range and versatility.”

Yes. The cider artisans and orchardists behind Apple Sauced Cider and Devoto Gardens are launching a new brand,: Devoto Orchards Cider. This first seasons releases of farmstead ciders will include: Gravenstein, 1976, and Cidre Noir.

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REMATCH: Cider + Cheese. A Tasting with Tilted Shed Ciderworks and Apple Sauced Cider.

REMATCH: Cider + Cheese Pairing  

A while back we posted A Cheesemonger’s Challenge: Cider and Cheese Pairing with Tilted Shed Ciderworks 2012 GRAVIVA! Semidry Cider, conceived by our resident cheesemonger, and originally published at: Consider The Rind.

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The Idea: Select an interesting cider we have yet to try, and relying on the cider maker’s tasting notes, attempt to create a successful (at least on paper) cheese pairing.

Tilted Shed Ciderworks 2012 GRAVIVA! Semidry Cider from Ellen Cavalli and Scott Heath of Tilted Shed Ciderworks in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, was our cider pick. (You can read the original post here).

In reply to our challenge, the folks at Tilted Shed Ciderworks paired with Jolie Devoto-Wade and Hunter Wade of Apple Sauced Cider, and taking cues from our suggested cheese selection, created their own taste-off adding Apple Sauce Cider’s Save The Gravenstein to the mix.

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Expanding on the original, the Sebastopol cider makers cheese selection included several local artisanal cheeses – guided by the pair local ‘what grows together goes together’ principle. 

Visit the Tilted Shed Ciderworks blog to read the full post: First-ever Sebastopol Cider and Cheese Challenge and learn the results of their actual cheese challenge tasting.

Save A Heritage Apple. Drink a Gravenstein Paired with Local Cheese.

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Saving Apples by Making Cider. Drink a Gravenstein Today.

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Pomme Fruit: Gravenstein Apples In The Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California.

The Sebastopol Gravenstein, a vividly colored, aromatic, flavorful heirloom apple is historically important in the Russian River Valley. So dominant in the region, the ribbon of roadway running through the acres of orchards became known as The Gravenstein Highway – honoring the apples prolific presence. Declining prices for processing apples, the increasing popularity of other more ‘commercially viable’ apples, and a booming West Coast wine industry, all led to Gravenstein orchards being ripped out to make way for the extremely lucrative wine grapes that now populate the region.

David Karp, writing for the LA Times:

“Gravenstein is still a favorite in northern Europe and is cultivated from Nova Scotia to the Pacific Northwest, but it reaches its greatest perfection in the Sebastopol district of western Sonoma County, at the border of the maritime and inland climatic zones, where the morning fog gives way to a moderately hot afternoon sun. The area’s fine, sandy loam soil is well suited to apples. The huge trees, grafted on seedling rootstock, develop roots deep enough to survive the dry summers without irrigation.”

Concerned Sonoma County cider makers are working to revive interest in this heirloom apple by focusing on the Gravenstein’s many desirable cider worthy traits, crafting ‘Gravs’ into unique ciders that celebrate and express the heritage of the apple and the region.

Saving Apples by Making Cider. Drink a Gravenstein Today.

Find A Gravenstein Cider:

Tilted Shed Ciderworks: Graviva! Semi Dry Cider

Apple Sauced Cider: Save The Gravenstein! Cider

Devoto Orchards Cider: Gravenstein first release October 14, 2013

Gleanings (sources for further reading):

LATimes: The future of Gravenstein apples hangs on a thin stem by David Karp

NPR: Gravenstein Apples: The End Of Summer In A Fruit by Nicole SpIridakis

Zester Daily: The Fight To Save Sonoma’s Gravenstein Apple by Tina Caputo

Slow Food USA Ark of Taste: Sebastopol Gravenstein

Slow Food USA Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple Presidia

Gravenstein apple image (detail) – credit: “U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705”

Link: The future of Gravenstein apples hangs on a thin stem. July 12, 2013 By David Karp. Special to the Los Angeles Times

 

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Cider Mapping: NEW United States Cider Map with A-Z List by State at Cider Guide

Cider Mapping: See the NEW Map of United States Cider with A-Z List by State at Eric West’s Cider Guide.

A click on the map (below) will take you directly to Cider Guide.

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(Our view of the map is current as of 10-4-2013. Go to www.ciderguide.com for the latest information).

When you want to know whose making cider, state by state in the US of A – check Eric West’s new map and list at ciderguide.com.

Cider Guide’s US CIDER map & list are helpfully color coded by category, and the list is organized by state. The information includes current  & announced cider producers, and producers of perry, ice cider, fruit wine, mead, and apple & pear spirits. Bottle shops that feature cider, and cider bars & restaurants are also noted.

Cider Guide’s current Stats for Cider in the US are:

 Cider Producers – 199
 Perry Producers – 19
 Ice Cider Producers – 17
 Fruit Wine (Apple/Pear) Producers – 46
 Mead (Apple/Pear) Producers – 26
 Spirits (Apple/Pear) Producers – 20
 Cider Bars/Pubs/Restaurants – 11
 Cider Bottle Shops – 14
 Cider Producers In-Planning – 27

Visit Cider Guide for a full view of the new US CIDER MAP and take a look at the cider maps for the rest of the world as well.

If you have notes or additions, please visit Cider Guide and leave a comment www.ciderguide.com.

 

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Aaron Burr Bourbon Barrel Cider – If You Find It, Drink It.

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Aaron Burr Bourbon Barrel Cider is only available at a handful of select establishments in the North East, and in very limited quantities.

A few sources we might suggest:

Jimmy’s No. 43 NYC

The Queen’s Kickshaw Astoria, Queens, NY

Eleven Madison Park  NYC

If You Find It – Drink It. We sincerely believe you will not be disappointed. You won’t have the opportunity to drink this cider again for at least 14 months.

Andy Brennan ages his small batch micro-crafted cider in bourbon barrels for 2 years – and there won’t be another release until very late in 2014 .

Here is a link to our tasting notes for Aaron Burr Bourbon Barrel Cider Sparkling.

If you want to explore the world of Aaron Burr Cider click here

And do read and enjoy Aaron Burr Cider’s Cider 101: True Cider in America

Cider Week NY Event: Talking About History: The History of Cider-making in New York with Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cider, Oct 13, 3-4 PM. RSVP required: programs@kingmanor.org.

The King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Ave. (150th and 153rd Streets
Queens, NY 11432
For more 2013 Cider Week NY Events check the website www.ciderweekny.com
And for a full list of Aaron Burr Cider stockists check the link locations-find us
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A Cider Is Announced: New US Cider Makers in 2013 – A Partial List

3g13962rJust a selection of the American cider companies announced and/or actively launched and producing cider so far in 2013:

One Tree Hard Cider WA

Seattle Cider Co. WA

Peoples Cider Co. MI

Blown Spoke Cider Co CO

Blue Bee Cider Co VA

Schilling WA

Twilight Cider WA

Commonweatlh Cider (Philadelphia Brewing Co.) PA

Atlas Cider OR

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Fox Tail Cider OR

Hood Valley Ciders OR

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Noble Cider  NC

Blake’s MI

Homestead Cider MA

Two Heroes Hard Cider NY

Compass Cider House CO

Bishop Cider Co TX

Downeast Cider Co. MA

This is a very informal list, if you are on it and were producing cider in 2012 – we’ll adjust the list. If you should be on the list – we’ll gladly add you.

Leave a comment or email corrections to unitedstatesofcider at gmail dot com.

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Ladies and Gentlemen A Cider Is Announced: WASHINGTON

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Ladies and Gentlemen A Cider Is Announced: WASHINGTON

In early 2013 we started keeping lists of cider makers by state.*

We posted our first A-Z List: WASHINGTON, on January 16, 2013. We recorded 14 Washington cider making entities.

Our updated revised A-Z List: WASHINGTON, dated September 17, 2013 has 22 Washington cidermakers listed.

Cider is indeed on the rise.

(We count wineries & brewers that also make cider or apple wine, and include makers that have announced but may not have a first release for sale yet)

If you have additions or corrections, please let us know.

A few useful resources for collecting US cider data:

United States Association of Cidermakers

Northwest Cider Association

Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association

Rocky Mountain Cider Association

Vermont Ice Cider Association

Cider Guide: The World Map of Cider

North American Cider Map Project

American Hard Cider Directory & Resource

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Ladies and Gentlemen: A Cider Is Announced! The Quaff of The Nation is on The Rise.

Ladies and Gentlemen: A Cider Is Announced! The Quaff of The Nation is on The Rise.

Cideries, Ciderworks, Cider Taprooms and More! Are Being Announced at an Alarming Rate.

Cider Coming Soon! appears on twitter profiles, websites, blogs, inter-webs, and various other modes of communication at a speed not recently seen in this Modern Age.

If we are not careful there will be cider purveyors on every street corner and our youth will spend their days dreaming of fermenting pome fruits into gold.

Anytown, USA – This Could Happen To You!

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Title: Interior of a cider mill at Rye
Creator(s): Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852-1911, artist
Date Created/Published: [1879?]

LOC: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010714807/

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Exploring APPLES and Collecting Cider: Virginia

Apple Tasting at Albemarle CiderWorks

Exploring Apples.

Our recent Cider (and Apple) Road Trip to Virginia sparked the desire to more actively explore apple varieties.

Becoming familiar with the unique qualities of individual apple varieties – through study and sampling – enhances the experience of drinking craft cider, allowing you to understand and taste how the fruit itself contributes to shaping a craft ciders’ profile.

Apple-centric highlights of our Virginia cider tour included:

A guided apple tasting at Vintage Virginia Apples/Albemarle CiderWorks, followed by orchard exploring to view the raw materials of cider still on the tree. Apples sampled and spied included: Dolgo, Hewes Crab, Pitmaston Pineapple, Razor Russet and Arkansas Black.

Charlotte and Chuck Shelton of Albemarle CiderWorks’ Virginia Cider Making demonstration tasting at The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. Fresh pressed ‘sweet’ cider from Vintage Virginia Apples extracted via an antique manual cider press, and enjoyed in the midst of Thomas Jefferson’s restored experimental vegetable garden.

Three lively and informative workshops: Heirloom Apples & Artisanal Cheese TastingApple Varieties for Organic Orchards, and Apple Varieties for Cider & Pie Making with ‘Professor Apple’, the esteemed orchard consultant, apple educator and advocate – Tom Burford.

And of course, securing copies of Tom Burford’s new book, Apples of North America: 192 Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks.

Follow the links below for additional information about the annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, and this years workshops. Plan a visit in 2014.

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Virginia Cider Making
Chuck & Charlotte Shelton

Heirloom Apple & Artisanal Cheese Tasting
Tom Burford & Gail Hobbs-Page

Apple Varieties for Organic Orchards 
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Apple Varieties for Cider- & Pie-Making 
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Exploring Apples and Collecting CIDER: Virginia

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Collecting Cider.

Our recent Cider (and Apple) Road Trip to Virginia involved rigorous cider tasting, and afforded the opportunity to collect an extensive array of some of the finest Virginia ciders currently available. These apple elixirs were carefully transported to United States of Cider HQ and await further study. Expect upcoming posts about our cider tasting experiences and detailed Virginia cider reviews.

Virginia ciders to be explored:

Albemarle CiderWorks

Castle Hill Cider

Blue Bee Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider

Potter’s Craft Cider

A few non-Virginia apple ferments were sampled and collected as well. These will also be thoroughly examined and the results reported.

Millstone Cellars Cider

Great Shoals Cider

*note: NY apples (above photo) with Virginia, and Maryland, ciders.

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