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Events: NYC: New Amsterdam Winter Market and 8th Anniversary Celebration

New Amsterdam Market Winter Market & 8th Anniversary is December 15, 2013.

“Featuring over 60 regional food artisans, purveyors, market fare and handcrafted goods. From holiday wreaths, garlands, tools and ornaments for home decor to holiday treats, latkes, sweets, baked goods and gifts.”

To celebrate New Amsterdam Market’s 8th Anniversary we coordinated 3 amazing gift baskets (for yourself or for gift giving) containing some of our favorite books AND some terrific ciders. Support the Market with a raffle ticket or two, and you could be the lucky winner of one of these swell books & cider baskets.

Each basket comes with a selection of ciders of the world donated by Rowan Imports.

Cider Enthusiasts Selection:

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Books: Worlds Best Ciders by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw, Sterling Publishing, 2013

Cider Hard & Sweet by Ben Watson, Countryman Press, 3rd Edition, 2013 and

Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, 3rd Edition by Lew Nichols, Annie Proulx, Storey Publishing, 3rd Edition

Apple & Cider Aficionados Selection:

Books: Worlds Best Ciders by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw, Sterling, 2013 and

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

NYC Food Culture Selection:

Books: I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm, Will Guidara, Ten Speed Press, 2013 and

New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks by Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold, Running Press; 2013.

Celebrate 8 years of New Amsterdam Market, and support the revival of the historic Old Fulton Fish Market.

Links:

New Amsterdam Market newamsterdammarket.org

Rowan Imports rowanimports.com

 

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Cider Mixology: The Whiskey Smash! Millstone Cellars Blossom Cider in A Woodberry Kitchen Cocktail

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Cider Mixology: Whiskey Smash!  Millstone Cellars Blossom Cider at Woodberry Kitchen.

Wending our way back to New York from Virginia – with precious cider cargo in tow – we stopped for refreshment at Woodberry Kitchen, located in a refurbished 19th century mill complex outside of downtown Baltimore. 

Woodberry Kitchen bar artisans embrace the charms of cider, allowing us to start the evening properly with a cider cocktail, The Whisky Smash! 

Mixologist C. Connor Rasmussen, kindly shared the recipe.

The WHISKEY SMASH! How To:

A wonderful cocktail wherein we substitute the more traditional bubbly wine for the sparkling cider:
1.75 bourbon (above 90 proof)
.75 lemon (fresh squeezed)
.5 honey syrup (89% honey to water)
Shake everything up and pour over rocks with a dash of bitters and top with the sparkling cider!
Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.
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To Start: The Whiskey Smash! and yellow wax peppers on toasts charred in the wood-fired brick oven.
To Follow: An extremely delicious and seriously local meal.
Accompanied By: Regional ciders at every turn.
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Read a bit about Woodberry Kitchen (here).

For another cider cocktail from Woodberry Kitchen, with MIllstone Ciderberry Cider, see The Brewer & Keep Cocktail.

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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.

Cider Guide US Map

(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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4 of The BEST Cider Serving Establishments in The United States Right Now:

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4 of The BEST Cider Serving Establishments in The United States Right Now:

This is a starter list – we know there are more. If we have overlooked your favorite cider serving establishment please let us know. We hope to see this list grow to double digits in 2013.

Our requirements to make The List of The BEST Cider Serving Establishments in The United States are actually quite simple:

ONE: The establishment must be located in the US of A.*

TWO: The establishment must serve cider.

THREE: The establishment must serve a variety of artisanal craft ciders, ideally – both local and imported.

The SEPTEMBER 2013 LIST OF The BEST Cider Serving Establishment in The United States:

The Queens Kickshaw Astoria, New York.

If you visit New York for any reason, and You Like Cider The Queens Kickshaw should be on your agenda. An ever-changing list of US and imported ciders, and always at least one cider on draft.  For a local treat ask for AGUA de ASTORIA  – a sparkling cider and fresh orange juice delight.  Sample menu here.

UpCider San Francisco, California.

This Left Coast cider gastro-pub features a dazzling array of cider. Cider lovers should plan a trip to San Francisco NOW. The well curated single page comestibles menu is dwarfed by the substantial cider (and beer and mead ) offerings. Sample menu here.

Bushwhacker Cider Pub Brooklyn, SE Portland, Oregon.

Bushwhacker Cider’s menu presents a head spinning array of bottled ciders – simply Wonka-esque with 200+ offerings. Currently the only purveyor on our list to make their own ciders, they kindly offer multitudes of other brands for you to taste and enjoy as well. Sample bottle list here.  Sample house cider list here.

Capitol Cider Seattle, Washington.

Capitol Cider, the Emerald City’s newly opened cider pub offers an extensive list of ciders and also sells cider to go. Visiting Seattle just became a cider-explorer priority. Sample bottle list here.  Sample tap list here.

* Not located in the US of A but serve A LOT of different ciders? We want to know about you! Please leave a comment or send a note.

Ed. Note: USofC has had the pleasure of enjoying cider at The Queen’s Kickshaw, the other 3 outstanding establishments are on OUR must visit list.

Links:

The Queens Kickshaw thequeenskickshaw.com

UpCider upcidersf.com

Bushwhacker Cider bushwhackercider.com

Capitol Cider seattleciderbar.com

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Cider Calendar: 2013 Seattle Wine and Food Experience – February 24th, 2013

2013 Seattle Wine and Food Experience

“The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is the premier showcase for wine and food in the Northwest. Experience a world tour of wine, beer, spirits and all things culinary.”

This year five cider making brands will be pouring samples.

Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall,  300 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Date: February 24th, 2013

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

General admission tickets: $55.00

Visit the website for more information.

Drinks: Ciders scheduled:
2 Towns Ciderhouse 
The Incider 
Pearadise 
The Bad Apple 
Cherry Poppin’ Cider 
Blue Mountain Cider Company  
Dry Creek
Winesap
Eden Ridge
Cherry 
Fish Brewing Company  
Spire Mountain Ciders Dark & Dry Apple Cider 
Tieton Cider Works 
Tieton Wind
Apricot
Wild Washington
Tieton Frost 
Woodchuck Hard Cider  
Amber
Granny Smith 
 
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