Cider & Smoke

The New York Times, After Crispy Pigs Ears, 10 Trends for 2013 cites Smoked Everything as a major food trend in 2013 because “smoke’s not just for meat anymore.” From smoked ice cream, to smoked Cherry Coke in Manhattan cocktails, smoke is everywhere.

Two of Seattle Magazine Favorite Dining Trends of 2012 are Smoke as a Flavor, and Cooking Over a Wood Fire.

A few US cider makers are exploring the world of smoke.

A post from 2011 notes Oregon’s Bushwhacker Cider released an extremely small batch of alderwood smoked apples-turned-cider, which sold out in less than an hour.

California’s Tilted Shed Ciderworks just released January Barbecue Smoked Cider. Their tasting notes: “This dry, aromatic cider is tart and bright, with a mellow smoky finish. Imagine drinking an extra brut champagne near a bonfire.”

Are other US cider makers crafting with smoke ?

50 States of Cider: Ciderland USA: Washington



Includes Makers of Cider, Perry, Fruit Wines, Meads, and Ice Ciders.
Last updated February 17, 2013.
Have an addition, correction or found a broken link?  Leave a comment or send us an email.
Alpenfire Cider
Port Townsend, WA  
Dragon’s Head Cider
Vashon Island, WA
Eaglemount Wine and Cider
Port Townsend, WA
Finnriver Farm and Ciderhouse
Chimacum, WA
Liberty Cider  NEW twitter  @LibertyCider 
Spokane, WA
Methow Valley Ciderhouse 
Winthrop, WA
Orondo Cider Works 
Orondo, WA
Red Barn Cider
Mt. Vernon, WA
Rockridge Orchards and Cidery 
Enumclaw, WA
Snowdrift Cider Co. 
East Wenatchee, WA
Spire Mountain Hard Ciders Fish Brewing Company
Olympia, WA
Tieton Cider Works 
Tieton, WA
Westcott Bay Cider 
San Juan Island, WA
Whiskey Barrel Cider Company
Pullman, WA
Whitewood Cider 
Olympia, WA
Northwest Cider Association
The Northwest Cider Association is a trade organization formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest in order to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders among the public.
Visit NWCA – By the Glass or By The Bottle – to find cider vendors in Washington State.
Washington is the No. 1 apple producing state in the USA. 
Washington’s State Fruit is the apple.
Washington has 7 main apple production areas.
It’s believed the first apple seeds arrived at Fort Vancouver, in what is now Washington State, by traveling in a gentleman’s waistcoat pocket via a Hudson Bay Company sailing vessel in 1826 .
The fascinating history of Washington’s (still living) Oldest Apple Tree, complied by Robert J. Cromwell, Ph.D., Archaeologist with the National Parks Service and Fort Vancouver, can be read here.
Please leave a comment if you have Washington State cider resources to add.
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50 States of Cider: Ciderland USA


50 States of Cider: Ciderland USA

Apples grow in every state in the US of A, and 32 states grow apples commercially.

Top 10 apple growing states:

  • Washington
  • New York
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Virginia
  • Oregon
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

50 States of Cider: Ciderland USA  is a list of commercial cider producers, state by state, updated as new makers begin production.



Cider52: Farnum Hill, Original Sin, True Believer, Bellwether, Eve’s Cidery & Christian Drouin

LOC apple image

Cider52: A Cider A Week. The plan: 52 weeks, 52 cider tastings, pairings and postings.

The 2013 ciders so far:

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Original Sin Newtown Pippin

True Believer Peconic Bay Winery

Legacy Bellwether Hard Cider

Eve’s Cidery Rustica

Christian Drouin Poire Pear Cider

Tasting notes and pairings to follow.

Old apple tree, we’ll wassail thee !


Let The Wassailing Begin.

Traditionally wassailing the orchard occurs on Twelfth Night Eve, observed according to the “new” calendar of 1752, on January 5th. Celebrants following the “old” calendar will wassail on January 17th.

We at United States of Cider have decided to wassail from now through January 17th. Embracing both the Old and New. Being urban wassailers, we may just salute the old trees at our favorite local cider establishment.

The Churchill’s Jenn Dowds shared this wassail recipe with Rosie Schaap of The New York Times. Read the article, quoted below, for a little wassail history and additional wassail mixology suggestions.

“Therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing…”

Wassailing We Shall Go !

Seared Halibut, Mussels, Slow Cooked Onions & Normandy Cider

Matt Wright of Wrightfood creates a Northwest version of the classic Normandy cider and fish stew using halibut.

Watch the video for a prep to plating view of creating the dish, meet Matt’s dear friend, Normandy Cider, and then visit the Wrightfood blog for recipe details. Enjoy the lovely photos (courtesy of Matt himself), and explore the site for other recipes that would pair extremely well with cider, the seafood and home cured charcuterie sections are good places to start.

Pomological Art: Rhode Island Greening 1916

United States of Cider is featuring images from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection.

Beautiful images, and interesting details regarding variety, location collected, and artist who created. More images posted on tumblr.

Attribution: “U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705”

Rhode Island Greening

Malus domestica: Rhode Island Greening

Artist: Steadman, Royal Charles, b. 1875
Scientific name: Malus domestica
Common name: apples
Variety: Rhode Island Greening
Physical description: 1 art original : col. ; 17 x 25 cm.
Specimen: 88085
Year: 1916
Notes on original: Apple purchased in market
Date created: 1916-03-30

CIder52: A Cider A Week

Part of our 2013 Year of Cider campaign here at United States of Cider is

Cider52, or A Cider A Week.

One new cider featured each week. Tasting, profile, or pairing.


A Cider A Week.

Rhode Island Greening - detail

Daily Cider, or Cider365

Rhode Island Greening - detail section

United States of Cider is campaigning to make 2013 The Year of Cider.

We intended to bring you one cider post or tweet, each day, everyday, throughout 2013.

Daily Cider.