What We’re Reading: The 2013 -2014 Cider Handbook from Scott Laboratories.
September 7, 2013 Scott Laboratories announced its first ever Cider Handbook.
Known for an annual fermentation handbook, with information and resources geared to the needs of wineries, breweries, and distilleries in North America, the people at Scott Labs felt it was time to create a handbook focused on cider:
“The 60-page Handbook contains products, articles, and protocols specific to the cider industry. With cider sales in the U.S. tripling since 2007, Scott recognized that this growing market needed attention.”
The 2013-2014 Cider Handbook, is available in the U.S. and Canada. To request a free copy email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.scottlab.com.
The end papers of the handbook features images courtesy of Albemarle CiderWorks, depicting 32 apple varieties including Golden Pearmain, Razor Russet, Black Twig, Crow Egg, and Redfield.
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:
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.
NEWLY FORMED UNITED STATES ASSOCIATION OF CIDER MAKERS (USACM)
ELECTS INAUGURAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Link to full contents of press release issued by Angry Orchard, Chicago, Illinois, February 6, 2013
Excerpt of press release issued by Angry Orchard, Chicago, Illinois, February 6, 2013:
The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) was formed today with the broad input of industry producers, stakeholders, and constituents from around the country. The group’s mission is to gather and share information about cider and perry production, regulations concerning the production of hard cider and perry, and pear and apple growing; as well as to help members improve their operations, raise the public’s awareness of the products produced by its members, and promote the interests of the cider and perry producers in the United States. USACM is pleased to announce its inaugural Board of Directors which reflects the industry’s diversity of regional distribution, production volume, and growth: Steve Wood, Farnum Hill Ciders, New Hampshire; Brad Page, Colorado Cider Company, Colorado; Mike Beck, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Michigan; Dan Rowell, Vermont Hard Cider, Vermont; Robert Vail, Angry Orchard, Massachusetts; James Kohn, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Oregon; and Charlotte Shelton, Albemarle Cider Works, Virginia.