Other Pome Fruits: Pears and Quince Considered.
American cider makers are exploring cider beyond the apple. Pears, and even Quince, can be crafted into quite fine ciders. Along with our ongoing apple based cider research, upcoming posts will consider these other pome fruits, and the unique ciders, perrys and poires their artful fermentation produces.
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.
(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.
A Listing of North American Cider, Perry & Ice Wine Associations & Organizations.
Last updated January 24, 2013.
Visit the websites for detailed information about members, membership, products, and events.
Cidre du Québec / Les Cidriculteurs artisans du Québec CAQ “The goal of the Association of Independent Cider Producers of Québec (CAQ) is to defend the interests of cider producers and the Québec cider-producing sector. Visit our cider mills. The workers will be happy to let you in on the secret of how they bottle all that flavour.”
Province/Region: Québec, Canada
Members: 47 makers listed
Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association GLCPA “The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association (GLCPA) is a nonprofit organization formed to showcase and promote fermented apple and pear beverages and to help educate consumers and producers about them. Our members include both commercial and non-commercial producers, as well as affiliate members located outside the region. Come join us at one of our events and discover some of the finest North American ciders and perries!”
Hudson Valley Cider Alliance “We are working to establish hard cider and apple spirits as signature products of this historic apple region. We are apple growers, cider makers, and distillers who believe that these products will fulfill the potential of the Hudson Valley as a cider region.”
State/Region: New York, Hudson Valley Region
Members: Currently includes: apple growers, cider makers, and distillers
Northwest Cider Association NWCA “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. The organization has sponsored classes and events, and created new cider-themed events, including an annual cider maker’s dinner, the Northwest Cider Festival, and Northwest Cider Week, a shared promotion of cider-themed menus, pairings and tasting events at numerous restaurants and retailers.
State/Region: Great Lakes Region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario.
Members/Listings: Currently include 59 commercial cider makers listed in the GLCPA Directory
States/Region: Northwest: Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Canada
Members: Currently includes 20 commercial cider makers
Ontario Craft Cider Association OCCA “We are in the midst of cider revolution and in 2012, Ontario`s cider producers formed the Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA) to ensure that local cider producers exceed consumers cider expectations and to educate the public about the incredible tastes, versatility and complexities of cider. Membership is open to all Cider and Perry producers in Ontario and associate memberships are open to all.”
Province/Region: Ontario, Canada
Members: currently 13 makers listed
Rocky Mountain Cider Association RMCA “The Rocky Mountain Cider Association (RMCA) is an organization of commercial producers of (hard) cider and perry in the Rocky Mountain region: Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Our goals are to promote the understanding and appreciation of quality cider in our region, to help producers and suppliers find one another and work together for common goals, and coördinate events to develop the craft cider industry in our region.”
State/Region: Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico
Members: Commercial cider makers list pending
Vermont Ice Cider Association “Ice Cider is a delicious and sophisticated sweet wine made from apples using natural cold weather to concentrate the flavors and the sugars of the fruit before fermentation. Originally developed in Southern Quebec, it has a remarkable complexity and balance that is usually associated with fine dessert wines. Ice Cider is becoming recognized as a premier North American specialty.”
Members: Currently includes 6 commercial ice cider makers
Descriptive information quoted is from the specific organization’s websites.
Please leave a comment if you have North American cider association resources to add.