Schlafly releases new apple cider in cans(July 28) – Schlafly Beer announced the release of Apple Pie Proper Cider – a new take on the brewery’s traditional cider. Apple Pie Proper Cider is made the traditional way with fermented apples for a tart and semi-sweet flavor to balance the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Complete Story

Blake’s Cider Cuts Ties With Pro-Trump Rally Amid Calls for Boycott
(July 26) – The Blake family says it decided to cancel the event at Blake’s Big Apple after learning that it was being advertised as a pro-Trump rally using the family’s name. Complete Story

Virtue Cider Pear Is Here!(June 30) – Just in time for summer, Michigan-based Virtue Cider has launched Virtue Cider Pear, a semi-sweet cider made with apples and pears — the perfect drink to pair with your fave summer activities like a midday picnic, outdoor movie or backyard bonfire. Complete Story

Jack’s Hard Cider to open restaurant in central Pa. with chef from former Fidler & Co.(June 24) – A new restaurant from Jack’s Hard Cider is opening this summer. Mela Kitchen will open at the end of July at 1865 Gettysburg Village Drive in Gettysburg with a “clean and fresh approach to food.” Complete Story

The Tri-Cities Cider House coming to Richland, Washington
(June 4) – The new cider house is on George Washington Way in the same building as the new Porters location. The 1,400 square foot building will seat close to 40 people with half a dozen bar stools and smaller tables. Complete Story

Bold Rock Hard Cider reopens to visitors(June 3) – Bold Rock will officially reopen to the public Wednesday at its multiple locations. The Nellysford, Chiles Peach and Carter Mountain locations will all welcome guests again, but during limited hours. Complete Story

Outdoor Seating Available at Duluth Cider in Minnesota(June 2) – With bars and restaurants being allowed to open using outdoor seating, some are expanding their patios like Duluth Cider in Lincoln Park. That business already has a smaller patio, but now they’ve built it to fit 50 guests in a seating area that’s comfortable. One of the owners told us that it’s nice to be open again regardless of which business model they are using. Complete Story

Second Logboat location, Waves Cider Co., to focus on ciders(May 19) – Logboat Brewing’s co-founders Judson Ball, Tyson Hunt and Andrew Sharp have been working on the new company, called Waves Cider Co., since last summer. At the new facility, located at 604 Nebraska Ave., the company will primarily brew cider, wine and barrel-aged beer. Complete Story

Hard Pressed Cider Fest canceled: ‘Quintessential HR experience’ goes the way of COVID(May 19) – The seventh Annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest has been canceled for 2020, organizers for the event announced May 7 in a press release. The event, which is sponsored by FruitSmart and the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled for May 30. Complete Story

The new hard cider from Aldi everyone is talking about(May 6) – While many fans are aware Aldi carries beer and wine in select locations, Instagram user @aldi.mademedoit posted a photo of the brand’s popular Wicked Grove Hard Cider in two flavors, Crisp Apple and Elderflower. Complete Story

Blake’s Cider Mill offers to-go Mother’s Day brunch, dinner bundles(May 4) – Blake’s Cider Mill in Armada is famous for its hard cider, donuts and traditional apple cider. But it is doing a lot of things differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete Story

Cider Community Rallies To Confront Economic Impact of COVID-19(May 1) “This is a brutal time for the cider industry and businesses are suffering greatly, having to lay off staff and shut their doors for the overall safety of our community,” says Emily Ritchie, director of the Northwest Cider Association. Complete Story

Old Hill Cider opens orchard to families for scavenger hunt(April 28) – Businesses across the Shenandoah Valley are adapting to coronavirus guidelines and doing what they can to keep serving their customers. Old Hill Cider in Timberville has switched to selling their products online, but they’re also offering a family-friendly activity at their orchard. Complete Story

Minnesota House passes takeout option for wine, beer, hard cider(April 17) – The Minnesota House of Representatives on Friday approved a plan to let restaurants offer wine, beer and hard cider with takeout orders, teeing up the option for this weekend. Under the proposal, restaurants could sell a six-pack of beer, hard seltzer or cider or a bottle of wine with takeout food orders. The bill would not apply for delivery orders and the customer picking up his or her order would have to be 21 or older. Complete Story

Edwards Apple Orchard West to sell apple cider donuts April 17, will donate proceeds to Miss Carly’s(April 15) – Edwards Apple Orchard West made an announcement Monday that is welcome to many—it will sell its famous apple cider donuts for one day only on Friday! The locally owned apple orchard said it would sell apple cider donuts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $10 per dozen via drive-thru at its Winnebago location only, 8218 Cemetery Rd. Complete Story

Northwest cider industry continues to grow(April 9) – Northwest cider production increased by double digits in 2018 and 2019, according to Emily Ritchie, executive director of the nonprofit Northwest Cider Association. As a result, the cider industry’s economic impact on the region has now exceeded $1 billion, Ritchie said. Market data for the 2019 Northwest Cider Report. Complete Story

German restaurant takes novel approach to keep cider flowing(April 6) – Thomas Metzmacher was faced with the prospect of having to shut down his Frankfurt restaurant specializing in a traditional tart hard cider due to German regulations prohibiting groups of people from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. So he came up with a novel solution. Complete Story

Virtue Cider offers one spot to shop with boxes of groceries, pantry staples for pick-up(April 2) – Virtue Cider is now offering CCSA boxes — cider and community-supported agriculture boxes — for local pick-up from its farm in Fennville. The weekly offering includes roughly a week’s worth of groceries and pantry staples for two to four people. Complete Story

Dry hard ciders used to be the rage in Wisconsin. A new cidery, Forward Cider wants to bring that back(March 20) – Alec Steinmetz is on a mission to sell hard cider to Wisconsin. “Well-made dry cider can be a new experience for the consumer,” said Steinmetz, who describes cider as “essentially apple wine.” Complete Story

Santa Fe Cider Works brings artisanal hard cider to the neighborhood(March 15) – At Santa Fe Cider Works, the operations are small — and that’s a good thing. Everything at this “nano-cidery” is filled and bottled by hand. A can, bottle or glass of hard cider takes four to six weeks to produce. Complete Story

Brewbound Podcast: The American Cider Association’s Michelle McGrath Discusses the Industry’s Goals and Challenges in 2020(February 21) – Cider is always taking people by surprise, according to American Cider Association executive director Michelle McGrath. “CiderCon always beats the expectations of people who have never been here before,” McGrath said of the annual gathering of hundreds of cideries from around the globe, which was held last month in Oakland, California. “We are the premier professional conference for the cider industry in the world.” Complete Story

Regional Cider Brands Grew Sales, Category Share in 2019(February 20) – Cider category dollar share shrank in 2019, however, the growth of regional and local producers proved to be a bright spot, Danny Brager, senior VP of market research firm Nielsen’s beverage alcohol practice. “While total cider may be down a little bit, the regional/local cider segment within that is up pretty sharply — up 15% — and its share is now getting close to 40%,” Brager said. Complete Story 

Pomona Cider Is Moving Into Milwaukee’s East Side(February 11) – Calling all craft cider lovers! A new cidery called Pomona Cider is coming to Milwaukee’s East Side. The cidery will be the first in Milwaukee to produce craft cider made on-site. Complete Story

How Cider Week Came to The Bay Area
(January 29) – California is a huge cider-producing state, from Northern California to Southern. California cider makers are excited by the recognition Cider Week will bring to cidery and orcharding in the Bay Area, and by the industry affiliates it will attract from across the country. Complete Story

Under The Bridge brings cider to Downtown Lebanon, PA(January 27) – Something’s a-brewing in Downtown Lebanon. And that something is cider. At December’s First Friday event, Under The Bridge cidery was officially opened to the public. Since then, it has been open every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m for walk-ins. Complete Story

How these friends climbed a ladder that led to Long Beach’s first cidery, Ficklewood Ciderworks(January 21) – Years ago, next door neighbors Stefano Enjem and Joe Farrier would share a few ciders after work at their homes in Long Beach. As their love for the drink grew, they decided to start home brewing. Then came a ladder across a shared fence in their Belmont Heights neighborhood so they could hop over any time and reach each other right away as they came up with new creations to try.  And now this love of the classic drink made from fermented apple juice has blossomed into Ficklewood Ciderworks, Long Beach’s first cidery, which will hold a grand opening Jan. 25. Complete Story

Cider Pick: Award-winning Habanero Haze from Atlanta’s UrbanTree Cidery(January 20) – Habanero Haze is a hard cider that’s infused with fresh ginger and habanero peppers to create what Urban Tree Cidery describes as “a well-rounded, complex beverage with a spicy kick.” Complete Story

Armageddon Brewing is ready to bring hard cider, mead to Somerdale(January 15) – Armageddon may refer to the end of the world as we know it, but these brewing partners see a bright future introducing people to the fresh, crisp pleasures of cider. “We are going to attract craft beer drinkers,’’ said Annese, “and we’re going to attract the wine drinkers, too.’’ Complete Story

Angry Orchard is Now a Hard Cider Ice Cream(January 10) – Angry Orchard has collaborated with Tipsy Scoop to create a custom ice cream flavor that proves you can have your cider and eat it, too. It’s called #GoingUnfiltered, a celebration of Angry Orchard’s latest release, an unfiltered cider known for a more subtle and crisp flavor than the more refined and classic flavor with which you might be familiar. Complete Story

New York’s Best Hard Cider: And the 2019 winners are (December 14) – Treasury Cider at Fishkill Farms in the Hudson Valley had a good night at the 2019 Best of New York Hard Cider competition. Its Burr Knot, a dry unfiltered cider, won Best of Show as the top entry in the field of 33 competitors. Its Counterpane, an amber-colored full-bodied cider, was the runner-up. Complete Story

Why cider should be the official drink of Thanksgiving(November 19) – Cider fulfills my main Thanksgiving drink requirement, big time: versatility. Easygoing, crisp, fruity, with little tannin or oak, it complements everything from the complex savory flavors and rich textures of stuffing to the tart-sweet bite of cranberry sauce, earthy yams, salty gravy, and, of course, the turkey. Complete Story

Apple Valley Cider Co. announces ‘Penrose Apples’
(November 18) – Apple Valley Cider announces that it will be opening its Penrose location from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday as a public tasting room to introduce a special edition cider called Penrose Apples. Made with fresh-pressed local apples from Penrose grower Jenkins Farms. Complete Story

Ten Apple Orchards with Hard Cider at Their Core
(October 18) – Located in the idyllic countryside near Buffalo, the family-run orchard has more to boast of than delicious apples: For your sipping pleasure, the farm is also the original home to Number 12 Cider. Complete Story

Ship’s Wheel Hard Cider ready to offer tastings in North Charleston this weekend(October 17) – Just in time for autumn’s nip, a new cider maker will debut in North Charleston this weekend with a variety of tastings of seasonal staples and new offerings. Ship’s Wheel Hard Cider will host a soft opening 2-10 p.m. Saturday in its new 4,860-square-foot facility at 1033 E. Montague Ave., according to Scott Jamison, who co-owns the operation with his wife, Cindy. Complete Story

Threadbare Cider & Mead’s new tasting room opens Friday in Pittsburg(October 16) – Starting Friday, Ross Park Mall patrons can head to Threadbare Cider & Mead’s tasting room when they need a break from bargain-hunting. The North Side-based business, a sister company to Wigle Whiskey, opened in 2017. At the new tasting room, it will sell its wine-style alcoholic ciders and mead in flights and by the bottle. Complete Story 

Wild State Cider to feature an all locally grown cider(September 28) – Wild State Cider pressed thousands of pounds of locally donated apples to create Duluth’s first community-sourced cider on Saturday. The Duluth People’s Cider is Wild State’s first product to be made with apples only grown in the Twin Ports. Complete Story

Celebrating Vermont’s growing cider industry(September 25) – Vermonters are celebrating five years of the booming cider industry. On Saturday, Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury hosted the 5th annual Cider Classic. Eight brewers set up to showcase their finest locally-grown products. Complete Story

A Look at Cincinnati’s Blossoming Apple Cider Scene(August 23) – Order cider in a Cincinnati bar or restaurant and you’re likely to be served a Rhinegeist. Just as the brewery has established a huge presence in the region’s craft beer scene, Cidergeist, Rhinegeist’s cider alter-ego, has a proportionally strong hold on local cider options. Complete Story

Global Cider Masters 2019: The Results in Full(August 23) – It may have been just a single day of tasting, but our Global Cider Masters revealed a huge amount about this category. Not only did it highlight the skilled producers and class-leading sources, but it also draw attention to the stylistic diversity of cider, and the weaker points within the sector. Complete Story 

Ship’s Wheel set to open Charleston’s first cidery in Park Circle (September 20) – John Jamison, the chief cider maker of family owned and operated Ship’s Wheel Hard Cider, asks this rhetorically. We’re standing in the back of the cidery next to the brand spankin’ new press which John will use to crush apples brought in from smaller orchards. Complete Story

Sugar Hill Cidery Opens in Norton, Virginia(September 4) – Let Sugar Hill Cidery be the new apple of your eye—and taste buds. Savor one of our house-made ciders in the modern, yet inviting, taproom or sit down for a memorable meal in our dining room. In the warmer months, enjoy our outdoor seating area where you can bring your dog, too. Complete Story

Rite of fall: Donuts, cider draw crowds to Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill in Northville, Michigan(August 26) – As late summer turns to fall — with the smell of football in the air but games not yet on the screen — it’s apple orchard season yet again in southeast Michigan. For Emily Kushnirov, 31, of Northville, that means it was time for a trip to Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill for opening weekend. Complete Story

Blake’s ‘Lite Cider’ debuts this weekend, available on store shelves soon(August 22) – Blake’s Hard Cider is debuting its new line of “lite ciders” this weekend during its annual Cider Dayze festival. The hard ciders will have zero net sugar and only 100 calories. Complete Story

The Cider Circus Comes to Denver for the First Time This Saturday (August 22) – The circus is coming to town — the cider circus, that is. The Fifth Annual Cider Circus rolls into Denver this Saturday, August 24, at C Squared Ciders, 2875 Blake Street. Complete Story 

New West Seattle cidery, Locust Cider & Brewing opens its doors
(August 13) – A new cidery, beer bar and specialty food spot has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Called Locust Cider & Brewing, the new arrival is located at 2820 Alki Ave. SW in West Seattle. The founders of Locusts Cider & Brewing focus on localized brewing methods, crafting their ciders from cull apples — which are unsuitable for grocery stores due to shape and size. Cider flavors include dark cherry, honey pear, vanilla bean, mojito and New England amber. Complete Story

Owners of Apocalypse Ale Works adding cidery to site(August 12) – Governor Ralph Northam announced a cidery is investing $300,000 to establish a production facility in Bedford County. Legacy Cider will be located on-site with the owners’ craft brewery, Apocalypse Ale Works. Complete Story

This limited release cider from Cider Corps in Mesa honors the Navy. Here’s how to try it(August 8) – What do the Navy Construction Battalion, honey and cucumbers all have in common? They’re all highlighted in Cider Corps’ newest bottle release happening August 10. Brothers Jason and Josh Duren own the downtown Mesa tasting room and cidery. Jason served as a U.S. Marine Sergeant and suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries while in Afghanistan. After returning home to Arizona, he received doctor’s orders to exercise his brain and practice completing puzzles. He decided to turn doctor’s orders into cider — specially, working to solve the puzzle of making the perfect batch. Complete Story

San Diego County’s Craft Culture Digs into Cider(August 7) – San Diego’s cider legacy harkens back to the gold rush days of the late 1800s, but as the lode was short-lived, the remaining pioneers in Julian, California, shifted their focus from panning to planting. Patchworks of apple orchards filled the mountain town, one hour east of downtown San Diego, as the terroir proved to be suited for successful growing. Complete Story

Magic Valley cidery part of a blooming industry(August 5) – In May, Mason, the owner and head cider maker of Cedar Draw Cider, started selling her cider at the Twin Falls Downtown Farmers Market, Magic Valley Brewing, Yellow Brick Cafe and at Rudy’s — A Cook’s Paradise. For now, she is fine keeping the business small and in the family. Mason didn’t start selling until she had a product worth selling. She went to a weeklong class in Portland to learn how to properly create cider and she reached out to plenty of local cideries for tips and tricks of the trade. Complete Story

Ficklewood Ciderworks, Long Beach’s first cidery, inches toward fall opening(August 4) – After announcing its presence in October of 2018, Ficklewood Ciderworks, the brainchild of Long Beach friends Joe Farrier and Stefan Enjem, is beginning to take shape after taking over a portion of the building at 700 E. Broadway on the easternmost edge of Downtown. It will soon become the first cidery in Long Beach. Complete Story

A D.C. cidery is bringing kegs and cans to Clopton(August 4) – A D.C. cidery is extending its operations to Richmond, securing storage space in a sprawling warehouse complex in the Southside. Anxo Cider has leased 5,000 square feet at 2640 Decatur St. in the Clopton Siteworks development. The cidery is applying for an ABC license that will allow it to store kegs and cans in the space. Complete Story

Duluth’s cider scene hopes for growth(July 31) – Months after Duluth Cider and Wild State Cider opened, their owners have their hopes set on Duluth becoming a premier cider destination. These cideries opened their doors in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood within the last year. Both are a few months into operation, and their owners say their quick growth shows that Duluth is ready for even more cideries. Complete Story

Mayer Brothers Cider Mill is opening August 7(July 31) – It’s a sure sign that Fall is coming — the Mayer Brothers Cider Mill is opening for the season on Wednesday August 7 in Buffalo, New York. If you want to be the among the first to get their first fresh-baked donuts of the year, the cider mill will open at 7am. You can expect all the usual goodies, including fresh-pressed cider, baked goods, and of course, cider slushies. Website:

How to Make an Apple Cider Mimosa(July 30) – Goodbye swim suits and sunburns and the strange lie that watermelon is strong enough to anchor a meal. Apple season is on the horizon, and that dip in temperature made me want an apple cider mimosa—lovingly dubbed the Fallmosa. Complete Story

Flagstaff will host Arizona’s Mead & Cider Festival(July 3) – If escaping the Valley heat and exploring the best of the region’s hard cider scene sounds like a great time, head to Flagstaff this summer for the ultimate celebration of cider, mead and more. Slated for 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff, the Arizona Mead & Cider Festival presents a prime opportunity to mix and mingle with the Southwest’s top cider slingers and mead makers while sampling some of their top offerings. Complete Story

How ‘Bout Them Apples? 5 of the Highest Alcohol Ciders(July 2) – As we’ve learned the past decade or two, there’s so much more to the world of beverages than Americans were led to believe for generations. Beer is more than industrial light lagers, the world of spirits is so much larger than just a shelf of vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum. And hard cider? Well, it’s a lot more than just a sweet alternative to beer. Complete Story

March First Brewing Hosts Giant Craft Cider Festival in Cincinnati(April 23) – On Saturday, April 27, March First will host Ciderpalooza, a big-ass craft cider festival at its taproom in Sycamore. More than a dozen breweries and cideries from across the country will be offering eight-ounce and 10-ounce pours for $5 each. Complete Story

Munch goes to Threadbare Cider House in Pittsburgh
(April 22) – Threadbare and Wigle offices now are consolidated in this renovated 1,500-square-foot brick-and-beam building, which used to house the offices for a sprawling early 1900s tannery, one of the biggest in the country. Cider is produced on-site, and a full kitchen serves meat, cheese and pickle platters; soup and salad; six-cut pizzas and rotating desserts. Complete Story

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wild State Cider in Duluth(April 10) – Duluth’s local cider scene is continuing to grow this spring with the arrival of Wild State Cider, situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, home to Duluth Cider, Ursa Minor Brewing, and Bent Paddle Brewing Company. Wild State Cider is a collaboration between longtime friends Adam Ruhland and Andrew Price, who first met in 2008 as counselors at Mountain Camp in California, near Lake Tahoe. These two themes—friendship and the great outdoors—comprise the ethos of their new cidery. Complete Story

Anaheim Gets a New Meadery and Cidery—What the Ale!(April 8) – Mead is basically wine made from fermented honey and water. Although its origins date back to 7000 B.C., Honey Pot Meadery, which recently opened along Anaheim’s La Palma Beer Trail, shows what the modern version can be like: fruity, complex and full of character. And the cider it makes is just as good. Complete Story

Ficklewood Ciderworks, Long Beach’s first cidery, scheduled to open in the fall(April 4) – Cider was once an American favorite that faded after prohibition, but as the drink, which has made a comeback in the last few years, is getting some love in Long Beach with a new cidery coming this fall. Construction is underway for Ficklewood Ciderworks, which will become the city’s first cidery when it opens this fall in a 1930s era building that once housed the Department of Motor Vehicles at 720 E. Broadway Ave. Complete Story

30 Years of Canadian Ice Cider Draws International Attention(March 21) – A sweet, dessert cider that mimics the style of ice wine is slowly spreading beyond its point of origin. Canada’s ice cider is finding a niche market in the U.S. with craft cidermakers willing to undertake the lengthy freezing, thawing and fermenting process. Complete Story

Angry Orchard’s Augmented Reality App Helps Pair Its Cider With Food(March 19) – While you’re probably familiar with wine pairings and craft beer pairings, cider pairings may not come as easily to mind—and Angry Orchard is determined to change that. Yesterday, the hard cider company announced the launch of an augmented reality (AR) app that helps users pair Angry Orchard ciders with different meals, as a means to help establish a food and cider culture in America. Complete Story

Big winner in Pennsylvania Wine Competition? Arsenal Cider(March 17) – Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Cider House and Wine Cellars entered a few things in this year’s Pennsylvania Wine Competition and did OK. Its 2018 Red Raspberry was named the Best Sweet Wine in Competition and awarded a double gold medal. Complete Story

Brix Cider’s Pub Opens in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin(March 11) – Ruppert’s and Condon’s crop has taken a fermented liquid form at what is being billed as the state’s first cider pub, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Located two blocks south of Mount Horeb’s Main Street and next door to the looming new headquarters of Duluth Trading Co., Brix Cider showcases apples from 18 farms in southern Wisconsin. Complete Story

Diageo unveils new cider to take on Bulmers(March 10) – Diageo launched its Rockshore Apple Cider on Thursday, representing the group’s third attempt to gain a foothold in the Irish cider market. Diageo previously tried to enter the cider category in the late 1990s and early 2000s with Cashel’s and Hudson Blue, but neither brand gained any traction. Complete Story

MacQueen’s Orchards, Maumee Bay Brewing Co. join forces to make hard cider(March 7) – Two well-known names in the Toledo area have teamed up to produce an alcoholic beverage that they hope will become the apple of everyone’s eye. MacQueen’s Orchards in Holland and the Maumee Bay Brewing Co., of Toledo, said early reviews for their new MacQueen’s Hard Cider have been positive and a sign that their partnership was a good idea. Complete Story

Artifact Cider to open taproom in Florence, Massachusetts(March 5) – Artifact Cider has returned to western Massachusetts, and childhood friends Soham Bhatt and Jake Mazar are hard at work writing the next chapter of the hard cider business they founded together. Complete Story

Jefferson County Ciderworks honored for Tap Room(March 3) – The U.S. Cider Association has recognized a Fairfield business for its work in the industry. Jefferson County Ciderworks’ Tap Room is CIderCon’s 2018 Cider Establishment of the Year. The honor covers the Midwest region. The conference is the largest cider gathering in the world. Complete Story

The apple of Norton’s eye: Couple begin construction of cidery and restaurant(February 28) – Three years ago, Greg and Jennifer Bailey were wondering what they had gotten into by opening a brewery in St. Paul. On Friday, the couple were inspecting progress on their latest venture — a cidery in a former car dealership in downtown Norton. Complete Story

Beach Bill to Create ‘Brewery, Cidery, Distillery and Meadery Trail Sign Program’ Clears Committee(February 24) – Legislation sponsored by New Jersey’s Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Chair James Beach, which would create a “Brewery, Cidery, Distillery and Meadery Trail Sign Program,” cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today. Complete Story

Cider Summit, The Region’s Largest Cider Festival Returns to the Presidio for 6th Annual Event(February 21) – The 6th annual Cider Summit SF will be featuring 150+ ciders, cider cocktails & apple spirits. This festival will be on Saturday, April 13, 2019. General admission is 1pm-5pm with VIP admission at 12pm. Complete Story

Spirit Tree cidery ‘woke up’ orchard during Family Day Wassailing Festival
(February 19) – Caledon’s Spirit Tree Cidery was dotted with brilliant colours and noise on Monday, February 18 for the annual Wassailing Festival, which is the practice of singing to trees in apple orchards to promote a good harvest for the coming year. Complete Story

Government shutdown delays opening of Wise Bird Cider(February 17) – Wise Bird Cider Co. finally received federal approval to start making hard cider. Due to the government shutdown, owners Tim Wight and Greta Pittard Wright were unable to obtain their federal, state or local alcohol license. Complete Story

Potter’s Craft Cider is expanding, repurposing historic church in Albemarle(February 11) – Potter’s Craft Cider is relocating and expanding its hard cider production facility and adding a tasting room in Albemarle County. Potter’s Craft Cider opened in 2011 in Free Union and over the next three years, the company plans to renovate Neve Hall, a former Episcopalian church south of the city off U.S. 29, into a tasting room, construct a new production facility and establish an apple orchard on site, according to a news release. Complete Story

Cider Summit in Chicago this Saturday(February 5) –  7th annual Cider Summit Chicago featuring 150+ ciders, cider cocktails & apple spirits is this Saturday, February 9th at the Navy Pier. Session 1 is 12n-3pm (VIP admission at 11am).  Session 2 is 5pm-8pm (VIP admission at 4pm). General Admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, 16 tasting tickets and a $1 donation to Heartland Alliance. $40.  All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Complete Information

Luxembourg has been selected as this year’s host country in the 2019 Cider World fair(February 1) – Luxembourg has been selected as this year’s host country in the 2019 Cider World fair taking place on 30-31 March in Frankfurt, Germany, with a number of special events on offer to showcase the Mullerthal region. During the event, over 90 exhibitors from around 20  countries will be at the Palmengarten expo site presenting ciders, stone fruit brandies, and similar products. Complete Story

Cider Riot, A Northeast Cider House Was Hit With Anti-Antifa Graffiti and Vandalism(February 1)
– RIGHT-WING RIOT — Graffiti with phrases like “Fuck antifa” appeared on the walls of NE Couch bar Cider Riot, as well as the nearby Industrial Workers of the World union hall January 24. The vandals spray-painted over artwork and stole a $200 flag at the bar, also breaking a window at the union hall.  Complete Story

Ironbound Farm, a hard apple cider farm,  just got a sweet $788K deal from New Jersey(January 29) Ironbound Farm in Alexandria is receiving $788,000 from the state in exchange for preserving the 93-acre property for agriculture use, under a conservation easement agreement announced Monday by the New Jersey Highlands Council. Complete Story

Can NJ revive its hard cider industry?(January 30) The Garden State was a player in the hard cider industry until the prohibition era. Today, a Rutgers University researcher is taking it upon herself to identify how New Jersey can get back in the game. Megan Muehlbauer, a Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station agent, currently has more than 30 varieties of apples growing on a Pittstown farm to see how well they’d grow in New Jersey’s challenging climate. Complete Story

Beer, who? Celebrate cider with tap takeovers and parties during Chicago Cider Week(January 30) Chicago hosts CiderCon, an annual convention for the cider industry, in February and the producers don’t just stick to the event. They’ll host special dinners, tap takeovers and other boozy happenings throughout the city as part of the third annual Chicago Cider Week, which runs Feb. 1-9. Get a taste of the drink’s variety at these 12 events. Complete Story

The cider is flowing from a new Nashville booze business
(January 29) Brightwood Craft Cider officially launched earlier this month, according to a news release. Helmed by Katherine Vance and Brandon Cline, the cidery has been in the works for more than a year, as previously reported by the Nashville Business Journal. Although Brightwood does not have a taproom, its flagship product is now available at 12 South Taproom, 51 North Taproom, Craft Brewed and Husk, according to the release. Complete Story

Tim Alexander, who plays with the alt-rock band Primus, opens Herb’s Cider tasting room in Bellingham(January 28) –  When you imagine the preferred drink of rockstars, cider probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Bellingham’s newest cider company could change that. Herb’s Cider opened its tasting room in Bellingham and began production out of its own facility around the same time. Complete Story

Northwest Cider Association Releases 2018 Report(January 25) –  The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announced the release of their first annual report. This 2018 summary of the work and accomplishments details how almost 100 cidermaker members working together can accelerate the establishment of a new regional industry. Complete Story

Make Union Square Cafe’s Seasonal Cider(January 24) – Union Square Cafe’s spiked market cider has seasonal allure, with a cider base and an attractive fan of apple slices for garnish. They make vats of it in the restaurant and keep it chilled, but the recipe is easy to reproduce at home. Complete Story

Government shutdown crimps cider maker’s planning(January 15) – One result of the federal shutdown is the temporary shuttering of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has the responsibility of regulation of alcohol products. For local winemakers and other producers of alcoholic products, like Talbott Farms’ hard cider production company, Talbott’s Cider, the pause means a crimp in any plans to market new products. Complete Story

Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop introduces Oakland to the wide world of cider
(January 14) – The East Bay cider scene got a significant boost this month when Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop opened in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. The shop opened for business Jan. 6. Redfield is operated by husband-and-wife duo Olivia Maki and Mike Reis, who live in Berkeley. Complete Story

Why Cider Means Something Completely Different in America and Europe(January 7) – 25 YEARS AGO, BARRY TOPP, owner of the New Forest Cider Company, drove trucks filled with apple cider to sell at festivals all over the United Kingdom. There’s one festival in particular he reminisces about with great fondness: at the Royal Air Force Lakenheath base, which hosts American military personnel. Everyone was excited to see him arrive with his truck full of cider.  Complete Story

Cider Lovers Bristle At The Term ‘Cider Beer’(January 6) – Nothing upsets a hard cider aficionado more than the term ‘cider beer.’ Ambrosia Borowski, assistant general manager of The Northman cider bar and restaurant in Chicago, says the term grates on her ears. “People call it cider beer all the time, and ‘cider beer’ isn’t a thing,” Borowski says. “Beer is brewed from grains, and cider is made from fruit. You have to think about it differently.” Complete Story

Redfield Cider & Bottle Shop to Open in Rockridge, California
(January 3) – Cider lovers, you’re in for a treat this week. Redfield Cider & Bottle Shop is set to open in Rockridge on Sunday, Jan. 6, with 16 beers and ciders on tap and approximately 150 bottled ciders. Complete Story

Hydrocephalus Association and Locust Cider
(January 2) – Lucy was born with hydrocephalus, a condition caused by an abnormal accumulation of fluid that pushes immense pressure on the brain. Hydrocephalus is a life-threatening condition. As of 2018, Lucy had undergone four brain surgeries for her condition, making it so she had experienced more brain surgeries than she had years of life. “Lucy is tough. Every child I’ve met with this condition is tough,” said Lucy’s father and founder of Locust Cider Jason Spears. Complete Story

Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop, Oakland’s first cider bar, set to open in January(January 1) – Wife-and-husband team Olivia Maki and Mike Reis are excited to showcase a wide range of cider styles when they open their first bar — and Oakland’s first bar dedicated to cider — next month. And Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop’s opening date is officially here: January 6. Complete Story

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