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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