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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