Locust Ciders to open Old Town Fort Collins taproom(October 6) – A cidery based in western Washington will open a taproom and brewery soon in Old Town Fort Collins. Locust Ciders, which opened its first Colorado location in August 2019 in Boulder, will occupy a space at 200 Walnut St., Suite A, which has been vacant since La Luz Mexican Grill closed in September 2018. Complete Story

Virginia Tech and Cornell solving America’s Hard Cider identity crisis(October 1) – Virginia Tech and Cornell have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help the Hard Cider industry develop a better descriptive language and marketing strategies. Complete Story

Move over, pumpkin spice — fall is for hard cider, and now there’s a premium version
(September 28) – The cider business is dominated by a handful of big names, such as Angry Orchard and Strongbow. Even Belgian beer maker Stella Artois BUD, 2.73% has its “cidre.” But smaller, craft-oriented producers are also gaining attention. Rootstock Ciderworks, based in upstate New York, is one such example. It’s a brand that evolved out of a family farm, DeFisher Fruit Farms, which has been growing apples for more than 80 years. – Complete Story

Can this made-in-the-Berkshires craft cider save your Thanksgiving?(September 26) – Esopus Spitzenburg sounds like a made-up name, but no — it’s actually a variety of heirloom apple, grown at Hancock Shaker Village in the Berkshires. Married couple Kat Hand and Matt Brogan use old-school apple varieties like these, and even foraged fruit from forgotten roadside orchards, to create dry, sparkling craft cider. Complete Story

Celebrate a socially distant Washington Cider Week!(Sept. 10) – Fall is right around the corner, and with it comes cider season! Washington Cider Week begins tomorrow, a celebration of the Washington cideries that make the tasty autumnal beverages we know and love. Complete Story

Seattle’s Locust Cider and Brewing Co to open yet another taproom(Sept. 8) – Just a few months ago, Downtown Seattle earned a beloved cider taproom – Locust Cider. Shortly thereafter, news came of another Locust Cider watering hole opening south of Seattle, in Vancouver. Now, yet another outpost is set to open Wednesday, on Seattle’s First Hill. Complete Story


The Clinton Cider Mill puts you in the mood for fall(Sept. 7) – There’s something about the Clinton Cider Mill that brings people back year after year — whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Perhaps its biggest draw is the sights, sounds and smells of watching cider being made on its 138-year-old press or munching on a snack of freshly-made donuts while sipping cider with family and friends on the front porch. Complete Story


Here’s a list of Michigan cider mills for drinks and eats(Sept. 4) – Every year around this time, those cool early morning temperatures are always a reminder that autumn is just around the corner and that it’s time to gather the family together to visit your favorite farm for a special treat — apple cider and doughnuts. Here’s a list of Michigan farms to choose from: Complete Story


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: http://mayerbrothers.com/

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 

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