Hammered Dwarf Cider opens in Snohomish, Washington(May 26) – John Flemming has been making fermented beverages since he was a teenager. He made his first cider when he was 17, fermenting cider juice in a bottle under his bed, a perfect hiding place from his parents. Then it exploded. Complete Story

Flying Machine Brewing adding hard cider line, expanding to Wrightsville Beach(May 25) – As it’s preparing to open its second location, Flying Machine Brewing Company in Wilmington has also announced a line of locally crafted ciders. Big Ocean Cider Co. has been months in the works, according to the company. It’s been working on a selection of crisp, refreshing, gluten-free brews in the Flying Machine’s taprooms later this summer. Complete Story

Beer-loving Raleigh will soon add its first cidery. Here’s where to find Shady Grove.
(May 18) – Shady Grove Cider, Raleigh’s first cidery, will open next year as part of the city’s East End Market development. The new cidery pairs two beer industry vets looking to set the record straight on cider. Complete Story

Classic Car Night returns to Brimfield Winery & Cidery(May 8) – Well, antiques on wheels rolled into the Brimfield Winery & Cidery for its first weekly Classic Cruisin’ Friday Nights of the season. But there were more than oldies on the spacious grounds at 35 Main St. in Brimfield. Autos of all kinds were represented, including custom cars, hot rods, sports cars, muscle cars and more. Complete Story

Locust Cider plans for large expansion(April 23) – When Locust Cider first opened in Woodinville, it had just one tank in use. As the years have passed, the business adapted to large-scale production in an effort to fit the needs of cider drinkers across the nation, according to Rebecca Spears, vice president of marketing. Complete Story     Website 

Colorado Brewers tap into cidermaking tradition(April 23) – As beer breweries proliferate, some brewers are switching to a new handmade beverage concoction — hard cider. Kevin Williams got a taste of beverage crafting on a large scale while working for The Walter Brewing Company in Pueblo. When he decided to strike out on his own, he returned to his native Penrose and opened Apple Valley Cider Co. Complete Story

Mad McIntosh Cidery Coming to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania This Summer(April 19) – The former Hollywood visual effects artist is currently hard at work transforming industrial space at Titan Energy Park (formerly the Cerro Metal factory) in Bellefonte into Mad McIntosh, a cidery complete with tasting rooms, event space, outdoor seating, on-site production and Pennsylvania-sourced food and drinks. Complete Story

Winnipeg man starts Next Friend Cider that uses unwanted fruit picked from backyards, trails
(April 15) – When life gives Jesse Oberman apples, he makes hard cider. Oberman, a Winnipeg man, recently launched his own cidery called Next Friend Cider, which uses fruit picked from backyards and trails to make hard cider. Complete Story

Milk & Honey Ciders Named Best in Nation by USA Today’s 10Best(April 10) – A Stearns County cidery has earned the title of 2021’s Best Cidery by USA Today’s 10Best. A panel of cider experts picked out some of the best cidermakers in the U.S., and then a public vote determined that Milk & Honey Ciders near St. Joseph earned the top spot on the list. Peter Gillitzer, Milk & Honey co-owner and cidermaker, says he and his coworkers were pleasantly surprised when they found out they had earned the Best Cidery title. Complete Story

Michigan’s strong apple crop helping boost the hard cider industry(April 10) – Michigan’s hard cider industry is growing, with many of the apples used coming from right here in southwest Michigan. “Hard cider is where craft beer was a decade back” is one proponent’s opinion. Michigan, the nation’s second-largest cider producer behind New York, continues to expand its operations. Complete Story

Fenceline Cider receives three awards at New York International Cider Competition(April 8) – Fenceline Cider of Mancos earned three new awards at the New York International Cider Competition. Windfall received a Silver Award in the Wood-Aged Category, and Understory Elderberry won the Bronze Award in the Fruit Cider Category. Fenceline Cider was also named Colorado Cider Producer of the Year. Complete Story

Trial and error: Learning to raise cider apples(April 7) – You farm and you learn, and you keep going. Paul Booker, whose family has farmed in Eastern Washington since 1901, can attest to that. He planted his first cider apple test plot in 1997, and with plenty of hiccups, had expanded it to 3,000 trees by 2017. Complete Story

Sandford Orchards introduces new vintage ciders
(March 1) – Devon-based cider maker Sandford Orchards has launched a new collection of vintage ciders in the UK. Aged in oak barrels, Apple & Oak is a 6.7% ABV dry vintage cider, which features bittersweet apple flavours complemented by hints of vanilla and ‘toasty oak’. Complete Story

Celebrate the Beauty and Bounty of the Earth at FinnRiver Farm and Cidery(February 27) – Several weeks ago a slender, glass bottle of golden liquor was gifted to me. It was not the elixir of life but a Brandywine. I have to say, it was the best wine I have ever tasted. I would go so far as to say it tasted like heaven. I decided I must track down where this Brandywine originated. What I found was not a conglomerate business or big factory filling endless bottles. I found FinnRiver Farm and Cidery, an organic farm and community of growers producing small-batch, craft cider. Complete Story

Botanist & Barrel Cidery and Winery to open taproom, bottle shop in Asheville(February 18) – Asheville is clearly a beer destination, but a different movement is afoot as interest in cider and natural wines continues to grow. Now, Botanist & Barrel, a Cedar Grove, North Carolina-based winemaker and cidery known for small-batch, natural, bone-dry ciders, is opening Botanist & Barrel Tasting Bar + Bottle Shop in the former Over Easy Cafe at 32 Broadway St. Complete Story

Jason Duren, a retired sergeant and cider maker of Cider Corps has been named one of 29 national Rising Stars in the food and beverage industry
(February 16) – A Mesa Marine veteran and celebrated cider maker has been named one of 29 national Rising Stars in the food and beverage industry. Jason Duren, a retired sergeant, received the recognition from FSR Magazine in a piece that identifies up-and-coming foodservice professionals who are changing the industry for the better. Complete Story

BX Press Cidery hopes to add outdoor patio, new indoor lounge in Vernon, BC(February 9) – A Vernon cidery is hoping to tweak its liquor licence in order to add a new patio and lounge, and the Regional District of North Okanagan is inviting nearby residents to share their thoughts on the idea. BX Press Cidery has applied to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch to change their cider manufacturing facility liquor licenses on their East Vernon Road property. Complete Story  

Next Round: Cider’s Fight for Shelf Space With Yonder Cider Founder Caitlin Braam
(February 3) – In this episode, host Zach Geballe speaks with Caitlin Braam, the founder of Yonder Cider. Braam begins by explaining that she grew up homebrewing beer with her father, and eventually gained an interest in cider after moving from Minnesota to Washington. There, she worked with local cideries to learn about the different types of apples used in cider and how to make a product that defied the usual expectations for cider. Complete Story

Carriage House Ciders soon able to make, sell cider in Benton Harbor, Michigan
(January 29) – Paula Camp has been making apple cider for years and has now finally received the green light to make and sell Carriage House Ciders. “The idea of trying to craft ciders that people will be interested in trying and drinking and enjoy is really kind of cool,” Camp said. Complete Story

New York’s Angry Orchard to launch Cider Club to bing their specialty brews to your home
(January 19) – Based in Hudson Valley, Angry Rochard is launching its very own Cider Club, a quarterly, seasonally-inspired collection of ciders that are sent right to you. Those who join will have a curated package of three specialty ciders, detailed tasting notes and stories behind each offering, recommended food and cider pairings, custom recipes from renowned chefs, a letter from Head Cider Maker Ryan Burk, and more. Complete Story

Rhinegeist Teases New Seasonal Cider Releases — And a Fresh New Look(January 14) – The team at Over-the-Rhine’s Rhinegeist Brewery has been hard at work over the course of last year, preparing to introduce their seasonal cider releases for 2021. The brewery announced via a Facebook post that they are debuting a new can design in addition to some new flavors, which will be released throughout the year. There will be five flavors in total, including their classic “Semi Dry,” which has been renamed “Zappy.” Complete Story

The Apiary’s Self-Care Cider(January 8) – In 2021, I’m looking for more things that bring me joy, and high on that list is a cold bottle of something tasty from The Apiary Ciderworks and Meadery. For something different, try Passiflora Granada Mead (6.9 percent ABV), a collaboration with BrewLab. This pomegranate and passionfruit mead made with sage blossom honey is a heavenly pink hue with a juicy and fruity yet dry flavor. Complete Story

Wine, Cider, and Spirits Can Be Sold in New Bottle and Can Sizes This Year
(January 7) – When cracking open bubbly on New Year’s Eve, you probably popped the cork on a 750-milliliter bottle—that’s the most common size. But what you may not realize is that winemakers don’t have unlimited packaging options: Whereas beer can be sold in any quantity, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) only allows specific size bottles and cans for producers of wine, some ciders, and distilled spirits. Complete Story

Philly’s newest cidery, Young American Hard Cider, is open in Germantown after a 4-year wait
(January 2) – A giant hand at the corner of Germantown Avenue and West Duval Street points down the road, to the doorway of Young American Hard Cider’s tasting room. “You have arrived,” reads the text above it. It’s a fitting signpost for the newly opened cidery, which has been in the works for four years. It took the efforts of owners Kate Kaman, Stephanie Cole, and Jesse Bilger and their network of friends, family, artists, and neighbors to complete the gorgeous tasting room, which is still closed for seating because of the pandemic. Complete Story

Hard cider cocktails to ring in 2021(January 1) – Here are a couple of hard cider cocktails to ring in 2021 from Blake’s Hard Cider. Complete story

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