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Cider Review: Cherry Daze by Big B’s Hard Cider

31 January, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cherry Daze is a semi-sweet hard cider from Big B’s Hard Cider of Hotchkiss, CO. Made from organic apple juice produced onsite at their own orchards, the crisp apple character of this cider is also accompanied by ample amounts of tart Montmorency [...]
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Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar: Round Two

30 January, 2015 | 2 Comments

Some of you may remember the post about my first visit to Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar in Fort Collins, Colorado. That was in its early days, before they ramped up their own cidermaking operation, Summit Hard Cider and Perry. This time, there were numerous Summit ciders on hand and I managed to [...]
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Cider Review: Johnny Appleseed

16 January, 2015 | 4 Comments

I’m tempted to say that John Chapman–Johnny Appleseed–would be turning over in his grave if he knew about the quality of the commercial cider that now bears his name, but to be honest, I have no idea how good or bad the cider he had in life was. But one thing I do know: Johnny [...]
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Perry Review: Ross-On-Wye Traditional

13 January, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ross-On-Wye’s Medium Dry Still Perry is an uncarbonated, farmhouse Perry from the UK made from Perry pears. It’s slightly funky, complex, and–in this reviewer’s [...]
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Cider Review: The Bad Apple

14 December, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bad Apple is a strong (10.5% abv!), oaked, honey-fortified cider from Two Towns Ciderhouse. Highly carbonated, fairly dark, with a crabby bite and some oak complexity, Bad Apple certainly is bolder than many of the dry, west-coast ciders I’ve [...]
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Holiday Gift Ideas For The Aspiring Cider/Mead-Maker

28 November, 2014 | 0 Comments

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again: The Holidays. And besides being the perfect excuse to bust out the home-fermented beverages, the holidays are a time for something else: awkward, anxiety-laden gift-giving. Anxiety which requires consumption of home-fermented beverages to deal [...]
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Cider Pressing 2014–Longmont, CO

24 October, 2014 | 0 Comments

This September, I had the good fortune to attend a cider pressing hosted by two brothers in Longmont, CO, who have assembled their own, rather ingenious, cider pressing operation. Complete with all the gear and organization needed to efficiently press hundreds of gallons of juice, this [...]
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Cider Review: Two Rivers’ Gravenstein Hard Apple Cider

29 August, 2014 | 0 Comments

First up, my apologies for the long hiatus…I’ve been quite busy of late on the work and personal front. But time and cider (or was that time and tide) wait for no man, and so here we are. Again. Once more into the breach. Two Rivers Gravenstein may be the U.S’s [current] answer to [...]
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Seeking Your Feedback

19 July, 2014 | 3 Comments

Help A Blogger Out… Here’s your chance, folks, to help me make the site better and more targeted for you, the readers: take my online survey. I started cidersage.com with a fairly general approach: I wanted to highlight and document interesting aspects of cider and mead–how to [...]
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