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Cider Reviews: Two Rivers Blood Orange and Huckleberry

2 March, 2015 | 0 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to sample two ciders from Two Rivers Cider of Sacramento, CA. Each features a bright, refreshing apple base and an added fruit–in one case, Blood Orange and in the other, Huckleberry. How were they? Well, I’ll tell you. Read [...]
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Help Save a Community Cider Tradition

13 February, 2015 | 1 Comment

Some of you may remember my post about a non-commercial community cider operation that I visited last year. If you don’t, check it out–it was an amazing experience for me and a great opportunity to see people coming together to do something they love. That’s why I’m so sad [...]
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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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