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2015 Cascadian Cider Pilgrimage, Part 3

31 May, 2015 | 2 Comments

Gardens And Ciders Our last day in Portland consisted of visiting two gorgeous locations within Portland–the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden–and one tasty one: Bushwhacker Cider [...]
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2015 Cascadian Cider Pilgrimage, Part 1

18 May, 2015 | 2 Comments

Onward to Cascadia! As many of your know, I’m obsessed with cider–whether it’s seeking out and sampling ciders, making cider, learning about (and now, growing) cider apples, or visiting cideries and cider bars. Some of you may not know that I also have aspirations of getting [...]
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The 2015 Mazer Cup

22 March, 2015 | 12 Comments

To my knowledge, The Mazer Cup International is the largest annual, mead-only competition in existence. It features both home and commercial competitions with hundreds of entries each in which meadmakers vie for the coveted Mazer Cup trophies. The event also includes the ‘Mead [...]
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Cider Tasting Videos by Schilling Cider House

6 March, 2015 | 0 Comments

I recently stumbled upon some videos by the folks at Schilling Cider House of Seattle, WA, which detail some basic aspects of cider tasting, including: types of cider aroma acidity sweetness (brix) tannins mouthfeel Check them out; I think they’re well worth the few minutes each that they [...]
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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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