Hard Cider

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 [...]

Cider Reviews: Two Rivers Blood Orange and Huckleberry

2 March, 2015 | 1 Comment

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cider Review: Johnny Appleseed

16 January, 2015 | 6 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ingredient Feature: Currants

26 June, 2014 | 0 Comments

  I thought it might be interesting to periodically profile an ingredient often used in cider and/or mead and the incarnations it can take. Guess we’ll find out if that impulse is [...]

Cider Review: Hogan’s Panking Pole

9 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite having what, at first blush–if you’re wired like me–seems to be a dirty name, this cider is a gem. A rather large gem, truth be told, in an all-too-convenient, 3-liter bag-in-box package…as my companions, Dick and Diane Dunn, and I discovered over the course of [...]
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