Hard Cider

Cider Review: Bite Hard by Boonville Cider House

17 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bite Hard Apple Cider is the cider Smith & Forge secretly wants to be but falls short of. Dry, crisp, quite tart, and clean, Bite Hard packs a bitter bite that reminds me a bit of a milder version of Wickson by Wandering Aengus, with a bitterness that more closely resembles a hard, [...]

Cider Review: Bittersweet Funk by Oliver’s Cider and Perry

21 March, 2014 | 1 Comment

Now this is more like it. Bitter Sweet Funk Dry Cider by Oliver’s Cider and Perry of Herefordshire, UK is funky, phenolic, and still.  Imported by Shelton Brothers, which also imports Ross-On-Wye and Hogan’s, this is a farmhouse cider fermented by wild yeast, aged in barrels and [...]

Cider Review: Smith & Forge Hard Cider

11 March, 2014 | 11 Comments

I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one: Smith & Forge Hard Cider is one of the worst ciders I’ve ever tried. I discovered it in the usual way–looking for new ciders at my local liquor stores–and made the mistake of buying this just because it was new and next [...]

Guest Cider Review: Strawman by Angry Orchard

21 February, 2014 | 2 Comments

Today I’m very pleased to present you with the first Guest Cider Review here on the Cider Sage blog. Today’s review–of one of Angry Orchard’s recent forays into traditional cider styles–is brought to you by none other than Dick and Diane Dunn of Talisman Farm in [...]

Small Cidery Gear Roundup

17 February, 2014 | 1 Comment

If you aren’t interested in geeking out about cidermaking equipment, this post probably isn’t for you… Overview: I’ve been toying with the idea of opening a cidery of my own for some time, and as such have been keeping an eye on equipment suppliers. So when I noticed that [...]

Compass Cider House Soft Opening

16 February, 2014 | 0 Comments

Compass Cider House, a new cidery and restaurant in Fort Collins, CO, recently held a soft opening which I attended with my wife, Amy. It was an excellent experience on both the cider and food fronts, featuring oaked ciders from both the Compass and Blossomwood cider lines, various dishes [...]

Cider Review: Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie

8 February, 2014 | 4 Comments

The name of this cider, Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie by Etienne Dupont of the Pays D’Auge region of Normandy is…a bit of a mouthful. Luckily for you, assuming the end result of your asking for it by name is that you actually manage to acquire some, the cider itself will more than [...]

We’re In The News…

5 February, 2014 | 0 Comments

Boulder’s Daily Camera just ran How you like them apples? , which discusses the Rocky Mountain Cider Association, the up-and-coming Boulder County cider scene, and which features some decidedly…unerudite quotes by yours truly(I’m new to this whole talking to reporters thing). [...]

Joining the AHA–a bit of a no-brainer

29 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re currently making beer, cider, or mead at home or not, if you visit microbreweries twice a week or more, a membership to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) pays for [...]
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