Hard Cider Review: Clos Normand Brut

6 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

While I’ve spent a lot of time and placed emphasis on the pursuit of traditional, dry English ciders, in fact there are multiple other regions of Europe that have their own cider traditions. Of these, Normandy is perhaps the best known, and this is where Clos Normand Brut is produced. In some [...]

New Issues Page: Bee Die-Off

4 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

As alluded to in the Medovina Summer Solstice Review, I’m happy to announce a guest post/page by Amy Lewis, who is highly knowledgeable on the subject of bee die-off: an issue that is impactful to anyone who enjoys mead cider, or for that matter, any bee-pollinated food. Without further ado, [...]

Mead Review: Medovina Summer Solstice

3 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer Solstice is that rarest of animals in the commercial mead world: a relatively dry mead from a small producer who tends his own beehives. Medovina is the creation of Mark Beran of Niwot, Colorado, who has been keeping bees since the 90’s and who–as I’ve been reminded of a [...]

Hard Cider Review: Apricot Semi-Dry Cider by Tieton Cider Works

2 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

This week I was fortunate in that a friend, Joe, visited from California and brought me a few ciders from Tieton Ciderworks of Tieton, WA–which is about 30 minutes away from Yakima. The first one I tried is the Apricot Cider–a semi-dry hard apple cider made with–you guessed [...]

Making Hard Cider: Part One–Grinding and Pressing

29 October, 2013 | 7 Comments

Hard Cider Tutorial, Part One: Obtaining, Grinding, and Pressing Applesd Yours truly with press, carboys, and Winesap and Rome apples. At long last, it begins… What begins, you ask? The 2013 hard cider-making tutorial I’ve been promising, that’s what! Specifically, I’ll be [...]

Cidersage Visits Colorado Cider Company

21 October, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today I made the trek through cold, drizzly weather to meet my friend and former coworker, Chris, at Colorado Cider Company in Denver, CO, on their 2nd anniversary celebration. Tucked into an industrial corner of Denver, Colorado Cider Company can be a difficult location to find, but if you make [...]

Hard Cider Review: Estate Winesap by Blue Mountain Cider Company

21 October, 2013 | 0 Comments

I discovered Blue Mountain Cider Company‘s products recently at Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar in Fort Collins, Colorado, and overall I’m liking their products.  Their Dry Creek semi-dry is particularly noteworthy, being remarkably champagne-like, refreshing, and festive. Like Dry [...]

Hard Cider Apples: Hard to Find

13 October, 2013 | 2 Comments

At about .3% the size of the beer market by sales, hard cider consumption  in the U.S. still utterly pales in comparison to that of beer, wine, and spirits. But it’s a very fast-growing segment, and the trend is encouraging. One factor that will quickly limit the upside growth of high [...]

Cidersage Visits Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar

8 October, 2013 | 2 Comments

  Main Scrumpy’s tap line–there are several more handles not pictured. I recently made a trip to visit Scrumpy’s, a hard cider bar and restaurant on the North end of College Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did. Ok, actually [...]
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