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 | 12 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 [...]

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 [...]

Hard Cider Review: Wickson by Wandering Aengus

23 January, 2014 | 2 Comments

Wickson by Wandering Aengus Ciderworks is one potent cider. No, it doesn’t have the pleasant tannin of bittersweet or bittersharp cider apples, but it does have a unique wild apple character–powerfully acidic and crabby–that I’ve only encountered once before in JK [...]

Eat Any Good Books Lately?

21 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was only a matter of time before I made a Science Fiction reference in a post title; in this case, a quote from Q. Hey, at least I didn’t mention Soma… Anyway, books! I’d like to welcome you to the new books page, where you’ll find books I recommend on the topics of [...]

Stem Ciders: Grand Opening

18 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Friday the 10th, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Stem Ciders, a new cidery in Denver near Coors Field. It was well worth the trip. Specializing in tart, dry ciders and oak aging–their lineup includes Bourbon barrel-aged and wine barrel-aged selections–Stem Ciders [...]
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