hard cider

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 | 2 Comments

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). [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hard Cider Review: Anthem Traditional

15 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

While the general tale of the Anthem cider line by Wandering Aengus Ciderworks has already been told in the Anthem Hops Review, Anthem Traditional is worth mentioning as well. As I understand it, Anthem Traditional is the base product that all the Anthem ciders start out as before other ingredients [...]

How To Make Hard Cider, continued…

30 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

As promised, the hard cider-making tutorial has (finally) been updated to include a Fermentation and Aging section. Head on over for some tips and lessons learned drawn from experiences with the three ciders I made this season (Winesap, Arkansas Black, and a New England-style hard [...]

Hard Cider Review: Anthem Hops

29 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

I obtained a bottle of Anthem Hops from a friend of mine, Joe, who lives in California, which unsurprisingly has better availability of Pacific Northwest ciders than I have here in Colorado. Perhaps that dynamic will change someday (FYI, if you’re a CO distributor reading and reading this, [...]
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