There’s still time to find the perfect gift for the cider lover in your life. If they happen to be a bit of a bookworm, these reads will combine two of their favorite activities: reading and cider. From literature aimed at the new home cidermaker to the seasoned cider drinker looking to diversify their drink portfolio and sealing with a subtle plug for our own comprehensive cider guide, Tasting Cider, there’s something for cider lovers of all kinds in the books below.
Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home
Have you ever swished back a sip of deliciously dry cider and thought, “You know what? I should start doing this!” Well, after reading this guide masterfully written by longtime cidermakers, apple growers and other masters of the craft, you’ll be well prepared to start off on your cidermaking journey. “Apples To Cider” walks you through the home brewing journey and offers tricks of the trade from insiders who truly know what they’re doing. After reading this, you will too!
The New Cider Maker’s Handbook
Do you have someone in your life who has been thinking about trying their hand at making cider for a while, but isn’t quite sure where to start? This book, as advertised in the title, serves as a “comprehensive guide” about all things budding cidermakers need to know about this craft, art and science. It outlines the history, process and secrets needed to jumpstart a journey into the craft of making cider.
Cider Made Simple
As the name suggests, this book breaks down the cider industry and takes a look at how the beverage boom came to be. It details all that you need to know about tasting cider, making cider, growing cider apples… well, you get the picture. If you or anyone you know has any questions about just what exactly all the cider fuss is all about, this book has the answer and will leave you feeling like an educated enthusiast.
Cider: Hard & Sweet
Cider might be a new and shiny toy in the world of adult beverages, but it’s been around for a while for a reason: it’s darn good. This book walks the reader from A to Z of how cider has made a comeback on to the mainstream drinking stage by explaining the history of the craft, the basics of the cider making process and what you need to know to sound like a cider pro the next time you’re out tasting some hard-pressed, fermented perfection with your friends.
World’s Best Ciders
As cider becomes a more popular drink of choice, it will be necessary to know what constitutes as truly good cider — cider that you can trust, as opposed to ciders that would lead you astray. This book is a briefing on 500 unique ciders including tasting notes, explanations and small histories on ciders and cidermakers from all over the globe. The next time you find yourself tasked with sipping on some cider, this book will leave you fully equipped to ensure that your taste buds find a good one.
If you’re looking to learn more about the history of cider in England’s cider-soaked West Country, this book has you covered. The legendary region has been at the center of the cider trade since the very beginning, and this detailed look at what has transpired since then and the many ciders that the region has inspired will catch you up on all things fresh in the west.
Craft Cider Making
The third edition of this cidermaking manual slices through any confusion that you may have about making this much celebrated beverage in the comfort of your own home. It focuses on maintaining the rich tradition of cider craft behind the craft while incorporating modern tips and techniques, all while explaining the science behind fermentation and whatever else you need to fill in the blanks. A great gift for someone just starting out, or for the seasoned.