As if you need a reason to celebrate cider, we’re giving you all the more reason to do so. Cider celebrations and festivals are abundant this summer, so we went ahead and highlighted a few that you won’t want to miss.
Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival | July 22 | Orcas Island, WA
Sip your cider for a cause at the seventh annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival to benefit the Orcas Island Children’s House.
With summer in full swing, that can only mean the best sips of summer are too. The crew at Austin Eastciders of Austin, Texas, is taking full advantage of the seasonal flavors with the cidery’s new Blood Orange cider. A zesty, dry sip made with Sicilian blood oranges, heirloom bittersweet apples and American dessert apples, this is far from a one-and-done sipper: the team at Austin Eastciders crafted nearly a dozen versions before dubbing Blood Orange the winner.
As you embark on your summer bucket list, we are adding a few more musts and highlighting what not to miss this season, starting with cider, naturally. While the warm weather can be limited, that means some of our favorite sips are too. Get your hands on these seasonal releases to accompany you on your summer adventures.
Companion | Citizen Cider | New to the Citizen Cider roster is this season tipple. As it turns out, apple trees and tart cherry trees make for, well, great companions.
Minnesota Cider Week has officially commenced and we’re forecasting tap takeovers, trivia, flights and cider line-ups galore.
Kick things off in Minneapolis with the crew at St. Genevieve on Tuesday for a four-course dinner paired with ciders from Keepsake Cidery, Milk & Honey Ciders, Wyndfall Cider and the Number 12 Cider House before trying your hand at Trivia Mafia or checking out the fourth annual Town Hall Cider Competition.
At just 24-years-old, Bri Ewing is making her way up in the cider industry. After graduating with her masters in food science from Virginia Tech in December, Ewing found her way to Mount Vernon, Washington, where she is working as a food and fermentation specialist at the Washington State University (WSU) Research and Extension Center. As one of the oldest cider research programs in the United States, Ewing considers herself pretty lucky.
The one-week countdown to Cider Week Colorado has commenced. This ode to cider will feature tap takeovers, tastings and events from Rocky Mountain cidermakers leading up to the second annual Pressed Conference. With cider’s biggest season approaching, these festivities are a chance for guests to check out what they’ll be sipping this summer.
The Rocky Mountain Cider Association brings together the regions top cidermakers for enthusiasts and cider lovers alike to celebrate local craft cider.
An East Coast native, the Baldwin Apple was once a staple in American households. Known for its complexity, this multi-purpose apple gives a twist on the classic apple pie or the traditional cider. But in 1934, the Baldwin fell victim to the harsh East Coast winters, nearly wiping out the fruit. Fortunately for us, the apple is most often seen in ciders, sporting its unique and crisp taste, making it a fan favorite whenever it makes an appearance.
Tucked into the alleyway of State Street in Bellingham, Washington hangs a full moon casting its shadow against the vibrant exterior of Honey Moon Mead & Cider. A production facility by day, Honey Moon transforms into a performance bar at night for locals to mingle and make themselves at home.
“We are more about building community than building a business,” says co-owner Anna Evans.
April showers bring May cider celebrations. That’s how the saying goes, right? With summer just around the corner, the month of May is preparing us for cider’s drinking biggest season. From the East Coast to the West, and the Rocky Mountains in between, cities everywhere are celebrating cider.
Central Coast Cider Festival | May 13 | $55-65
After last year’s sold out event, the Central Coast Cider Festival is back with more flavor, food and fun.