The Meaning of Farmhouse Cider


The word “farmhouse” is ubiquitous in today’s cider industry, and many cidermakers would argue that it’s overused, even bastardized. The…


By Ty Hillis
Photography by Bill Bradshaw
The world of craft cider is a large and diverse one. Much like a library of books, there is an endless amount of variety in the type of cider that is available. You have certain authors that you gravitate towards, checking to see if they have put anything new out, and you also have genres that you prefer, in which you may try different authors but keep to the same style.

By Brooklynn Johnson
Listed as a wine in some places, and a cider in others, it can be difficult to nail down what exactly a cyser is, which by the way, is not a word I just made up. A drink too few of us ever encounter in the mainstream beverage scene, cyser takes much of its look and flavor from its slightly more popular big brother: mead, a beverage made by fermenting honey and water.

By Treve Ring
Though savvy drinkers worldwide appreciate and agree on the merits of cider, the name and style varies wildly from place to place. Many countries have cider making traditions that date back centuries, resulting in unique drinks today. Here is how people speak and sip cider around the world.
Spain = Sidra
Cider is as good as oro (gold) in northern Spain.

by Bill Bradshaw
As a species, our default setting for apples is love. It’s easy to understand why they represent desire; their crisp, colorful, juiciness has always seduced us. A more scientific analysis reveals which component parts give us flavor, structure and strength: sugar, acidity and tannin, with each variety containing individual amounts of each.

By Bill Bradshaw
The best way to learn about cider is dedicated practical and theoretical research I tend to call drinking, reading and making.  Sampling as many as you can (responsibly) both locally and internationally will give you a great appreciation of what producers are doing and how differently they are doing it. Reading about it and then making your own will teach you even more.

By Pete Brown
The most fascinating aspect of observing America’s cider renaissance—especially for a Brit such as myself—is how little Americans are aware of their cider heritage. The first wave of craft cider makers have to explain what the drink is before they can persuade people to try it.
And yet, cider was a crucial aspect of America’s very creation. It’s no exaggeration to call cider the drink that built the United States.

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