by Erin James
An exclusive first-look at our upcoming book Tasting Cider by editor Erin James, this recipe highlights asparagus while in peak…
Fun fact: over 300 hundred breweries call Colorado home. This boils down to 10 percent of the United States’ brewery total, from a state that only clocks in for 2 percent of the country’s population. The Denver metro area boasts nearly 100 breweries, so it would make sense that Denver-based cideries would aim to quench the thirst of the masses with hopped beverages of their own.
One aspect of a cider drinker’s adventure is savoring ciders from where they were created. Not only is sipping ciders with scenic views and entertainment a great way to spend the afternoon, it enhances the cider experience. Pack a picnic with friends and gas up the car: these cideries are worth the extra drive.
The Gorge White House | Hood River, OR | Though nestled in the adventurous Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is not limited to outdoor recreation.
Bring the cider mill experience to your oven: Whip up wholesome hard cider donuts that’ll win all your guests over, whether they are sipping cider or not.
This donut is a slightly spiked dish that’s picture-perfect in whatever sweet situation, any time of the year. For recipe creator and Portland Cider Co. marketing director Helen Lewis, the donut especially enhances warm and breezy summer evenings.
When Bud and Mary Shelton retired and built a home on a small farm in Virginia’s Albemarle County, it was unlikely they knew the North Garden property would turn into one of the more respected vintage apple farms in Appalachia. With 20 fruit trees as the original orchard, two of their children, Charlotte and Chuck, took the site next level after attending several heirloom apple tastings conducted by apple legend Tom Burford.
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.
In the 1990s, then-distributor Bruce Wright spent a good amount of his time selling wine across Michigan. But one day, as Wright recalls, a man approached him — his appearance gruff and disheveled, in dusty Carhaart pants. It seemed like he had just left a farm. The man carried one bottle of cider for Wright to try.
Wright was not a cider drinker at the time, but took the bottle home with him. He says he found the cider captivating after just one taste.
The Bramley apple variety is a rarity in North America. Almost exclusive to the United Kingdom with a storied history of its own (the original tree hails from accidental planting by a young girl), the apple is grown in minuscule counts here — something 1859 Cider Co. in Salem, Oregon, saw as a peerless opportunity to ferment.
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.
True perry, made from 100 percent pear juice, isn’t always easy to come by, but is entirely worth the effort it takes to find one. Once you taste a magnificent perry, you’ll find a new appreciation for perfect pears, their sublimely delicate succulence and natural coupling with food.
Pommies Cider Co. perry is made from a blend of Bartlett and Bosc pears, creating a slightly earthy, sweetly floral flavor that is well suited to dessert (or a cheese plate).