by Erin James
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As an increasing number of folks join the ranks of the cider-loving community, a growing amount of cidermakers are asking that creative question “what if” when it comes to their craft. Cider fans are the real winners as their favorite makers play with the possibilities of what cider can be.
The past 15 months have been a whirlwind at Buskey Cider — in a good way.
Founder and “Cider Guy” Will Correll won a $10,000 business competition in 2014 by creating a business plan to fund his dream cidery, taking advantage of the cider renaissance of the current decade.
It was during this time that Correll reconnected with his childhood friend Elle; both hail from Franklin, Virginia and now reside in Richmond.
In its most basic definition, “scrumpy” is a rustic, unfiltered, farm-based cider, typically made from ripe, fallen apples. To “scrump” is to steal, snag or swipe up apples from an orchard, although the term is used in a less criminal way today. A classic from England’s West Country, these can be fantastic or horrific ciders, depending on which farm gate you knock on.
An exclusive first-look at our upcoming book Tasting Cider by editor Erin James, this recipe takes a childhood nemesis and splashes it with cider, nuts and smoked fish for a tasty spin. For more recipes like this, pre-order your copy of Tasting Cider here, available July 27.
Restaurateur and chef Ben Poremba’s St. Louis food empire stretches throughout the Gateway City, including Elaia, the intimate, fine-dining restaurant adjacent to his casual, vinyl-record-spinning wine bar Olio.
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.
You may be more familiar with the brands Woodchuck and Wyder’s, the longtime and consumer-familiar brands of Vermont Cider Co., but the company namesake recently released its own house collection of small batch, “ultra-premium” ciders with much praise. The Cerise is a wonderful addition, using 100 percent American apples infused with Michigan Montmorency tart cherries. It is then aged in Napa Valley Cabernet barrels, giving it subtle hints of oak and vanilla on the nose.
You’ve hopefully heard by now that we wrote a book. Fingers-crossed “Tasting Cider: The CIDERCRAFT Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider” has long since been in your Amazon order history and you are counting down the days until you can read about your favorite cidermakers, shake up cocktails written by master mixologists featuring your choice ciders and follow user-friendly recipes to cider-cooking success. We know we are.