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An exclusive first-look at our upcoming book Tasting Cider by editor Erin James, this recipe highlights asparagus while in peak…


By Leesy Latronica
On paper, the first CiderFest NC event began as a modest fall fundraiser. But when word spread that North Carolina would be hosting its first hard cider tasting festival, the concept quickly ballooned into a sold out destination for the whole family, drawing in more than 400 attendees in 2013.

By Nick Thomas
Lately, Hollywood seems to have grown bored with building mountains out of its stacks of cash and decided to instead spend said mountains on retelling stories we’ve already heard, but with a crafty new take on the story’s origins. While these origin stories have experienced varying levels of admiration (The Dark Knight vs. Star Wars: Episode I) sometimes the best origin story is the simplest one, much like Noble Cider’s genesis.

By Nick Thomas
At what point does a fascination cross into the realm of passion (or, maybe a healthy obsession)? Fans of Disney films might cross that line when they saunter back to their Disneyland hotel room after the sun has set adorned with Mickey Mouse ears covering messy hair thanks to the Matterhorn while mumbling “it’s a small world after all” on repeat as they drift into a sugar-and-thrill-ride-induced comatose.

By Leesy Latronica
In 2012, Virginia became the first state to celebrate an official Cider Week, followed by New York, Oregon and Washington. Starting Nov. 14, go back to where it all began as the original Cider Week returns for its third year in celebration of Virginia’s flourishing artisan cider scene.
Hard cider has had its ups and downs since the 18th century, when Thomas Jefferson first planted apple trees at Monticello, his home in Charlottesville, Va.

By Leesy Latronica
If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you appreciate a good, cold bottle of craft cider, either on its own or alongside a meal (and if that’s not yet the case, you’ve come to the right place).

By Leesy Latronica
As the craft cider revolution continues to gain traction, wine and beer diehards are gradually discovering what the hype is about. Cider makers around the country are packaging fine sparkling ciders in 750 ml and longneck bottles as apple-centric alternatives to traditional carbonated wines and beers.

Washington has long been known for its crisp, homegrown apple varieties, and in recent years, the region has developed a reputation for equally killer hard cider. For the third year, Northwest Cider Association’s Washington Cider Week kicks off tomorrow (and even tonight!) with a 10-day-long celebration of the long-time international beverage.
Washington Cider Week kicks off on Thursday, September 4th, with tasting events galore. Washington is one of six states in the U.S.

By: Leesy Latronica
On September 13, Killington, Vermont will join the lineup of New England-area cider celebrations with a daylong inaugural blowout. The Vermont Cider Festival will kick off this year’s harvest season with a spread of handcrafted hard ciders, local artisan cheeses and Vermont apple slices – sure to keep grazers satisfied.

By Megan Walsh
Originally ran on the site of our sister publication, Sip Northwest, this story comes from We Dig, our Tuesday trends column.
It’s rare to find a restaurant with a beverage menu boasting of their alternating cider selections meticulously chosen to pair well with their entrees, for wine tends to have a monopoly on this particular market.

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