Cider on the Move

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Summer ain’t over yet. Here are a few goodies to get in your bag for the ultimate summer of cider…

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One of four in the standard selection from Anthem — the slight more modish and accessible kid sister cider label from Wandering Aengus Ciderworks in Salem, Oregon — the Pear cider is a blend of culinary pears from Hood River, Oregon. Overripe and juicy pear is the dominant aroma straight out of the can, with whiffs of orchard flower, pear skin, earth and red apple framing the edges.

You could say making perry wasn’t in the five-year plan when Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert moved into their Vashon Island home in 2005. In addition to the Japanese Katsura villa-style house, the couple inherited a 27-acre orchard of weakened Asian and European pears, and decided to nurture them back to health.
By 2007, their healthy and sustainable orchard on the Puget Sound island became increasingly productive and the duo’s solution for the fresh, excess pears was to make perry.

Farmlife in Central Washington, like many places, is one of utilization. In springtime, when everything is blooming and the bees are buzzing, the team at Tieton Cider Works begins brainstorming about what ingredients to add to their farm-based seasonal cider line, a program launched to curate to the Yakima cidery’s consumer demand. This year, the characteristics of spring were all they needed for inspiration: flowers and honey to create the Lavender Honey.

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.

We’re a little more than two weeks away from Oregon Cider Week — an 11-day jam-packed celebration of Oregon cider, hosted by the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA). Cider producers from all over the Beaver State come together to revel in cider, throwing a daily variety of special events like festivals, workshops, food pairings, tap takeovers and more. The festivities commence June 15 and wrap up on June 25.

An exclusive first-look at our upcoming book Tasting Cider by editor Erin James, this recipe highlights asparagus while in peak season, accented by subtly spiced cider. For more recipes like this, pre-order your copy of Tasting Cider here, available July 27.

Sheltered in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, “Sunny Sequim” is an intimate bayside, densely agricultural town in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

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.

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