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This post has been sitting in my draft pile for a while. It’s a timing thing. Last autumn Wandering Aengus, the makers of Anthem Ciders, or at least their PA reps, were pouring at Philly’s first Pour The Core cider fest. Philly is arguably one of the best beer cities but cider is in its infancy.
Though reviewing ciders is always fun, I am sometimes drawn to the labels and story behind the cider makers. Leprechaun, Naked Flock and Wandering Aengus all make badass labels. I have already featured the first 2 in previous posts so let’s take a look behind Wandering Aengus. Continue reading
As I covered the riddling process in a previous post, today we will discuss the keeving technique mastered by French cider makers. When I decided to write this post I wanted to find an American producer using the not so simple keeving technique.
Summing up the keeving process is no easy task but here is a brief description. I will try not to confuse you. Continue reading
I Recently spoke to Jeffery House from The California Cider Company, producer of Ace Cider. I wanted to get an idea what the early cider days were like in Western Sonoma county, California. The California Cider Company was producing Ace Ciders when Santa Rosa had no cider. So, after 15 years there was bound to be changes through the years.
Jeffery House was born in Kingston -upon- Thames, on the outskirts of London and grew up in Surrey. House left UK in 1977 after spending 5 years working as an account executive for American advertising agencies in London. Continue reading
Hard cider from Delaware? Are you kidding? Well it’s true. Great Shoals, an award-winning winery, of Mount Vernon, Maryland connected with T.S. Smith and Sons from Bridgeville, Delaware, a 106 year old family run farm. At the same time, the Smiths were looking for someone to answer their customer’s inquiries for a Delaware cider. Matt Cimino from Great Shoals paid the Bridgeville farm a visit during apple harvest and found an ideal apple that Delmarva Apple lovers have grown to love, The Black Twig.
The Black Twig, a favorite of Andrew Jackson, started it’s journey around 1830 near Fayetteville, Tennessee on a farm of Major Rankin Toole. It’s popularity grew into the 20th century in Virginia and North Carolina, and of course Delaware. Black Twigs have been covering the Bridgeville orchard for over 80 years.
Here is a quote from Mick Ralphs that suits me well: “Since I’ve got on the Internet, it’s opened a whole world of wasted time for me. My wife says she’s an Internet widow.” Well I say, “You can have your Honey Boo Boo, I have Philly Tap Finder.” It’s true, I do spend too much time online, but every once in a while I come across that perfect ….. . Oh stop with all the b.s. Huff. The point is, I came across a beer and cider man’s dream. Well at least in the Delaware County area.
On Philly Tap Finder, you can locate your favorite beer and the bar that serves it. In reverse you can find the bar first and then the tap list. But I wasn’t looking for beer, I was searching for local ciders, and sure enough, cider is on the style list. Hot damn.
Quite a while back I read an article on Italian craft beer. It was probably from All About Beer magazine. The article basically claimed that the younger Italian generation seeks quality and innovation in all their food and drink including beer. A few years later, at a Philly beer event, I had a chance to chat with Carol Stoudt from Stoudt’s Brewery. One of the things she mentioned was to keep an eye out for Italian craft beer.
I haven’t come across any until recently. My local beer store has a few but the price is a bit high. A buddy of Continue reading
I haven’t been to Spain. It’s not a matter of desire but a matter of opportunity and timing. Believe me. Spain has always been on the top of my list. I’ve researched, watched videos, looked at villas, and read books. You can say I practically planned the entire trip.
My destination was decidedly easy, the Andalusian region. A typical Spanish destination, mediterranean climate, flamenco dancing, bull fighting, vineyards, orange groves and jamón ibérico.
This was obviously before my cider affinity. I Continue reading