#ciderchat – Cyser – With Millstone Cellars and Red Branch Cider



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Each week on #ciderchat I usually share the virtual bar with a special guest, typically a cider maker or cider bar owner discussing cider from their point of view. This week I decided to tackle a cider style or shall I say a cider hybrid or is it a mead style? We will let the masters tell us. Representing cyser, a honey-apple blend, from two sides of the states will be Red Branch Cider from Sunnyvale, California and Millstone Cellars from Monkton, Maryland.

I haven’t had Red Branch products yet but I am hoping they will arrive magically at my doorsteps before the chat. Millstone, however is just an hour away and I can get their ciders and meads in just  minutes from my home at my badasss local beer store. I am thinking about trying the Peche Cyser for Thursday’s chat. We’ll see.



If you haven’t participated in one of our chats or at least lurked in the background, here is how it works.

Sign onto twitter and follow hashtag #ciderchat in your stream.  Open up a cider and join in the discussion or just sit back and watch. If you tweet, just make sure you add #ciderchat to your tweets so we can all follow along.


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Cider Review – Ace Apple Hard Cider

8120255149_f9a5d46287_tI 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