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

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8/28/14

6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

 

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.

 

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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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#Ciderchat – A Cider and Cheese Pairing

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7/24/2014 6pm PST / 9pm EST

 

I love showdowns especially the regional ones: East vs West.  North vs South.  We have seen them all in the foodie world – Wine, beer, chili, bbq and cheese. So why not the hottest adult drink in the nation – Cider. Both East and West have bragging rights to the top quality ciders in the U.S. so why not make this one a bit more interesting and pair West Coast ciders and cheese along with East Coast ciders and cheese.  Ellen Cavalli from Tilted Shed Ciderworks sent me an email the other day with a #ciderchat idea. Just in time because I had no theme planned. Shame on me.  Ellen and Kay Michaels are collaborating together to host a unique cider and cheese pairing that will take place at 3 pm on August 3 2014.

Join us on twitter for another epic #ciderchat  as we kick this event off  with a discussion of the art and craft of pairing cider with cheese. 7/24/2014 6pm PST / 9pm EST.

 

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#ciderchat with Tilted Shed Ciderworks

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6/5/2014  6pm PST / 9pm EST

Ellen Cavalli and Scott Heath, are the husband and wife team behind Tilted Shed Ciderworks – a small cidery in the center of wine country, Sanoma County. Well actually Sanoma County was once a leader in apple farming and Tilted Shed aims to bring back that almost forgotten tradition.

 

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Experimenting in New Mexico from 2007 to 2011, Scott Heath, the mad scientist/cider maker honed his cider making skills and brought his partner back to Northern California and opened Tilted Shed, producing small batch ciders the traditional way – from pressing to blending by hand.

Ellen, the master behind the scenes takes care of sales, marketing and distribution and will be joining us this week on #ciderchat along with Scott Heath, talking apples, cider making and the future of California cider.

 

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Join other cider fans on twitter by following hashtag #ciderchat on Thursday 6/5/2014 6pm PST / 9pm EST.  See you there.

#ciderchat with Gidon Coll of Original Sin Cider

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5/29/14   6pm PST / 9 pm EST

 

Of all the guest host I have had on #ciderchat Gidon Coll is the only one I have personally met.  I met Gidon at Philly’s first cider fest Cider Core last autumn. Although it was pretty damn busy, we still were able to chat for a few minutes.

Gidon is a pretty damn cool bloke and really rocked the cider tent that afternoon.  Gidon is the cider maker and owner for Original Sin Cider, a New York award-winning cider company that specializes in refreshing and traditional ciders since 1997.

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I can’t say it better than this so I took a section of Gidon coll’s beginning cider history from Original Sin’s web site:

“Coll immersed himself in the history and the craft of cider.  He experimented.  He brewed batch after batch in a small upstate New York winery.  He sought counsel from a local wine expert and from the owners, bartenders and patrons of bars he frequented in New York City’s Lower East Side and East Village.  He collected feedback from everyone he knew, adjusting and tinkering with his cider’s flavor until it was clean, crisp, and practically perfect. Then he enlisted friends to painstakingly hand-label bottle after bottle.  He lugged cases and cases in and out of NYC’s subways, delivering bottles to establishments of Manhattan and Brooklyn.”

30 states and 17 years later:

Join us as we get down and gritty with the man behind Original Sin Cider on Thursday 5/29/2014 at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST.   Just follow #ciderchat and tweet along for an hour of fun with Gidon Coll.

 

#ciderchat With Eleanor Leger From Eden Ice Cider

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5/22/2014  6 pm PST / 9 pm EST

 

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When I first started this blog I wanted to feature more than just reviews plus I didn’t have access to as many ciders as I do now.  I don’t quite remember how but I came across Ice Cider on-line and wanted to learn more about this cider style. I did some research and contacted the “Ice Queen” herself Eleanor Leger from Eden Ice  Cider.

Like other small cider makers she was cool enough to answer a few of my questions. To read the full post, click here.  I’d like to tell you a little about what Ice Ciders are but I will let Eleanor herself give you the inside scoop.  Oh, and she makes more than just Ice Ciders. See her web page here.

 

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Eleanore Ledger will be the star of our #ciderchat on twitter Thursday 5/22/2014 at our usual 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST.  Remember to sign onto twitter Thursday and follow hashtag #ciderchat.  Follow along and share you questions and thoughts on cider.

#ciderchat With Bushwhacker Cider

#ciderchat 5/1/2014 6 pm PST/9 pm EST

 

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You can always tell what kind of drinking city you have based on their local pubs. Philadelphia, one of the biggest beer drinking cities has hundreds of beer bars and rightfully so.  Will Philly ever have a cider pub?  sure but not anytime soon. But for Oregon they do (Bushwhacker Cider) and rightfully so. It just goes to how big cider is becoming in the NW.

We are on a roll with #ciderchat. We have gotten to know some big cider folks, well I mean the names are big not the people. This week we have Bushwhacker Cider, America’s first cider pub in Portland, Oregon.  bushwhacker produces in-house ciders and offers guest ciders on tap as well as over 200 bottles.  I live on the wrong side of the country. Continue reading

#ciderchat with Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider and Perry

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4/17/2014 6pm PST/9pm EST

 

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Once a hop grower, now a cider master, rock and roll tour manager and social media maverick.  Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider and Perry agreed to stay up late, and by late I mean 2 am, to guest host Twitter’s weekly #ciderchat on 4/17/2014.

If you are not familliar with Tom Oliver, he is the owner and cider maker of Oliver’s Cider and Perry, an artisian cidery from Herefordshire, England.  Tom has been influential to both English and American cider makers.  Last year Tom collaborated with Virtue Cider from Michigan to produce Redstreak cider.  Did I also mention Tom is a tour manager for rock bands such as The Proclaimers.  The man does it all.

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#ciderchat with David White of Whitewood Cider

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4/10/2014 6pm to 7pm Pacific/9pm to 10pm Eastern

 As you can see from the above title, I chose Whitewood Cider to represent Dave White but that is because I didn’t have enough room to list all of Dave’s organizations.  I recently identified Foggy Ridge’s Diane Flynt as one of the busiest cider producers in the country.  As for Dave, he is not only the co-owner for Whitewood Cider Co. of Washington State but also the President of the North West Cider Association, a pioneer cider blogger (oldtimeydave) and a renowned cider judge.  Oh, and I believe he has another full-time job.  Insane right?

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Last Thursday I hosted our first #ciderchat with special guest Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider.  It was great.  Diane is passionate and represents the true art of cider making.  We had fun and learned quite a bit. We are going to give it another go and this time we will have David White as our special guest.

For more information on Dave’s background see his complete bio here

If you missed last week’s #ciderchat or are new to twitter chats, here is how it works:

 Log into Twitter and type in the hashtag #ciderchat into the search window.  Pour yourself a cider, a Whitewood cider if you have one, and join us as we chat with David.  Learn about cider history, cider making, the cider industry and whatever else David wants to chat about.  Make sure you include #ciderchat in your tweets so we all can follow each other.

 

 

 

 

 

#Ciderchat With Diane Flynt Of Foggy Ridge Cider

 

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 April 3, 2014 6pm to 7 pm Eastern Time

I have put this off for quite a while but no more. Allow me to introduce you to the first #ciderchat. I will host our weekly chat and will feature a special guest or special theme each week.

For our first #ciderchat, we will be joined by award-winning cidermaker Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider.  Foggy Ridge resides in the Blue Ridge mountains in Dugspur, Virginia.  Diane grows over 30 varieties of French and British apples.  Amongst many organizations, Diane is co-organizer of Cider Week Virginia, On the Board of directors of the Virginia Wine Board and constantly spreading the word about the cider industry.

 

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My Own Hop Fest Thank You Very Much

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I admit it, I am an online cider stalker or better yet, just call me a cider nerd.  I can take it.  I recently came across a cool event that Reverend Nat’s is hosting on Saturday March 29th. The Oregon cidery, located in Portland’s Rose Quarter, is playing host to a one of a kind, Hopped Cider Festival.

This is a perfect representation of collaboration at its best.  Hop heads can chose between 18 different hop-infused ciders.  For specific details see Reverend Nat’s event page here.  Just like all NW cider events, I cannot make it, mainly because I live on the East coast- damn big country of ours.  I’ll have my own damn hopped cider festival.  I knew I had at least one hopped cider at home and low and behold I have three.  I had four but that went down last week.  Sure enough, I have two of the ciders featured on the festival’s tap list. Continue reading