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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.