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



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.



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.


Red branch








#ciderchat with CIDERCRAFT Magazine



4/24/2014 6 pm Pacific – 9 pm EST


Onto our fourth #ciderchat via twitter and this week we invite CIDERCRAFT, the new bi-yearly all-cider magazine.   I made sure I got my subscription in.  I admit I didn’t expect a cider magazine to hit shelves quite yet but I knew it was inevitable.



Here is a brief description from the official press release:

Seattle, WA (April 8, 2014) – From Sip Ventures, the privately owned and operated publisher behind the award-winning regional beverage publication Sip Northwest, comes CIDERCRAFT—the first North American magazine dedicated to cider. CIDERCRAFT devotes itself to shining a light on the evolution and resurgence of one of the oldest beverages on the continent, bringing both education and appreciation of the drink to the thirsty people.

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Cider Review – Isastegi Sagardo, Naturala Sidra “txotx”

txotx-movil-008_display_instalacioneI 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.

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Five Cool Ways To Learn And Enjoy Hard Cider.

My First Scrumpy

For most people, the mention of cider conjures up images of  the fresh sweet unfermented juice you purchase at the local orchards in the fall.  It was that way for me as well until I discovered Scrumpy on my first trip to England twelve years ago.

On a day trip to Cheddar Gorge, I found this intriguing crock of hard cider. I fought the urge to open it right then and there and brought it back home to share with my peeps.  Prior to this, the closest I had come to drinking authentic hard cider was the Hornsby and Woodchuck alcopops I found near the beer section in my local liquor store.  So Scrumpy was quite a shock.  I really enjoyed it but had nothing to really compare it to.

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