Huge Growth in Hard Cider Leads to Shortage of the Right Apples

Huge Growth in Hard Cider Leads to Shortage of the Right Apples

It may be a matter of simply not being able to recall specifics, but I cannot remember any time in the past 25 years when American winemaking was threatened by a significant lack of raw materials: grapes. Perhaps there was a time back in the 1990s when vineyards were being replanted due to phylloxera when wineries could not meet demand due to a dearth of grapes. However, according to Modern Farmer Magazine, this is exactly the situation that American Hard…

Apr 23, 2014

Proof the Three-Tier System is Whatever Alcohol Distributors Pay for It To Be

Proof the Three-Tier System is Whatever Alcohol Distributors Pay for It To Be

Here’s why you should never believe any politician who claims they want to “protect” the three-tier system. Yesterday, in the Florida Senate Rules Committee a bill (S.1714) that forces craft beer producers to sell their bottled beer to distributors, have it delivered from their brewery to distributor warehouses, then buy their beer back from the distributor at a 30% mark up, then have it deliver back to their brewery by the distributor before the beer producer can sell the beer…

Apr 22, 2014

Review—A Smoking Good Cider From Sonoma County: Tilted Shed

Review—A Smoking Good Cider From Sonoma County: Tilted Shed

Tilted Shed Ciderworks 2013 January Barbecue Smoked Cider Located in western Sonoma County in California (a region once famed for its apple production) Tilted Shed Ciderworks is the real deal…real, honest, dedicated craft cidermakers who believe cider is the equal of wine  or any craft beer in significance and meaning and that it deserves to be taken seriously. Their use of Sonoma County heirloom cider apples, their orchard where they are experimenting with a number of traditional cider apples and…

Apr 21, 2014

Not Your Daddy’s Cider…But Something From Papá

Not Your Daddy's Cider...But Something From Papá

Trabanco Cosecha Propia Natural Cider Trabanco produces traditional Asturian cider from estate grown apples in a fashion insured to be traditional by its approval from the various Spanish regulatory bodies that require the Asturian cider to be produces in a particular way and with a specific combination of indigenous apples. If you have not tried cider from Spain’s Asturia region and perhaps have only indulged in American or English Traditional ciders or even ciders from Northern France, this cider will…

Apr 21, 2014

Top Rated Hard Ciders of the Week

Top Rated Hard Ciders of the Week

Two ciders made it into our Top Ciders of the Week Category for last week, each receiving four out of five star ratings. One hails from the East Coast, the other from the West Coast and both are fairly unique. Both are decidedly craft in nature and, equally importantly, both are accessible via direct shipment. Links to reviews of the two ciders are below. Foggy Ridge Knocks it Out of the Park * * * * of 5 California Winemkers…