Tasting Hard Cider: Method or Madness

Tasting Hard Cider: Method or Madness

I’m going to make a bold statement, I think most people don’t really understand how to taste food and drinks. That goes double for hard cider. Sure, you eat something and it tastes good, but when was the last time you tried a food you’ve never eaten. Would you be willing to eat duck fat … Continue reading Tasting Hard Cider: Method or Madness

Sunday Night Pairing: Popcorn and Hard Cider

Sunday Pairing: hard Cider and Popcorn

Growing up, we’d watch the Disney movie on Sunday nights. If we were lucky, we got to make popcorn. I still remember Witch Mountain and the Apple Dumpling Gang. Popcorn and a movie, what could be better? Gourmet popcorn, a movie, and some homemade craft hard cider would be a good start. I still remember … Continue reading Sunday Night Pairing: Popcorn and Hard Cider

Hard Cider for Breakfast?

Breakfast Hard Cider: Pairing Hard Cider with Breakfast

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. Well, maybe just this once. A little while ago, someone was asking about a hard cider that would go well with breakfast. Since it is a habit of ours to host a hard cider party every month, we sometimes do a specific food theme. Guess … Continue reading Hard Cider for Breakfast?

Socially Distanced Hard Cider

Socially Distanced Hard Cider: Botanist & Bottle

We will all experience life changing or life impacting events. The longer we live, the more of them we have. Usually, these events impact us or a small group around us. However, sometimes the impact is larger, but rarely, do we experience an event that truly impacts our entire world. We are all living in … Continue reading Socially Distanced Hard Cider

Modern Hard Cider

Modern Hard Cider Title

What is modern hard cider? I think that’s a loaded question. It’s like asking someone what is a traditional hard cider, which will depend on your tradition. If you had asked me 6 month ago, I would have told you that modern hard cider meant hard ciders boldly featuring adjuncts. This was because modern is … Continue reading Modern Hard Cider

Apples of Unknown Origin

Apples of Unknown Origin

I talked about how old some apple varieties really are (How old is that apple tree?). But America wasn’t settled using grafted apple trees from Europe. It was settled with apple trees grown from seeds and those seeds were often of unknown origin. However, it’s from this time period where many of the heirloom varieties … Continue reading Apples of Unknown Origin

A Feast at Home!

Quattro Fomaggi Pizza and Julien a Thurel Cidre

I previously wrote about a feast we had at a local restaurant, Feast, with seafood and French hard cider. However, with social distancing in full swing and no restaurants open, my wife and I decided we needed to create our own feast. We are known for putting together some awesome pizzas so for this “Feast … Continue reading A Feast at Home!

A Day at the Orchard: Grafting

Early spring at the orchard.

I love going to the orchard. Besides being the place I get wonderful fruit to craft hard cider, it’s located on a beautiful hill overlooking the valley. It’s an extremely peaceful place, and the flora and fauna in the area are always amazing. The owner and I have established a good relationship and he has … Continue reading A Day at the Orchard: Grafting

How old is that apple tree?

Apple Tree Age

It seems like a simple question: How old is your apple tree? Maybe, you planted the tree a couple years ago. Maybe, your dad planted it when you were a kid. Maybe you wouldn’t know without cutting down the tree and counting the rings. Please don’t do that! I’m just speaking hypothetically. But, my question … Continue reading How old is that apple tree?

The Vintage of Hard Cider

The Vintage of Cider

Do hard ciders have vintages? Regardless of whether you are legally allowed to define a vintage, like wine, on a bottle of hard cider, my question is really about what impact the “vintage” or year the apple was grown has on a hard cider. If you are using juice from the store, vintage becomes irrelevant … Continue reading The Vintage of Hard Cider