Windy City Travels
Feb18

Windy City Travels

Gluten-free deep dish pizza at Chicago's Pizza A flight of cider at Eris Brewery & Cider House Camp Anawanna at Three Dots and a Dash Cloud Gat at Millenium Park Cider at The Northman I have been dreaming about visiting Chicago since I was a kid. My inspiration was drawn from watching shows like Early Edition and Family Matters, and movies like Adventures of Babysitting and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Although CiderCon took a huge chunk...

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Commercial Cider Tips from the Pros
Feb16

Commercial Cider Tips from the Pros

During CiderCon, a panel of four professional cidermakers gathered for an exclusive discussion on commercial cider. The Q&A panel consisted of Eleanor Leger (Eden Specialty Ciders), Brent Miles (Sly Clyde Ciderworks), Marcus Robert (Tieton Cider Works), and Tim Godfrey (Golden State Cider). Each shared guidance on finance, production, marketing, and more. Here are some highlights and additional tips on launching a new commercial...

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New Milestones for Cider
Feb14

New Milestones for Cider

If you haven’t heard by now, cider has grown faster than beer, wine, or spirits last year. According to the Nielsen reports, cider is up 8.4% in off-premise sales, and 11% in social media awareness. So it’s no surprise that the ninth annual CiderCon, which took place in Chicago last week, was the largest attended conference in three years with over 1,000 attendees! Some highlights of the 40+ CiderCon presentations and local events...

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CiderCon 2019
Feb01

CiderCon 2019

More than 900 attendees from across the United States, Canada and Europe and a cider industry trade show with over 100 vendors will meet in downtown Chicago for CiderCon 2019 next week,  February 5 – 8 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. CiderCon, which invites the cider community to gather, share ideas, collaborate and learn, happens to take place during Chicago Cider Week.  A series of cider-based entertainment and education events will...

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Cider Association Unveils Certified Pommelier Exam
Jan26

Cider Association Unveils Certified Pommelier Exam

The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) unveiled the second level of the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) program, Certified Pommelier™. Until recently, the CCP program only had one level, geared toward cider servers. Next month USACM administers the exam for the second level of the CCP program for the first time. It will be offered in Chicago during their annual trade conference, CiderCon. Those who pass the...

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2019 Forbidden Fruits Calendar
Dec28

2019 Forbidden Fruits Calendar

I’m officially a calendar girl! You’re looking at Miss December of the 2019 Forbidden Fruits Calendar. Calendars are $20 + $6.70 for shipping fee. Limited calendars available.  Proceeds of the calendars purchased directly through my website will be donated to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Most of you know my personal story with oral squamous cell carcinoma 2.5 years ago. This is often a forgotten cancer, but I will make sure...

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24 Hours in Austin
Nov06

24 Hours in Austin

Last week, I went on the most packed-out trip in the shortest period of time! I spent 24 hours in Austin, Texas with my friend Kristyn. With her planning and our combined enthusiasm, we were able to hit almost all of the spots on our list. If you have a layover or have the opportunity to fly to Austin even for only 24 hours, follow some of spots from our trail and you can have amazing memories too! Austin Sign Kristyn and me Texan...

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2018 New York City Cider Week
Nov03

2018 New York City Cider Week

This weekend commences  New York City Cider Week, a nine-day cider celebration at bars, restaurants and bottle shops in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Cider Week festivals, which launched 2011 in various locations in New York State, connects the public with cideries by offering tastings, cider dinners, festivals, and other educational events.  From November 2-11,  more than 50 cider events will take place around the city. Here are...

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Cider Association Executive Director Makes 40 Under 40 Tastemakers List By Wine Enthusiast
Aug21

Cider Association Executive Director Makes 40 Under 40 Tastemakers List By Wine Enthusiast

The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) announced today that its executive director, Michelle McGrath, has been named a 2018 40 Under 40 Tastemaker in the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes the young winemakers, brewers, beverage directors, grape growers, and other movers and shakers who are changing today’s beverage industry. “I am humbled and honored to receive this...

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Cider Competition Tips
May27

Cider Competition Tips

Recently, I joined 70+ judges for the 13th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over 1,334 commercial and non-commercial ciders were submitted, and I had the opportunity to sample and judge 60 ciders and perries. The results for the competition were announced on Friday, May 25. I am overjoyed to announce that the two ciders I entered took home silver! “10:10” is...

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