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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Keep Track of Cider Pressing
Feb09

Keep Track of Cider Pressing

33 Books Co., which produces pocket tasting journals for wine, beer, and cider, released its newest logbook, 33 Cider Pressings, at CiderCon. 33 Cider Pressings is one of 16 booklets published by Designer Dave Selden. Selden developed his idea for these books from his interest in homebrewing in 2009. “I had a beer blog, and I started getting invited to tasting events by professional PR [Public Relations] people. The next day I...

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Becoming a Certified Cider Professional
Feb07

Becoming a Certified Cider Professional

The first course during CiderCon focused on introducing attendees to the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) program. CCP is the first-ever cider accreditation program designed by the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM). Similarly to the Cicerone® Certification or Sommelier Certification, CCP is a program designed for individuals in the industry who are interested in becoming bona fide experts in the cider industry. The...

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It’s CiderCon!
Feb05

It’s CiderCon!

CiderCon, which has taken place in Portland and Chicago in past years, was held for the first time in Baltimore Jan 30-Feb 2. The four-day conference featured workshops, presentations, and tasting events by cider makers, orchardists, and leaders of the cider making industry. In 2011, CiderCon was formed by a small group of cider makers that gathered in Salem, Oregon to focus on tax issues that were a concern to the industry. “We are...

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Cider to the Rescue Recipes
Nov22

Cider to the Rescue Recipes

A few years ago on Thanksgiving Eve, I was prepping for my big Thanksgiving dinner and decided to get a few dishes out of the way so I wouldn’t feel stressed Thanksgiving morning. I baked pumpkin cake, threw together veggie dips, and whipped up cranberry sauce. But I managed to forget some ingredients for my cranberry sauce. The stores were closed and I had to utilize whatever I could find in my kitchen. So I grabbed an...

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Gluten-Allergy? What to Drink at Beer Fests
May05

Gluten-Allergy? What to Drink at Beer Fests

As someone with a gluten-allergy, many people ask me what I drink at beer festivals. Although I am no able to taste everything, there are a great number of beers and ciders I can try if I know what to look for. Not all festivals have many options, but Blue Point Cask Ale Festival is one the best ones for Celiacs to attend. This year’s festival took place on Saturday, April 22 at Blue Point Brewery and it was expected to be the...

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Sex and the Cider: Carrie’s Cosmo
Feb23

Sex and the Cider: Carrie’s Cosmo

Finally, my Cosmo-inspired cider completed fermentation and officially kegged last night! I have always been a fan of Carrie from “Sex and the City” and her fancy pink drinks. I give her credit for always ordering one without knocking it over. Since I know I’m not as graceful as Carrie and her Cosmos,I thought I would make a Cosmo-inspired cider. My version: “Sex and the Cider” 9% ABV is made of zesty...

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Beer & Cider Trail: Upstate New York
Nov15

Beer & Cider Trail: Upstate New York

Last weekend sadly marked the end of beer and cider festival season for me with the 2016 Great Beer Expo at Belmont Racetrack. My 8.5% maple pecan cider, #IPecantEven, was one of hundreds of beers, ciders, and wines at the festival. Come visit us today @grenadebrigade table @greatbeerexpo! Pouring 8.5% #IPecantEven in session 1. @billyburke12 #craft #supportcraftbeer #thebrewbabe #theoutcask #hardcider #handgrenadeslove...

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Busy Brewing
Jul07

Busy Brewing

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I haven’t been outside the beer culture, in fact, I’ve been super busy at events and brewing this summer! I just finished “11:11,”  a dry-hopped cider that I brewed with citra hop leaves. I’ve brewed this type of cider before for the Great Beer Expo (Belmont) last November, but I made a no-no and didn’t write down the recipe. Although...

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