Home Cider Making Webcast
Sep29

Home Cider Making Webcast

Special Announcement: Join me for a FREE LIVE WEBCAST with White Labs Yeast on Wednesday Oct 14. 10am. Fall is upon us and the crisp fall air coupled with the recent apple harvest make the perfect time to make (and enjoy) homemade cider! Whether you make a traditional or specialty flavored cider, it can be an easy at-home project for a beginner to advanced cider enthusiasts. Limited spots available. Click here to...

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Cider Recipe for Beginners
Aug26

Cider Recipe for Beginners

Since I’ve started this blog five years ago, I’ve written a lot about homebrewing and amateur cidermaking. I’ve offered tips on making your own at home, entering competitions, and even traveling with cans and bottles.  Even on my social media channels, I’ve spoken about it in videos, posts, and live webcasts. Although there are many wonderful resources and variations of cidermking online, I thought I’d...

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USACM Unveils New Brand: American Cider Association
Dec31

USACM Unveils New Brand: American Cider Association

Today the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) unveiled its new brand as the American Cider Association (ACA),  including its new logo, created by graphic designer Randi Karabin of SIP Publishing. The ACA announced that the new look and name go hand in hand with new aggressive strategies to grow the cider industry, including achieving legislative and regulatory goals on behalf of the association’s members. “We’re doing so...

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2020 Women of Cider Calendar
Dec06

2020 Women of Cider Calendar

  Once again, I’m a calendar girl!! You’re looking at Miss December of the 2020 Women of Cider Calendar. Calendars are $20 + (shipping fee of $7.35). Payment can only be made via Venmo. Limited calendars available. Proceeds will be given to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Most of you know my personal story with oral squamous cell carcinoma 3 years ago. This is often a forgotten cancer, but I will make sure survivors,...

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Three Different Brews at 3 Daughters Brewing
May22

Three Different Brews at 3 Daughters Brewing

It all started with craft beer battered fish! When Chef Ty Weaver was working on a fish recipe that called for beer, he took it upon himself to brew a beer that he could use to cook with. Little did he know that this would be the start to a new journey in 2013 with Mike and Leigh Harting, owners of 3 Daughters Brewing, in St. Petersburg, Florida. The brewery’s name came about during construction when the Hartings had a...

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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...

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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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