RECENT CIDER PRESS
November 7, 2014Cider Mill -- C'Ville Weekly
by: Laura Ingles
Apples are iconic in our culture; they have been for years. As American as apple pie. The apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. How ’bout them apples? Comparing apples and oranges. Colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries drank hard cider like water (literally—the water wasn’t safe to drink, so they turned to fermented fruit), and apples have since then always grown easily on the East Coast. So it was only a matter of time before the boozy beverage—which essentially vanished during the prohibition era and was the redheaded stepchild of the alcohol world with the upswing of wine and craft beer—came full circle.
November 5, 2014Cider 101 – Your Ultimate Cider Cheat Sheet -- Tasting Table
by: Justin Kennedy
Cider might have been the drink this nation was built on, but post-Prohibition it became something of a no-man’s drink, occupying space somewhere between fizzy beer and supermarket wine and becoming synonymous with drunk sorority girls.
Now restaurateurs, sommeliers and bartenders are acknowledging its unique merits once again, stacking their drink lists with at least a few dry, respectable bottles that are giving wine and craft beer a run for their money.
November 4, 2014VA Apple Cider Makers are Getting Serious About Their Craft -- WVTF Public Radio
by: Robbie Harris
There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way. Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider. And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow.
November 3, 20146 Hard Craft Cider Cocktails For Fall -- Paste
by: Marissa Hermanson
Straight up, hard cider is pretty damn good. But why not take it to the next level and use it as a base for a boozy beverage? From mixing it in a classic gin and tonic to creating a fall-friendly sangria, cider provides a sweet, light and effervescent foundation for a range of cocktails. A handful of Virginia’s hard cider producers shared their favorite cider cocktail recipes with Paste. Autumns, er, bottoms up!
October 30, 2014Virginia is for Apple Lovers -- Garden & Gun
by: Elizabeth Hutchison
Pippin, York, Winesap, and Pink Lady—grab a bushel of Virginia apples while you still can. This weekend is officially last call for you-pickers at many Commonwealth orchards like Carter Mountain and Stribling. Even if you can’t make it to the field, there are plenty of other ways to savor fall’s sweetest flavor for weeks to come.
October 22, 2014An Apple a Day for 47 Years -- New York Times
by: Michael Tortorello
DECORAH, Iowa — In the early spring of 1983, Dan Bussey started a file on his computer. The event would prove to be momentous in the annals of American pomology, though no one realized it at the time, including him.
October 2, 2014Virginia Cider Week Proclamation 2014 -- Commonwealth of Virginia
by: State of Virginia
By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized: VIRGINIA CIDER WEEK.
September 18, 2014Cider House Rules
September 18, 2014How To Drink Craft Apple Cider With Everything -- Huffington Post
by: Kate Bratskeir
Sweet, tart apple cider — served either hot or chilled — has a distinctive, simplistic crispness that tastes wonderful on its own, in a cocktail and alongside a cheese plate. The craft variety is different than the commercial stuff in a couple of ways: Craft cider tends to be made from apples cultivated specifically for the drink, and it usually contains fewer additives (like sugar).