Cidermaker Q & A: Potter’s Craft Cider

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.  I first came across Potter’s Craft Cider during one of my conference trips to Northern Virginia. Every year I would peruse the cider selections at Crystal City Wine Shop and come back with a suitcase full of cider, including some of Potter’s ciders. I was excited to get a …

Cidermaker Q & A: DOPE Cider House and Winery

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.  Hannah Ferguson is a home winemaker and former assistant brewer in Ohio. When she opens her cidery later in 2021, her company will be the first black, female-owned cidery in Ohio. After reading a press release about Hannah leasing space from Penguin City Beer in Youngstown, OH …

Cidermaker Q & A: Bad Granny Hard Cider

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.  I was introduced to Bad Granny during the first virtual CiderCon when they popped into Cider Culture’s trade show booth. I was excited to learn more about this family-run cidery, founded in 2015 and located in Chelan, Washington, a bustling high desert apple-growing region with a thriving …

Cider Travels: Drinking Cider in Chicago

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.  The Chicago metropolitan area, also known as Chicagoland — includes Chicago (the third-largest city in the U.S.) as well as 14 counties in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Chicagoland is a foodie destination, with food and beverage options as diverse as the region. Over the past …

Cider Culture – Cidermaker Q & A: Yonder Cider and The Source Cider

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved. Sean and I first met Caitlin Braam, the president of Yonder Cider, after a Pomme Boots Society meeting at CiderCon in 2019. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to work with Caitilin in her role as chair of the American Cider Association’s Diversity Committee to help support anti-racism, equity and inclusion efforts …

Cider Culture – Cidermaker Q & A: Overgrown Orchard

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved. One of my law school classmates first introduced me to Stan Wash, founder of Overgrown Orchard, shortly after the cidery’s founding in 2017 (he graciously said we were the foremost cider connoisseurs he knew). Overgrown Orchard is based in Chicago and makes heirloom cider at its …

Cider Culture – Cidermaker Q & A: Fenceline Cider

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved. We were first introduced to Fenceline Cider through its recently launched cider club. Fenceline Cider works with historic orchards in the Mancos Valley of Southwest Colorado to build quality cider from the soil up. Friends Sam Perry and Neal Wight co-founded the cidery over three years ago, and …

Cider Culture – Cidermaker Q & A: ERIS Brewery and Cider House

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved. A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of being on a panel with Michelle Foik, one of the founders of ERIS Brewery and Cider House as part of Chicago Cider Week. Michelle, and ERIS’ other founder Katy Pizza, had been in the brewery and cidery industries …

Cider Culture – Cidermaker Q & A: FieldBird Cider

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved. We met Ryan and Nicole Monkman of FieldBird Cider a few years ago at CiderCon in Chicago. Even though our chat with them was brief, we instantly felt connected to their winemaker-style approach to the production of their ciders.  In 2015, Ryan and Nicole decided to move to Prince …