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CiderCon 2019: Recap

After a frigid polar vortex, CiderCon 2019 descended on Chicago with almost 1100 attendees from 44 states and 10 countries. Attendance and engagement at the 9th annual conference were the largest for the event in 3 years. The opening general session, which included a presentation from Nielsen, touched on a topic that is important to me – the growth of …

Recap – 5th Annual Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition

On January 20 Vitrue Cider held their annual Stone Fence Competition. This year saw a new venue and new competitors. As always, we enjoyed the unique takes on the traditional Stone Fence Cocktails. We profiled every cocktail on IG, but here were some of our favorites. Shelly Mercurio – Dorian’s This was Shelly’s 1st cocktail competition and we think she …

5th Annual Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition

On January 20, Virtue Cider is hosting their 5th Annual Stone Fence Competition & Mitten Drive at Big Star (Wrigleyville) The Stone Fence Cocktail Competition brings together 10 of Chicago’s top bartenders to compete with their take on a traditional American cider-based cocktail, the Stone Fence – which is traditionally a blend of bourbon or rum and hard cider.  The event will be held: …

The Northman Chicago River Cider Cruise: A Recap

2019 Tickets Available Here A couple of weeks ago, Sean and I joined the Northman on the Chicago Riverwalk for a Cider Cruise aboard “Chicago’s Classic Lady” (part of Chicago’s First Lady Fleet). The event was a great start to fall (except it’s still been 80 degrees in Chicago) with several producers sampling cider, light bites, and chocolate. The cruise, which …