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Cidermaker Q & A: Benny Boy Brewing

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.    We first met Benny Boy Brewing’s wife-and-husband team, Chelsey Rosetter and Ben Farber, at CiderCon in Oakland in January of 2020. I was excited to catch up with them a year-and-a-half later to learn more about their cider journey and forthcoming brewery/cidery in LA’s Lincoln …

Virginia is for Cider Lovers: A Recap of CiderCon 2022

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.    Upon entering the opening session of CiderCon 2022, I was greeted by an energetic chant of “We are Cider! We are Cider!” led by Eleanor Leger (owner of Eden Ciders and president of the American Cider Association Board).  Her rally cry reflected the energy seen throughout the conference. …

Cidermaker Q & A: Carriage House Ciders

This post originally appears on Cider Culture – A publication of Dish LLC. All rights reserved.   I’m always looking for new cideries near Chicago, and my friend, Matt Windle (aka Southciders) let us know about Carriage House Ciders, a small cidery about 90 minutes away from Chicago. One of the owners and cidermaker, Paula Camp, was gracious enough to meet us in Chicago at The Northman for …

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 …

Dry Cider January 2020 Pt. 2

The American Cider Association launched a month-long campaign called “Dry Cider January” to promote ciders containing 0 grams of sugar. Alcohol is created when yeast converts sugar into alcohol through fermentation. A cider that contains no residual sugar has been fermented to absolute dryness. Sometimes cidermakers will blend a completely dry cider with fresh juice for acid/sugar balance, but other …

Dry Cider January 2020 Pt. 1

The American Cider Association launched a month-long campaign called “Dry Cider January” to promote ciders containing 0 grams of sugar. Alcohol is created when yeast converts sugar into alcohol through fermentation. A cider that contains no residual sugar has been fermented to absolute dryness. Sometimes cidermakers will blend a completely dry cider with fresh juice for acid/sugar balance, but other …